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Wurkkos TS10 review: EDC flashlight
Wurkkos TS10 specifications
|Brand & Model||Wurkkos TS10 5800k|
|LED||3* CSP LED|
|Beam intensity||4150 cd|
|Modes||ALL OF THEM! Anduril 2|
|Blinkies||Many of them.|
|Reflector||Triple TIR optics|
|Review publication date||August 2022|
This is it. This is the one I have been waiting for. Ever since I heard about the now famous TS10, I knew I had to have one. I mean, they are talking about it everywhere. Churches, schools…. Okay maybe not, but if you have any interest in flashlights, you have heard of the TS10. I mean, a 14500 light with Anduril 2, aux lights and 1400 lumens to boot?! Yes please. On the first day I put in an order and it got held up due to demand. Fortunately this review unit was already on the way and I was able to get reviewing what I feel is the most important light of the quarter, or at least one of the most talked about. Let’s dive in and explore how wonderful or terrible these things actually are.
The packaging is more sophisticated than I was expecting, but Wurkkos has been hard at work revamping pretty much their entire line-up and the box is no different. I was surprised to find, at least for the TS10, they ditched the front flap basic box in favor of this new design. Typical orange and white with a large Logo upfront, this retail packaging has a hang-tab and a plastic insert to house everything during shipment. Seems like it did its job quite well. Looks nice, Wurkkos.
Included in the box are:
- Wurkkos TS10
- 14500 battery (optional)
- 2* o-rings
- pocket clip
Flashlight in use
The Wurkkos TS10 has a very small form factor, like “getting lost in your pocket” small. In fact, it is almost small enough to be considered a keychain light. If there were a provision for a split ring, I would say it could very easily feel at home on a set of keys. I suppose you could slide something behind a small space behind the pocket clip to make the attachment. There is enough room there for a lanyard as well (or in a hole on the clip), which makes more sense.
The clip also acts as an anti-roll feature, as the body is quite round with no steps to hold it in place. While we are on the subject of holding it in place, the finish on the light combined with the size prevents a sure, firm grip. My three year old daughter holds it just fine, but the smooth body with the anodizing (especially the red in my case) means you might have to find a creative way to hold it for your use. It can be a little bit slick.
The back has an e-switch that provides a lot of feedback and proportionally seems quite large, although I find the size to be just right. If it were a tad smaller though, perhaps there could be room in the tail for a magnet? Also, without any thumb cuts, the tail is quite stable if you need to set it on a table and use it as a stationary light. The fantastic thing about a lot of light in a little package, is you can use it for just about anything, maybe even keep an extra battery in your watch pocket and keep this as a primary carry. The small size does have a downfall though. There is not a lot of meat on these bones, and that means high thermal transfer and your hands get toasty on higher modes before too long. Anduril thermal management does a decent job of bringing down the output, but it is almost too little, too late. The TS10 gets hot on turbo so rapidly it is silly.
Build Quality, and Warranty
Compared to a lot of other flashlights out there, there aren’t that many details brought about in the machining of the TS10. But, let’s face it, there isn’t much room for them. The head has very nice grooves machined into the 6061 hard anodized aluminum, which is reminiscent of the FC11 and FC12 among other lights.
The body and tailcap are a little different from what Wurkkos would usually produce. The tail has teardrop dimples and the body has what I can only describe as bamboo-esque curvature to it. With no grooves on the body, the shape and the anodizing make the light a little on the slick side, but the light weight and small size make it quite easy to maintain grip. The tailcap is screwed on and secured with glue and requires you to remove the head to replace the battery. The threads are not anodized, and as a result, they get dirty pretty quick. Once the square-cut threads are started, they are quite smooth, even without the anodizing. The pocket clip does extend over the threaded body, and with such a small frame, it can get in the way when removing the battery to charge or swap.
While on the subject of the pocket clip, it does its job, but only just so. It is quite stiff, but then again, some of the pocket clips on my lights are bigger than this entire light. The stiffness makes it difficult to secure to your pants pocket easily, but I have found that if you pull away from the pocket a little harder than usual, or even use the clip to tug outward, it will still work. The lanyard is well constructed, but is quite plain. After a tug test, I do believe this would hold up being snagged against brush, a wall or anything else of the sort. As with all Wurkkos offerings,the TS10 includes a 1 year warranty against manufacturer defects.
LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector
The TS10 comes with domeless LatticePower CSP2323 and there are multiple temperature variants available. 4000k, 5000k, or what I received, the 5800k projected out by a triple TIR lens. There is no glass to protect the lens, but it is inset from the face. According to My Opple Lightmaster Pro (at 2 feet on mode H2), the temperature came in at 5714K, which I believe to be very accurate. The RA (Average color rendering) came in at 99.5, which seems high for 5800k, but Wurkkos does indicate over 90% color rendering. I agree that the colors seem very true to life, but nearing 100 percent is unlikely, especially at 5800k. The tint does appear pretty neutral, considering it is a cooler white LED used and is not unpleasant to the eye. To myself, it seems similar to adjusting a television’s picture settings to vivid, where things are just a tad cooler than normal instead of just brighter and more accurate.
