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NEXTORCH TA30C Max review
NEXTORCH TA30C Max specifications
|Brand & Model||NEXTORCH TA30C MAX|
|Max. output||3000 lumens|
|Max. beam distance||390 meters|
|Max. beam intensity||38025 cd|
|Onboard charging||No, but battery has USB-C charging|
|Review publication date||September 2023|
NEXTORCH have quite a few lights and love to continue iterations to make their lights better than the previous generation. Each has been an incremental improvement over the last generation (at least on paper). With over 142 patents and sales in over 100 countries, NEXTORCH definitely seems to know what they are doing, and with that said, let’s see if these improvements are worth the wait, or if this, in particular, is nothing worth writing home about and you could save your hard-earned money.
The packaging is made of sturdy white cardstock, featuring images of the flashlight along with its specifications. The battery is loaded inside the flashlight. This is included:
- NEXTORCH TA30C Max
- 21700 Battery with 5,000mAh and USB-C port
- USB-C Charging Cable
Flashlight in use
There is shallow knurling all along the body, and a small ring of the same, on the tailcap. This gives you enough grip when holding the light, or rotating the magnetic tail cap to change modes.
The tailcap button offers a two-stage momentary switch and features a lighted ring, providing convenient battery capacity indications (more details on that later).
The magnetic ring ensures easy rotation without any wobbling. This flashlight doesn’t stay comfortably on its tail, because of the lack of surface to stand on. On the opposing side, the head of the flashlight features machined flats, preventing it from rolling when placed on its side.
I can totally understand people getting light for tactical use, but even for general use around the house it would do well because of the magnetic control ring.
Build Quality, and Warranty
The NEXTORCH TA30C Max is a solid piece of 6061 aluminum, with the only break being on the tailcap. The head is machined into the battery tube/body so this removes one possible entry point for debris and water. It also keeps the light extremely rigid. This single, solid piece of aluminum is covered in an expertly uniform coating of Matte Type III hard anodizing.
The square-cut knurling on both the body and tail cap provides an improved grip without being overly aggressive. This precision extends even beneath the tail cap onto the threads. When you twist the TA30C Max, you’ll notice a subtle but reassuring level of friction, indicating a snug fit. There’s no need to worry about excessive noise or wear.
It requires 2 full turns to unscrew or screw the tailcap.
NEXTORCH® guarantees our products to be free from any defects in workmanship and/or materials for 5 years. If products are found to be defective we will replace them at our sole discretion. NEXTORCH® reserves the right to replace an obsolete product with current production.
NEXTORCH® provides free maintenance service for products with quality problems under normal use within 5 years since the purchase date. Please note, quality problems do not include regular wear and tear or things like the lamp burning out, batteries draining, or switches wearing out. Nor does it cover damages resulting from abnormal use, abuse, neglect, battery damage, use of non-NEXTORCH® brand batteries or accessories, unauthorized modifications or repairs.
The above warranty excludes accessories, while chargers and rechargeable batteries are covered within one year.
In the event that any issues with a NEXTORCH® product are not covered under this warranty, NEXTORCH® can arrange to have the product repaired or replaced for a reasonable fee.
LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector
When you look at the business end of the TA30C Max, you’ll notice a domeless LED, that is also known as an XHP50.2 Hi.. NEXTORCH also included the letter D, but I don’t usually see that. The LED sits inside an LOP (light orange peel) reflector.
The glass lens, protecting the LED and reflector has some kind of anti-reflective coating. When you look at a light source, reflecting the glass lens, there is a blue hue, that is likely tellin there is some sort of AR coating.
The bezel protects the lens, and seems to be made of titanium, and can be regarded as a strike bezel. It includes 3 ultra-hard nano ceramic balls that could effectively break car windows.
There is no mention in the manual of the color temperature of the LED, so that’s why we test it.
The beam was measured with the Sekonic C800 spectrometer, instead of the Opple Light Master 3 I used before.
Here are the measurements in High mode at about 5 meters distance:
- CCT: 7214K
- CRI Ra: 69.8
- duv: -0.00.20
This means that the light is very cold, and with a negative duv has a purplish tint. That’s not a problem with this type of flashlight, that is used for things to see, not to enjoy color rendering etc.
Dimensions and size comparison
|Length||153 mm||6.0 in|
|Head diameter||39 mm (at widest spot)||1.5 in|
|Body diameter||28 mm||1.1 in|
Dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter, and to the nearest tenth of an Inch.
|TA30C Max||Weight in grams||Weight in oz|
|Without battery:||158 g||5.6 oz|
|With battery||231g||8.2 oz|
Weight is rounded to the nearest gram, and to the nearest tenth of an Oz.
Flashlight size comparison with its competition:
Driver & User Interface:
The TA30C Max has a pretty unique feature with a mix between the rear 2-stage switch and the magnetic control ring on the tailcap.
