Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

A very powerful and compact U.S. made light

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The TT3000 is a very powerful light that is ideal for the helmet, but can be mounted on the bars too.

The TT3000 is a very powerful light that is ideal for the helmet, but can be mounted on the bars too (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

For this season, the runtime has been improved to 2:25 and the price has been lowered to $299. Given the incredibly light and bright head unit already on this light, these are very welcome changes indeed.

CandlePower Tech is a group of craftsmen that strive to build some of the brightest and smallest lights around. They believe in very bright helmet lights that have a very big and even beam pattern. With a 100 gram light head with 8 LEDs, the TT3000 is a very powerful little device that is ideal for the helmet but can be mounted on the bars too. The battery is 265 grams so it may need to go on a backpack or jersey pocket.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 3000 Lumens Mtbr Lux: N/A
Measured Lumens: N/A Lumens Mounted weight: N/A grams
Lumens per $: N/A Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: N/A Lumens Price: $299
Run time on high: 2:15 Hours Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Extremely high, hand-made quality
  • Not up to 3000 Lumen claims
  • Beam pattern is bright, wide and square-shaped
  • Can get hot and step down in brightness
  • Light output is bright and competitive with products in its price range
  • Very good heat dissipation and excellent electronics that manage heat well if necessary
  • Very good connectors
  • Made entirely in the U.S.
  • Battery case is one of the most rugged we’ve ever seen

Full Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

The light heads are very smart to use the universal GoPro compatible mount, thus it is ready for an array of helmets with built-in mounts. And the plethora of GoPro or third party mounts can be used with this light. Construction is first rate on these lights so expect these systems to last a very long time.

The light uses a standard GoPro mount so it is instantly compatible with a host of mounts, including helmets with this interface.

The light uses a standard GoPro mount so it is instantly compatible with a host of mounts, including helmets with this interface (click to enlarge).

At the end of the day, it’s really all about the beam pattern, and the CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000 delivers with a wide, long beam that is very even. There’s no hotspots or artifacts in the pattern. It’s clean and the throw is excellent. At high speed, this light really delivers as you can see a long way, yet the periphery is lit up as well. The beam pattern is more rectangular rather than round and that’s a good thing. That means the optics have been designed to point the light at the trail to make use of all this available light.

Continue to page 2 for the beam pattern and Lumen measurement »

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • geephlow says:

    I’ve been running the older model TT2200 for a couple of years. The quality and volume of light is confidence-inspiring for gnarly night-rides, and it’s held up well after a few seasons of heavy use in the wet, muddy PacNW. Customer service is also fantastic — these are people you want to do business with.

  • SJC says:

    N/A lumens? Did the light die?

  • TKK says:

    How can a con be “Not up to 3000 Lumen claims” when you have N/A for actual. I am interested in buying this light, so any info would be great

  • Craig says:

    I’m interested to know what the measured lumens are. The light looks to compete with the gloworm xs but i’d like to know how it fairs on the lumens. The beam pattern looks to be perfect

  • Craig says:

    Look to compete directly with the Gloworm XS but without lumen measurements hard to know. Can we get some more figures? Beam pattern looks to be amazing, i’m thinking of buying this light

  • Steve says:

    I’m a return buyer to this company. I had purchased their TT1800 a few years back and found that it fit the build for a high end light with quality output, meticulous build at a fairly reasonable price.. Recently, I purchases this light, the TT3000, and found it to be orders of magnitude better than the TT1800 in all respects even though the 1800 is a killer light for night riding. While I can’t authenticate the actual lumens, the beam pattern and throw is fantastic and a quantum leap above the1800. Strapped to my helmet, I can’t outrun the beam and the squared off pattern gives a very deep throw and a very even broad pattern that pushes back the darkness better than any lights I’ve seen. The battery packs are bullet proof, and I carry a backup in my camelback. Run times, at 40 degrees have exceeded an hour and a half without discharging the battery or it dropping down in brightness. Cabling is literally a snap and is uber high end.
    ALSO, I purchased their XFlare tail light (and a hundred other possible uses) and think it is in a class by itself as tail lights go. My riding buddies, like me, think it produces a demanding flash that simply cannot be ignore by any driver. It looks like you are coming up on a police cruiser with its light on. Everything these guys sell is top notch workmanship and avenues of communication are great. Like many readers I am baffled why MTBR does not list the actual lumen output for this product, but nonetheless, it works as promised where it is most needed… in the utter and complete darkness of the deep woods

  • Bull says:

    FYI, per their store, they are sold out until Fall 2016.

  • Craig says:

    Measure the lumens already….

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