Neutral light in tactical flashlights is extremely rare, so when I had the opportunity to test something from Clarus’s things, I chose this one, albeit not a new flashlight. Just in my hands I had a novelty, Klarus XT11X, so I decided to compare them at the same time in the review, since they are radically different in the world.

I think that if you want to choose a tactical flashlight and are thinking about which one to buy, then this review will be useful. In this case, my guide will be no less useful. how to choose a flashlight. Here, in simple language, it is told about all the nuances that affect the operation of the flashlight, without knowing which there is a real chance to pay money not at all for what you would like to receive in the end.


• Utilizes CREE XPH35 HI D4 LED with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours
• Tactical Setting as factory default
• Working voltage: 2.5V-8.4V
• Compatible Batteries: 1x 18650 battery with PCB protection or 2 x CR123A batteries
• Body colour: Black
• Reflector: Smooth reflector
• Switch type: Dual Tactical Tail Switch
• Dimension: (Head)45.2mm(1.78″) × (Body)25.4mm(1″) × (Length)161.5mm(6.36″)
• Net weight: 159g (5.60oz) (Excluding battery)
• Material: Aircraft-grade aluminum 6061-T6, Type III hard-anodized
• Waterproof: IPX-8 (underwater 2 meters)
• Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass with anti-corrosion AR coating

Packaging and appearance

The packaging is quite decent, gift. Not the same as the Klarus XT11X, but quite decent both in design and printing.

The appearance of the flashlight is excellent, here it is clear from the design in general and the details in particular that the item is branded. Matte black anodized, good Miltek standard declared. Well, at least I took off and put on the clip — there are no scratches, and it happened that this operation also caused scratches on the carcass.
Of course, due to its specificity, this flashlight is not particularly pocket-sized. Well, more precisely, how: he can still fit into a jacket pocket, but you can’t put a genie in a pocket. Although carrying in a jacket pocket with such and such bezel teeth is a dubious matter.
Here, for comparison, Klarus XT12GT with other models. Let it look big here, but, believe me, the dimensions are quite typical for a tactical flashlight.
The grip is comfortable and strong, unfortunately, the clip is single-position. Well, look, the flashlight is not so redundant in length.
Due to the specifics of a flashlight, it should (ideally) give the user instant access to a number of modes: as a rule, turbo, strobe and moonlight. It is clear that it is problematic to provide this with one tail button. Therefore, the rocker at the tail button is the most obvious sign of a tactical flashlight.
The spring on the back is normal. For such brightness, so generally with a margin, here a single one would be enough. In general, I have a feeling that the tails of all XT flashlights are absolutely identical.
Of course, there is a spring from the head.
The thread is perfectly smeared, the inner tube is immediately visible, which transmits a signal from the rocker.
The knurling is ordinary, “pineapple”, with small “cheeks”, on which the name of the model is traditionally engraved.
And if there is nothing unexpected here, in fact, absolutely all this can be seen in some other model from the XT-line, then the tripod thread, which is extremely rare in flashlights, was a frank and pleasant surprise for me.
On the opposite side is the charging connector. Here’s something, but I don’t like such «native» charges. It is of course convenient, click with a magnet and charging went. Well, you have to carry the cable with you. And if you fall in love with the cable, then a similar one will cost a fair penny. So here I definitely vote for type-C micro-USB.
The charging contact area in a circle has contour illumination of the indicator of the charging process and the degree of battery discharge during operation.
The cooling fins are quite numerous and deep relative to the overall dimensions of the flashlight. The head, in general, is quite massive, but again, within the limits typical for this kind of flashlights
The head can be twisted from the carcass. It seems to me that these whitish particles in the thread are the remnants of the fixative. Those. There is no lubrication, rather the opposite. It is understandable, the regular process of use here does not imply that they will climb to the head and twist it.
The toothy, aggressive bezel twists easily, exposing the light-responsible pairing of a dedominated (i.e. without a silicone dome on top, which increases range) XHP35 and a smooth reflector. Actually, that’s the whole «explosion scheme» of the flashlight.

General impressions in appearance are purely positive. The flashlight looks great and fits comfortably in the hand. For me personally, the only minus is proprietary charging, which, if necessary, will have to be bought at a high price.

Otherwise, the build quality and appearance, and packaging are at an excellent level.


Clarus, if I’m not mistaken, was the first to master 2 groups of modes.

By and large, the only difference is that in the tactical mode a strobe is placed on the rocker, instead of low in the usual one. But in the latter there is mid.

