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Default Klarus XT20 Review

The Klarus XT20 uses 2 Cree XM-L U2 Leds.







Comes with a lanyard, split ring, 4 o-rings, rear rubber boot cover and tactical ring.



A holster is included.



No tactical ring installed.



Tactical ring installed.



Tactical ring can be reversed but the o-ring that sits in front of the tactical ring should be removed. O-ring can be seen fron the side but once removed there is play forward and aft.





Uses 2 Cree XM-L U2's.





This Klarus XT20 came with SMO reflectors.



Stainless Steel Bezels



Rear view of the head.





Working voltage: 7.0V - 14.0V

Battery: 2, 18650/ 4, CR123A

Thick battery tube.





Front of battery tube.



Rear of battery tube.



Inside view of the rear forward clickie.



Upper button is a forward clickie on / off. Lower button, mode switch controls the levels. High, medium then low.

You can access strobe by holding down the mode button for more than 0.8 seconds in any level.
To get out of strobe press the mode button or you can click on the upper button to shut off the strobe. You can also press the mode button to turn on the strobe. Release the mode button strobe shuts off. It's a momentary strobe.



Cannot tail stand.



The holster with XT20 installed.











This is run time and lumens from Klarus.






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I took lux readings with 2 AW Protected Black 3.7V 220mAh Li-Ion batteries fully charged. I used a Meterman LM631 Light Meter.


Klarus XT20, low - 120 lux @ 1 meter

Klarus XT20, medium - 4,000 lux @ 1 meter

Klarus XT20, high - 13,880 lux @ 1 meter


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Beam shots using 2 fully charged Redilast Protected 3.7V 2900mAh Li-Ion Batteries.

Klarus XT20, High @ 96" *(In real life the wall beam shot looks white with a very very slight green tint around the hot spot).



Klarus XT20, Low @ 32'



Klarus XT20, Medium @ 32'

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Klarus XT20, High @ 32'



Klarus XT20, High @ 45'



Klarus XT20, High @ 138'



Klarus XT20, High @ 158'



Klarus XT20, High @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Klarus XT20, High @ 210' or 64 meters




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I was very surprised how small the Klarus XT20 is. I was expecting a longer and heavier light. Even in the shipping box the XT20 felt light. I thought the Klarus XT20 would come in a larger box.

The Klarus XT20 looks like it's made very good.

The Type III Hard Anodize is excellent with no flaws in the finish. Color matching between parts is excellent.

The threads came lubed. They are very smooth. Threads are not square. Uses single o-rings.

AW's Black Protected Black 3.7V 220mAh Li-Ion batteries and my Redilast Protected 3.7V 2900mAh Li-Ion batteries fit with no problems.

The tactical ring fits loose, spins easy. I like tactical rings that don't move. It's on the hard side trying to access the levels using on hand holding the tactical ring. On / off using the tactical ring is no problem for me.

The rear clickie can be accessed very easy in different positions. Both the on / off and mode switch in the "tactical postion" (holding the XT20 over hand) not using the tactical ring.The action to push on / off is just right. Not too hard or soft. The mode switch is the same way. The forward clickie is a plus.

My version of the Klarus XT20 uses 2 smooth reflectors. I've read that the first shipment of some XT20's had one smooth and one orange peel reflector. The description said the XT20 supposed to come with 2 orange peel reflectors. The pictures also show 2 orange peel reflectors. I don't know if various options will be sold. I like smooth reflectors and I'm glad this Klarus XT20 came with them.

The beam tint on this version of the Klarus XT20 is very white compared to the other XM-L U2's I have. I think I have about 5+ lights that use the XM-L U2's. Most of them have the green tint around the hot spot. I do see a very slight doughnut hole in the hot spot.

The light levels seem well spaced out. Low is a good low for reading.

I'll leave the actual run times to other reviewers that are set up to do them.

The Klarus XT20 cannot tail stand.

The holster is a nice touch. It's built tough. The only issue I have when using the tactical ring it tends to catch through the bottom of the holster installing or removing, more so on removing the XT20.

I like that the Klarus XT20 comes with a lanyard, split ring, 4 o-rings, rear rubber boot cover, holster and tactical ring.



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Default Re: Klarus XT20 Review

I was told from Klarus that the different reflectors was a last minuted change. Klarus said that the two different reflectors give the XT20 a "more beautiful beam". Klarus forgot to change the manual. It sounds like that in the future Klarus XT20 will offer the two diffferent reflectors set up.
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