TrustFire Mini X3

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TrustFire Mini X3 review

TrustFire Mini X3 specifications

Brand & ModelTrustFire Mini X3
Flashlight categoryEDC flashlight / Multi-tool
LEDSpot, Flood, UV & Laser
Max. output1,050 lumens
Max. beam distance128 metres
Max. beam intensity4096cd
Battery config.In built
Onboard chargingUSB-C
Main modesLots
BlinkiesN/A
WaterproofIPX6
Review publication dateMay 2024

Review intro:

The TrustFire Mini X3 looks like a very interesting light, the uniqueness being it is really multiple lights all in one, having two LEDs of different beam profiles and tints a UV light and even a laser.

The form factor is also rather interesting being oval rather than a regular tube light. We also have a fully integrated rechargeable battery and an interesting looking UI and button selection.

The MiniX3 is available in a number of different colours too. the one supplied for review is a ‘Desert Yellow”, although if I’m being honest it looks metallic brown to me.

What’s in the package

The Mini X3 comes with a really nice retail style packaging made out of thick cardboard. I did however find it quite a challenge to open as there is a button that needs to be pressed to open the top section, but with the torch in the box the button doesn’t depress as there is no room inside the box. So I needed the use of a small flat head screwdriver to help access the torch.

In the box you’ll find the Mini X3 which has a pre-installed pocket clip. There is also a short USB-C charging cable and a simple instruction pamphlet.

Flashlight in use, Build Quality, and Warranty

At the time of writing this, the Trustfire site lists the Mini X3 at £66 ($83 USD). I understand that the cost value of a light like this must be higher, as it has 2 x regular LEDs, 1 x UV LED, 1 x Laser diode, 2 x switched and all the circuitry to make it work as well as an integrated battery. But I do feel that maybe it is a little on the expensive side of things.

The build quality isn’t bad, the machining is smooth and no marks on the anodising. The Mini X3 also has a quality heft to it. But somehow it doesn’t feel as high quality in the hand as some other brands. The anodising is very smooth, shiny and slippery feeling. Giving it a slightly cheaper tactile feel.

We have two switches: an electronic clicky push switch and a plastic sliding switch on the side. Again, both feel a little cheap. The main switch is a little mushy feeling, where you can push the cover up and down without activating the light and the side switch, while a great concept is stiff to slide and a bit wobbly feeling.

Overall the quality is pretty good, but maybe not quite matching the price point from a tactile point of view.

In terms of use and where you’d want something like the Mini X3, the scope is vast. It is slim and easy to carry and with its array of different lighting or laser modes giving you the opportunity to use it for many different tasks. There is also a really good double ended pocket clip and holds secure, but is easy to use. The Mini X3 is also a super tailstander and has a powerful magnet in the tail, allowing it to be secured to metal objects.

Trustfire promotes the Mini X3 as being an EDC flashlight. For warranty, check out FlashlightGo warranty and refund policy.

LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

At the business end of the Mini X3 we get an oval, very thin smooth bezel. I would guess it is stainless and on this example matches the colour and texture of the pocket clip. Behind the bezel is a plastic lens covering two small TIR optics and the laser emitter. One of the TIR optics is a clear/smooth optic with the white LED. Trustfire makes no claims to what this LED is other than being a “1050 lumen” LED. This is the ‘spot’ beam. Next to it is a frosted TIR optic housing the 900mW (365nm) UV LED. Between them sits the Class 3R Green Laser.

The flood beam is actually located on the underside of the light, using a larger Fresnel style TIR optic. It has claimed 4000k and 95CRI warm white flood light.

I don’t really have any complaints with the lights. The spot beam has a nice big hot spot and wide spill beam. Giving adequate range for an EDC light, but being useful close up or indoors. The beam is a little on the cool side, but doesn’t really have any real negative traits in my opinion. The spread of outputs is pretty good too, going from quite low to quite bright. I feel there is a slight hint of PWM on the lower modes, but not enough to bother me.

