ThruNite Archer 2A V3 Flashlight Review

“I love getting to play with a new flashlight, and today we’re testing out the ThruNite Archer 2A V3.”

In an increasingly crowded marketplace—seriously, there are so many tactical and EDC flashlights out there—it’s not easy to stand out. But the Archer has some features that allow it to hold its own among its many, many competitors. 

And some of those competitors are significantly more expensive than the ThruNite. While the Archer isn’t quite cheap enough to truly be called a budget flashlight, it’s also far from expensive. 

The New York Times recently gave the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 on its roundup of the best flashlights of 2023, so let’s find out if it lives up to the hype.

ThruNite Archer 2A V3: First Impressions

The Archer has a long, slender barrel and has what feels like very solid construction, along with some nice diamond knurling for grip. How it feels in your hands will depend on what you’re used to. I typically carry some very small pocket-size flashlights as part of my EDC, and the ThruNite Archer feels quite long in my hands by comparison. But if your go-to is a larger tactical flashlight, this might feel downright dainty. 

The flashlight comes snugly packed in its box. Along with the instruction manual, the light comes with a few extras in their own little zip bag: a lanyard, two spare o-rings, and replacement buttons for the tail cap and side switch. The flashlight runs on two AA batteries, which are not included.

Measurements & Specs

The ThruNite Archer 2A V3 is just a hair over 6 inches long, and has a diameter of 0.8” at the head (the true diameter varies quite a bit across the full length of the flashlight). It weighs 1.7 ounces, which does not include the batteries. An average AA weighs about 0.8 oz, so two of them will come pretty close to doubling the weight of the flashlight. Still, it’s not heavy by any means.  

The body of the flashlight is made of aerospace-grade aluminum with black military-grade Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish. It has a reversible pocket clip that can be attached at multiple points along the barrel, and the lanyard is easy to attach to the tail cap.

Light Output & Operation

Utilizing a Cree XP-L V6 LED emitter, the ThriNite Archer casts a smooth, clean beam without much noticeable tint shift. It also has an Orange Peel reflector, which effectively blends the beam to the point that I can really only detect a shift toward a cooler tint at the outer portion of the beam. It might be worth mentioning that the Archer is available with a Cool White or Neutral White LED, of which I have the latter. 

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The ThruNite Archer is somewhat different from most EDC flashlights in that it has two switches. The tail cap switch turns the flashlight on and off, and the side switch, located about an inch behind the lens, is used for mode selection. Whether or not you like this system might depend on what you’re used to, but I find it to be fairly intuitive, and the tail switch reduces the likelihood of the flashlight getting accidentally turned on in one’s pocket or pack. 

The flashlight has five light modes: High (500 lumens), Medium (70 lumens), Low (17 lumens), Firefly (0.2 lumens) and Strobe (400 lumens). After turning the flashlight on via the tail switch, the user can cycle through each of the first four light modes with a click of the side switch. Holding down the side switch will activate the strobe function. 

Mode memory allows the flashlight to return to the most recently-used light mode after being turned off. Both switches are responsive and easy to use, and the saddle-style tail switch allows quick thumb access. A half-push of the tail switch will activate the light on “momentary on” mode.

Batteries & Runtime

A pair of AA batteries is all you need to run the ThruNite Archer, and while I certainly like rechargeable flashlights, I also have a soft spot for lights like this that take good, old-fashioned alkaline batteries. 

Runtime is a bit of a mixed bag. On High, the flashlight will drain its batteries in 120 minutes, which is not the best. Having said that, the High mode is very bright, and it’s hard to imagine needing it for that length of time. The flashlight will run for 11 hours on Medium, or 51 hours on Low, and both of those settings are adequate for finding one’s way in the dark. For what it’s worth, the instructions also recommend not running the flashlight on High for more than 10 continuous minutes to avoid damaging the battery, driver circuit or LED. 

I generally like the light modes of the Archer, but Firefly mode feels rather pointless. At 0.2 lumens, it’s barely enough light to register, even in a dark space. In fact, Firefly is so dim that it’s easy to mistakenly think the flashlight is off. 