The actual beam is quite nice. I have always been a fan of a smooth transition between the hotspot and the spill, one of my favorites being the Acebeam E70 mini with virtually NO hotspot. The TS10 has a nice smooth transition, and while not as seamless as the E70 mini (a larger light), it does hold its own thanks to the TIR optics. I do not notice any definitive green in the beam and I am once again surprised by how much thought and engineering can go into something so small while keeping the price similarly small.
Dimensions and size comparison
|Wurkkos TS10 Dimension||Millimeters||Inches|
|Wurkkos TS10 Weight||Grams||Oz.|
Flashlight size comparison with its competition
For comparison, the TS10 will be paired with the Sofirn SC21 Pro, Olight Baton 3 SS, Olight i3t EOS SS, Brynite M18 and Olight i3E EOS
Driver & User Interface:
Anduril 2 User Interface
Here is another Anduril 2 image.
And by default, it uses the Simple UI… and here is the UI diagram:
Anduril2 has two UI’s available: Simple and Advanced. The light came with the Simple UI enabled, and I think it’s kind of a misnomer because it’s still a little complicated for a first-time user. However, those familiar with the original will pick it up pretty quickly. Simple UI is missing some of the familiar features present in the original, namely the special blinky modes, temp check, and thermal configuration (those are present in the Advanced UI), and there’s no “muggle” mode either. You still get access to smooth ramping (stepped is, you guessed it, only available in Advanced UI), lockout, momentary high, battery check, and some useful lock/unlock modes.
The Advanced UI is appropriately named because it’s, well, advanced and there’s a plethora of options and configurations available. There’s probably way more features than the average user would ever dip into, but it’s nice to know you can tweak things like the voltage sensor calibration for batt check, AUX LED settings, and even configure the auto-lock. I found this to be a pretty useful feature that enables the light to automatically turn off after a certain amount of time if the light is accidentally activated.
Modes: Simple and Advanced UI both have many standard and blinky modes available, but the main modes are stepped and smooth ramping, but stepped ramping is only available in Advanced UI, and smooth is enabled in both Simple and Advanced.
Switch to Advanced UI from Simple: 10 clicks, but hold on the 10th click
- Press and hold: Turns on in either smooth or stepped ramp (depending on which mode is enabled)
- Single click: Turn on in last mode (step or ramp state-again depends on which mode)
- Double click: Ramp ceiling/turbo
- Triple click: Battery check (in Simple and Advanced UI)
- Triple click and hold: Special strobe modes-remembers last used (in Advanced UI)
- Quad click: Lockout mode. In lockout mode you have different options available:
- 1 click: momentary moon (bottom of ramp)
- 2 clicks: momentary (higher floor)
- 4 clicks: turns on in ramp mode
- 4 clicks with a hold: on in ramp mode, lowest/floor
- 5 clicks with a hold: on in ramp mode, highest/ceiling
- 10 clicks with a hold: configure the lock timeout threshold (in Advanced UI only). This is a new feature for Anduril2, it allows you to set a timeout to the lock, where the light will lock after a pre-set elapsed time.
- Press and hold: Ramp up (depending on the mode)
- Single click: Turn off
- Double click: Ramp ceiling/turbo
- Double click and hold: Ramp down
- Triple click: Toggle between smooth and stepped ramping (in Advanced UI only)
- Quad click: Lockout mode (see above for the lockout options)
- Yes, memorizes last on state setting either smooth or stepped ramping, but does not remember blinkies
Low voltage warning:
- Yes, when in operation, the light steps down brightness gradually until turning off when the cell is around 2.9 volts.
- Yes, many! The blinkies are accessible from off with 3H (click click click-hold) in ADVANCED UI only. You switch between strobe modes with 2 clicks:
- Candle mode
- Bike flasher
- Party strobe
- Tactical strobe
- Lightning storm
- Yes. In Simple or Advanced UI, lockout is accessed by 4 clicks from on or off. 4 clicks to unlock. The lockout enables momentary operation in the moon mode, however, 2H (click click-hold) enables low mode. There are other lockout modes available (see the diagram).
Temp check and thermal calibration mode
- In the first version, you could do both the ambient temperature sensor calibration and thermal ceiling at the same time, but in Anduril2, it’s a little different. When in temp check, click 7 times and hold on the 7th to enter the thermal configuration. To configure the ambient temp, wait for the first flash and then set the ambient, but once you’ve done that, you need to go back to the temp check and click 7 times, hold on the 7th, this time, don’t let off the button. Wait for the 2nd blink, and then you can set the thermal ceiling.
