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Wurkkos TS30S Review: SBT90.2 Flashlight
Wurkkos TS30S specifications
|Beam intensity||226000 cd / 952meters|
|Review date||March 2021|
Wurkkos is a relatively new brand that has a collaboration with Sofirn. Wurkkos does not produce their lights themselves; they outsource their production to Sofirn, who make flashlights for different brands.
Although Wurkkos has its own website, where you can buy their products, you can clearly see the relationship with Sofirn in some details.
Sofirn is an authorized seller of the Wurkkos brand on the Sofirn AliExpress store, so you can even buy Wurkkos products at the Sofirn store, or on https://wurkkos.com/
The Wurkkos TS30S is a FET-driven SBT90.2 flashlight with a relatively big reflector. This means it’s more a tactical light with the intended use outdoors since there is no need to use an SBT90.2 indoors ;–)
The tactical part is also intensified by the fact that it comes with an additional and incredible large, tactical strike bezel.
A single 21700 Li-ion rechargeable battery powers it, and it is rated at 6.000 lumens with a maximum range of 952 meters. It has an electronic side switch, USB-C charging, and comes with Toykeeper’s Anduril UI, and all of that for just $80.
The package arrived in the typical Chinese packaging. It came in a large white sealed bubble wrapped envelope without any additional protective filling or packaging. The box, however, held up very well, with only some minor damage.
The cardboard box isn’t very fancy. The package contents were protected with some sturdy dark grey foam.
The package contains:
- Wurkkos TS30S flashlight
- Spare O rings
- USB A to USB C charging cable
- 21700 to 18650 battery adapter
- An unprotected 5000mAh 21700 battery
- User manual
Flashlight in use
I did not have any experience with Wurkkos, so I really didn’t know what to expect other than the things I have seen on the internet. Well, I have to say, I was positively surprised!
The build quality is really good. It doesn’t feel cheap like some of the cheap Chinese lights, and it’s definitely made to last. It has a good wall thickness and feels beefy. The tube is machined with fairly large diamond knurling, that provides enough grip. It doesn’t feel as heavy as the Convoy L21A for example.
The lighted electronic side switch is within reach, easily accessible, and operable. The light itself is a tad larger than a C8 but not as large as the Astrolux FT03. It is pocketable but you need decent pockets ;–) The head contains some cutout parts, which will prevent any unwanted body roll.
The tail is completely flat, so tail standing is possible. However, with the lanyard attached it’s not perfectly flat anymore so although tail standing is possible, it’s a bit wobbly. The flashlight feels very decent and feels like a ‘premium’ flashlight.
Build Quality, and Warranty
Interesting fact; the tube isn’t symmetrical, the diameter of the tailcap end is smaller than the part which screws into the head of the flashlight. Also, the diameter of the tube is wide enough to hold larger cells. I have experienced that with the first batch of Convoy L21A lights, that did not fit larger cells. The Wurkkos TS30S will allow almost any 21700 cell. (At least, the ones I own)
The anodization is not as matte as many convoy lights, but more glossy than a lot of Sofirn flashlights. The threads are rectangular and have a clean cut. There wasn’t a lot of grease, so it is advised to use a drop of silicone grease to ensure that buttery smooth feeling.
I was able to open the head quite easily, please note that this will void the warranty as stated in the manual. The manual refers to the warranty policy before contacting your authorized distributor, however, it does not say a thing about their terms and conditions. Other than to contact Wurkkos for refund or replacement within warranty period. (as said, there is no indication of the length of their warranty period or such)
LED, Lens, Bezel, and Reflector
The LED is a Luminus SBT90.2 LED in a smooth aluminum reflector. The reflector rests on a black plastic insulating gasket which has a good tight fit around the LED. The tolerances were excellent. Even after disassembling and assembling the head and reflector, the beam did not show any sign of bad focusing or out of focus. It still performed as before and showed a very nice hotspot without any strange artifact.
The SBT90.2 is a bit cold, but boy is it fun on Turbo 😉
Of course, it is perfectly well suitable for the job on any lower setting, but probably most people will buy this because it just gives a ton of light. In order to distinguish items over a long distance, there are much better alternatives to use.
