The Klarus XT11S and the XT11GT impressed the flashlight community by taking the beloved XT11 and upgrading it into one of the most advanced flashlights! Now, Klarus has done the same thing with the beloved XT12 and introduced the XT12GT! The Klarus XT12GT is an awesome advanced tactical programmable flashlight. Equipped with a CREE XHP35 HI D4 LED, the XT12GT has a maximum output of 1600 lumens and has a beam throw of 603 meters! The size of the XT12GT is just a little over 6.5 inches in length so it fits comfortably in your hand and is easy to toss into an edc bag. There are a ton of features to this flashlight so let’s just dive in! The XT12GT has a dual-tactical tail switch design with one main switch and one mode switch. It features four brightness levels and two specialty modes: Strobe and SOS.
Just like the original XT12, the XT12GT features the magnetic charging port! Although Klarus has improved a little on that as well! For starters, the battery capacity indicator is now more specific and when the flashlight is initially turned on, the indicator will let you know what the remaining charge of your battery is (battery included). Also, many users didn’t like that you needed a separate charging cable and Klarus has heard what customers have to say and introduced the magnetic charging connector that comes with the XT12GT. This connector connects to a micro USB cable and attaches itself to the magnetic charging port of the flashlight. This means that you can use any USB cable you want with this connector! The connector easily fits on a keychain and actually functions as a small edc light itself that you can pull out if you’re searching for something in your car or need to read something in the dark.
The XT12GT is more advanced and comes with two programmable settings: the Tactical Setting and the Outdoor Setting.
The Tactical Setting includes a One-Touch Turbo with the main switch and a One-Touch Strobe for the mode switch. You can access the Strobe mode whether the flashlight is ON or OFF by holding down the mode switch. You can also cycle through the different brightness levels by clicking the mode switch while the flashlight is turned ON.
The Outdoor Setting includes a One-Touch Turbo with the main switch and a One-Touch Low with the mode switch. You can cycle through the different brightness levels by clicking the mode switch while the flashlight is turned ON and you can also access the SOS mode through the mode switch.
Here are some other things to know about the XT12GT: It features a Smart ITS temperature control that will adjust the output and prevent your flashlight from overheating. The LED is protected by the durable tempered glass lens that has an AR film plating making the lens scratch resistant. The body is made from 6061 - T6 Aerospace Aluminum Alloy with Mil-Spec HAIII Hard Anodizing. The XT12GT is waterproof up to IPX8 standards (submersible up to 2 meters underwater for 30 minutes) and is impact resistant up to 1.5 meters.
- Equipped with a CREE XHP35 HI D4 LED that delivers up to 1600 lumens
- Has a maximum beam distance 603 meters
- Features a dual-tactical tail switch
- Features four brightness levels and two specialty modes: SOS and Strobe
- Turbo (1600 lumens) - 1.2 hour runtime
- High (400 lumens) - 4 hour runtime
- Medium (100 lumens) - 14 hour runtime
- Low (10 lumens) - 200 hour runtime
- Strobe (1600 lumens) - 2.4 hour runtime
- SOS (100 lumens) - 42 hour runtime
- Has a magnetic charging port
- Has a battery power indicator
- Features two programmable settings:
- The Tactical Setting: One-Touch Turbo, One-Touch Strobe, and easy cycling through the brightness levels
- The Outdoor Setting: One-Touch Turbo, One-Touch Low, and easy cycling through the brightness levels
- Has Smart ITS temperature control
- Has a tempered glass lens that has an AR film plating
- The body is made from 6061 - T6 Aerospace Aluminum Alloy with Mil-Spec HAIII Hard Anodizing
- Waterproof up to IPX8 standards
- Impact resistant up to 1.5 meters
- Includes a magnetic charging connector
- 5 year Klarus warranty
- Klarus 18GT-36 18650 battery 3600 mAh
- Magnetic Charging Connector
- USB Cable
- Spare O-ring
• Utilizes CREE XPH35 HI D4 LED with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours
