Best Tactical Flashlight Review – Klarus 360X3
One of my favorite things to do is share the news of a new flashlight that’s come out and is awesome. The tactical flashlight market is becoming flooded and it can be tough to figure out which light is best for you. I like to create these reviews to help tactical flashlight users find their best lighting tool. So today, I’ll be talking about the Klarus 360X3, a new tactical flashlight from Klarus. The driving feature of this flashlight is the dual tail switches which I’ll talk about below. You can operate the flashlight from any angle, but it left me wondering if it really was one of the best tactical flashlights. Was it easy to accidentally turn on? Was it really faster at turning on the flashlight? So in this review I’ll be answering these questions, talking about the features of this flashlight, and, finally, talking about pros and cons. So let’s get started!
3200 Lumen Flashlight
Of course, the first thing that caught my attention was the lumen output – 3200 lumens! That certainly is an impressive output! It’s the same output as the Klarus XT11X and this has become one of my favorite tactical flashlights so I was excited to see the Klarus 360X3 feature the same awesome brightness. It’s equipped with a Cree XHP70.2 P2 LED and has an orange peel textured reflector so you get more diffused beam with this tactical flashlight. It does have a maximum distance of 283 meters which reaches out pretty far but it’s not a thrower and it doesn’t feature that defined hotspot.
Also, the body design is really different from other Klarus flashlights that I’ve reviewed. First of all, it is crafted from aerospace grade aluminum alloy, but it also has a rubber coating on the body and tail cap. This rubber coating makes your grip on the flashlight immovable. There’s no way it’s slipping from your grasp. It took me a while to get used to the rubber feeling, but it definitely grew on me.
Tactical Flashlight, Multiple Uses
What I love most about the Klarus tactical flashlights is that they are incredibly versatile. Klarus ensures that you can use their flashlights in any situation and makes the interface very flexible so that you can decide how you want to use your flashlight. It’s the same way with the Klarus 360X3 so you can expect a lot of versatility out of this flashlight as well.
Unique Tactical Switch
The 360X3 features a triple switch design that includes a side switch and dual tail switches which function independently. I’m going to talk about the dual tail switches first because this is what Klarus has been highlighting on this flashlight. The 360X3 features a main switch that is protruding from the end of the tail cap and a secondary switch that is a ring which circles around the main tail switch. The idea of this design is that it allows you to operate the 360X3 quickly and from any angle. After carrying it around for a while, I’ll be honest, I didn’t notice too much of a difference in how quickly I operated the flashlight. However, it’s not like I was in any tactical situation so maybe that would make a difference. I will say though, I did really like the tail switches. They have a rubber coating with little bumps on them to prevent your fingers from slipping and it was really easy to operate the flashlight. I really like being able to operate it from any angle and that was pretty great. With the two tail switches you get a momentary on, one touch turbo, and a one touch strobe or a one touch low depending on which setting you have it in and I’ll talk about those later. When carrying the 360X3 tactical flashlight, the tail switches did not depress. You actually need to use quite a bit of force to turn them on so it’s difficult for the flashlight to turn on accidentally.
Now let’s move on to the side switch. As I said before, the side switch operates independently from the dual tail switches so you have a couple options on how you want to operate this flashlight. With the side switch you have access to a one touch low and built-in memory function which really comes in handy. I’m always a big fan of memory functions. You’re also able to lock out the side switch as well as the tail switches which is great because it prevents the tail switches from activating accidentally. I typically use a lockout function more for the side switch than the tail switches. While it’s nice to have a lockout function for the tail switches, by locking it out you prevent being able to rapidly turn on the flashlight and that’s counter intuitive to the design of this flashlight in my opinion. Thankfully, I haven’t really needed to use that lockout function because I haven’t really had any issues with the flashlight turning on accidentally. It requires enough pressure that it hasn’t turned on while being clipped onto my pocket or in its holster which was one of my biggest concerns so I’m really glad that I haven’t had issues with it. Also, the 360X3 comes with a holster that has a little plastic cup to put the tail cap in, further ensuring it doesn’t accidentally turn on.