The flood light does give a warm output from its 4000k LED. The beam profile is maybe not quite as clean as the spot beam. The fresnel style lens gives a slightly distorted hot spot that looks a bit more yellow than the rest of the beam. The spill beam is big and more defined, but the beam isn’t quite as even and smooth as you may think it should be. Having said this, it is still a usable light and quite bright on its highest mode, but a noticeable reduction in output and range when compared to the spot beam. The biggest attribute here is probably the flood lights location on the underneath of the light. This means you’ll be tail standing the light or using the magnet when using this function of the light, although you can still hold the Mini X3 from the base, a bit like holding a candle and making good use of it.

The UV light is either on or off. With a similar profile to the spot light but with a smaller hot spot and slightly more even beam profile.

The laser creates a good visible green dot, the beam is not visible to the naked eye however.

Spectral measurements: 

I used an Opple Light Master Pro to measure the flashlight at 3 metres distance. 

Mode:CCT:CRI Ra:duv
Turbo (spot)5636 K67.90.0043
High (flood)3558 K97.00.0043
Laser12742 K77.10.1632

Dimensions and its competition

Dimensions: 

Trustfire Mini X3MillimetresInches
Length102mm4.01 in
Width33mm1.3 in
Height16mm0.24 in

Dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimetre and the nearest tenth of an Inch.

Weight

Trustfire Mini X3Weight in gramsWeight in oz
Weight93 g3.28oz

Weight is rounded to the nearest gram and tenth of an Oz.

Flashlight size comparison with its competition:

Group 1: Trustfire Mini X3, Convoy T3, Manker F14

Group 2: Trustfire Mini X3, Wurrkos TD02

TrustFire Mini X3 : User Interface and Driver

Available modes: 

  • Spot = Low, Medium, High, Turbo
  • Flood = Low, Medium, High
  • UV = On/Off
  • Laser = On/Off

Available blinky modes:

  • None

From OFF:

Spot and Flood LEDS:

  • Press and hold: Turn on in Memory mode 
  • Single click: Nothing
  • Double click: Lockout/Unlock
  • 3 fast clicks: Nothing

Laser:

  • Press and hold: Turn on

UV:

  • Press and hold for about double the amount of time: Turn on

From ON:

Spot and Flood LEDS:

  • Press and hold: Off
  • 1 click: Advance Mode output

UV & Laser

  • Press and hold: Off
  • 1 click: Nothing

Mode memory:

  • Yes. One for the spot and one for the flood beam.

Shortcuts:

  • To Low: None
  • To Turbo: None
  • To Strobe: n/a

Low voltage warning/protection:

  • Yes via main switch coloured LED (Green, Orange, Red, Flashing Red)

Strobe/blinkies

  • None

Lock-out mode: 

  • Yes, double click to lock/unlock

PWM

  • Yes, but minor.

Additional/summary info on the UI: 

  • The UI is the weakest part of the Mini X3 package. While it is sufficient to use the light there is no “quick” access to any modes or outputs. The Mini X3 also has Mode Memory which can’t be turned off, giving an unpredictable nature and lottery on what output you’ll get when you turn it on. It does have a separate memory for the spot and the flood lights, but that in many ways just means you have to try and remember twice as much about which mode and output you used last. For an EDC light I really wish this just defaulted to the lowest output on activation.
  • Activation of the UV light is also a little odd. The UV mode is on the same side switch position as the main spot light. To turn on you have to hold the switch down, a short hold turns the spot LED on, keep holding and the UV comes on instead. Meaning you always get a pre-flash of the spot LED when wanting to use the UV light. I don’t understand why the UV light isn’t either grouped with the laser, as the laser is only on/off or simply have a 4th position on the side slider switch for the UV LED.

TrustFire Mini X3 Charging and batteries

Charging the Mini X3 is very easy, simply plug in the supplied USB-C charging cable and the main switch battery indicator will give you the charging status.

Trufire doesn’t offer any information on the type or chemistry of the battery the Mini X3 has, other than being 1500mAh and 3.7v. It is also not claimed to be used as a power bank either.