This happened to me more than once as I was still getting used to using separate switches for on/off and mode selection. One could very easily put the flashlight back in their pocket or backpack without realizing it’s still on Firefly mode, thus slowly draining the battery. Of course, this is also easy to avoid, but it’s something to be aware of.

Build & Durability

Despite being quite lightweight, the ThruNite Archer feels solidly built. The aluminum is sturdy, and I like the black satin finish, which is neither shiny nor completely matte. It has 1-meter impact resistance, which isn’t the most impressive rating I’ve seen on a flashlight this size, but it’s okay.

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The Archer also has an IPX-8 waterproof rating, which means that it can be submerged up to two meters. The tail cap is removable (for battery replacement) and has an o-ring to make the seal watertight. I appreciate that the folks at ThruNite had the foresight to include a couple of spare o-rings. 

Physically, it’s a smartly designed flashlight. The head and tail cap of the Archer are both designed so that the light can be stood up on either end. It also has flattened edges at the widest part of the flashlight behind the head, which prevents it from rolling away when laid down on its side. 

Comfort & Carry 

The ThruNite Archer is very comfortable in my hands, and the knurling does a great job keeping it locked in place. It’s also a comfortable pocket flashlight despite being a little bigger than what I typically have for everyday carry. I personally find it’s easier to carry and use without the lanyard, which mostly just gets in the way. 

The pocket clip is not only reversible, but can be affixed to the barrel of the flashlight at various spots, so you can carry the flashlight head-up or head-down with varying amounts of the barrel accessible outside your pocket. 

The factory standard position is head-down with close to half of the flashlight sticking out of one’s pocket, which I kind of don’t mind, but it might not be for everyone. Again, it’s easy to change. And of course, the reversible clip means you can attach it to a baseball cap brim like a headlamp, though this flashlight might be a little big for that.

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ThruNite LED Flashlight Archer 2A V3, 500 Lumens Mini AA Flashlight with Lanyard, IPX8 Water-Resistant Dual Switch Outdoor Flash Light for Hiking, Camping, Everyday Use, EDC – CW
  • Compact and Lightweight – Coming at 6 inches long and less than an inch wide, this small flashlight is scaled down so as to easily fit in any size of hand, which is extremely portable, you could fit the archer in your purse, backpack, or pocket and probably not even notice it.
  • Well Placed Dual Button – Easily to turn the light on/off, but will never accidentally shut it off or change the mode when using it, very reliable when it works.
  • Bright and Versatile Use – With an output of 500 high lumens, and a beam for 93 meters away, powerful enough for everyday use, like dog walking, home security, emergency, camping, hiking, etc.(2*AA batteries are not included)
  • Reliable and Durable – Powered by 2*AA batteries(not included), you can buy the battery everywhere. Made out of aluminum alloy, 1-meter impact-resistant, and with a waterproof rating of IPX8, and dustproof, no need to worry about dropping it or using it in extremely bad weather.
  • High-Performance LED – Uses a XP-L2 LED and has 5 modes: Firefly, Low, Medium, High, and Strobe. Trustable with the convenience of AA batteries that can be found at almost any store.

Final Thoughts on the ThruNite Archer 2A V3

There isn’t a firm dividing line between what is considered a “tactical flashlight” vs. an “EDC flashlight.” Regardless of where you draw that line, the ThruMite Archer 2A V3 feels like it’s a flashlight that could fall on either side. It’s small enough that one can easily carry it in a pocket, but big enough that it won’t get lost in a backpack. 

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I think this is an excellent flashlight. It’s lightweight but sturdy, and a great option if you want something with a wide range of light modes. The price ranges from around $29 to $39, and if you can catch it at the lower end of that range, I’d say buy it in a heartbeat. Even at the upper end, the Archer holds its ground against many flashlights that cost more. 

