Wurkkos TD01

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Wurkkos TD01 review

Wurkkos TD01 specs

Brand & ModelWurkkos TD01
Flashlight categoryThrower , long-range flashlight
LEDSFT40 6000-6500k
Max. output2200 lumens
Max. beam distance1039 meters
Max. beam intensity270,000 cd
Battery config.21700
Onboard chargingUSB-C
Main modes5
BlinkiesYes
WaterproofIPX8
Review publication dateFebruary 2024

Review intro:

Over the last few years I’ve had a number of Wurkkos lights, some just for review, but some I’ve bought myself. On the whole I like what they offer and especially for the price point they are normally pitched at.

The Wurkkos TD01 is available with or without a battery and you can also opt for the TD01C with the constant current driver. In this instance it is the regular TD01 with a Wurkkos branded 21700.

The biggest defining feature of the Wurkkos TD01 is the rather humongous TIR optic. I’ll be honest and say I’m a sucker for almost any light with a TIR optic, so I’m very keen to see how this performs. The TD01 also comes equipped with the SFT-40 LED. An LED known for throw, but one I’ve not been overly keen on, often giving quite a blue’ish tint to the beam. On the whole I normally prefer the Osram W2 for this kind of use. But I’m super excited to see how this Wurkkos light performs!

What’s in the package

The TD01 comes in a nice retail style presentation box with an outer sleeve and a sturdy cardboard box with nice white wrapping and a magnetic closure flap. Inside you get a light in cut foam and  some accessories:

  • Wurkkos TD01
  • Optional: Wurkkos-branded 5000 mAh 21700 li-ion battery
  • USB C charging cable
  • Lanyard
  • User manual
  • Setup card
  • 2 o-rings

This is a complete, ready to go kit. You would want to fully charge the battery to get the most runtime and output, since it came at a nice storage voltage. No charger needed either, just plug and go. Remove the insulator under the tailcap though or it won’t charge (or turn on!).

Flashlight in use, Build Quality, and Warranty

The Wurkkos TD01 is built to be a thrower and nothing else. Although the beam does put enough useful light out that you can use it for a semi-general purpose light. But outdoors for distance is where this is intended to be used.

The build seems comparable to other Wurkkos lights I’ve owned. Mostly fine, but a few details are lacking. In this specific case there must have been an off day in the QC department as they have managed to print the name and model number on the wrong side. It is with the charging port and not the side switch. Overall a minor issue and doesn’t impact usage. However, as I mention in the UI section the side switch feels a bit mushy, at least compared to the side switch on the Wurkkos TS22 I had recently.

The tailswitch is also of concern, it protrudes far too much from the tailcap to be able to tailstand and the switch is incredibly rubbery to use and makes a rattling click when you use it. It doesn’t feel like it fail prematurely, but it is one of the poorer switches I’ve sampled in recent times and has on occasion made mode selection difficult or hasn’t clicked when you expect it to or even an extra click when you didn’t mean too.

LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

While I’ve not been a fan of the the SFT-40 LED in the past, when combined with the TIR optic and out across the fields, I have I’m finding I very much like what the TD01 offers. While the beam is a bit ringy on a white wall, you just don’t notice it to any great extent when using the light properly. 

Spectral measurements:  

I used a Opple LIght Master pro to measure the flashlight. 

Mode:CCT:CRI Ra:duv
Turbo6337K66.20.0048

Dimensions and its competition

Dimensions: 

Wurkkos TD01MillimetersInches
Length152mm5.98in
Head diameter59mm2.32in
Body diameter30mm1.18in

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

Weight

Wurkkos TD01Weight in gramsWeight in oz
Without battery:200g7.05oz
With battery265g9.35oz

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

Flashlight size comparison with its competition:

Group 1, top to bottom: Wurkkos TD01, Wurkkos TS22, NightSearcher Magnum 3000

Group 2: Wurrkos TD01, Lumintop AD01, Maglite ML25LT

Wurkkos TD01 UI: User Interface and Driver

Group 1 ‘Stepped Mode’ has 5 modes plus Moon, Turbo, and 3 blinkies for more general purpose use. 

Group 2 ‘Tactical Mode’ has fewer modes and rearranged Turbo/Strobe functions for tactical or duty-use. This is something found on higher-end lights like Fenix or Acebeam or Nitecore, so to see it on a Wurkos is nice. Note the TD01’s UI nixes the Moonlight mode. To switch from Stepped Mode to Tactical Mode: From ON press and hold the e-switch for 4 seconds. The light switches to either Turbo mode if switching from Stepped mode to Tactical, or Eco if switching to Stepped Mode.

