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    FlashlightZ Opinion: 1800 Lumen Compact Tactical Flashlight

    Author: Carolyn

    The Klarus 360X1 is certainly an interesting tactical flashlight. In most Klarus tactical flashlights, we often see a dual tail switch that many users fall in love with. Klarus has mixed things up a bit with this new tail switch that you can find on the 360X1 as well as a 360X3. The flashlight can be operated from any angle making it extremely innovative and extremely tactical. Let's take a further look into what this flashlight has to offer.

    Powerful Compact Flashlight

    First I'd like to talk about how compact this flashlight is. It features a baton-style design and is about 5 and 1/2 inches in length, which is excellent to carry around with you. It also features a stainless steel bezel for self-defense and comes with a really cool holster. This holster has a small plastic cap in it where the tail switch sits Safely tucked into that cap, the flashlight won't accidentally turn on while you're carrying it. If you're not a big fan of the holster, you can clip it onto your pocket. Either way, it's a great tactical flashlight to carry with you everyday.

    The 360X1 has a CREE XHP35 HD E4 LED and delivers a maximum output of 1800 lumens. It has a smooth reflector so you're going to have a very focused beam with this flashlight and it features a maximum beam distance of 246 meters. For it size, it's an extremely bright LED flashlight.

    Tactical Flashlight User Interface

    Now onto the tail switch design. Klarus has introduced us to the 360 degree Omni-directional tail switches that you'll find on both of 360X1 and 360X3 flashlights. This tail switches will allow you to operate the flashlight from any angle. They have a textured rubber on them that almost sticks to your fingers, guaranteeing that you won't be fumbling around with the flashlight. You get a momentary-on, One-Touch Turbo, and a One-Touch Strobe or One-Touch Low depending on which programmable setting you have the flashlight in. This means that the 360X1 is ready for any tactical situation. You can just whip the flashlight out and immediately turn it on.

    I was a little concerned at first that the tail switches would be a little too sensitive since they are protruding from the tail cap, but they're actually really good about not turning on with the slightest touch. It does take a bit of pressure to turn the flashlight on entirely and you can twist the tail cap a bit so that the switches are locked out. Also, that holster with the cap in it will ensure that the flashlight will not accidentally turn on.

    The 360X1 features a total of six outputs and this includes two flashing modes and four brightness levels that range from 10 lumens to 1800 lumens. I mentioned before that it comes with two programmable settings, the Tactical Setting and the Outdoor Setting. In the Tactical Setting, you're going to get a One-Touch Strobe and in the Outdoor Setting, you’re going to get a One-Touch Low. It's easy to switch between the settings and you'll be able to switch between them whenever you'd like. This is another great reason that you can carry it with you all the time. Whether you need it for tactical application or outdoor application, the 360X1 is perfect for you.

    Rechargeable Flashlight

    The 360X1 tactical flashlight is also USB rechargeable which is always great to see any torch. Anytime the battery is low, just plug the flashlight into any micro USB charging cord and you're good to go! On the opposite side of the micro USB port, you'll see an indicator that will glow red when the flashlight is charging and green when it's finished. That same indicator is also going to glow certain colors when you first turn the flashlight on, indicating what percentage your battery is at. You'll find that battery capacity indicators can be extremely helpful.

    The 360X1 comes with a high drain 18650 battery with a 3600 mAh capacity. This is a very powerful battery and you'll be seeing good runtimes while it’s equipped in the 360X1. You can also use two CR123A batteries or two Klarus 16340 batteries in the flashlight if you'd rather. However, you won't get the same output or run times using these batteries that you would the 18650, which is something to keep in mind. The included battery is a high quality lithium ion battery is a great asset to the 360X1.

    Sturdy Tactical Flashlight

    The Klarus 360X1 is extremely durable. It's crafted from anodized aluminum alloy and has a rubber coating along the body. The rubber coating almost sticks to your hand so that the flashlight is not going to slip from it. The 360X3 and 360X1 are the first Klarus flashlights to have this rubber coating on the body and it’s definitely different. The way the 360X1 is built, there is no room for error and it guarantees that you will have a tactical flashlight that can activate in less than a second and grip firmly without worrying about the flashlight slipping from your fingers. It's IPX8 waterproof and it's impact resistant up to 1 meter so this flashlight is going to be able to stand what nature has to throw at it. Whether you’re planning on a camping trip or you need the flashlight for your job, the 360X1 is an excellent choice.

    Concluding Remarks

    If you're looking for an extreme tactical flashlight that's compact enough to carry with you, you can't go wrong with the Klarus 360X1. It's a sturdy, powerful, and versatile tactical flashlight that will quickly become a favorite. It's easy to carry with you every single day and it's packed with enough features that it will become your go-to flashlight. That omni-directional tail switch design is really quite interesting and makes it a little quicker to activate the flashlight You don't need to worry about finding different switches or adjusting the flashlight angle because you can operate this flashlight from any angle. It's definitely innovative and something that's really impressed us. The Klarus 360x1 tactical flashlight is truly a force to be reckoned with.

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