• Tactical Setting as factory default
Notice: Only when using KLARUS 18GT-36 3600mAh battery or the same batteries of the other brand, the Max output could be up to 1600LM; When using the normal 18650 battery with PCB protection or 2 x CR123A batteries, the Max output could be only up to 1300LM
• Working voltage: 2.5V-8.4V
• Compatible Batteries: 1x 18650 battery with PCB protection or 2 x CR123A batteries
• Charging time: Depends on the battery capacity
Formula: charging time= (capacity of battery/1000mA+1H)
• Body colour: Black
• Reflector: Smooth reflector
• Switch type: Dual Tactical Tail Switch
• Dimension: (Head)45.2mm(1.78") × (Body)25.4mm(1") × (Length)161.5mm(6.36")
• Net weight: 159g (5.60oz) (Excluding battery)
• Material: Aircraft-grade aluminum 6061-T6, Type III hard-anodized
• Waterproof: IPX-8 (underwater 2 metres)
• Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass with anti-corrosion AR coating
Overall Customer Rating of 7 Reviews:
Author : Carolyn
If you asked me, "Which brand of flashlight is my favorite brand?" I would definitely have to point to Klarus. They make some incredible flashlights, especially tactical flashlights. Recently, they have come out with more advanced tactical flashlights that are more versatile and many people can use it from a casual user to law enforcement or security. I'm going to talk about one of my favorite XT-Series Klarus flashlights and that's the XT12 GT. This is an upgraded version of the Klarus XT12, which became popular because of its simple user interface and its magnetic charging ability or function. Whereas, the XT11 S and XT11 GT have three total switches, the XT12 GT only has a dual tactical tail switch, which is incredibly easy to operate the flashlight at night with a single hand.
I know I've heard people say that the three switches that you find on the XT11 S and XT11 GT make the flashlight seem a bit too busy, a bit too complicated. Well, the XT12 GT only has the two buttons that are incredibly easy to access and it doesn't take too much to learn how to use this flashlight. The XT12 GT has a maximum output of 1,600 lumens, which is very bright. Though, it's not quite as bright as the XT12 GT, the more focused beam allows the XT12 GT to have a massive beam throw of 603 meters. Each person has different preferences when it comes to the power of their flashlight. For me, I don't necessarily need the 2,000 lumens. I want a powerful flashlight and a good search light and that is exactly what the XT12 GT delivers.
The Klarus XT12 GT is a little over six and a half inches, so it's probably too big to fit into most pockets. It's definitely too big to fit into mine. However, it's still small enough to fit into a bag and it does come with a holster, so it's pretty easy to carry. It's not so big that it isn't comfortable in your hand. It's really comfortable to just hold. It's not too heavy. It's a great search light. I'll talk a little bit about the interface. The XT12 GT has an awesome interface that is just like the XT12, only with a few features added. You have your two tail switches. You have the main switch and the secondary switch, which is sort of like a paddle. That main switch allows you to turn on and off the flashlight and it gives you access to the momentary on function. That momentary on function is a great feature to have, especially in a tactical flashlight.
There are flashlights that you click on and it takes them a second or two to turn on. With the momentary on function just press it down a little bit and the light will turn on and you can release your finger and the light will turn back off. If you just need a burst of light, or you need to turn on your flashlight immediately, that momentary on function has your back. With the secondary switch you have one touch strobe, or one touch low. We'll get into that a little bit later. When the flashlight is turned on, you can cycle through the different brightness levels. I'll talk a little bit about the different outputs that the Klarus XT12 GT has. You have four different brightness levels, turbo, high, medium, and low, ranging from 10 lumens to 1,600 lumens. Have a good variety there. You also have two specialty modes, which is the SOS mode and the strobe mode. Both excellent for emergencies.
