ThruNite Catapult Pro Flashlight Review – Awesome Flashlight Fun!
EXAM – What was that?!… Did something fall in the garden? Is this deer feasting in the garden like his own personal salad bar? Was it an acorn falling on the roof of the shed, or was it that damn raccoon trying to get into the trash again? Need a definitive answer to these questions? Keep a ThruNite Catapult Pro flashlight handy and punch a hole in the dark!
What is that?
The ThruNite Catapult Pro is a high-brightness, USB-C rechargeable, portable, variable output flashlight.
- SFT70 Single LED
- 1 x THRUNITE 26650 Battery
- Smooth coat reflector
- Operating voltage: 2.8 – 4.2 volts
- Output Mode/Executions:
- Turbo (2713~961 lumens; 9mins+90mins)
- Infinity High (1482~909 lumens; 24mins+120mins)
- Infinity low (42 lumens; 53 hours)
- Firefly (0.7 lumens; 42 days)
- Strobe (776 lumens; 3 hours)
- Maximum beam intensity: 252,500 candella
- Maximum beam distance: 1005 meters
- Shock resistant: 1.5 meters
- Waterproof to IPX-8 standard (2 meters)
- Weight: 206 g excluding battery (7.27 oz)
- Dimensions: 150.5mm (length) x 65mm (bezel diameter) x 33.5mm (tube diameter) / 5.93 x 2.56 x 1.38 inches
What’s in the box?
- ThruNite Catapult Pro Flashlight
- Spare rubber USB covers (two included)
- Side switch cap
- ThruNite 26650 Battery
- USB-C charging cable
Design and features
The ThruNite Catapult Pro flashlight arrived in a sturdy and classy box.
The packaging was solid and there were no bumps or bruises expected.
ThruNite included a heavy nylon carrying case.
If you prefer to hang the flashlight on your wrist, a lanyard is included.
I very much appreciate the inclusion of spare parts. Spare USB covers, O-rings and even a button insert – all things that with sustained use will wear out.
Charging the ThruNite Catapult Pro flashlight is done via an integrated USB-C port protected by a rubber cover.
A short cord is included, but a power supply is not.
On the opposite side of the ThruNite Catapult Pro flashlight to the USB port is a metal button to access its functions. From shutdown, press the button for four seconds to activate the darkest mode which is still plenty bright for many activities. A simple short press resumes the level set the last time the light was used and a quick double click activates the brightest “turbo” mode. A triple click toggles the strobe mode, causing the light to flash approximately five times per second. I can attest that this mode is quite disorienting, even with your eyes closed, and could possibly be used to dazzle an attacker, call for help, as a lighting effect at your next rave, or make it look like you’re the only one to move on Halloween night.
When the light is on, constant pressure on the button increases or decreases the intensity. When you reach the upper or lower limit, the light will flash three times to let you know you are there. Releasing the light at any time will maintain the brightness at that level. Pressing the button further toggles up or down.
Below the button is an LED to indicate the current battery level and state of charge, flashing red, red and blue for 0-10%, 11-20% and 21-100%.
The ThruNite Catapult Pro feels comfortable in the hand with pleasing undulations on the battery tube. The structure helps keep a secure grip, even with gloved hands.
The battery tube separates from the head for battery removal. The O-ring ensures that water and dirt will not sneak inside. There is no thread at the base of the battery tube.
Thanks to a flat end, the ThruNite Catapult Pro flashlight can stand upright.
Slightly unscrewing the battery tube disconnects the battery from the circuit board. This is a nice feature that prevents the light from turning on when stored in a coat pocket, backpack or glove compartment.
Inside the tube is a spring that ensures the battery makes solid contact with the positive and negative battery contacts. The spring also prevents the battery from rattling.
Included is a 3.7 volt 26650 battery with a capacity of 18.5 watt hours. It is a heavy battery with a little less diameter than a D cell, but a little longer. The flashlight requires this particular battery size to use. I have also included an AA battery for comparison.