The 360X3 features 6 outputs which include an SOS and a strobe mode to ensure you’re always ready for anything. It has four brightness levels that range from 15 lumens to 3200 lumens. I’m I’m really not a big fan of the jump in lumens between the high and the turbo mode. The low mode is 15 lumens, the medium mode is 100 lumens, the high mode is 400 lumens, and the turbo mode is 3200 lumens. It’s quite a leap from 400 lumens to 3200 lumens and I would have liked to see one other brightness level at least between the high and the turbo.
The 360X3 features two programmable settings: the Tactical Setting and the Outdoor Setting. These settings only affect how the tail switches operate the flashlight so the side switch will function the same no matter what setting you have the flashlight in. Let’s start with the Tactical Setting since this is the default setting. With the setting you’ve got a momentary on and a one touch turbo with the main switch while the secondary switch gives you a one touch strobe whether the flashlight is on or off. I really like this interface because all you have to do is hold the secondary switch down and a strobe will immediately start. When the flashlight is on, you can use the secondary switch to cycle through the low, high, and turbo brightness levels.
In the Outdoor Setting, the main switch still gives you the momentary on as well as the one touch turbo. The secondary switch, however, activates a one touch low when you press it down. Also, when the flashlight is on you are able to cycle through all four brightness levels and access the SOS mode. Both settings are really great and I have used both in various applications. It’s pretty easy to switch between the two settings so you can do it at any time making this flashlight extremely versatile.
I have even more to say about this flashlight and I had to scale down this review quite a bit. The 360X3 tactical flashlight is rechargeable so it’s a really convenient flashlight have. You don’t need to worry about purchasing separate battery chargers if you don’t want to. Let’s look more into it’s charging capabilities.
USB Rechargeable Flashlight
The 360X3 is a USB rechargeable flashlight so you can easily charge it while working on the computer or even just overnight if you want to. The side switch doubles as a charging indicator that glows red while it’s charging and green when it’s finished. You also have a flashing yellow or orange which indicates that something’s going wrong with the charging function. This has happened to me one time and it turned out the issue was a faulty wall adapter so once I switched wall adapters it charged fine. I think it’s great that these Klarus flashlights tell you when they’re not charging so it gives you the opportunity to inspect what might be happening. I’ve had flashlights that will say they’re still charging even though they’re not and you never know that there’s an issue until hours later. So I know it’s really great that Klarus included that.
The 360X3 also comes with a lot of protections to keep the flashlight safe. It features overcharging protection, thermal protection, overcurrent protection, over-voltage protection, reverse polarity protection, and impact protection. When it comes to a high intensity flashlight, you definitely want as many precautions as you can get so that your flashlight remains safe to use at all times. Klarus a great job ensuring that the 360X3 can take care of itself.
The 360X3 does include an 18650 battery and can be equipped with other 18650 batteries as well as two CR123A batteries or to Klarus 16340 batteries. I likes to keep an 18650 battery in the flashlight to ensure that it’s going to give me that 3200 lumens, but I do use CR123A batteries for backup so it’s great that this flashlight can run on multiple batteries. It features an Intelligent Battery Identification System and this will recognize whatever battery is equipped and adjust the output to match the discharge of the battery or batteries. This helps protect both the battery and the flashlight. So if you’re looking for really convenient, practical, powerful tactical flashlight, then the Klarus 360X3 is great.
So I’ve gone through all of the features and discussed my opinions here and there of how I feel about certain aspects of the flashlight. But for those of you who don’t want to read all the features and just my opinion I’ve summed it all up down here.
Pros: There is a lot that I like about this flashlight. It’s really powerful with that 3200 lumen output and I really like the Klarus triple switch design. I like the tail switches more than I thought I would and thought this was an awesome feature. I can go on and on about the versatility of this flashlight. The programmable settings are great and I like how you can easily switch between the two of them.
Cons: One con that I’m really finding is that the flashlight does heat up quite quickly. Even in winter, I’ve noticed that the flashlight gets very hot and I know some users are wary of flashlights getting this hot. It’s definitely something to be aware of before purchasing the flashlight. Unfortunately, when you’re looking at a compact form, the more lumens it delivers the hotter it’s going to get.
Conclusion: I was surprised by how much I liked this flashlight. To be honest, I thought it was going to be a lesser version of the Klarus XT11X, but it wasn’t. It had all the same great features but with a unique tail switch design. I would definitely recommend this flashlight if you’re looking for a powerful tactical flashlight. Make sure to check out the Klarus 360X3 tactical flashlight today.
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