Klarus XT1C - Best EDC Light
Author : Carolyn
If you're looking for a new everyday carry flashlight, I will point you to the Klarus XT1C. This little pocket monster is barely over three inches and can deliver 700 lumens, which is beyond insane for any everyday carry flashlight. This is the brightest edc flashlight compared to any other pocket flashlight. My favorite feature of the XT1C is how seamlessly it blends tactical features with a compact sleek design meant for everyday carry. So, for those who prefer carrying a more tactical flashlight everyday, the XT1C would be a great option for you.
Flashlight Tail Switch
First of all, it features that dual tactical tail switch, that's so popular in the XT series. If you've ever owned a Klarus XT series flashlight, such as the XT11, XT12GT, then you know about that dual tactical tail switch. Watching tactical flashlight reviews, you can see reviewers rave about the Klarus tactical tail switches. Because they're easy to find in the dark, easy to separate, and are simple to operate. You have the main switch, which will turn on and off the flashlight and the secondary switch, which is more like a paddle. This allows you to cycle through the brightness levels, as well as access a one touch strobe by simply pressing it down. The Klarus dual tactical tail switch makes the XT1C the best edc tactical flashlight.
Something unique that I haven't really seen in many other everyday carry flashlights, is the fact that the Klarus XT1C has two programmable settings that you can choose from. The XT1C is pretty comparable to the Fenix PD25, but this tail cap feature makes it better in my opinion. First you have the tactical setting, which is also the default setting. If you've owned a Klarus XT series flashlight, then you're probably very familiar with this setting. However, if you haven't I'll explain it a bit. That main switch allows you to turn on and off the flashlight and it turns on the flashlight in the turbo mode immediately. Whereas that secondary switch, when pressed down will access that strobe mode. So, that's the factory setting.
Then you have the outdoor mode. This mode is similar to the tactical mode. The only difference is the secondary switch will immediately access the low mode instead of the strobe mode. You can pick which mode you prefer and set the Klarus XT1C into that mode. Personally I prefer the outdoor mode. I find myself using that low mode pretty frequently. I like having immediate access to that mode. But some people like a more tactical everyday carry flashlight and so that tactical mode would be perfect. I mentioned earlier that the switches are very easy to distinguish between. Both switches look and feel very different. If you have the flashlight in the tactical mode, you won't be accidentally pressing that secondary switch.
Even if you can see the switches you will absolutely be able to tell which switch is which. Which is really nice because that's not always a feature you find in flashlights. Some flashlights that do have a dual tail switch the buttons will feel very similar and I don't really like fumbling around looking for the right switch. Alright, so you know about the programmable settings. Now what about the outputs. Well the XT1C has a total of five different outputs, including three different brightness levels and a strobe mode and an SOS mode.
You have high, which is 700 lumens, medium, which is 100 lumens, and low, which is 5 lumens. I will admit I'm not too crazy about the jump between 100 lumens and 700 lumens. But I do appreciate that it comes with a medium mode. Not all everyday carry flashlights come with that medium mode. I also really like the run time in the medium and the low mode. Most EDC flashlights you'll find that the run times are significantly lesser than say just your average tactical or handheld flashlight.
In the turbo mode the XT1C has a 50 minute run time. For 700 lumens, that's actually really good. I know 50 minutes doesn't always sound like a long time, but odds are you're not going to need that high mode for a 50 minute time period. I'm really impressed by the medium mode. It's as I said 100 lumens and the run time on it is 3 hours. That's a bit higher in run times compared to other everyday carry flashlights. I'm really impressed by that. And of course the low, which is 5 lumens has a 53 hour run time, which is just insane. You could have that flashlight on in the low mode for over 2 days on a full battery and it'll still be working.
Flashlight Body Design
I want to talk a little bit about the body design of this flashlight. As you can see it's this beautiful black color with that wonderful anodized matte finish. It has excellent knurling on the body for grip and you can see it has quite a few ridges, specifically for heat dissipation to protect your flashlight and you because some edc flashlights can actually get hot enough that they can burn you. And they can also get hot enough that they damage themselves. Klarus wants to make sure that this flashlight is not going to do that.
To help ensure that it doesn't get too hot, Klarus has included a smart ITS temperature control system. What this system does is it monitors the internal temperature of the flashlight and will adjust the output of the flashlight for safety and for the maximum brightness that it can deliver. This system not only protects you but it protects the LED, it protects the internal components and helps the flashlight remain stable so it can deliver the best for you.
Another important component of this flashlight to talk about is the dual spring system. In the battery compartment there are two springs. One near the head of the flashlight, and one at the tail of the flashlight. This dual spring design will prevent the battery from rattling in the flashlight. I don't know if you've ever purchased a crappy flashlight at Walmart or Home Depot, but sometimes if you shake the flashlight you can hear the batteries rattling in it. Klarus ensures that this dual spring system does not allow that to happen. And consequently, it also protects the battery from accidental drops. The dual spring system in the XT1C is strong enough that it can withstand recoil from a firearm.
The XT1C actually makes an excellent pistol light. It does have a really nice focused beam and can easily be mounted on a firearm. You would want to remove that pocket clip, which it is a removable pocket clip, so that's easy. But other than that, you shouldn't have any problems mounting it onto your gun. Now that I mentioned it, I do want to touch on that pocket clip because I love the style of pocket clip. It is a two way pocket clip. You can clip it with the head facing up or the head of the flashlight facing down, whichever is your preference. Or like I said before, you can remove the pocket clip completely and then just stick it in your pocket as it is. Just whatever is your preference.
All in all, I love so much about the Klarus XT1C. As I said before, my only complaint is a little nitpicky, is that it jumps from 100 lumens on medium mode to 700 lumens on the high mode.
I do like seeing a bit more, or rather, less of a leap there. Other than that, everything about it is excellent, from the dual tactical tail switch to all the safety features that Klarus put in there. I also really like that you can mount it on a gun. I think that the XT1C makes an excellent pistol light.
Everything considered, I would say that the Klarus XT1C is definitely my favorite small edc flashlight.