Charge typeFitsNo fitCharge time
Flashlight with onboard USB-CIntegrated 1500mAh battery (3.7v)1h 43min

Performance test

Lumen measurements

How Lumens are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards How Lumens are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards: The ANSI FL1 standards specify that output in lumens should be measured 30 seconds after turning on, as this is the standardized time for measuring brightness according to the industry standard. This is why we focus on this part in our measurements. The ANSI FL1 standards require an ambient temperature of 22 ± 3°C. We record the ambient the ambient temperature to identify potential reasons for any observed discrepancies.

To test the performance I use a homemade integrated sphere for lumen testing using a dedicated light metre. I also use the CeillingBounce Android app for measuring throw (at 3m) and runtimes. Both are calibrated using a 1Lumen supplied calibration light.

Spot:

ModeSpecifiedTurn on30 sec.10 min.
Low3.5 lm2.6 lm2.6 lm2.6
Med55 lm41 lm42 lmNot tested
High215 lm138 lm139 lm138 lm
Turbo1050 lm782 lm778 lm262 lm

Flood:

ModeSpecifiedTurn on30 sec.10 min.
Low5 lm5.6 lm5.6 lm5.6 lm
Med55 lm26 lm26 lm26 lm
High303 lm253 lm237 lm172 lm

Ambient temperature during testing:

  • 15°C 

Parasitic drain:

  • Yes, but unable to measure.

TrustFire Mini X3 Battery Life: Runtime graphs

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.

Spot:

ModeSpecifiedRuntime (ANSI FL1)Time till shut off
Low152hNot testedNot tested
Med15hNot testedNot tested
High4h 7min5h 28min8h 43min
Turbo2h 10min3h 40min8h 3min

Runtime are much longer than specified.

Flood:

ModeSpecifiedRuntime (ANSI FL1)Time till shut off
Low72hNot testedNot tested
Med8h14h 51min+14h 51min+
High3h 16min3h 40min5h 2min

These runtimes are also longer.

Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements

About 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.

To test the performance I use a homemade integrated sphere for lumen testing using a dedicated light metre. I also use the CeillingBounce Android app for measuring throw (at 3m) and runtimes. Both are calibrated using a 1Lumen supplied calibration light.

Spot:

ModeSpecifiedCandela measured MetersYards
Low5m / 6.25cd13cd7m8yd
Medium20m / 100cd183cd27m30yd
High65m / 1056cd1544cd79m86yd
Turbo128m / 4096cd3390cd116m127yd

Flood:

ModeSpecifiedCandela measured MetersYards
Low3m / 2.25cd35cd12m13yd
Medium32m / 256cd141cd23m25yd
High76m / 365cd1666cd81m89yd

Ambient temperature:

  • 20°C

Beamshots

Camera settings and distance: Canon EOS 200D, Canon 18-55mm EFS IS used at 18mm, ¼sec, F4.5, ISO 1600, WB 5200k

Distance: 5m to the tree on the left and 11m to the compost heap

Beamshots of the following flashlights compared:

  • Manker F14 spot
  • Manker F14 flood
  • Convoy T3

Please note that the following beamshots are mainly intended to showcase the beam pattern and beam quality, rather than overall performance. These images are typically taken directly after activation, and in different seasons or weather conditions, and therefore do not fully represent its overall performance. For accurate performance metrics, such as output, beam distance, and runtimes, you need to look at the performance section of this review.

Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to us for review at no cost by FlashlightGO. We have not been paid to review, nor have we been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Overall design
  2. Modes & features
  3. Size & shape

Cons

  1. Fake beamshots on the product page
  2. Mode Memory
  3. Slightly cheap feeling

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

author matthew
Matthew

4 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.

I must confess to rather liking the little Trustfire Mini X3. It isn’t perfect, the most annoying trait being the mode memory and it does feel a little cheap in places. But it is the Swiss Army Knife of the flashlight world, offering a huge array of abilities. I also like the shape and profile, which make it easy to carry.

The magnet is useful too either to pick things up with or secure the light in place. Should you be the kind of person who may want the use of a laser pointer or UV light, then the Mini X3 gives you this and more.

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