Other Thrunite EDC Flashlights Available:

Bestseller No. 1
ThruNite EDC Flashlight Archer Mini, 405 Lumens Tail Switch LED Flashlight, USB C Rechargeable Little Pocket Penlight for Camping, Outdoor, and Emergency – Cool White
  • Lock/Unlock Mode Prevent Accident Activate – Under the lockout mode, press and hold the tail switch to unlock the flashlight to enter low mode. Under low mode, press and hold the tail switch to access the lockout mode. Click the tail switch, the light will flash to indicate that it is locked.
  • Small Yet Mighty – With a highly recommended SST20 LED and TIR LENS, the Archer Mini delivers an incredible 405 lumens and a beam distance up to 87 meters / 285 feet. Due to its length only 3.26 inches and weight only 34g, the Archer Mini takes up barely any space in the pocket.
  • Integrated Tail Switch – You could get the light momentarily on and change between three brightness modes through the anti-slip tail switch.
  • Long-lasting Rechargeable Battery Lifespan – With build-in battery that integrates a Type-C charging interface and the coming with the usb c charging cable, makes the charging of archer mini easy to go.
  • Well Made Pocket Clip – Coming with an upgraded dual-direction pocket clip, making it easy to be attached to a hat brim, thicker pants, or backpack strap, carried in a pocket, more than just hands-free convenience.
Bestseller No. 2
ThruNite Ti Pro AA & Rechargeable Mini Flashlight, High 1012 Lumens, Bright but Small Flashlight Powerful for Outdoor and EDC
  • Powerful LED Performance: Equipped with a high-performance LED, the Ti Pro mini flashlight delivers an impressive 1012 lumens, making it one of the small flashlights powerful and reliable for various situations.
  • Long Beam Reach: Illuminate your path with a maximum beam distance of 127 meters, making it perfect for outdoor adventures and emergencies.
  • Versatile Battery Options: Compatible with a range of power sources, including 1AA alkaline battery, 1AA rechargeable NiMH battery, and rechargeable Li-ion battery, This mighty rechargeable flashlight provides flexibility and convenience.
  • Compact and Portable: measuring just 77mm x 18.5mm and weighing only 45g (including battery and pocket clip), the Ti Pro Pocket-sized flashlight ensures easy EDC (Everyday Carry) and a space-saving solution for your lighting needs, ensuring you always have a dependable small led flashlight source on hand.
  • Durable Aluminum Alloy: Crafted from robust aluminum alloy, and an IPX-8 waterproof rating, Ti Pro is built to withstand daily use and outdoor conditions, even in wet and challenging environments, making it perfect for outdoor activities.
Bestseller No. 3
ThruNite LED Flashlight Neutral White, Archer 2A V3 450 Lumens Portable EDC AA Flashlight with Lanyard, IPX8 Water-Resistant Dual Switch Outdoor Light for Hiking, Camping, Everyday Use – Black NW
  • Compact and Lightweight – Coming at 6 inches long and less than an inch wide, it is scaled down so as to easily fit in any size of hands, which is extremely portable, you could fit the archer in your purse, backpack, or pocket and probably not even notice it.
  • Well Placed Dual Button – Easily to turn the light on/off, but will never accidentally shut it off or changed the mode when using it, very reliable when it works.
  • Bright and Versatile Use – With an output of 450 lumens, and beam for 143 meters away, perfect for everyday use, like dog walking, home security and emergency, camping and hiking, etc.(2*AA batteries are NOT included)
  • Reliable and Durable – Powered by 2*AA batteries(NOT included), you could buy the battery everywhere. Made out of aluminum alloy, 1-meter impact-resistant, and a waterproof rating of IPX8, and dustproof, no need to worry about dropping it or using it in extremely bad weather.
  • High-Performance LED – Uses a SST20 LED and has 5 modes: Firefly, Low, Medium, High, and Strobe. Trustable with the convenience of AA batteries that can be found at almost any store.
Bestseller No. 4
ThruNite T1S V2 Magnetic Tailcap Mini Flashlights, USB C Rechargeable Flashlight with SST40 LED, 1212 Lumen, 184 Meters Throw EDC Flashlight – Black Neutral White
  • T1S V2 is just different in the look from T1S.
  • Please CHARGE the flashlight before use, and pls SCREW DOWN the light head and tail cap first before charging.
