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Jetbeam TH20 SMO 3150lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XHP70.2 LED
3150 lm output
25600 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Jetbeam TH20 SMO flashlight released in 2017. It uses Cree XHP70.2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 3150 lm output, 25600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 320 m.

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Jetbeam TH20 SMO / TH20SMO

The TH20 SMO is an impressive flashlight that offers both power and reliability. Its robust build and outstanding illumination make it a versatile lighting instrument. This light has 4 modes of lighting. Without mode memory, this flashlight always starts in the default mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Jetbeam TH20 SMO specifications

BrandJetbeam
NameTH20 SMO
TypeTH20SMO
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1417 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

This Jetbeam flashlight is compact and handheld. It is easy to carry and maneuver.

Jetbeam TH20 SMO / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight230.5 g
Length160.8 mm
Head diameter40 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 230.5 g weight may provide advantages, such as increased durability. It may also allow for larger batteries, extending the runtime. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. HAIII is a specific anodizing process. It creates a thicker and harder oxide layer than regular anodizing. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

Jetbeam TH20 SMO / 2

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XHP70.2 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear, electronic rear

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. Flashlights use the smooth reflector when long-range light is important. This includes searchlights and thrower flashlights. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments.

The TH20 SMO uses multiple switches. The switches' placement and design determine this. They allow for one-handed operation. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. Rear switches are common on tactical flashlights. Law enforcement, military, and self-defense personnel use them.

Jetbeam TH20 SMO / 3

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux3150 lm
Intensity25600 cd
Throw320 m
CD/LM factor8.13

The TH20 SMO flashlight has 3150 lm. It will provide an exceptionally bright and powerful beam of light. The TH20 SMO flashlight has 25600 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes4 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The Jetbeam TH20 SMO flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The TH20 SMO doesn't have charger port. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The flashlight has an IPx8 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18650 battery
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

Getting a flashlight with an included battery saves you time. It spares you the effort of finding a compatible battery or waiting for a separate battery. The flashlight package is thoughtful, it has a holster. It offers you a practical and secure way to store your flashlight. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the TH20 SMO flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Jetbeam flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • tactical switch
  • strong flux
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • tactical strobe
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • battery included
  • protective holster

Cons

  • cool light
  • no mode memory
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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