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.