NEXTORCH TA30C MAX

Specifications

Brand/model NEXTORCH TA30C MAX
LED CREE XHP50D-HI
Maximum lumens 3,000 lm
Maximum beam intensity 38,025 cd
Maximum throw 390 m
Battery 1*21700
Onboard charging No (USB-C battery)
Material Aluminium
Modes 3
Blinkies Strobe
Reflector OP
Waterproof IPX8
Review date August 2023

Introduction

NEXTORCH kindly provided the NEXTORCH TA30C MAX Tactical Torch for review. It has a CREE XHP50.3 HI emitter and it takes a 21700 cell. The large tail switch allows momentary modes to be accessed while a rotary switch can be used to permanently select a mode.

I previously reviewed the NEXTORCH TA30C and I gave it to a relative in law enforcement for feedback. The Luminus SST40 emitter and the 18650 size is perfect for what he wants to use it for.

I have not been paid for this review nor have I held back my opinions of this torch.

Packaging

The TA30C MAX comes in a white and green box with NEXTORCH branding.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging

The following was included in the box:

  • NEXTORCH TA30C MAX
  • NEXTORCH 21700 5000mAh USB-C cell
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Lanyard
  • User manual

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging NEXTORCH TA30C MAX accessories

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX user manual NEXTORCH TA30C MAX user manual

Optional NEXTORCH FR-2 tactical ring:

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging

Optional NEXTORCH V51 holster:

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX packaging

Torch in use

The NEXTORCH TA30C MAX has been designed for military and law enforcement use.

It has a rotary switch where you can reliably turn the torch on. I found that I can either twist the rotary switch with my thumb and index finger or simply flick the rotary switch with my thumb to turn the torch on.

It also has a big button at the tail end with two sensitivity levels: press lightly for momentary High, or press hard for momentary Strobe.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-button-1 NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-button-2

The torch can tailstand on a perfectly flat surface but it easily falls over.

The torch feels a bit big in my hand.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX in use 1 NEXTORCH TA30C MAX in use 2

The optional V51 holster is made of plastic.

The holster can be attached to a belt by flicking down the spring-loaded clip.

The belt clip width can be adjusted by pressing two clips in and by sliding the clip.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX v51-1 NEXTORCH TA30C MAX v51-2

The angle of the holster can be adjusted by pulling a clip near the top of the holster and then by rotating the holster.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX v51-3

The optional FR-2 tactical ring is also made of plastic.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX fr-2

The tactical ring can be installed by removing the pocket clip and then by clipping the tactical ring onto the tube. It seems less secure compared to how the TA30C tailcap covers the clip of a FR-1 tactical ring.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX side-ring NEXTORCH TA30C MAX tactical-ring

The lanyard can be attached to one of the two holes in the tailcap or a hole in the optional FR-2 tactical ring.

The TA30C MAX can be inserted into the V51 holster while the FR-2 tactical ring is attached.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX holster-1 NEXTORCH TA30C MAX holster-2

The hole of the tactical ring does not line up with the quick release button in the holster. This means that the tactical ring cannot be rotated to the side while the torch is in the holster.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX holster-3

A fair amount of effort is required to remove the torch from the holster with the quick release button disengaged.

Build quality

The NEXTORCH TA30C MAX is constructed of aluminium. The body has a dark gray matte anodised finish on both the outside and the inside. The torch feels smooth and there are no sharp edges.

The head and the tube appear to be made of one continuous tube of aluminium.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX side

There is plenty of grip on the head, tube and tailcap.

The rotary switch clicks into place while changing between TAC (off), Low, Medium, High and Strobe. The rotary switch feels secure enough to avoid accidentally turning the torch on.

The tailcap is a bit annoying to put back on. I need to carefully put the tailcap on to avoid cross-threading it. The springs are short and there isn’t much play. It would be better if the threads were larger.

It is odd to have to insert the battery backward. Normally a battery is inserted with the positive end toward the head but the TA30C MAX requires the positive end to point toward the tail.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-threads

There is a single spring at the head and a single spring at the tailcap. The springs are short and do not allow an unprotected flat top 21700 to fit.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-head-spring NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-spring

LED, bezel, lens, reflector and beam

The NEXTORCH TA30C MAX has a CREE XHP50.3 HI emitter with an orange peel reflector to provide a throwy beam.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-emitter

It has a strike bezel with three nano-ceramic beads for breaking car windows. These three beads protrude into the edge of the beam (as seen in the beamshot).

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-bezel

I made a bezel removal tool by drilling three slots into a piece of wood. I was then able to press the torch head against the piece of wood and twist it to unscrew the bezel.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX remove-bezel

The bezel was screwed down against a hard plastic ring that sits on top of the glass lens. An o-ring was between the lens and the reflector.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX teardown

I noticed that there were three spots on the CREE XHP50.3 HI emitter when the torch arrived. The spots did not get worse after I performed runtime tests.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-emitter-spots

It is nice to see that a copper MCPCB has been used and that two screws are helping keep the MCPCB pressed against the head.

