Wurkkos TS30

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Wurkkos TS30 Review: Throw Flashlight

Wurkkos TS30 specifications

Brand/modelWurkkos TS30
LED3x Luminus SST40
Lumens5,950 lm
Beam intensity23,725 cd
Battery config.1*21700
MaterialAluminum
Modes5 stepped + strobe or ramping
BlinkiesStrobe
ReflectorSmooth
WaterproofIPX8
Review dateApril 2021

Introduction:

Wurkkos is really busy with creating more brand awareness lately. Recently, they introduced the absolutely stunning Wurkkos TS30S, which I reviewed. At the same time, they have also released the TS30, which they have sent me to review.

The brand might still not sound very familiar to some of you, well that’s not very strange, since they are still relatively new in the world of flashlights. As explained in the TS30S review, they are connected to Sofirn, so that might explain some similarities. 

Nevertheless, they have paid attention to detail and surprise in terms of build quality. The TS30 seems to be engineered very well and according to today’s market demand since it uses the popular 21700 cell. It has an electronic side switch with indication and has USB-C connectivity.

The TS30 seems to have the same build quality as the TS30S, which isn’t strange because they are 80% identical. It’s well built , and has similar dimensions to a regular C8 flashlight. The TS30 has a triple reflector like the Sofirn C8F, and uses three SST40 LEDs.

Does the TS30 meet the quality of the TS30S?

Let’s find out!

Package quality.

The packaging of the light is good. The exterior of the box is pretty basic and not very fancy. There is no fully designed printed box as you will get from Magicshine or Acebeam, but there is nothing to complain about. 

After all, most people throw the box away, anyway (unlike myself).

Packaging is solid, everything is well protected, it all has a good exact fit inside the grey plastic foam, so it won’t damage.

It is not all about the looks of the box, it’s what’s inside that counts! Well, you won’t be disappointed by the TS30, since it comes as a complete kit.

Inside the box you will find:

  • Wurkkos TS30
  • 5000mAh 21700 Li-Ion Battery
  • Spare o-rings
  • Lanyard
  • Manual
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 21700 to 18650 battery adapter
  • Additional stainless steel strike bezel

Flashlight in use

First of all, I am very fond of the size and its size to weight ratio. It is comparable to a regular C8 flashlight (or Sofirn’s C8F) and feels very well in hand, the Stainless steel bezel is a nice pro since it is very tough and will prevent scratches on the light when placed on the bezel.

The electronic side switch is within reach, you can easily access it with your fingers when holding it. The head part looks to be identical to the TS30S. The main difference being that the TS30S uses a larger and deeper reflector, where the TS30 uses a smaller triple reflector

The battery tube is identical to the TS30S apart from the logo, with the letter S missing ;–) So, handling is very good, with the large milled knurling which almost feels like protruding parts, and will give a ton of grip.

The head part has some milled parts, which will act as an anti roll feature.

It will fit in large pockets. However since it’s almost the size of a C8 style flashlight, this might be a very good indication about its size and if this will be pocketable for you.

The tail is flat, so it will be perfectly able to tail stand. One thing worth mentioning is that there is just one small hole for a lanyard. Many other flashlights allow the lanyard to connect into two holes, which makes tail standing with the lanyard connected not 100% stable, it results in a bit of a wobbly stand.

Handling the additional stainless steel strike bezel shouldn’t be too difficult. it is very easy to unscrew the SS bezel and exchange these bezels. It has to be said that the SS bezel is very decent, although the strike bezel is not really my cup of tea.

Build Quality, and Warranty

The light is made out of 6061 aluminum and has shiny HAIII anodization. This looks identical to its bigger brother, the Wurkkos TS30S, and so does the knurling. It has large deep milled squares to provide enough grip to the tube. 

It does not have the traditional knurling, but these milled parts look much better in my opinion and it works very well. On the side of the battery tube there are two flat unmachined parts that have the brand logo model name. The battery tube is not symmetrical, so you can only connect it one way to the head, and you’ll never go wrong on the tail, since it makes this light monkey proof.

Threads are well cut and lubricated, it does not show any signs of rough edges or burrs, anodization comes nearly undamaged near to the machined parts, so finishing is good. And so are the threads of the tube. These are square-shaped and will last for a long time.

When I was trying to exchange the bezels I had some trouble loosening it. I used a piece of rubber to get enough grip to the head part trying to remove the bezel and actually found out I accidentally disassembled the head (which seems to be glued, because the glue residue is still visible in the pictures).

