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TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review | Not Your Ordinary Selfie Ring Light

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Previously after reviewing the Tonor TC-777 USB microphone and the Tonor T20 Microphone Boom Arm, here’s a review of another product from Tonor. This time it’s a TONOR TRL-20 12-inch selfie ring light and one of the best ring lights available on Amazon. Why? Let’s dive into the details of the TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light review and know the ring light better:

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – Is It Worth Spending Almost $50 For a Selfie Light?

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – Specs Sheet

Model TRL-20
Dimensions (package)
9.84 x 9.84 x 1.18 inches
Weight (package) 5.5 pounds (2.49 kg)
Size/Diameter 12″
Color Rendering Index 80 – 90 (85 approximately)
Luminous Flux 500 – 800 lumens
No.of LEDs 160
Lifespan >20000 Hours
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Bluetooth (TRL-20)
Compatibility Android, iOS, PC
Remote Control Yes, uses a CR2032, 3V
Rechargeable No, direct use
Interface USB Type-A (standard), 2 meters length
Types of Colors Warm Light (2700 – 3300K)

Natural Light (4100 – 4700K)

Cool Light (5800 – 6500K)

Level of Adjustment 10 Steps
Accessories
  • 1 x 12″ Ring Light with USB Power Supply
  • 1 x Adjustable Metal Tripod Stand (metal, 410-1350mm/16-53inch height)
  • 1 x Mount Phone Holder
  • 1 x Bluetooth Remote Shutter
  • Manual
Input Power 5V-2A
Price $49.99

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – The Unboxing

Starting the Tonor TRL-20 12-inch selfie ring light review with the unboxing, the product comes inside cardboard (no paint), with the Tonor logo, some certifications, and 2 years warranty label printed on the front. On the top and bottom, we have the main highlights of the selfie ring light marked.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review - Accessories

Opening the box, we find the Tonor 12-inch selfie ring light wrapped in plastic, along with many accessories. Though under $50 we deserve much more than just the selfie light, and this is where the accessories justify the price. Anyways, the accessories include:

  • A tripod stand
  • Mount Phone Holder
  • Bluetooth Remote Controller
  • A user guide/manual

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review - Accessories (2)

We do miss a tripod bag and some filters provided by other manufacturers with selfie light, however, this doesn’t mean TONOR isn’t generous. The tripod stand quality is what makes those 50 bucks worth spending. The tripod stand is aluminum alloy, with an expandable height of 410-1350mm/16-53 inches. Due to being forged with metal, this tripod can bear a weight of 3 kg and itself weighs around 680 grams. I remember that most of the metal tripods I ordered from Aliexpress didn’t have oxidation protection and that’s why the unpainted parts, rusted and the paint started scraping off.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review - Stand

However, Tonors’ tripod isn’t like that. It’s well polished, undergoes sandblasting process to give the surface a shine, and the body is anti-oxidative which means no rust.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – Design & Appearance

Similar to the other selfie rings, nothing is unique about the design of this selfie ring. This is a medium-sized ring with a diameter of 12-inch. It’s only one-way luminous. The thickness is around 1.18″, making it quite slim in comparison to other lights.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review - Design 1

I do like how Neewer used reflective silver sheets on the edges of the SMD lights, to prevent any light-blocking, however, in the case of TONOR TRL-20 I’m not sure. I haven’t opened it yet to fully examine it, but I’ll ask the manufacturer’s support.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – Performance & Interface

Tonor TRL-20 provides three light modes (cool, warm, and natural). Moreover, there’s the color change switch and 10 step brightness adjustment present on the cable.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review - color modes

The performance of the LEDs is incredible. The maximum brightness is 800 lumens while the minimum is 500 lumens. I didn’t see any difference on the luminous part.  The light is constant, distributed equally, and even the edges are not dull, which is a major problem in most of the ring lights.  As for its durability, I don’t expect its performance to decrease over time thanks to the overvoltage protection and electrostatic shielding technology. If any of the LEDs have fused before the claimed 20000 hours, there’s a warranty to cover it up.

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review - Warm and Natural

Moving to the interface, almost 90% of the selfie lights have a power cord. However, that’s not the case with Tonor TRL-20. The power and interface is the only one that is the standard USB cable. Thus, it makes me super comfortable to attach it to a laptop/PC, a power bank, or even the USB port on the socket since it’s quite long (around 2 meters).

Moreover, another selling point of this Selfie ring light is the Bluetooth remote controller to control the phone’s camera wireless. The remote controller has two buttons, one for capture pictures and videos from an Android phone and the other from an iOS phone.

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TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – Comparisons with other Selfie Ring Lights

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring (49.99 USD) vs Neewer 12-inch Ring Light (49.99 USD)

Tonor TRL-20 has:

  • Fewer accessories
  • Better USB Standard interface
  • More LEDs (160)
  • Bluetooth remote controller

Neewer 12-inch Ring Light has:

  • More accessories
  • Power cord interface
  • Fewer LEDs (108)
  • No Bluetooth control

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring (49.99 USD) vs TaoTronics 12-inch Ring Light (59.99 USD)

Tonor TRL-20 has:

  • More LEDs lifespan
  • Much cheaper

TaoTronics has:

  • An extra phone clipper
  • More accessories

TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review – Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The most LEDs offered in a 12″ Ring light
  • High-quality tripod stand
  • Durability
  • Easy to use (Bluetooth remote controller)
  • USB interface (2 meters long cable)
  • 3 light modes and 10 levels adjustable brightness

Cons

  • Fewer accessories (no tripod bag or filters)
  • Can’t use a camera and LED light combination (almost every ring light doesn’t support this combination)

The Verdict

Summarizing this TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light review, this selfie ring is the best option if you are looking for a medium-sized ring light and also need a tripod stand as well. Why? It has the most LEDs in a 12″ inch ring light, Bluetooth remote control support, USB interface, 3 color modes, 10 levels of brightness, and 20000 hours of lifespan. All this under $50. TaoTronics can provide competition but it’s slightly expensive than TRL-20.

Price & Availability

If you are interested in buying this ring light, you can grab it from either TONOR’s official website or on Amazon US at a price of $49.99. Here’s the link to the store and website given below:

What’s your experience with TONOR products? Let me know in the comments below.

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TONOR TRL-20 12-inch Selfie Ring Light Review | Not Your Ordinary Selfie Ring Light
Summary
Tonor TRL-20 is simply one of the best 12" selfie ring lights available under $50. It has the most LEDs in a 12" inch ring light, Bluetooth remote control support, USB interface, 3 color modes, 10 levels of brightness, and 20000 hours of lifespan. All this under $50. TaoTronics can provide competition but it's slightly expensive than TRL-20.
Reader Rating2 Votes
9.5
What's Good
The most LEDs offered in a 12" Ring light
High-quality tripod stand
Durability (20000 hours)
Easy to use (Bluetooth remote controller)
USB interface (2 meters long cable)
3 light modes and 10 levels adjustable brightness
What's Bad
Fewer accessories (no tripod bag or filters)
Can't use a camera and LED light combination (almost every ring light doesn't support this combination)
8.2
Total Rating
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