Nitecore CR6 440lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons
The Nitecore CR6 (CR6) released in 2014. It uses 1 x Cree XP-G2 R5 LED, 1 x Cree XP-E R2 LED (red), SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 440 lm output, 9000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 190 m.
The CR6 flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In situations like natural disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight becomes crucial for navigating dark areas, locating supplies, or signaling for help. This light has 5 + 3 modes of lighting. This flashlight does not have memory function. The strobe function of CR6 produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern that is designed to disorient or distract potential threats or aggressors.
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Nitecore CR6 (CR6) specifications
Flashlights are compact and lightweight, making them highly portable. They can easily fit into pockets, backpacks, or glove compartments, allowing you to carry them wherever you go.
|Body diameter||25.4 mm|
|Head diameter||40 mm|
|Material||aluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish|
The 138 g flashlight is generally comfortable to hold for extended periods and easy to carry in pockets or bags. They are suitable for various applications such as camping, hiking, or emergency situations. A 120-gram flashlight strikes a good balance between functionality, convenience, and weight. The ideal length of a flashlight depends on personal preference, intended use, and the specific features and functionality you're looking for.
Aluminium body of CR6 is known for its durability and strength. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion, making it suitable for rugged outdoor use or in demanding environments. The HAIII process produces a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum, making it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. This improves the overall durability of the flashlight body. The CR6 flashlight is available in black.
|Emitter||1 x Cree XP-G2 R5 LED, 1 x Cree XP-E R2 LED (red)|
|Color temperature||6500 K|
|Lens||toughtened AR coated glass|
|Switch||dual electronic side, mechanical rear|
Cree LEDs are commonly used in a wide range of lighting applications. Their products are trusted by lighting professionals and have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The choice of color temperature depends on the specific lighting application and personal preferences. With the smooth reflector of the CR6, the beam tends to have a well-defined hotspot at the center, which provides a concentrated beam of light for long-range applications.
This flashlight has an AR coated lens. This Anti-Reflective coating is a thin optical coating applied to the surface of the lens to minimize reflections and improve light transmission. The multiple switch configuration on the CR6 flashlight can be a useful option, providing additional versatility and convenience in operating the flashlight. The CR6 has electronic switch. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features that allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight. This may include setting specific modes, configuring brightness levels, or enabling unique functions according to individual preferences.
The CR6 has mechanical switch. Mechanical switches are known for their durability and reliability. They are typically built with robust construction, making them resistant to wear and tear, and capable of enduring various environmental conditions. The rear switch of CR6 is designed to be rugged and durable, capable of withstanding harsh conditions and repeated use.
440 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks, it may not be sufficient for certain scenarios or individuals with specific requirements. With 9000 cd, the CR6 flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. It can illuminate objects or areas with greater clarity and visibility, even at longer distances. The throw is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The cd/lm factor (candela-to-lumen ratio) provides information about how concentrated or focused the light output of a light source is. A higher cd/lm ratio indicates that the light is more concentrated in a specific direction, while a lower ratio indicates a more diffused or spread-out light output.
|Modes||5 + 3 modes|
Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. Strobe mode on CR6 flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light. It can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations. SOS mode of the CR6 produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes to signal distress or emergency situations. It is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.
|Battery||1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery|
The CR6 flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The CR6 has a battery indicator. A battery indicator is a feature that provides information about the remaining power level of the flashlight's battery. It helps users monitor the battery status and estimate how much runtime they have left before the battery needs to be recharged or replaced. The CR6 cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going.
LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery from being over-discharged, which can lead to reduced battery life or even permanent damage. This flashlight doesn't have built-in temperature control. Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements for heat dissipation, such as heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress. Having separate auxiliary LEDs in a flashlight eliminates the need for additional lighting devices or filters.
spare rubber cover
The package includes a holster to safely store your flashlight. When the flashlight is clipped to a suitable location, it can be angled or positioned to provide hands-free illumination. The lanyard of CR6 helps protect the flashlight from accidental damage by preventing it from falling or hitting the ground. Having spare O-rings allows you to replace them as needed, ensuring that the flashlight maintains its water-tight seal and remains protected from moisture or water ingress.
The performance of the Nitecore CR6 flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.
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