  • ULTRA BRIGHT AND LONG THROW – Max 1212 lumens flashlight with SST40 LED bulb producing an intense beam of bright light up to 603 ft / 184 m with PMMA TIR reflector, beam distance increased by 80% compared to the previous ThruNite T1.
  • MAGNETIC TAILCAP HANDS-FREE USE: Can steadily stand upright or conveniently attached firmly to any metal surface using the magnetic tail cap, meaning that you could attacth it on the card while fixing your card, perfect for any hands free mechanic work.
  • VERSATILE MODES AND MULTI USE – Firefly / Turbo / Strobe / High / Medium / Low modes.Long press side switch to activate and choose your desired brightness freely. With dual-direction pocket clip, it can be attached to belts, pockets, and backpacks for easy carrying, or clipped the brim of a hat as a headlamp, great for reading, hiking, camping, auto repairs, and more.
Bestseller No. 5
ThruNite EDC Flashlight Archer Pro V2, 950 High Lumens Tail Switch LED Flashlight, USB C Rechargeable Little Pocket Penlight for Camping, Outdoor, and Emergency – Black Cool White
  • Lock/Unlock Mode Prevent Accident Activate – Under the lockout mode, press and hold the tail switch to unlock the flashlight to enter Firefly mode. Under firefly mode, press and hold the tail switch to access the lockout mode. Click the tail switch, the light will flash to indicate that it is locked.
  • Mini but Mighty – the Archer Pro V2 lights up an incredible 950 lumens and a beam distance of up to 187 meters due to its highly recommended high-performance LED and PMMA TIR Lens.
  • Rechargeable Battery – Recharging battery that integrates a Type-C charging interface. (Type-C charging interface for flashlight instead of battery)
  • Compact and Lightweight – With only 2.29 oz in weight and 98 mm in length, it takes up little space in your pocket or in your bag.
  • Easy to Operate – One-button easy operation from inside out: a built-in spring inside, all for an anti-slip smooth pressing experience, making changing modes easy to go.
Bestseller No. 6
ThruNite TN12 Pro Rechargeable Flashlight, High 1900 Lumen LED Flashlight with Dual Switch, Long 415 Yards Throw, for Outdoor Rescue, Searching, Hiking and Emergency – Black Cool White
  • Please CHARGE the flashlight before use, and pls SCREW DOWN the light head and tail cap first before charging.
  • Lock/Unlock Mode Prevent Accident Activate – When the flashlight is off, press and hold the side switch to enter the firefly mode. Under firefly mode, press and hold the side switch to access the lockout mode. Under the lockout mode, press and hold the side switch to unlock the flashlight.
  • Dual Switch – Tailcap switch provides fast access to important outputs(TURBO MODE) for applications, or Triple click the side switch quickly to get strobe, good as a law enforcement feature. Use either the side switch or tail switch for activation.
  • High Beam Searchlight – The SFT40 LED is surrounded by a smooth reflector, which helps keep the beam focused out to 380 meters/1246 feet, allowing you to light up long distances so you can cover ground more effectively, perfect gear for outdoor rescue searching, or emergency signaling.
  • Six Brightness Mode for Multi Use – From 0.5 lumens in Moonlight mode to 1900 lumens in Turbo mode, it the first choice of your go-to everyday carry (EDC) light whether you’re at work, on duty, or enjoying a weekend off, a versatile and powerful illumination tool for all applications.
SaleBestseller No. 7
ThruNite TC15 V3 2403 High Lumen Flashlight, USB C Rechargeable LED Handheld Flashlights, Ultra-Bright XHP 35.2 LED, Indoor/Outdoor (Camping, Security and Emergency Use) Cool White – Black CW
  • Usage Instructions: Before Use: Ensure the flashlight is charged by connecting it to a power source. Prior to charging, tightly screw down both the light head and tail cap for optimal performance.
  • Powerful Illumination: The TC15 V3, powered by a XHP 35.2 LED, produces an Extreme Output of up to 2403 high lumens, making it one of the brightest rechargeable flashlights of ThruNite. It reaches a beam distance of 731 ft (223 m).
  • Convenient Recharging: Utilizing a rechargeable IMR battery cell, the TC15 V3 boasts a built-in USB Type C charging port and a battery level indicator. It’s an efficient and versatile mini flashlight.