The battery tube diameter is less than an inch and a half, but the reflector is more than two and a half inches – think of a “pudgy C-cell” flashlight, and the picture you have in your head is probably close enough – so it’s too big for comfortable pocket carrying, but… that’s not why you want this flashlight, is it? Naaa, you want that flashlight because it’s bright!
There are several ways to calculate and quantify luminous flux. To make things more interesting, there are a multitude of factors between perceived and measured brightness. More lumens doesn’t necessarily translate to a flashlight that will cast its beam deep into the abyss. Likewise, double the lumens does not necessarily mean the light is 200% brighter.
Terms such as lumens, hotspot, throw and spill are tossed around like New Year’s confetti and there are often ridiculously misleading claims about how far a flashlight will throw usable light. For every flashlight capable of producing heaps of photons, dozens claim they’re brighter than the sun, can melt steel, and can be seen by astronauts on the International Space Station. Caveat emptor.
That being said, I’m happily impressed that ThruNite seems to have lived up to its specs and claims. I don’t have an integrating sphere to make good faith measurements, but I can make comparisons with several flashlights I have in my small collection.
In “firefly” mode, the flashlight produces approximately 0.7 lumens. This is the only mod I would dare to look straight into the canon. Still, this level is great for navigating a dark house at night without blowing my night vision into oblivion. Beautiful.
Prior to this flashlight, the brightest flashlight I owned was just under 1000 lumens. For perspective, that’s about half the output of a dim car headlight. The Catapult Pro spewed out a staggering 2713 lumens for about the first nine minutes and wiped out my previous “king of lumens”. In most cases where I’ve needed such a hearty glow, nine minutes is more than enough. The next photo is my 1000 lumen light on the left and the ThruNite Catapult Pro on the right. The trees are about 50 meters away.
For a close range comparison, here are the same beams at five meters.
Unlike car headlights, the light from the ThruNite Catapult Pro Flashlight is concentrated in a narrow beam and projects a long…long…long distance, similar to the searchlights that paint the sky when a new car dealership opens. ThruNite aren’t kidding when they claim this light can erase darkness over half a mile away. It’s amazing. The photo below is the turbo beam on my ceiling on a sunny day. That’s a lot of light!
Let me clarify – if your home is in the middle of a one square mile plot of land, pointing this flashlight at full brightness in any direction will illuminate even the farthest corners of your estate and some of your neighbors. The beam throw distance is staggering.
Thanks to the ample and smooth reflector, the flashlight’s beam angle is very focused with an ever so light “donut” in the middle, but don’t worry – you won’t notice it when you use it as intended for see stuff far, far away.
For most uses, I’ve found using light at lower levels to be perfectly fine. When I say “lower levels” I mean in relative terms – I found the “lower levels” of the Catapult Pro to be consistently brighter than the highest settings of other flashlights I own. Be careful – the ThruNite Catapult Pro Flashlight is a bright shade! I didn’t watch it while taking this photo – I let the camera do the dirty work.
For comparison, here are low beam and high beam shots from about five meters.
And here the lowest and highest settings (no turbo) are projected onto the same tree.
The icing on the cake – turbo mode blows holes in the night
What I like
- Crazy brilliant!
- Easy-to-learn control buttons
What I would change
- Maybe modify the reflector design slightly to reduce the little “donut hole” in the beam.
Alright I understand. You can buy a flashlight at Walmart for less than a dollar and even less on Amazon for as little as a penny (plus shipping), but if you’re looking for a bold, reliable, and lightweight flashlight, the flashlight ThruNite Catapult Pro handheld is a great choice. With a great combination of features, battery inclusion, USB-C charging, and rugged construction, the Catapult Pro Flashlight is a powerhouse that I’ll keep on my bed as my new lighting choice.” hump in the night”.
Or buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by ThruNite.