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Nextorch TA3 550lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L LED
550 lm output
9120 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nextorch TA3 flashlight released in 2014. It uses Cree XM-L LED, OP reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 550 lm output, 9120 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 191 m.

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Nextorch TA3 / TA3

The flashlight is a must-have tool for outdoor activities. These include camping, hiking, and night-time exploration, it offers guidance and safety. This light has 3 modes of lighting. The lack of mode memory means you need to adjust the flashlight's settings each time you turn it on. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Nextorch TA3 specifications

BrandNextorch
NameTA3
TypeTA3
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1412 user votes.
Launch2014
Formflashlight

The TA3 flashlight allows you to light dark areas. It helps you find hazards or stop threats by shining light on them.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight134 g
Length149 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter34 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

This 134 g flashlight is slightly heavier than most handheld flashlights. But, it is still at a reasonable weight. Consider the length of the flashlight. It should fit comfortably in your chosen way to carry it. The aluminium body of the TA3 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components. The HAIII coating is often matte or textured. This finish improves grip and feels nice in the hand. The TA3 flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XM-L LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorOP
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchmechanical 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. The designers of the TA3 incorporated an orange peel reflector to enhance the beam. It does this by diffusing the light from the light source. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens.

Mechanical switches are usually robust. They resist wear and tear and work in many environments. A simple press or click of the rear switch turns the flashlight on or off. This removes the need for complex button combinations or multi-step processes.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux550 lm
Intensity9120 cd
Throw191 m
CD/LM factor16.58

550 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks. The TA3 flashlight has 9120 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes3 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. Strobe mode on TA3 flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light. The SOS signal is an international distress call. It indicates an urgent need for help.

Features, battery, protections

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

The Nextorch TA3 flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The TA3 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. Use a protected battery. This flashlight lacks low voltage protection (LVP). Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements to dissipate heat. These elements include heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsclip
lanyard
spare o-ring

The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. Attaching a lanyard to your TA3 flashlight provides an additional layer of security. It reduces the risk of accidental drops or loss. 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 TA3 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 Nextorch 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
  • OP reflector
  • AR coated lens
  • tactical switch
  • multiple modes
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • waterproof
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • moderated performance
  • no mode memory
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no LVP
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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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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