  • Versatile Modes: With Firefly, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, and Strobe modes, the TC15 is a multifunctional rechargeable flashlight perfect for various situations, making it an ideal companion for outdoor activities, camping, security, and emergencies.
  • User-Friendly Design and Intuitive Interface: Access Turbo mode instantly with a double-click, ensuring quick response in critical situations.
SaleBestseller No. 8
ThruNite TH20 Pro Rechargeable LED Headlamp, High 760 Lumen, Powerful Right Angle Flashlight Compatible with AA Battery, for Indoor & Outdoor Adventures in Hiking, Camping, Cycling (Neutral White)
  • 【High-Intensity Lighting】 – Illuminates your path with a powerful 760 lumens, providing clear visibility. Enjoy a remarkable beam distance of 141 meters, making it ideal for outdoor activities.(Please Screw down the light head and tail before use)
  • 【Flexible Power Options】- The headlamp comes with a rechargeable batteries(maximum endurance of 18 days) and is also compatible with standard AA (NiMH/Alkaline) battery, so you don’t have to worry about running out of batteries.
  • 【6 Lighting Modes】- 6 distinct modes cater to different lighting needs: Turbo/High/Medium/Low/Moonlight/SOS(With memory function), this led head light will be your perfect companion
  • 【IPX-8 waterproof】 – Engineered with an IPX-8 waterproof rating, the head lamp is ready to withstand rain, snow, and other challenging weather conditions. Perfect for camping, hiking, running, or any hands-free activity where reliable lighting is essential.
  • 【Multifunctional Use】- Wear the adjustable headband to use it as a headlamp, or as right angle flashlight without headband! It can also be clipped to backpacks and belts with a pocket clip.
Bestseller No. 9
ThruNite Saber 659 Lumens Small EDC Flashlight AA Rechargeable, High Performance SST20 LED Mini Pocket Flashlight with Clip
  • High Performance EDC Flashlight: This mini flashlight delivers up to 659 lumens output, 141 meters (max.) when powered by ThruNite Battery, while a max of 235 lumens, 90 meters (max.) powered by a single widely available AA battery(Not included). Equipped with a PMMA TIR optic lens producing a soft and balanced beam.
  • Ultra-compact design Pocket Flashlight: Weighs only 1.97 oz, fits well in the palm of the hand, and with the dual direction pocket clip, this slim flashlight is even more convenient for carrying in a pocket or attaching to a hat or strap, lightweight, and easy to carry around.
  • Rechargeable and AA-battery-powered Flashlight: Compatible with 1*AA alkaline battery(Not included), 1*AA rechargeable NiMH battery(Not included). You can carry extra inexpensive and widely available AA batteries with ease, ensuring a continuous power supply for the flashlight during outdoor activities or emergencies.
  • Versatile Applications Small Flashlight: everyday carry(EDC), law enforcement, security, emergency, medical services, camping, duty light, etc.
  • Smooth Operation: Tail switch operation for momentary/constant on and quick mode changing.
Bestseller No. 10
ThruNite Catapult V6 SST70 LED Rechargeable Flashlight, 756 Yard Throw, 2836 High Lumens Bright Searchlight, Long Beam Distance Flashlight for Hiking, Camping, and Hunting, Black, Cool White – CW
  • Please CHARGE the flashlight before use, and pls SCREW DOWN the light head and tail cap first before charging.Please note that the new Catapult V6 SST70 has a slight difference in max output & beam distance than the old one because of the new update of the latest LED.
  • POWERFUL LONG THROW — The Catapult V6 can produce a maximum output of 2,836 lumens with an upgraded SST70 lens that produces a perfectly balanced beam with a distance up to 692 meters.
  • USB C RECHARGEABLE — The V6 is powered by the included high capacity battery, which is easily recharged with the 2A charging port and provided charging cable.
  • RELIABLE AND DURABLE — Constructed from aerospace grade aluminum body, the rugged construction allows the Catapult V6 to withstand drops up to 1.5 meters with ease. The knurling on the body is specially designed for a firm grip and the hidden lanyard hole and holster allow portability.
  • VERSATILE MULTI-USAGE — With six brightness levels (Firefly, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, and Strobe) the V6 is great in many scenarios such as hunting and rescue operations.

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