Review – TUFF Products T180 flashlight.
This is a well-made flashlight of the every day carry size and is essentially unique in its ability to use both CR 123 and AA batteries. Output is reduced when swapping from the CR 123 battery to the AA. Maximum output on CR 123 is approximately 170 lm, while output with a AA battery is limited to about 130. The switch is comfortable and gives a positive click when initiated. The body is anodized aluminum with good knurling. This should provide a good grip even in wet conditions or with gloves. All indications are that this flashlight will last you a very long time.
Output isn’t necessarily on par with some of the other offerings in this category but they lack the ability to change battery type and don’t have the adjustable head. Offering features like a slightly recessed tail switch, reversible pocket clip, and pivoting head make this light a good value. It will tail-stand. A great feature for power outages. Just turn it on, set it on a flat surface and bounce the light off the ceiling. It will also tail-stand with the head pivoted 90°. This will allow you to place it on a flat surface and a the light where you need it most.
Runtimes are comparable with several other flashlights from manufacturers such a Surefire, Thrunite and Nitecore. Many lights in this category offer the ability to run for several days in a “moonlight mode” but that is not the intended purpose of this light. It is rated to run approximately 106 minutes on a cr123 and 50 minutes on a AA in high mode. I exceeded both by nearly 50% They don’t provide a low mode runtime but I got up to 44 hours on a cr123 and a 37 hours on a AA. It also works great on a rechargeable lithium ion 14500 battery and the 16340. My recorded time for strobe mode was 6hrs 19 minutes.
It has been handy. I left it in my pocket and aimed the head where I needed some handsfree lighting. I also clipped it to my hat and was able to aim the light directly at the project I was working on. I think it would make an excellent light in a pocket for a LEO to write tickets/paperwork, trail hiker on a backpack strap, or a mechanic under a hood/car. Sure beats holding one in your teeth.
While the overall output on high isn’t really impressive when compared with other lights on the market, even at a similar price point. Brightness is not the whole measure of a light. 90% of tasks can be performed with 50-100 lumens. A ton more light is rarely as handy as a light that’s built to last and gets the job done. This light fits a nice broad group of uses and makes up for its lower output by making it easier to put useful light where you actually need it, with minimal effort.
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From the manufacturer:
TUFF T180 Compact 180 Rotating Head Flashlight (Patent Pending)
One Flashlight – 2 Battery types.
Works with (not included)
AA 1.5V Battery
AA 1.2V Rechargeable Battery
CR123A 3V Lithium Battery
3 3/4″ long with CR123A Battery
4.50″ long with AA Battery
7/8″ Diameter Head
Push Button Bottom for One Handed Operation
Push Button Slightly for Low Beam or Strobe Function
Heavy Duty Metal Clip
Shockproof and Water Resistant
Anodized inside and out for Corrosion Resistance
Approx Run Time :
106 minutes with CR123A BATTERY
50 minutes with AA Batteries
Approx 50,000 Lifetime Hours