Author : Carolyn
Topic : Tactical Flashlight Review: The Klarus XT2CR
I’ve been so impressed with Klarus and their tactical flashlights. They’ve been doing a great job of creating versatile flashlights that many people can find practical use out of. I particularly like the programmable settings that you can choose between. This next flashlight that I’m going to talk about is the Klarus XT2CR. Klarus is calling this beast the “King of Tactical Flashlights for 2017.” So I’m pretty pumped to be talking about this flashlight. As usual, I’ll talk about the light, give you the pros and cons, and final thoughts. Then you can decide if you think it’s really the King of Tactical Flashlights for 2017.
Why the Klarus XT2CR?
The XT2CR is an upgraded version of the classic Klarus XT2C, a straightforward and compact tactical flashlight. For the most part, it seems like the XT2CR is keeping the body style of its predecessor but is upping the power and features! So I want to start with the look of the flashlight. I really like how the flashlight head and body are nearly flush with each other. I do like the style you often see in more tactical flashlights where the head is slightly bigger than the body, but this style speaks to me a little more. It’s a little sleeker in my opinion. Unlike the original XT2C, the XT2CR has a stainless steel bezel on the head which is an excellent upgrade. I really like the bezels on the XT11S and XT11GT so I was excited to see that the XT2CR had one.
Moving onto the power of the flashlight, this compact tactical torch delivers 1600 lumens! I was impressed to see that. I was expecting a smaller number and was pleasantly surprised by how powerful it is. It has a CREE XHP35 HD E4 LED and has a maximum beam distance of 240 meters. So it’s not the best tactical flashlight for beam throw which is something to keep in mind. However, 240 meters is still pretty cool.
Multiple Tactical Features
The XT2CR has a total of six outputs: Turbo - 1600 lumens, High - 400 Lumens, Medium - 100 lumens, Low - 10 lumens, a strobe mode, and an SOS mode. I know older Klarus tactical flashlights often just had the strobe mode. I really like that their flashlights include an SOS mode as well now. I also think that four brightness levels offer a good amount of versatility. You certainly won’t be needing 1600 lumens all the time. I could see myself using the medium and low modes a lot.
To add to its versatility, the Klarus XT2CR does feature two programmable settings which are excellent. Before I get into the programmable settings I want to talk about the switches for a minute. You operate the XT2CR using the dual tail switches. The main switch turns the flashlight ON and OFF and gives you momentary-on, an important feature to have in any tactical flashlight. The secondary switch, or mode switch, is like a paddle switch and it lets you cycle through the brightness levels and gives you access to immediate strobe or immediate low, depending on which setting you have the flashlight in. Ok, now let’s get into the settings.
First, there’s the Tactical setting which is, I believe, the factory setting. In this setting, the secondary switch gives you access to the Instant-Strobe by holding it down whether the flashlight is ON or OFF. If you’re using this flashlight for more tactical purposes or are wanting a self-defense tool then this setting is the one for you.
The next setting is the Outdoor setting and my personal favorite. In this setting, the secondary switch gives you access to the Instant-Low brightness level. Just hold the secondary switch down and you have access to the low brightness level! I really like this setting because I do use that low brightness level frequently. I always love powerful and bright flashlights, but when it comes down to it, I prefer conserving the battery and not disrupting my night vision too much.
So you can pick which setting you like best and keep your tactical flashlight in that setting or you can switch back and forth between settings depending on your situation. Switching between settings is pretty easy. Hold down the secondary switch for about 10 seconds and the indicator light will blink letting you know it’s ready to be programmed. Then, while still holding down the secondary switch, you press the main switch and you’re in the other setting. What’s cool is that if you accidentally start this process, the flashlight will auto-exit the process after 5 seconds or you can exit it manually by releasing the secondary switch. With this in mind, you don’t need to worry about accidentally changing the setting.
Best Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight
The XT2CR is USB rechargeable which is music to my ears! I still love many flashlights that aren’t USB rechargeable, but I love the convenience of charging my flashlights easily. Of course, the XT2CR does have that silicone cover over the micro USB port to protect it from dirt and grime. It also has a cool charging indicator/battery power indicator. When it’s charging, the indicator light will glow red when it’s still charging, green when it’s fully charged, and yellow when something isn’t quite right.
When the XT2CR isn’t being charged the indicator light will glow green when the battery is over 70% charged, orange or yellow when it’s 30-70% charged, red when it’s 10-30% charged, and flash red when it’s under 10% charged. This function is fantastic. It gives you a pretty specific idea of where your battery is at and helps you decide on your usage.
Pros: There’s so much to love in this light. I really like the UI and especially the programmable settings. While I prefer the Outdoor Setting, I could easily see myself getting use out of the Tactical Setting. The USB charging function is excellent and so convenient along with the charging/battery indicator. I especially like the design of the XT2CR and I like that it has a smaller head.
Cons: The biggest complaint I have about this flashlight (which isn’t actually that big) is switching settings. When you’re in the Tactical Setting and you switch to the Outdoor Setting, you’ll be strobing for 10 seconds so you have to be very aware of where you’re aiming the flashlight so you don’t blind yourself or someone else. Not really ideal, but it’s also not that big of a pain either.
Final Thoughts: The XT2CR is one excellent tactical flashlight. I’m really liking the Klarus brand because their flashlights are durable, unique, and versatile. I know I’m getting a high-quality flashlight when I get a Klarus flashlight. If you’re looking for a new tactical flashlight or a flashlight for outdoor adventures like camping, definitely check out the Klarus XT2CR.