The light comes with a standard bezel, with small crenelations. It also comes with an additional or exchangeable tactical strike bezel. I found the bezel to be tight, trying to remove the bezel resulted in opening the head. After clamping the head with enough force to remove the bezel, exchanging the bezels was very easy.
The stainless steel (SS) tactical bezel feels quite hefty, and boy is it large. Personally, I wouldn’t use it, but this one is certainly able to cause some damage. I think I’ll just mod the additional bezel and cut off the strike crenelation parts and make it a nice and smooth bezel (call me old-fashioned).
Dimensions and size comparison
- Length: 153 mm
- Head diameter: 55mm
- Without cells: 230 grams
- With cells: 301 grams
Flashlight size comparison
To show its dimensions, I placed it next to other popular flashlights.
Note, I think it’s interesting to see many similarities between the Q8 and TS30S ;–)
Driver & User Interface:
The driver is using a Anduril UI. This is currently one of the most advanced firmwares for flashlights at the moment.
This is the image of the UI, but forget about the bottom part, because this particular light has no AUX LEDs.
- Single-click: ON
- Double click: High (Top of ramp, to get to Turbo, you need to do another double click)
- 3 clicks: Access the blinky/utility modes.
Enter Special/Fun modes from OFF:
- 2 clicks + hold: Strobe modes
- 4 clicks: Lock Out mode
- 5 clicks: Momentary on
- 6 clicks: Muggle mode
- Single-click: Off
- Double click: Turbo
- 3 clicks: change ramping mode.. Instead of a smooth increase, it has 6 little steps between Lowest and Max.
- 4 clicks: change to ramping configuration mode
- Press and hold: brightness ramps up.. release and press and hold again to ramp down.
INTERESTING, SPECIAL AND FUN MODES:
Please read the manual carefully to know how to access or customize these modes. Also see the firmware picture, above.
- Blinky Utility mode:
- Battery check
- Sunset Mode
- Beacon mode
- Temperature check
Strobe / Mood modes:
When in the strobes mode, double-click to rotate between them – all modes except party strobe are brightness, changed the same way as a normal ramp. In party strobe mode, ramping up and down will increase and decrease the frequency of the strobe, for incredible effects.
- Bike flasher
- Party strobe
- Tactical Strobe
- Lightning mode
- Lockout mode (can’t use the light)
- Lockout mode is available by clicking four times from off – while in lockout mode, click-and-hold will light up at bottom of the ramp, and a double-click-and-hold will light up somewhat brighter. This is to give you a way to quickly use the light if necessary, but if it activates in your pocket, it will only be at very low modes, and only for as long as the button is pressed. No more holes in pants!
- Momentary mode (signaling/ morse coding)
- Muggle mode: (safer for children)
- Configuration mode
- Ramp config mode
- It does not incorporate any PWM !
Batteries & Charging
The Wurkkos TS30S comes with an 5000 mAh unprotected flat-top 21700 cell. This cell looks very similar to the Shocklii cells and is likely just rewrapped. I didn’t feel the urge to remove the wrapper, since I wasn’t sure whether the original wrap is still underneath it, and would end up with a bare cell.
The light itself incorporates USB-C charging and is rated for charging speeds up to 2A. During my test I measured the USB charging speed at about 1.7A, Technically it should be able to charge with speeds up to 2A, probably the lower speed is limited by the remaining capacity inside the cell.
Yes, it does perform pretty good! It throws very well and gives a fantastic beam!
Even the measured candela output exceeds the advertised throw numbers. However the advertised Lumen numbers might be a bit too positive, more info can be found in the Lumen part of the performance section.
For current measurements, I used an UNI-T clamp-on current meter, type UT-210E, with a short (approx 15cm) 14 AWG wire to bypass the current on the tailcap.
Since it is difficult to measure a certain setting into Narsil/Anduril lights, I just did a maximum ramp/ceiling current measurement and a Turbo measurement.