User Interface Bugs-
- Early versions of the TS10 have a few flaws with the user interface that have since been addressed. The review unit I received has an issue where the auxiliary lights will stay on while the main emitters are on. Not bright, but on.
Additionally, the auxiliary leds will continue to stay illuminated after the low voltage protection (LVP) has shut off the main LEDs.
If you are an early adopter, this is something to watch out for, as over-discharging a cell will cause permanent damage to it and rid it of some potential.
Batteries & Charging
The Wurkkos TS10 comes with a cell that is 3.7v 14500 labeled to be 900 mah. The flashlight does not come with internal charging, which is uncommon for Wurkkos. I can only assume it was to keep this in as small a package as possible. Charging the cell in my automatic charger, the MiBoxer C8, the battery charged to a full state of 4.2V in 1HR 16MIN minutes and had a capacity of 838 mah.
All figures were taken using a purpose-built integrating sphere for light collection and an Extech SDL400 for datalogging.
All modes tested using a completely charged Wurkkos 14500 cell. No change has been made to the Anduril firmware. The levels for output are straight from the manufacturer.
After getting my output results for H8 (turbo), I wanted to verify that the ambient temperature settings in Anduril were correct. If they are too far off, it could adjust how quickly the throttling will kick in and rob you of light output. I found them to be within 1 degree, which should be sufficient for getting accurate readings. It really does just get THAT hot, that fast. This would explain why the initial readings were above spec, but at 30 second, the lumen readings die down to just 9 percent of startup readings.
|Mode||Specs||@turn on||@30 sec||@10 minutes|
Battery Life: Runtime graphs
The TS10 definitely wants to make sure you have some light if you need it, and it seems like just under 50 lumens is the sweet spot. All modes that started above that 50 lumen mark, eventually dropped down and hovered around there to make sure you had a consistent light (in some cases, for hours) for a potential time in need. Turbo drops quite quickly, but that is to be expected when the thermals get high so quickly.
|Mode||Specified runtime||Measured runtime (ANSI)||Time till shut off|
|H2||not listed||*||21HRS 20MIN|
|H3||6HRS 43MIN||6HRS 16MIN||6HRS 23MIN|
|H4||2HRS 43MIN||2HRS 29MIN||2HRS 43MIN|
|H5||1HR 24MIN||2HRS 15MIN||2Hrs 24MIN|
|H6||1HR 20MIN||2HRS 06MIN||2HRS 21MIN|
|H7||1HR 29MIN||2HRs 15MIN||2HRS 33MIN|
|H8||1HR 14MIN||2HRS 13MIN||2HRS 23MIN|
* The ANSI runtime measurements could not be taken due to the fact that the lumen output never changed until it shut off*
ANSI FL1 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.
Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements
|H1||5 cd||5 cd||4m||4y|
|H2||45 cd||80 cd||18 m||20y|
|H3||160 cd||300 cd||35 m||38y|
|H4||400 cd||500 cd||45 m||49y|
|H5||800 cd||975 cd||62 m||68y|
|H6||1675 cd||1,900 cd||87 m||95y|
|H7||2525 cd||2,900 cd||107 m||117|
|H8||4150 cd||4,350 cd||131 m||143y|
The specifications from Wurkkos seem to be a little off here, to the credit of the flashlight. I was getting longer throw, but I was also getting pretty accurate readings across the board with the output. Very consistent.
Extra info: Peak beam distance according to ANSI FL1 standards: 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).
Beamshots taken using a Lumix G7 locked at iso 6000, ev 0.00
Beamshots compared to the following flashlights:
- Wurkkos TS10 5800k H3-H8 (Turbo)
- Sofirn SC21 Pro Turbo
- Olight Baton 3 Turbo
- Wurkkos TS10 4000k Turbo (for reference of different temp)
Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by Wurkkos. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- An absolute TON of light for the price.
- Being Anduril, there are a lot of features
- Unique addition to the lighting market.
- Gets very hot, very quick.
- Edit by Marco: Bad performance with default settings
- Pocket clip leaves something to be desired.
- Early UI bugs (review unit included)
Explanation on star ratings:
1: Avoid: my phone flashlight 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 stars: ★★★★
The Wurkkos TS10 is one of the most “bang for the buck” lights out there right now, if not ever. Anduril 2, 1400 lumens, triple TIR optics and great feel. With auxiliary lights to boot! The user interface could be a learning curve that is a little much if someone new is thrown into the Anduril firmware, but to some, that just means a lot of new exciting things to learn. Everything considered, the TS10 flies to the top of my list as the most “giftable” lights out there. Now, if you receive one with the Anduril bugs that mine have, I have to give this 4 stars. If you update the software, or buy one after the updates, it is enough to earn another half of a star. There are still a few issues, like the heat and it could use a thinner (more pliable) or redesigned pocketclip. But, in its current standing, I would have to say 4 stars.