I’ll go right away with trump cards. It looks like the Wurkkos TS21 is one of Ali’s most interesting budget flashlights right now. If you’ve been choked by a toad, or you’ve just been waiting to buy a single flashlight, then this looks like it. I sincerely believe that many significantly more expensive models of big brands unconditionally drain this $ 30 modest fellow. This is just that rare case when for the minimum price tag you get everything that you can get.
- LED: 3x SST20
- Maximum brightness — 3500 lumens
- Battery: 1x 21700
- Built-in 2A Type-C charger
- Dimensions: 113.4mm (length) x28mm (diameter)
- Weight: 78 grams (without battery)
- Flashlight body: aluminum alloy, anodized to military grade III specifications, anti-abrasive coating.
- Waterproof IPX-8
- Mode memory: remembers the last brightness level used in general modes (except strobe)
- Low Voltage Protection: If the battery voltage is lower than 2.8V, TS21 will automatically lower the brightness to avoid battery damage due to over-discharging. At 2.7V, the flashlight will turn off automatically.
- Thermal Regulation (ATR): By default, ATR automatically reduces the brightness level when the driver temperature reaches 45°C to prevent overheating. You can set a different temperature threshold by following the thermal configuration instructions.
- Control Interface: Anduril
- Button indicator
Packaging and appearance
The same modest box as in the popular budget Wurkkos HD20 headlamp. Yes, and it is naive to expect something different at such a price.
The package includes everything you need except for a case: a flashlight, 21700 battery (optional), type-C charging cable, double-sided clip, lanyard, manual.
The flashlight has rather modest dimensions for a model with 21700 power supply. It is comparable in size to the S2+ and is, for example, 13mm shorter than another popular budget 21700 flashlight. Sofirn SP35 (You should pay attention to it if you want more range at the expense of side illumination). But, without a doubt, it has quite a nice size — it is only about a centimeter longer than my standard flashlight Bright Beam Unicorn
But the design here is very modest. Due to the deep gripping knurling, the flashlight resembled an enlarged most popular key flashlight Lumintop WormEDC. There is absolutely nothing interesting here, the appearance of the Wurkkos TS21 is quite ordinary. But this is exactly the case when you should not judge a book by its cover. So everything suits me, except that I would prefer a more matte anodization.
The grip, due to the abundance of such deep grooves, is unconditionally reliable and comfortable.
But the lanyard fastening is unpleasantly sharp. You can grind or put on a lanyard through the intermediate ring. I told the manufacturer, they said that they would take it into account and make it smoother.
The magnet in the tail is strong enough to effortlessly hold the flashlight horizontal with the battery inside.
The spring is only on the tail side. I tried to insert a long 21700 with a folder, it doesn’t work, there is a chance to push the driver. So only flatheads.
The flashlight is disassembled into 3 parts. The lathe is neat, but, in fairness, the price category is felt here …
The head is small.
Traditionally, on its opposite sides, there is a charging connector (Type-C, 2A, PD support) and a button.
It is not high and it is not a fact that you will quickly find it by removing the clip, traditionally located on the side opposite to the button. The move is soft with an unexpressed click, which already seemed not to the liking of a number of owners of this flashlight. There is a traditional red-green indication.
In general, it will do, but I would like more tactile contrast. Here for me the ideal is the model from Mateminko-Astrolux. The buttons are located in the recesses. By the way, if you are wondering what kind of monstrous flashlight is in the first photo, then open it in a new tab this review Astrolux MS05 SBT90.2 aka Mateminco MT90 Plus, there will be something to see.
The bezel is tightened very tightly, but, if desired, it can be twisted to reveal a TIRka covered with glass and a trinity of SST20 LEDs under it. Everything is neat and clean.
The manufacturer even took care of a gasket for Tirka, it covers the inscriptions on the copper.
At this stage, the impressions are purely pleasant. Of course, the flashlight neither externally nor tactilely attracts only its price, nothing more. Here is an example of what you can get by paying 3 times more that way. This is Acebeam E70 and I think it’s the most beautiful EDC flashlight I’ve seen in the last couple of years, especially in copper and titanium… I’ll tell you about it closer to the 11.11 sale.
But whatever the simplicity of the design, there is nothing to complain about.
Here the flashlight gourmet is rubbing his hands, because the flashlight is controlled by firmware (yes, modern flashlights actually have their own operating system) Anduril 2, in which there is generally All.
The average user looks at this circuit in silent horror.
It is worth noting that, despite its flexibility, Anduril is quite suitable for the average user who is not interested in all sorts of candle modes and other goodies. The only thing here definitely you must immediately check the temperature sensor (in mine it showed 7 degrees higher) and calibrate it. Everything takes literally 2-3 minutes. Optionally, you can adjust the thermal cutoff threshold, I raised it to 50 degrees. More is possible if you need to increase the operating time at higher brightnesses.
Important! If the scheme scares you, then you can not do all this and sit in the basic interface all the time. You will have the usual set of on-off, momentary turbo and firefly, blocking and switching between smooth and regular step brightness adjustments. That is the usual set of conventional controls.
A) Here wonderful visual video. turn on subtitles and click on «translate». there everything will be very clear and nagdlyano. everything is chewed up.
b) google translate no less understandable guide from myself, I note that I had a gag in order to switch from normal to advanced mode. in the video, the link to which I gave, a good nuance is mentioned. 10 holds to go to the advanced interface work in this case like this. You do 9 clicks and then hold the 10th. voila!
you can check in normal or extended through the input to the strobe. if you’re in normal mode, it’s not there. from OFF it is 3H (i.e. two clicks and a third hold). By default, the candle mode should turn on there.
I didn’t succeed right away, but I did. You will too, I’m sure.
