When putting together the gear that you might need for hiking, camping, work, or survival, a good flashlight might be somewhat of an afterthought. The truth is, however, that a quality flashlight can come in quite handy in a lot of situations and can even be a necessity in others. We do an in-depth review of the 1tac TC1200 Pro flashlight. Let’s check it out!
1tac TC1200 Review
The bottom line is that when it is dark and you need it to be bright, a flashlight is your friend. In this review, we will be looking at the 1tac TC1200 Pro to see how this little flashlight to see if it is the right flashlight for you. The 1tac TC1200 is a small flashlight that packs a punch. Below are some features of the flashlight.
The 1tac TC1200 uses Cree XML2 LED technology and has an output of 1200 Lumens. The ‘lifespan’ of the flashlight is about 100,000 hours of light. The TC1200 also has a digitally regulated output to ensure that the brightness is maintained throughout the life of the light.
The TC1200 has 5 modes of function. The brightest of these is 1200 Lumens
The TC1200 is waterproof as well as dustproof to IP65 standards.
The flashlight is made of a durable aircraft grade aluminum alloy.
The telescoping focus on this flashlight allows for light magnification from about 1x to about 2000x.
A clip is attached to the side for attaching to a belt or pocket.
The base of the flashlight is magnetic to allow for hands-free use.
The design of the flashlight and the technology used protects the flashlight from becoming overheated.
The body of the flashlight has ‘ribs’ designed to minimize slipping or rolling during use.
The lens is durable and scratch-proof.
The flashlight can be used with an 18650 Li-Ion rechargeable battery or 3 AAA batteries.
1tac TC1200 Pros and Cons
- Powerful CREE XML2 LED emitter technology for brightness and longevity
- 100,000 hours of ‘lamp-life’
- Consistent brightness with digital regulation
- 1200 Lumens (very bright)
- Scratch-resistant lens
- Removable lens for replacing or cleaning
- Removable magnetic base
- Compatible with a rechargeable battery
- Can be used with AAA batteries as well
- Pocket clip
- Small and easy to carry or pack
- Magnetic base
- Not as bright as some others on the market
- Expensive for size and functions
- Not as bright when AAA batteries are used
What Customers Thought of the 1tac TC1200
After purchasing the TC1200, most customers reported that the flashlight was quite bright for the size.
There are indeed brighter flashlights out there, but for the size and weight of this one, the output is a pleasant surprise for most. The clip is reported to be strong as well. Most have said that they do not use many of the functions of the light. The biggest complaint is that the flashlight is not nearly as bright when it is being used with AAA batteries. If bought separately, the rechargeable battery can be quite expensive. Although the cost of the flashlight and battery options are a bit pricey, this little flashlight is said to get the job done while fitting in the hand comfortably.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is CREE XML2?
A: The Cree XML2 is a specialized type of LED bulb that has been optimized for increased Lumen output and a single point source for easily focused light.
Q: What are Lumens?
A: Lumens are a unit of measurement used for measuring light or brightness. A standard 60-watt bulb has an output of about 800 Lumens.
Q: How useful is a magnet on a flashlight?
A: This, of course, depends on how you use the flashlight. I find that it is helpful in securing the flashlight to metal objects so that I don’t have to use my hands to hold the flashlight. It also can be used to pick up screws etc. that I drop during a project.
Q: Is the rechargeable battery better than the 3 AAA batteries?
A: Yes. The maximum output of the flashlight cannot be achieved with the 3 AAA batteries, although the flashlight is still bright either way.
For the size of this little flashlight, it really packs a punch! Not only is the 1tac TC1200 comfortable to hold and very bright, but the aluminum alloy also makes it super durable. Overall, the 1tac TC1200 is strong, easy to use, and has a few options for customization. The life of the flashlight is very long too. One of my favorite features is that the lens and LED bulb are both removable and easy to replace.
This is definitely a plus because I am very rough with my outdoor gear. I would definitely recommend the 1tac TC1200 to anyone who is looking for a flashlight to keep around the house or to add to a toolbelt or survival pack. The only downside to this flashlight is that the rechargeable battery is a little bit on the expensive side when it is time to replace it.
All things considered; this is a great flashlight. I hope that this review has helped you to decide whether or not the 1tac TC1200 is the right light for you!