I sprayed a q-tip with isopropyl alcohol and I carefully wiped the spots off the emitter. A few marks remained.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-emitter-clean

CCT, CRI, and duv

I have taken Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) and Colour Rendering Index (CRI, RA of R1-R8) measurements with the torch positioned one metre away from an Opple Light Master Pro III (G3).

The Opple Light Master Pro III (G3) is a relatively affordable tool that torch enthusiasts have been using to get approximate measurements of CCT, CRI and duv.

The CCT is around 6300K. The CRI is around 69.

The Delta u, v is positive (green) on low and less green on High.

The beam produced has the infamous CREE rainbow. The orange peel reflector helps blend the beam a bit. There is a white hot spot, a slightly green corona, and a spill with a hint of purple. The strike bezel has three notches that get in the way of the beam.

Mode CCT (K) CRI (Ra) x y Duv
Low 6087 68.9 0.3195 0.3428 0.0069
Medium 6264 69.6 0.3163 0.3373 0.0056
High 6722 71.0 0.3095 0.3247 0.0026

Calculate Duv from CIE 1931 xy coordinates

Dimensions and size comparison

Dimensions

I took the following measurements using a digital caliper.

Measurement Unit (mm)
Length 153.53
Head outside diameter 38.29
Tube outside diameter 27.62
Tail rotary diameter 31.14
Battery length 76.44
Battery diameter 21.48

Weight

I took the following measurements using a digital scale.

Weight Unit (g)
Torch 156.48
Battery 73.0
Torch with battery 229.48

Size comparison with its competition

From left to right: NEXTORCH TA30C MAX, NEXTORCH TA30C, Acebeam Defender P16 Gray, Olight Warrior Mini 2 Copper

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX, NEXTORCH TA30C, Acebeam Defender P16 Gray, Olight Warrior Mini 2 Copper

From left to right: NEXTORCH TA30C MAX, NEXTORCH TA30C, Acebeam Defender P16 Gray, Olight Warrior Mini 2 Copper

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX, NEXTORCH TA30C, Acebeam Defender P16 Gray, Olight Warrior Mini 2 Copper

From left to right: NEXTORCH TA30C MAX, NEXTORCH TA30C, Acebeam Defender P16 Gray, Olight Warrior Mini 2 Copper

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX, NEXTORCH TA30C, Acebeam Defender P16 Gray, Olight Warrior Mini 2 Copper

User interface

The rotary switch can be rotated anti-clockwise to access: TAC (off), Low, Medium, High and Strobe. The switch may then be rotated clockwise to move the switch back into the TAC (off) position. It does not continuously rotate in one direction. It will stop.

The button can be pressed lightly to enter High momentarily or pressed hard to enter Strobe momentarily.

State Action Result
Off Rotate switch to TAC Off
Off Rotate switch to I Low
Off Rotate switch to II Medium
Off Rotate switch to III High
Off Rotate switch to Strobe Strobe
Any Press button lightly Momentary High
Any Press button hard Momentary Strobe

Strobe

Strobe has an alternating frequency.

Battery capacity indication

When the rotary switch is turned to TAC (off), a battery capacity indicator will light up in the button for a second or two.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX closeup-indicator

Colour Battery level
Blue Capacity ≥ 75%
Blue flash 50% ≤ Capacity < 75%
Red 25% ≥ Capacity < 50%
Red flash Capacity < 25%

Low voltage protection

The torch does not appear to have low voltage protection built in. I recommend using the included 21700 cell with low voltage protection.

I tested low voltage protection by connecting the head and tail of the torch to a bench power supply and then by lowering the voltage from 4.2V to 0V. The emitter turned off at 2.06V and the current dropped to 394 µA. I expected the emitter to turn off between 2.50V and 3.20V, and for the current to stop.

PWM

I did not notice any visible PWM (flickering).

What I like about the UI

  • The user interface is simple to use.

What could be improved

  • A lower moonlight mode would be nice.

Batteries and charging

Battery

A button top NEXTORCH 21700 5000mAh cell with USB-C charging was included inside the torch. The cell arrived with a voltage of 3.67V, and it was isolated with a piece of plastic.

I tried to use an unprotected flat top Molicel P42A 21700 but it was too short.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX warning NEXTORCH TA30C MAX protection

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX battery NEXTORCH TA30C MAX battery

Charging

The indicator LED went red while charging and it went blue when charging was complete.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX charging red NEXTORCH TA30C MAX charging blue

Power supply: PinePower Desktop USB-C
USB Meter: AVHzY CT-3 (recommended by LiquidRetro)
Room temperature: 10 C

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX charging profile

I charged the cell with its built-in USB-C charger from 2.86V to 4.12V. Charging completed after 4 hours 26 minutes. The charging rate was approximately 5V 1.3A.