Management, I think licked to the extreme, this is not the first XT-model, so all the roughness here run in. For example, in early models, switching between two groups of modes was extremely confused, now there is no such problem.

Of the obvious minuses for me, I note the lack of mode memory. In any case, the flashlight will turn on with the button in the turbo, the only way not to go blind is to start in Outdoor mode with a rocker with LOW and then from there scroll the modes up to the desired one.

Flashlight at work

There is no PWM flicker in any of the modes, however, it is not surprising for a flashlight of this price category, exceptions are rare here, I won’t even name it offhand.

The light distribution is expected for this combination of LED and reflector, a bright, well-defined hotspot in the center and dim side illumination. Compare with the same XT11X with its textured reflector and XHP70.2 bubble in the center.

I think it would be right to add Convoy S2 + XM-L2 and C8 + XPL-HI for comparison.
The light here is neutral, well, extremely, extremely rare in tactics. Offhand, I’ll name last year’s Skilhunt S2 S3 from models with the same available light.
the charging current is quite decent, almost 1A. Charging a native 3600mah battery took a little over 4 hours.
And if everything was fine here so far, then it’s time to dilute these salivary praises with a fair amount of manure.
Stabilization is an extremely important characteristic of a flashlight. And the extremely aggressive work of thermoregulation is clearly visible, which drives the brightness with a crazy saw with a 20% gap between the upper and lower teeth.
The maximum brightness here is not so big as not to digest the heat generated without such a frankly unpleasant stepdown. This time.

Two is a huge gap between turbohigh. Well, what a gag, one asks not to put High there in something like 1000lum? Standard, habitual magic figure. Let the turbo work at the maximum for 30 seconds, that’s enough and it will collapse to this threshold. This flashlight will digest such brightness 100% without any difficulty at all.

So 400 in such a reflector will give a beam that you can light from the ground without any problems to the very top of the 16th floor.

But if there is an opportunity to do better, why not do it? The brightness level of 800-1000 lumes is ubiquitous and the reasons why Clarus ignored it remain a mystery to me.

As for range and other things, see. 600 declared meters does not smell here, they were measured according to ANSI, i.e. at this distance, the brightness was a useless 1 lum. This is a common marketing overstatement practiced by everyone, so Clarus didn’t do anything unusually criminal here.

I would say that within 200 meters the flashlight works quite calmly. And, for example, XT11X, with its much higher brightness, this distance will have a limit for itself due to the fact that its light is bright, but much more diffused. The other way around is that the XT11X will definitely be more comfortable at close range due to the bright side illumination. It’s good when you have the opportunity to choose the type of light for yourself in the same housing and control, if only the XT11X had another version in neutral …!




In general, the flashlight somehow worked at a distance of 400m. But the weather on the street did not allow me to take normal pictures. I’ll clarify one more nuance — in winter you have to photograph in conditions of the strongest parasitic illumination. In complete darkness, the contrast will be much stronger, as well as indoors.
In any case, at this distance, the flashlight can only work in turbo, including the next stepdown level, 400 lum high is frankly useless here.
In the video version of the review, you can see many more examples of the Klarus XT12GT live at the very beginning and at the end, I think it will be interesting.

General impressions

a flashlight could be very good: it has an excellent appearance, and flexible control (in fact, you have both a tactical and a regular flashlight with it), and a neutral light with a good range for its size. I would even write down charging as a plus, after all, it is there and charges with a good current.

But! I was extremely unhappy with the “saw” of stabilization. Yes, if you take the turbo as a forced mode of short-term use, then you can close your eyes to the «saw». But in this case, the maximum brightness will be limited to 400 lumens high, which is not thick both in terms of brightness and range (without canceling, however, the fact that this mode is enough for the widest set of needs within a radius of 80-100 meters, for indoors — behind the eyes) .

So I’m not ready to recommend the Klarus XT12GT right here to anyone who is looking for a tactical flashlight. I’ll tell you more. If there is no serious need to work outside the 200-250m distance, then within this radius the flashlight will work confidently. If you need something long-range, then you probably need to look at some other flashlights. Although, in fairness, now such a combination of LED / reflector and brightness is very common, so it is unlikely that you will be able to find something more long-range in the format of a tactical flashlight. I’m talking about the real range, and not the beautiful numbers on the box and «but the godfather’s Armitek burns lenses for the Pindos satellites.»

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Where to buy and how to save

you can buy this flashlight here on aliexpress

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