Today, we are going to be talking about the Klarus XT11GT rechargeable tactical LED flashlight. Klarus released this light in late 2016 after it had already released an upgrade of the original XT11, the XT11S, and it was a bit surprising because they released these newer lights pretty close together.
The original XT11, which I believe was introduced in 2014 or 2015, only had around 800 or 900 lumens, then in 2015, they upgraded the original XT11 up to 1,060 lumens and it was still a non-rechargeable light.
In early 2016, they announced a very different type of light, which was the XT11S, and probably the most noticeable difference was the fact that it was rechargeable and they also have a new programmable interface. It's a multiple user mode interface, which allows users to program the light to behave differently in the mode cycles.
This was a pretty unique thing that Klarus did. There weren't a ton of lights in this price range that had that feature, so the XT11S did really, really well, and it was a little surprising whenever we got ...
I think that one of the reasons that Klarus decided to go ahead and release the XT11GT is that this light has a max output lumens of 2,000 lumens. What is interesting about that is that there's not a lot of compact tactical lights that are currently on the market that have that max lumen output.
Part of the way they did it is ... This light comes with a unique type of battery, and it's a high-drain lithium ion battery. In part and in tandem with an upgraded LED from CREE, this is what gives this light the ability to have that max 2,000 lumen output.
Now that I've talked a little bit about the history of the light, let's talk about some of the features. The light has six lighting modes: turbo, high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS. As I stated before, the max lumen output on turbo is 2,000 lumens, high-400 lumens, medium-100 lumens, low-10 lumens, strobe-2,000 lumens, and the SOS feature is 100 lumens.
Overall, the light surprisingly has a pretty good runtime for each of these modes. At the turbo mode, it's not going to have the longest runtime just because that's a lot of lumens to output for a long time on a single 18650 battery, but it does pretty well. On turbo, it has a max runtime of 50 minutes, on high-three and a half hours, medium-12 hours, low-170 hours, strobe-1.7 hours, and the SOS feature has a max runtime of 36 hours.
Another really cool thing about the Klarus XT11GT is the max beam distance. This light outputting 2,000 lumens has a max beam distance of 316 meters. A lot of times, you get some of these higher lumen lights that have a really broad beam pattern, but they don't throw very far. This light seems to be a good mixture of really powerful output and also a pretty good distance beam throw.
As with all Klarus lights, it's impact resistant for up to one meter and it is waterproof at an IPX-8 rating, which says that it can stay underwater pretty much indefinitely for up to two meters in depth.
We have tested a lot of the Klarus lights, including the XT11GT, on the waterproof front. One of the tests that we do is turn it on, and then put it in a bucket of water for an hour or two just to make sure that no water leaks into the reflector or leaks into the body and prevents the light from turning on or staying on.
A couple of other cool features that the light has, which really shows that you're getting a lot of high-end features for a light that's under a hundred bucks, it has the one-touch strobe on the back, on the tail switch.
It's actually a dual tactical tail switch, so you have the big rubber switch that turns the light on, and then you have this little metal switch on the back that allows you to access the strobe straight up, so you don't have to click the side button or click multiple buttons.
Now with the programmable user modes, you can actually change how those switches work. You can change the user mode, and then make that back metal tail switch go straight to the low mode. This, I thought, was really cool because from a practicality standpoint, a lot of times, I don't even really use the strobe mode on a light like this unless I'm planning on using it. That's one of those things that I thought was really interesting that Klarus did because that is more applicable to me.
If I'm out in the field, if I go hunting or if I'm out fishing, I'm pretty much not going to use the strobe, but I will and do use the low mode whenever I am walking up to the stand and I don't want to blast 2,000 lumens just to be able to see the stand or to see where the ladder is. I can just hit the secondary switch, and it will be a low mode and it helps me preserve my night vision and it doesn't disturb anything in the area. That's definitely one thing that is a game changer for me, personally.
The light also has ... It does have a side switch, and the side switch has pretty much the same functionality as the back switch. I believe that it does act a little differently. It can allow you to access an additional mode.
Whenever you switch modes on the tail switch, you're only going through, I believe, four, but whenever you use the side switch, it gives you an extra mode that you can access if you need a different level of light.
That's something that I haven't seen in a lot of lights. A lot of times, you have to click the side button or do something to the side button to be able to see what the charge on the battery is. On the Klarus XT11GT, it's just going to tell you, anytime you turn on the light, what the battery capacity currently is on the battery.
The Klarus XT11GT is micro USB rechargeable, and it comes with a standard USB micro cord. This is another change that Klarus made. Some of the other models that they had used to have a custom magnetic charging ring, which is a very, very cool feature. However, it requires a special cord.
I like that the Klarus XT11GT uses a standard micro USB cord because it's the same charging cord that I use for my phone, so I don't have to get another cord or have another wall adapter to plug it into. I can just come in and hook it up to the same cord that my phone uses.
In conclusion, the Klarus XT11GT tactical flashlight is my favorite flashlight that we have. There are other flashlights that are search lights that may be better for trying to shine a thousand meters, of course, but in the end, if I had to pick one flashlight to have in my bag or in my truck, this is the flashlight that I would choose.
Klarus also offers a lifetime warranty on the servicing of the lights for any defects and a five-year warranty for the parts. What this means is that if you buy a Klarus flashlight and if there's anything wrong with it that has to do with the internals or something not working properly, a switch, a button, the tailcap getting messed up or the pocket clip getting messed up, Klarus will, within the first five years, replace that for free and service it for free, so they're not going to charge you for any labor or anything like that.
Where the lifetime service warranty comes into play is that if after five years, there's an issue with the light, they will charge for a part. Let's say, the tailcap, something happens with the tailcap and it just gets worn out, then they will charge a small amount for the part, but they will never charge for any sort of labor, so they're not going to charge to fix the tailcap or to fix anything. They're not going to ever charge for any labor.