Power supply compatibility

I tried the following power supplies with the built-in USB-C charger:

Power supply USB Type Protocol Does it charge?
Apple 20W Power Adapter USB-C PD Yes
Google Pixel Power Adapter USB-C PD Yes
PinePower Desktop USB-C PD Yes
PinePower Desktop USB-A QC Yes
PinePower Desktop USB-A Yes

USB-C to USB-C charging works.

Performance

Specifications from the manual:

ANSI / PLATO-FL1 Momentary on Tactical Strobe High Medium Low Strobe
Output (lumens) 3,000 3,000 3,000 520 70 3,000
Runtime 2h 45min 5h 35h
Beam Distance (metres) 390 160 60
Beam Intensity (cd) 38,025 6,400 900

Lumen measurements

Mode Specs Lumens @turn on Lumens @30 sec Lumens @10 min
Low 70 86 86 86
Medium 520 489 483 483
High 3,000 2,860 2,917 786

Runtime graphs

I used my own DIY lumen tube with a TSL2591 sensor and forked bmengineer’s project RuTiTe to record runtimes.

Note: Lumen measurements may be off by 10% with my DIY lumen tube.

The room temperature was approximately 10 C.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX runtime graph

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX first 2 hours runtime graph

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX first 10 minutes runtime graph

Runtime

Here is a summary of the runtime results:

Mode User manual Runtime result Turn off Final voltage
High 2h 45min 3h 5min 16s 3h 5min 16s 2.94
Medium 5h 5h 9min 5h 9min 2.97
Low 35h 24h+ 24h+ 3.50

“Runtime” is the time until the output reduces to 10% of the output at 30 seconds (as per the ANSI/PLATO FL1 2019 Standard).

“Turn off” is the time until my DIY lumen tube no longer detects more than 1 lumen.

“+” indicates that the light remained on after recording had stopped.

I stopped recording after 24 hours for the Low mode but the light was still on.

The runtime results were better than expected and the sustained output is impressive.

Throw

I took lux measurements with a UNI-T UT383BT at 30 seconds. Low, Medium and High were measured at five metres.

Mode Specs (cd) Specs (m) Candela measured (cd) Distance (m)
Low 900 60 1,350 73
Medium 6,400 160 8,450 183
High 38,025 390 44,950 424

Beamshots

I went to a local park and aimed the NEXTORCH TA30C MAX at a tree 70 metres away while using High.

Beamshots were taken using a Sony RX100M2 using 3.2", f3.2, ISO 100, 5000K WB.

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX (High)

NEXTORCH TA30C MAX High beamshot

NEXTORCH TA30C (High)

NEXTORCH TA30C High beamshot

Olight Baton 3 Pro Max (Turbo)

Olight Baton 3 Pro Max Turbo beamshot

Olight Warrior Mini 2

Olight Warrior Mini 2

Acebeam Defender P16 Gray (Turbo)

Acebeam Defender P16 Gray Turbo beamshot

Amutorch XT35 (High)

Amutorch XT35 High beamshot

Cyansky P25 V2.0 (Turbo)

Cyansky P25 V2.0 Turbo beamshot

Sofirn C8L (Turbo)

Sofirn C8L Turbo beamshot

Conclusion

The NEXTORCH TA30C MAX is a much more powerful torch compared to the TA30C.

The runtime and sustained output of the TA30C MAX is much better.

The beam produced throws further and wider due to the larger orange peel reflector and the CREE XHP50.3 HI emitter.

But there are some compromises:

  • The torch is heavier and larger.
  • The battery needs to be inserted backward.
  • The pocket clip is not as secure as the one on the TA30C because the tailcap does not hold it in place.

There were three small spots on the CREE XHP50.3 HI emitter. They did not get worse after testing the torch. I was able to clean the emitter but it would be a good idea to request a replacement if you notice something similar.

I wanted to like the TA30C MAX as much as the TA30C. While the TA30C MAX arguably performs better, I prefer the size and feel of the TA30C.

If you are looking for a tactical 21700 torch with a decent runtime and sustained output, then I would recommend the TA30C MAX.

If you want something a bit more compact then I would recommend the NEXTORCH TA30C.

Pros:

  • Good build quality.
  • Good runtime and sustained output.
  • Good beam distance.
  • Simple user interface.
  • 21700 battery has USB-C charging.

Cons:

  • The emitter had three spots on it.
  • The tailcap is slightly difficult to screw on.
  • The battery must be inserted backwards.
  • It does not take a short unprotected 21700 battery.
  • The strike bezel interferes with the beam pattern.
  • No LVP? (the battery has protection)

Price

The NEXTORCH TA30C MAX is about US$132.99 at the time of writing.

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