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The UltraFire Cree XML T6 is a very low-budget type of light. While very bright, we have doubts that it outputs a 1600 lumen beam, as it states. Despite that, this tactical flashlight is likely the most affordable on the market given its brightness and features.

Specifications

The Cree XML T6 model offers 5 modes:

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low
  • Strobe
  • SOS

The high output mode is advertised to be 1200 lumens. However, given its bulb at 5000k-8300k with 1A/2A of current outputting 388-692 lumens it’s likely to have a max output of ~500 lumens. That being said, it is still a relatively bright flashlight.

The modes can be cycled with the click switch on the tail.

Maximum Runtime

There is no official documentation on the light’s maximum runtime. The 2000 lumen version can be powered through low mode for ~15 hours. Your runtime may vary depending on the type of battery you use.

Throw / Flood Distance

The UltraFire Cree XML T6 can throw about 1 km of distance and can be adjusted with its adjustable lens. Keep in mind that you can even swap the lens to change the throw.

Material and Durability

Durability

This 1200 lumen flashlight has a hard-anodized finish that is anti-abrasive, scratch-free and shock proof. It is also advertised to be waterproof.

With its very low price point, I wouldn’t rely on it being very impact resistant or waterproof. Then again, the cost of the flashlight makes it easily replaceable.

Size

  • Flashlight length: 7.95 inches (20.2 cm)
  • Head / Bezel Diameter: 1.37 inches (3.5 cm)
  • Body Diamater: 0.98 inches (2.5 cm)

It weighs 298 grams (10.51 oz) without a battery inside.

Batteries

This UltraFire flashlight is compatible with 18650 rechargeable batteries and takes ~3 hours to charge.

It’s also compatible with 3 AAA batteries.

Accessories

No accessories are included in the package. However there is a clip attached to the flashlight body to use as a belt holster. It may also work as a DIY bike light.

Conclusion: Our UltraFire Cree XML T6 Review

The UltraFire Cree XML T6 “1200 lumen” flashlight has some suspicious specifications and features for its price point. It is not as reliable or fancy as one from SureFire, Nitecore or Klarus but it is definitely the best flashlight in its price range.

We would recommend this flashlight as a spare or complementary light.

It is a very bright flashlight with a nifty zoom lens that allows you to alter the light’s throw distance - both length and width.

There are a large amount of positive reviews for the flashlight which you can check out at Amazon.com.