Nitecore DL10 1000lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons
The Nitecore DL10 (DL10) released in 2018. It uses Cree XP-L HI V3 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this diving light provides up to 1000 lm output, 12400 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 223 m.
This light has 2 + 2 modes of lighting. Lack of mode memory means you need to manually adjust the flashlight's settings each time you turn it on to get the desired mode. The strobe function of DL10 produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern that is designed to disorient or distract potential threats or aggressors.
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Nitecore DL10 (DL10) specifications
|Head diameter||34 mm|
|Material||aluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish|
The 143.1 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 length of a flashlight can also impact its balance and weight distribution. A well-balanced flashlight, where the weight is evenly distributed, can be more comfortable to hold for longer periods and reduce hand fatigue.
The aluminium body of DL10 has excellent thermal conductivity, meaning it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components, such as the LED or battery. The body of DL10 flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive ﬁnish. The DL10 flashlight is offered in a stylish black color.
|Emitter||Cree XP-L HI V3 LED|
|Color temperature||5000 K|
|Lens||toughtened AR coated glass|
|Switch||dual electronic side|
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 DL10, the beam tends to have a well-defined hotspot at the center, which provides a concentrated beam of light for long-range applications.
The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. This can increase the overall brightness and efficiency of the DL10 flashlight. The DL10 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.
With 1000 lm, the DL10 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. This higher output can be advantageous in various situations where you require enhanced visibility or need to illuminate larger areas. The DL10 flashlight with 12400 cd has an extended throw distance, allowing you to illuminate objects or areas at greater distances. This can be advantageous for outdoor activities, search and rescue operations, or scenarios where long-range visibility is required.
The throw is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) is a measure of a flashlight's beam intensity relative to its total luminous flux or output. It quantifies the concentration of light emitted by the flashlight in relation to the total amount of light produced.
|Modes||2 + 2 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 DL10 flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light. It can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations.
|Battery||1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery|
|Protection||IPx8, depth 30 meters|
|Impact resistance||1 m|
The DL10 flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The DL10 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. The built-in thermal control automatically adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating.
The "8" in the IPx8, depth 30 meters rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress. The DL10 has an impact resistance of 1 m. The impact resistance of a flashlight refers to its ability to withstand physical shocks or impacts without being damaged. Auxiliary LEDs are typically designed to consume less power compared to the main lighting source, such as a white LED. This energy-efficient feature allows for extended battery life, ensuring longer usage time before needing to recharge or replace batteries.
|Package contents||2 x spare o-rings|
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When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it provides a more secure and stable hold. Instead of searching for compatible O-rings or waiting for replacements to arrive, having spare O-rings readily available allows for convenient and immediate repairs or replacements.
The performance of the Nitecore DL10 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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