The manual mentions that disassembling the flashlight voids any warranty. I have voided that due to applying too much force on the head while loosening the bezel. The plus of this is that I was able to view its internals. (and the bezel came loose quite easily, it just needed some more torque)

LED, Lens, Bezel, and Reflector

Since I just voided warranty by opening the head I was able to photograph the internals. There are quite some fingerprints visible on the aluminum reflector, but luckily this is just the backside that normally isn’t visible. The front side of the triple reflector is smooth and the finishing looks excellent.

The MCPCB is very interesting. It is a triple MCPCB with some extra tabs, which looks to be soldered/reflowed onto the MCPCB. My guess it’s used for centering the reflector and to prevent accidentally dedoming of the LEDs when you assemble the flashlight.

The Wurkkos TS30 is only available with Luminus SST40’s, available in 5000K and 6000K. My copy came with the 6000K LEDs. Wurkkos does not provide any more info, so the specific bin is unknown.

It puts out a ton of light, and the beam is very well usable for jobs nearby (close-up jobs work well with a low lumen setting), and it can throw far at the same time. This light is a perfect all-rounder. I love it!

Dimensions and size comparison

  • Length: 135mm
  • Head diameter: 49mm
  • Body diameter: 27mm
  • Tail diameter: 30mm

Weight: 

  • Without cells  196 gram
  • With cells: 270 gram

Flashlight Size comparison

I have placed it next to some well known flashlights for a comparison.

From left to right, Emisar D4, Wurkkos TS30, Amutorch XT45 (Also with SBT90.2), Convoy C8, Wurkkos TS30S, BLF Q8

Driver & User Interface:

This flashlight has 2 mod groups, Ramping mode and stepped mode.

In the stepped-mode group, there are 5 modes.

Stepped Modes: Eco, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, 

Ramped modes: Ramping from Eco to Turbo, Strobe

Switching between mode group 1 and mode group 2 can be done when the light is turned OFF. Press and hold the side switch for 3 seconds, to switch between both mode groups. Two flashes will confirm the mode group has changed.

In Stepped group mode

From OFF:

  • Press and Hold: The flashlight will start in ECO mode and will flash to indicate a change of mode group.
  • Single-click: ON
  • 1-second hold: ECO mode 
  • Double-click: Turbo mode (while in turbo single click to return to previously memorized mode)
  • 3 clicks: Strobe mode
  • 4 clicks: Electronic Lockout (repeat to deactivate)

From ON:

  • Press and Hold: cycle through the modes.
  • Single click: OFF
  • Double-click: Turbo
  • 3 clicks: Strobe mode
  • 4 clicks: Electronic Lockout (repeat to deactivate)

In Ramping mode 

From OFF:

  • Press and Hold: ECO mode and will flash to indicate a change of mode group.
  • Single-click: ON
  • 1-second hold: ECO mode 
  • Double-click: Turbo mode (while in turbo single click to return to previous memorized mode)
  • 3 clicks: Strobe mode
  • 4 clicks: Electronic Lockout (repeat to deactivate)

From ON:

  • Press and Hold: Ramp up. (Ramping changes its direction when the button is being pressed again within 1,5 seconds. The light flashes once when it reaches the lower or upper end of the ramp.
  • Single-click: OFF
  • Double-click: Turbo
  • 3 clicks: Strobe mode
  • 4 clicks: Electronic Lockout (repeat to deactivate)

Mode memory:

  •  The Wurkkos TS30 has Mode Memory. It memorizes the last brightness level used in the general modes (except Strobe). Mode memory cannot be deactivated.

Low voltage warning:

  • The light has a low voltage warning. The side switch will start blinking red intermittently, and the light will completely switch off when the battery’s voltage drops below 2.7V. 
    • Green = remaining battery power is more than 30%.
    • Red = remaining battery power is poor (below 30%).
    • Flashing Red = critical power, replace or recharge the battery as soon as possible.

Strobe/blinkies

  • 3 clicks to activate Strobe mode. While in Strobe mode, single click to return to the previously used standard mode.

Lock-out mode: 

  •  The light has an electronic lockout. It can be activated by 4 clicks. Repeat to deactivate and return to the previous mode setting. When the light is locked, the main LED only blinks two times to show the status of being locked. 
  • An interesting feature is that it is still possible to use ECO mode while the light is in lockout mode
  • While in lockout mode, hold the side switch to use Eco mode (momentary mode)

At first I had some trouble with the lockout feature because it reacted with a short fast police strobe, but it did not activate lockout. It seems that timing your clicks is very critical here. Lockout does not need to be enabled by clicking very fast, but by tapping the switch four times gently.

  • A mechanical lockout is possible by unscrewing the tailcap half a turn. This is useful when the light is stored for a longer period of time.

PWM

  • I noticed a slight hint of PWM with a camera while in ramping mode. However, during normal use, you won’t notice it.