The really great thing that I like about this flashlight are the two programmable settings. You have the tactical setting, which is also the default setting. By turning on the main switch you get one touch turbo and by pressing the secondary switch, pressing and holding it down, you get one touch strobe. This is the original XT-Series user interface design. It's incredibly popular and I can see why, as it allows you to access the turbo and the strobe mode immediately for tactical situations. However, I prefer the outdoor setting, which allows for that one touch turbo with the main switch and then one touch low with the secondary switch. I personally don't find myself in a lot of tactical situations. However, I do like getting the most run times out of my flashlight. I don't need 1,600 lumens all the time. In fact, I find myself more comfortable using the medium or the low setting.
I find that one touch low a lot more useful than the one touch strobe. Of course, this is a matter of preference. I've seen reviews where the tactical flashlight reviewer prefers the tactical setting. It's pretty easy to change between the programmable settings. When it's in the off mode, just hold down that primary switch for 10 seconds and then the indicator light will blink. Then you just press the primary switch down to change between the settings. I find that I just stick it in the outdoor mode and continue on with my day. I haven't found a need to change between settings too frequently. I do like that changing between settings is pretty easy to remember. It's definitely not complicated, but it's also not so easy that the programmable settings will just change in your backpack by accident and I really like that.
Now I'm going to move on to my other favorite aspect of the Klarus XT12 GT and that's the magnetic USB charging port. This charging port is part of what made the original Klarus XT12 so popular. The magnetic charging is incredibly convenient and allows you to charge your flashlight easily and conveniently. Some users didn't like that you needed that proprietary magnetic charging cable, so with the XT12 GT Klarus has included a magnetic charging connector. This is a small connector that you can easily put onto your keychain and you can connect it to any micro USB port and voila you have the magnetic charging cable you need. That magnetic charging connector doubles as a little EDC light, so you get a little keychain light, as well as, an amazing search light all in one purchase. You don't need to worry about proprietary cables. However, if you had an XT12 then you can always use that cable on your XT12 GT.
I also want to mention that the magnetic charging port on the flashlight doubles as a battery power indicator and a charging indicator. You've got this little light around that magnetic charging port and if it's glowing green your battery has at least 70% of charge left, if not more. If it glows orange, it has about 30% to 70% of its charge left. If it's glowing red, that means it has less than 30% of its charge. If it's flashing, it has less than 10% of its charge and you should probably consider plugging it in. Of course, because it's a Klarus flashlight you can expect high quality with the XT12 GT. Just holding it in your hand you can tell it is made of a durable aluminum alloy with that really nice anodizing finish to it. When you're shelling out quite a bit of money for a flashlight, you definitely want the best of the best and Klarus delivers on that.
The Klarus XT12 GT is impact resistant up to 1.5 meters, so you can drop it and know that it will be okay. Of course, it is also waterproof up to IPX8 standards, allowing you to take it out in a heavy rainstorm and know that it will work just fine. Another tidbit I want to mention with the XT12 GT is that in heavy rain it actually cuts through it really well, allowing you to see really far. At night, rain, or even humidity can obscure your vision even when using a flashlight, but the XT12 GT does cut through that really nicely and allows you to see further than I expected, that's for sure. I don't think I talked about the battery that the XT12 GT comes with. It comes with an 18650 3,600 milliampere battery. I was quite impressed with this, as normally a lot of flashlights will come with an 18650 2,600 milliampere battery.
I'm really glad to see that this battery actually has a lot more power to it, allowing the flashlight to really reach its full potential. That being said, I'm not sure if using a 2,600 milliampere or 3,100 milliampere battery would allow the XT12 GT to reach that 1,600 lumens. That's something to take note of. Because you have the 3600 mah battery that comes with the flashlight and because the XT12 GT can be charged very easily, it's not really something I'm concerned about. All in all, the XT12 GT is one amazing tactical flashlight. Klarus has definitely impressed me with it. If you're on the hunt for a new tactical flashlight or you just want to add a tactical flashlight to your collection, I highly recommend taking a look at the Klarus XT12 GT.