Available modes in Stepped Mode: 

  •  Moonlight, Eco, Low, Medium, High, Turbo

Available modes in Tactical Mode: 

  •  Medium, Turbo

Available blinky modes (both mode groups):

  • Strobe, S.O.S, Beacon

From OFF in Stepped Mode:

  • Single click rear clicky: Turns on in last used brightness
  • Tap rear clicky: Momentary on in last used brightness
  • Press and hold e-switch while clicking rear switch: Moonlight
  • Tap then fully click rear switch: Turbo

From ON in Stepped Mode:

  • Single click rear clicky: Turns off
  • Single click e-switch: Changes modes E-L-M-H-E
  • Double click e-switch: Turbo
  • Triple click e-switch: Strobe. To switch between S.O.S and Beacon, double click the e-switch

From OFF in Tactical Mode:

  • Single click rear clicky: Turns on in Turbo
  • Tap rear clicky: Momentary on in Turbo
  • Tap then click rear switch: Strobe. Double click while in Strobe to switch between S.O.S and Beacon

From ON in Tactical Mode:

  • Single click rear clicky: Turns off
  • Single click e-switch: Switches between Medium and Turbo
  • Double click e-switch: Strobe. While in Strobe, double click to switch between S.O.S and Beacon

Mode memory:

  • For Stepped Mode ONLY: Remembers the last use mode. Turbo and the blinky modes are not memorized

Shortcuts:

  • Double click e-switch (Stepped Modes): Turbo
  • Double click e-switch (Tactical Modes): Strobe
  • Tap then click the rear switch from OFF (in Stepped Mode only): Turbo
  • Triple click e-switch (in Stepped Mode only): Strobe

Low voltage warning/protection:

  • The switch LED indicated battery state when turned on for 5 seconds: 
  • Solid green 50% to 100%, 
  • solid red 50% to 20%, 
  • flashing red less than 20% remaining battery

Strobe/blinkies

  • Strobe, S.O.S, Beacon

Lock-out mode: 

  • Manual lockout: Unscrew the tailcap 1/8

PWM

  • None

Additional/summary info on the UI: 

  • On face value the UI seems quite ok, although part of me thinks that it just isn’t making the best use of dual switch setup. For example the Wurkkos TS22 with only a single electronic side switch seems to offer more flexibility than the TD01 does with dual switches. I guess this is a side effect of wanting to make the TD01 more “tacticool”. 
  • The sideswitch of the TD01 is also larger than that found on the TS22 although looks the same style. It isn’t bad, but has more play and less precision than the one on the TS22.
  • But it is the rear switch that I have most issues with. It is hugely rubbery and imprecise to use. And double clicking it can be a challenge. Sometimes you’ll double click it, but it will only do the single click action. I also have a huge complaint that the rubber boot protrudes slightly from the edges of the cap. Clearly it has been designed to allow tail standing, then they have fitted a switch boot that is a mm or so too long, either on or off, it will not come close to tail standing. I don’t mind lights that can’t tail stand, but if this is the decision, have a completely exposed switch, rather than one that has raised sections around the switch.

Wurkkos TD01 Charging and batteries

The Wurkkos TD01 takes a 21700 size battery,  a Wurkkos-branded 5000 mAh 21700 cell. I don’t know who makes this one, but they have performed well in other Wurkkos lights I’ve used.

This is a flat top unprotected battery. Thanks to the dual springs, the TD01 worked with every 21700 I threw at it bar a super long Cyansky 21700 that has an integrated USB charging port, it was too long to fit.

You get onboard USB C charging, good for 5 volts 3 amps. After the runtimes, the average capacity added was about 4100-4200 mAh in about 3 hours. Ending voltage was a conservative 4.13 volts.

Charge typeFitsNo fitCharge time
Flashlight with onboard USB-CAll 21700 sizesVery long 21700s with USB charging ports3h

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.
ModeSpecifiedTurn on30 sec.10 min.
Eco3020 lm20 lm
Low15095 lm85 lm
Med350203 lm203 lm200 lm
High900585 lm581 lm387 lm
Turbo22001539 lm1504 lm558 lm

Ambient temperature during testing:

  •  11°C 

Parasitic drain:

  • None

Wurkkos TD01 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.
ModeSpecifiedRuntime (ANSI FL1)Time till shut off
Eco70hNot testedNot tested
Low15hNot testedNot tested
Med9h8h 27min8h 52min
High4h2h 33min4h 14min
Turbo2h 30min2h 28min3h 17min

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.
ModeSpecifiedCandela measured MetersYards
Eco3550 cd / 119m3143 cd112m122yd
Low17,100 cd / 261m12,288 cd222m243yd
Medium32,192 cd / 357m27,241 cd330m361yd
High71,333 cd / 533m87,799 cd593m649yd
Turbo270,000 cd / 1039m193,419 cd880m962yd

Ambient temperature:

  •  20°C 

Beamshots

Camera: Canon EOS 200D, Canon 18-55mm EFS IS used at 18mm, Shutter: ¼, F4.5, ISO: 1600, White Balance: 5200k 

To take the photos the camera and torch are both mounted to a tripod using a timer on the shutter. Beam shots are taken at two different distances.

Distance: 100m to the building

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

Beamshots of the following flashlights compared:

  • Wurkkos TD01
  • Wurkkos TD02
  • Wurkkos TS22
  • Cyansky H3
  • Lumintop AD01
  • NightSearcher Magnum 3000

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 Wurkkos. We have not been paid to review, nor have we been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Throw
  2. Performance
  3. Nice size vs throw
  4. TIR beam profile at distance

Cons

  1. Mushy switch
  2. Ringy beam close up

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
Author: Matthew

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.

I really like the TD01 and for a single cell light that you want some very good distance from and that will still just about fit in your coat pocket. The TD01 delivers and then some. It also doesn’t do anything that is annoying. It is a pity the tail switch feels a bit naff, but to be honest that really is my only complaint and the only reason I’m not giving this five stars. It doesn’t quite meet its max output and beam distance claims, but isn’t a million miles off and performs more than well enough to be taken seriously.

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