How the Wurkkos TS21 shines
Of course, high brightness with a light body means it heats up quickly and the maximum brightness drops quickly. Fortunately, everything here is quite far from the turbopuff of the same extremely compact Anduril models that were produced by Lumintop (FW3a EDC18).
This is how the modes are separated
For the Wurkkos TS21, turbo operation looks like this (remember that I set the thermal cutoff to 50 degrees). Be that as it may, a minute of turbo for such brightness is very good. Unfortunately, it is expected that a minute here will only be from a cold start. A flashlight that has already warmed up in higher modes will not shine for so long. Of course, conventional fan cooling will not give any effect here. But if you work as a flashlight outdoors in winter, then the situation should undoubtedly change for the better.
Let me remind you that by default there are 7 brightness levels + turbo. But on 7/7 street, you’ll get almost 4 minutes before dropping to a more than acceptable level and an hour and a half of total work time, which is quite enough for an evening walk with excellent levels of lighting all around. In general, the brightness will drop in all modes. But this drop will be completely invisible to the eye and comfortable for walking levels 6/7 and 5/7 you will get excellent running time.
In short, there is no complete stabilization here, this fact will not bother you at all.
UPD. From those who bought the 4000k version there were complaints about overheating. So, I got the 5000K version. I set the cutoff to 60° and this is what I saw. It can be seen how thermoregulation is worked out during cooling, reaching an equilibrium somewhere at a level slightly more than half the brightness. In the heat or when working indoors, you will have about 30 seconds of great brightness and another minute of that brightness sliding down to about a quarter of the turbo level (or less if you run the turbo again. however, then the brightness should still increase as the case cools)
By the way, here’s another bun for you — flashlight works without battery! And it works up to 47 inclusive. In a situation of emergency, if you have a power bank, you, albeit with some restrictions on brightness, can still use a flashlight.
As for the light, then, alas, I got a version with a slightly brighter and much less pleasant cold (also green) light. I strongly recommend avoiding it and taking the 4000-5000K version. The difference between these two color temperatures is already a matter of personal preference, I would not look for a functional difference here.
Light convenient near, wide and jellied. Of course, it’s not worth waiting for some kind of range; a flashlight will only penetrate 100% meters into a turbo.
It is clearly seen that the 67 mode, in general, fully corresponds to the maximum brightness for the classic standard state employee Convoy S2 + Xml-2 6 × 7135. (for many years I was sure that this is 4×7135, and that is how it was recalled in the photo. I didn’t redo it, in the future I will indicate the correct data).
In the first GIF, and here it is perfectly clear that on the scale of an ordinary suburban area, the brightness is excessive, here the mentioned 6/7 mode is quite enough.
Half a hundred meters to the roof, it is clear that the range is clearly not the best side of the Wurkkos TS21. However, I repeat, in a turbo, a flashlight will give you the opportunity to comfortably work within a few hundred meters and within 70-100 meters at 7/7.
Quite expected. If you want to comfortably work at a medium distance, look for a flashlight with a different optics. Same Sofirn SP35 (review) will be much more practical here (however, it is also inconvenient for working close). MB a little later we will be able to make a couple of comparative shots.
The video review of the Wurkkos TS21 contains many more examples of how this excellent wide beam flashlight shines.
The flashlight is just fire! It has everything in general: convenient flexible control, excellent maximum brightness with a sane duration of operation, a capacious 21700 battery with fast type-C charging, a magnet at the end and a choice of color temperature. Only the sophistication of design and beautiful packaging are missing — in the gift plan, the flashlight will not cause delight … right up to the moment it is turned on. After that, everything will fall into place.
Oh yes — most importantly, all this functional grace costs frankly a little. $30 is, offhand, somewhere half less than another dull and complete marketing uselessness 18650 EDC flashlight from most major brands and a little more expensive than their own branded battery ($3 cell + heat shrink with logo = $15-20). Ethat, by the way, is a good illustration of the colossal margin in the flashlight industry.
The Wurkkos TS21 is about as affordable as can be and I sincerely hope the manufacturer will keep the price at this level and not jack it up after the initial hype. Sofirn (and Wurkkos is actually the same Sofirn) have already pulled off such a sad trick with an initially inexpensive tactical flashlight Sofirn TF84.
As for the light, the Wurkkos TS21 becomes a good alternative to its more long-range counterpart. Sofirn SP35. Due to this better range and ease of control, he will be more interesting to the average user. And the hero of the review, Wurkkos TS21, with its wide and easy-to-work near flood light, with the Anduril interface, which is most popular among advanced users, should undoubtedly gain popularity among this particular audience. Personally, I don’t see any reason why a flashlight might not be functional.
By the way, it is worth noting once again that this is not some kind of tricky forum craft, interesting and convenient only for a sophisticated user. With all the flexibility of the interface, it can be used with convenience by an ordinary user. The only thing that needs to be done is to perform a simple operation to check and calibrate the temperature sensor.
There is nothing more to add. I don’t often openly recommend buying a flashlight, but this is exactly the case. Personally, the Unicorn Bright Beam is enough for me as a regular flashlight, but the Wurkkos TS21 leaves a burning desire to upgrade. Still, high brightness, built-in charging and a 21700 battery are a great temptation. I’ll wait until the Acebeam E70 appears on my hands and then I’ll make the final decision.
In the meantime, once again, unconditionally recommend. As a result of the review, I had extremely positive emotions.
+ small price
+ built-in Type-C charging (with PD support)
+ choice of color temperature 400050006500K
+ magnet at the end
+ 21700 battery
+ excellent control
+ high brightness
+ convenient near flood light
+ flashlight even without a battery works!
The only minus found is a sharp lanyard mount, and the manufacturer promised to fix it. In short, a flashlight is fire for its price.
Where to buy and how to save
You can buy (Sofirn) Wurkkos TS21 at:
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