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Nitecore Concept 1 flashlight review

Cree XHP35 HD LED
1800 lm output
12100 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore Concept 1 flashlight was released in 2017. It uses Cree XHP35 HD LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1800 lm output, 12100 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 220 m.

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Table of Contents

  • Nitecore Concept 1 specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

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The Concept 1 flashlight is a key tool in many situations. It's used for everyday tasks, outdoor adventures, emergencies, and professional work. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The Concept 1 flashlight recalls the last used mode. So, you don't need to access higher brightness levels unless you need to. You can use the strobe function as a self-defense tool. It provides a non-lethal way to deter or disorient attackers.

Nitecore Concept 1 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameConcept 1
TypeCONCEPT1
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1427 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

A flashlight provides reassurance and confidence. It is helpful in unfamiliar or dangerous places.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight61.9 g
Length111.5 mm
Body diameter23.8 mm
Head diameter24.5 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 61.9 g flashlight may not provide the same level of brightness or features as larger models. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. Flashlight makers widely use HAIII coating. It is durable, resists corrosion, and improves grip. It also looks good. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XHP35 HD LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm, white light is generally more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. If you need long-range light, get a flashlight with a smooth reflector. It will have more throw distance. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments. The electronic switches may have a higher chance of standby drain.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1800 lm
Intensity12100 cd
Throw220 m
CD/LM factor6.72

The 1800 lm output of Concept 1 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The Concept 1 flashlight has 12100 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations. The Concept 1's SOS mode produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes. It signals distress or emergency.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
Impact resistance1 m
AUX LEDsno
Magneticyes

The Concept 1 flashlight's power source is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. The Concept 1 doesn't have charger port. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage. The thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating. Overheating can harm the flashlight's performance, battery, and safety.

The flashlight has an IPx8 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this. A flashlight's impact resistance can vary. It depends on its design, construction, and intended use. The Concept 1 flashlight has a magnetic feature. It lets it securely attach to metal surfaces.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsclip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The flashlight package is thoughtful, it has a holster. It offers you a practical and secure way to store your flashlight. When you clip the flashlight to a good spot, you can angle or position it. This will give you hands-free light. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. When using spare O-rings, follow the maker's instructions. Use their guidelines for proper installation.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the Concept 1 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Nitecore flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • magnetic
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs

Photos

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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