- 7,9 A with the supplied Wurkkos cell
- 7,9 A with a Samsung 40T
- 20A with the supplied Wurkkos cell
- 22A with a Samsung 40T
- I was not able to measure parasitic drain.
Runtime is measured using the ceiling bounce app inside a closed environment, so no external influences will impact the reading. The numbers next to the graph are calculated upon the perceptual output. These numbers are measured as stated in the next paragraph using an integrated sphere. What can be seen is that the output is pretty good, especially considering the fact that it houses the power-hungry Luminus SBT90.2 light.
Turbo is maintained for 30 seconds, after 30 seconds the light does a small stepdown to 90%. This can be maintained for about 3.5 minutes. After that, it will decrement within 2 minutes to about 30% of its maximum output.
The 30% will be maintained for about one hour total, and the graph even shows it will increase its output a bit after a while.
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.
I have to say the sphere numbers were a bit disappointing since they read significantly lower than my Lumen tube, I even started doubting my readings, so I bought another Luxmeter which BLF member Djozz has tested to be surprisingly accurate.
I have done some thorough testing and found out the same results as Djozz did. The UT tends to have a positive deviation on higher Lux readings. To show the difference, I have written down the results for both luxmeters and setups.
Please note that the integrating sphere numbers seem to be quite low, but these are REAL lumens, it might very well be more.
- Since it is difficult to measure a certain setting into Narsil/Anduril lights, I just did a maximum ramp/ceiling current measurement and a Turbo measurement.
It seems the advertised 6000 Lm mark is a bit over-optimistic. However, the throw is very good and exceeds the advertised throw numbers.
|Mode||Sphere with UNI-T 383-s||Sphere with TASI 8133||Tube with UNI-T 383-S||Tube with TASI 8133|
|Top ramp/ceiling||2371||1450||1778||1548 Lm|
Throw is measured at exactly 5m using the TASI-8133 Luxmeter, where the light is mounted on a tripod and pointed towards the light meter. Note that this method will not take into account the measurement of any spill, since the measurement is only done in the center of the hotspot.
Turbo at 5 meters gives :
|0 sec||9250 Lx||231,250 Cd|
|30 sec||9000 Lx||225,000 Cd|
|after 30 sec||output drops to 8500 Lx||212,500 Cd|
The distance to the trees is approx 250m according to Google maps. The beamshots show several lights in Turbo mode to give an impression of what the lights can achieve. The closest competitor is the Amutorch XT45 which also uses the Luminus SBT90.2.
What clearly can be seen is that those 2 are actually quite close, and the beam and tint is very similar.
Logical of course, since the SBT90.2 is not available in as many tints as some other LED manufacturers/competitors offer.
The wide beam with enough spill makes it a very versatile light!
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.
- Solid, excellent built light
- Complete package
- Excellent output,
- very good beam and spill
- Versatile Anduril UI
- Anduril UI (might be too complicated for some average users)
- Tactical Strike bezel (personal opinion, it’s not necessary)
- Does not match rated Lumen output numbers
4.5 stars: ★★★★⋆
The Wurkkos TS30S is a really interesting flashlight, in terms of build quality. It stands out from some of its competitors, like the Amutorch XT45.
The Astrolux FT03S (with SBT90) is even more expensive, but cannot keep up with this light (due to a lack of thermal mass, which will cause an immediate thermal stepdown). The TS30S is clearly a top performer.
The Wurkkos really delivers some value for money. It comes with a 21700 cell, USB charging, an 18650 to 21700 adapter, an SS bezel.
It is well made, well balanced, in terms of design, proportions, material choice, and material thickness. It’s not a tank, but it seems to be built just better than many of its competitors.
If you are looking for a decent SBT90.2 flashlight with good performance, with enough throw, and you don’t mind the size, this is the light you want.
A small drawback is that the advertised output of 6000Lm is too optimistic. The only other drawback is that the Luminus SBT90.2 is an extreme current hungry LED, so it will drain your battery. (But that’s not Wurkkos’ fault)
I have to say I’m pretty enthusiastic about this light, and because I couldn’t find any major flaws, I cannot rate it lower than 4.5 stars!