Batteries & Charging

The Wurkkos TS30 has a USB-C port for recharging the battery, but cannot be used as a power bank. It has USB PD charging compatibility, unlike many other flashlights that only allow charging with a USB-A to USB-C cable. This one seems to be fully compatible with all USB-C and PD (USB-C to USB-C) chargers.

A USB-A to USB-C cable is supplied and according to the manual it can charge with speeds up to 2 Amps. During charging, the LED power indicator flashes red. When charging is finished the indicator will turn green.

The included battery is identical to the one that came with the Wurkkos TS30S and looks identical to a Shocklii battery. It is rated at 5000mAh and performs very well. However, it still doesn’t beat the Samsung 40T, which produces a higher output. But since this battery was supplied with the flashlight, I am using it for all my tests. It is unprotected and a flat top. Because I don’t own any button-tops or protected 21700’s, I cannot guarantee they will fit.

Performance

This is probably the part you were waiting for.

Amp measurement  

For current measurements, I used a UNI-T (UT-210E) clamp-on current meter, with a short (approx 15cm) 14 AWG wire to bypass the current on the tailcap.

  • Eco:  3mA 
  • Low: 125mA
  • Med: 764mA
  • High: 4.9 A
  • Turbo: 12.63 A

Parasitic drain:

  • I was not able to measure parasitic drain (there will be some though)

Runtime graph

Runtime is measured using the ceiling bounce app inside a closed environment, so no external influences will impact the readings.

The numbers next to the graph are calculated upon the percentual output. These numbers are measured as stated in the next paragraph using an integrating sphere.

Runtimes of the Turbo and high setting show the thermal regulation kicking in hard, without any decent feedback, it will just proportionally step down until the temperature decreases, at which point it will step up to the high output again.

Another interesting fact is that Wurkkos claims the runtime in medium for 4h 19 minutes, and it actually does double that!

What amazed me even more is that the runtime in low is advertised as 20h, but ran for 58 hours! That’s some interesting facts for people who like camping and such. 

Lumen measurements (for each mode)

Lumens are measured into my newly acquired 50 cm EPS integrating sphere, which is continuously calibrated against a (Well respected BLF member) Maukka calibration light.

Readings are done with a UNI-T 383S luxmeter.

Please note that with my new setup with the integrating sphere and calibration light, my readings are very low compared to several other reviewers out there. However, the numbers recorded with this setup are real Lumens. 

It seems the claimed Luminous output are just theoretical numbers, and many manufacturers tend to overrate their Lumen readings because high lumen numbers sell!

For the TS30 I measured the following values:

  • ECO: 1 Lm
  • Low: 52 Lm
  • Medium: 336 Lm
  • High: 1,761 Lm
  • Turbo: 3,773 Lm

Throw numbers: 

Throw is measured indoors at 5 m distance, with a UNI-T 383S

Lm measuredLux measuredCandela measuredMeters of throwAdvertised LumensAdvertised Candela
ECO1NANANA13.5
LOW5226650511301025
MEDIUM33619248001386504066
HIGH1761106626,650326270015983
TURBO3773 lumens232058,000 cd4815950 lumens23,725 cd

Beamshots

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.

Explanation on star ratings:

  1. – Avoid: my phone flashlight would be a better choice
  2. – Poor: significant defect or issues, much better options available at the same price
  3. – Average: some defects or issues
  4. – Good: recommended (minor issues)
  5. – Great: highly recommended

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Small versatile light
  2. Good output
  3. Fantastic runtime
  4. Very good usable beam and spill
  5. Very well built
  6. Modern design, with modern features
  7. Complete kit

Cons

  1. ATR needs improvement
  2. Does not meet manufacturer rated numbers
Reviewer Peter
Author: Peter

4.5 stars: ★★★★⋆

The TS30 is a very good all-round flashlight. It will work perfectly indoors, nearby, and outdoors.

Here are a few more pros:

It’s relatively small and shorter than a C8 style flashlight, but still pocketable.
It has a decent USB-C port that is PD-charge compatible.
It has a nice e-switch
The optional 21700 battery is really good.
It’s very decent engineered and built.
It has a fantastic runtime.
It has the right price, and the list goes on and on.

However, there are also a few small cons.

The lumen rating looks to be theoretical, so I expected the real output to be lower (visually you won’t notice the difference). And the UI is different from many other flashlights, so you need to get used to that as well. The temperature regulation needs improvement since it does not provide any feedback to the controller; it just drops down in output at a certain percentage depending on the measured temperature.

I would have loved to give this 5 stars since it is a very good flashlight, and in my opinion, the cons don’t weigh up to all the pros. Therefore, I can still really recommend this light!

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