The magnetic tail switch has 5 settings, TAC, Low, Med, High, Strobe. And all 5 modes have direct access to High and Strobe.. even in Strobe mode.
High and strobe are easily accessible. Need high? Press that button half way.. Need strobe, press a little harder. If you require any of the lower output modes, you can access them with a single rotation of the dial located beneath the same button. This user interface is truly praiseworthy, and the inclusion of a battery indicator within the momentary button is the icing on the cake.
- Low, Medium, High
Available blinky modes:
- Rotate dial to desired output (Tac, low, Medium, High, Strobe)
- Half press tailswitch: High output
- Full press tail switch: Strobe
- Tailswitch will allow you to override with High or Strobe
- Rotate dial to desired output
- No necessary, because of the magnetic control ring
- To High: Half press tail switch
- To Strobe: Full press tail switch
- And turn the control ring
Low voltage warning:
- Light inside the tailcap shows the charge status:
- Solid blue: 75-100%
- Blue blinking: 50-75%
- Red light: 25-50%
- Red blinking: 0-25%
- Full press of tail switch or rotate dial to Strobe. Keep in mind that both strobes are not the same. The full press is a constant strobe, and the strobe on the magnetic control ring is a variable frequency strobe.
- No real lockout mode present, but Tac mode will be like a standby mode.
- A real lockout can be done by unscrewing the tailcap a quarter turn
- PWM is not visible by eye
Batteries & Charging
|Charge type||Fits||No fit||Charge time|
|Battery with USB-C||Longer 21700 sizes, but not the longest||Flat tops and too long 21700’s||4h 04min|
The TA30C Max has no onboard USB-C charging, but the accompanying NEXTORCH branded 21700 cell does have a USB-C charging built in.
The battery is a 21700 5,000mAh with a product code DC20045, and needs to be inserted in a reversed way. The positive terminal towards the tailcap, and the negative terminal towards the driver.
During charging, there is a small red light visible, that turns blue when the charge has finished. The total time for it to charge was 4 hours and 04 minutes. That’s a little slow, but safe. You’ll notice that it starts off at a low current, and slowly increases. The highest charge current I saw was about 1.33A.
If you only have flat top, unprotected 21700 batteries, you are out of luck. They won’t fit, because they don’t make contact with both springs. I also tried a long Acebeam 21700, 5100mAh battery, and it was likely too long. So, only long cells will work, but not the longest!
This is the gear I used for testing:
|Gear||Purpose||Link to buy|
|Hagner E4-X||Measuring beam intensity (throw)||Inquire at Hagner.se|
|2* Extech SDL400||Lumens and logging runtimes||Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk,|
|Leica Disto D2||Distance for throw measurements||Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk,|
|Sekonic C-800||Spectrometer for LED measurements||Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk|
The output measurements in this review are based on my homemade integrating spheres, each equipped with an Extech SDL400 Lux Meter. For consistency and accuracy, a calibration light (Convoy S2+ with 249lm and a Convoy S2+ with 261lm) is measured prior to each set of lumen measurements.
For high-output lights, one of the lux meters uses an ND camera filter to prevent the lux meter to max out. This is either the Kenko PRO1D ND16 up till about 80,000 lumens or Gobe ND32 for anything above.
Lumen measurements (for each mode)
The 10 minutes measurements were taken from the runtime graph, while the measurements at turn on, and 30 seconds were done manually.
|Mode||Specified||Measured at turn on||30 sec.||10 min.|
|Low||70 lm||70 lm||70 lm||–|
|Med||520 lm||497 lm||497 lm||496 lm|
|High||3000 lm||2822 lm||2810 lm||830 lm|
The measured output were lower than specified, except for Low. However, High mode is less than 10% lower measured that specified, so that’s not really visible in person.
NEXTORCH TA30C MAX battery life: runtime graphs
Runtime tests were conducted in my 50cm home made integrating sphere, paired with the Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter.
Note: since the flashlight has a magnetic control ring, it runs from low to high, and starting the runtime, and the highest measurement manually can differ a few lumens. Manually, I wrote down the highest number right after turn on, which could be 1 second after turn on. The runtime graph is started as soon as I turn the dial.How Runtimes are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards About ANSI FL1 runtime standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turning on). This does not mean that the flashlight is not usable anymore. The last column shows how long the light actually works till it shuts off. If there is a + symbol, it means that the test was stopped at that particular point, but the light was actually still running. This happens on certain occasions, with certain drivers, firmware, or batteries.
|Mode||Specified runtime||Measured runtime ANSI||Time till shut off|
|Med||5h||5h 19min||5h 19min|
|High||2h 45min||3h 12min||3h 12min|
I didn’t test Low mode, as it is supposed to run for 35 hours. And looking at the data for Medium and High, which performed better than specified, I wouldn’t doubt it to be correct.
Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurementsAbout Peak beam intensity: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards About peak beam intensity The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object). This means that the intensity has decreased so much, it becomes difficult to see darker objects, or objects that don’t reflect light. The columns ‘Meters’ and ‘Yards’ use rounded numbers.
Measurements were taken indoors at 5 meters with a Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. The measurements were taken 30 seconds after turn on.
|Low||900 cd||975 cd||62 m||68 yd|
|Med||6,400 cd||7,125 cd||169 m||185 yd|
|High||38,025 cd||41,750 cd||409 m||447 yd|
In these tests, the throw measurements were higher than specified!
Here is the TA30C Max compared to other 21700 tactical flashlights
21700 tactical flashlight comparison
Single 21700 tactical flashlights measured: These numbers are NOT from the specifications but measured by our team.
|Flashlight||Battery||Max Output (lm)||@30sec (lm)||Candela (cd)||Distance (m)|
|Acebeam L18||Acebeam IMR21700NP-510A||1249||1051||215,500||928|
|Acebeam L19||Acebeam IMR21700NP-510A||1378||1242||430,300||1312|
|Acebeam L35||Acebeam 5100 mAh||6189||5609||57,000||477|
|Cyanksy P25||Cyansky 5000||4236||3300||11,275||212|
|Fenix PD36 Tac||Fenix ARB-L21-5000U||2590||2079||18,675||273|
|Fenix TK16 v2||Fenix ARB-L21-5000U||2657||2222||40,900||404|
|Fenix TK22 TAC||Fenix ARB-L21-5000U||2742||2234||72,250||538|
|Fenix TK22 v2||Fenix ARB-L21||1622||1592||53,000||460|
|NEXTORCH TA30C Max||Nextorch 5000mAh||2822||2810||41,750||409|
|Nitecore MH12S||Nitecore NL2150||1770||–||30,400||349|
|Nitecore MH25S||Nitecore NL2150||1979||1850||68,400||523|
|Nitecore P10iX||Nitecore NL2150HPi||4223||566||8,700||187|
|Nitecore P20i||Nitecore NL2140i||1690||–||36,000||379|
|Nitecore P20i UV||Nitecore NL2140i||1785||1699||29,400||343|
|Nitecore P20iX||Nitecore NL2150HPi||4119||1342||16,000||253|
|Olight Warrior 3||Olight ORB-217C50||2598||2428||25,500||319|
|Olight Warrior M2R PRO||Olight ORB-217C50||2088||1985||28,000||335|
|Olight Odin||Olight ORB-217C50||1999||1884||25,750||321|
|Olight Warrior X Pro||Olight ORB-217C50||–||2334||101,000||636|
Interactive runtime graphs
Below are interactive comparison graphs for a selection of these tactical lights. Hover your mouse to see more details. If you use a mobile device, rotate your phone horizontally.
In the following graph, we zoomed in to show the differences better. It shows a better picture of these lights within the first 10 minutes after turn on.
For the following beamshots, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 with a 50mm lens. Manual settings: ISO1600, 1/4sec, F4, 5000K
The shed is about 65 meters / 71 yards away, and the reflective fence about 200 meters.
Beamshots of the following flashlights compared:
- NEXTORCH TA30C Max
- NEXTORCH E52C
- Fenix TK22 Tac
- Olight Warrior X3
- Nitecore MH25 v2 (old and new)
Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to us for review at no cost by NEXTORCH. We have not been paid to review, nor have we been holding back on problems or defects.
- Nice magnetic control ring for easy UI
- Instant access to High and Strobe in all modes
- Includes a 21700 battery and charging cable so you are ready to go
- Easy to use in the overhand position with the magnetic control ring
- Battery level indicator built into switch
- Unique 2-stage switch
- Strong titanium bezel
- Pretty slow charge speed (over 4h)
- Pretty pricey
- Battery needs to be inserted in the reversed way
- Not the nicest beam (color)
Explanation on star ratings:
1: Avoid: a match would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended
4.5 stars: ★★★★⋆
While our star rating provides a reliable indicator, we encourage you to read the full review to make an informed decision based on your own needs and preferences.
If you are looking for a good tactical flashlight with instant access to strobe or High mode, from any mode… the TA30C Max got you covered.
Besides this great feature, you get a very easy to understand UI, with a unique 2-stage switch combined with magnetic control ring. And a strong titanium bezel with hard nano ceramic balls to help you protect yourself.
It also includes a rechargeable 21700 battery with 5,000mAh capacity, that needs to be inserted in the flashlight the other way around. But you’ll get used to that pretty soon.
The cons speak for themselves, but the charging can be sped up if you have a dedicated 21700 charger, and the beam quality isn’t the most important part for this type of flashlight.