Author : David
Klarus XT1C is one of the most underrated lights on the tactical light
market today. If you consider yourself a flashaholic and don't know
about this light, you definitely need to keep reading!
many lights would you consider to be TRUE everyday carry? The MecArmy
SGN7? The Nitecore Tip? Most of these lights are sized for going on your
keychain, and subsequently just aren't very powerful by tac light
standards. Normally,lights in this size are around 100 lumens in
strength. If you're used to stronger tactical lights, with lumens around
1000, that's quite a drop! Standard handheld lights, however, are
typically just too bulky to be convenient to carry in your pocket all
day. If you're looking for an everyday carry light that uses the best
options from both worlds, and which also has serious tactical
possibilities for your sidearm, then take a hard look at the XT1C.
how big is the Klarus XT1C, and how bright is it? In a nutshell, the XT1C is
designed to be a tactical light that's mounted on your sidearm. This
means that it has been made incredibly small, while also being a light
that's tactical both in brightness and operation. Let's unpack what that
means a little bit.
First, let's talk about
the brightness, because who can wait for info like that? This light,
which is about the length of your thumb, is 700 lumens. That's actually
greater than the brightness of many larger, name-brand tactical lights
like the Mag-Lite ML25LT, which is only 177 lumens. The Streamlight Stinger DS HL is 640 lumens, so even this light falls short!
a pistol light, the Klarus XT1C is fantastic. It has the standard 1" diameter
and so should be compatible with most any pistol tactical mount.
Although Klarus does not make a remote pressure switch for the light, it
should be easy to access the light's functions with a good two-handed
pistol grip. The layout of the light is Klarus's patented dual-switch
design, with all access placed on the tail - within easy reach even
while operating your pistol. The only drawback here is there is that the
primary switch has no momentary-on function.
course, the light wouldn't really be everyday carry if it couldn't be
easily carried every day. To that end, Klarus has included the handy
accessory of a solid titanium steel pocket clip. This clip fits neatly
on your pocket or belt, has a secure hold on the light, and is
practically unbreakable. As far as a flashlight to carry around with
you, use around the house or at work, just generally to have at hand for
any situation, the Klarus XT1C really can't be beat. Between its size and its
steel pocket clip, it's an ideal everyday carry light. These are aspects
that just really can't be improved upon without severely looking
brightness or durability.
But what about the
beam characteristics? It may be 700 lumens, but most smaller flashlights
are so floody that it doesn't get much further than a couple dozen feet
in front of you. Not so with the XT1C, which is designed to be an
actual tactical flashlight and not just some extra illumination. The
light's beam reaches a staggering 210 meters. That's 688 feet in
American. Or, to put it in an even more American way, that's more than
the length of two football fields. And you can easily carry it in your
pocket! This is definitely an exceptional tactical light. Plus, this
beam is easy on your eyes - no PWM flickering! The Klarus XT1C is a quality
tactical flashlight that is Constant Circuit Current driven, for a
better experience for your eyes.
light is smart in more ways than one. Its also got Klarus's signature
ITS temperature control system. This flashlight actually monitors its
own internal temperature at all times that it is in use. When the
internal temperature gets too high, the light will automatically dim,
protecting your investment's valuable circuitry. This is of incredible
value, as the increasing pace of flashlight LED technology leads to
higher brightness lights with greater heat production. Many
inexperienced flashlight users run the risk of damaging their expensive
flashlights by overuse on high settings. The Klarus XT1C is a worry-free
flashlight, since its ITS does all the worrying for you! If you can
protect your tactical flashlight investment by getting one with a smart
internal temperature sensor that regulates the light's brightness, you
should definitely do it!
Another way that
Klarus protects your investment is by making it just plain tough. Unlike
keychain lights which can often be made of less sturdy material, the
XT1C is made of the same aircraft-grade aluminum as any full-size
tactical light. This means that this tiny light, again, no larger than
your thumb, can be run over by a truck with no impact on its
functioning. But not only is the exterior casing tough, but the interior
is well protected, too. The XT1C is rated impact-resistant up to 1
meter. If you're taking this out of your pocket and it slips, Klarus
GUARANTEES this light will keep working.
The Klarus XT1C is also rated IPX-8 waterproof. What this means is that it is
totally watertight up to two meters below the surface. Basically, if the
water isn't deep enough that it goes over your head when you're
standing in it, it's not deep enough to harm your light. Heck, if you
drop it, it won't even turn off - you'll be able to find it by following
So to recap: this light is as
waterproof as they come, impact-resistant, and nearly as bright as any
handheld tactical light, and all at a fraction of the size. The XT1C is a
pretty-near flawless everyday carry option, even beating out (in my
opinion) that other Klarus EDC option, the Mi7. And Klarus's respected
rear dual-switch gives the light serious tactical switch possibilities.
If not for the lack of a momentary-on switch, this light would be
getting a perfect score. But even without this tactical option, I feel
comfortable leaving this light with high marks. I give it 9/10.