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Nitecore EA41 1020lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
1020 lm output
28276 cd intensity
4 x AA batteries

The Nitecore EA41 flashlight released in 2017. It uses Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, SMO reflector and 4 x AA batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1020 lm output, 28276 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 336 m.

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Nitecore EA41 / EA41

The EA41 flashlight offers a versatile lighting solution. This light has 5 modes of lighting. You don't have to cycle through many modes to find what you want. The EA41's mode memory makes the flashlight start in your preferred or needed mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors.

Nitecore EA41 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameEA41
TypeEA41
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1395 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

The EA41 flashlight allows you to light dark areas. It helps you find hazards or stop threats by shining light on them.

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight151 g
Length117 mm
Body diameter41.8 mm
Head diameter40 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 151 g. It is generally comfortable to hold for a long time, and it is also easy to carry in pockets or bags. A smaller flashlight is easier to carry in a pocket, bag, or pouch. This makes it more convenient for everyday use or when you're on the go. The aluminium body of the EA41 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components.

The HAIII coating resists corrosion well. It shields the aluminum from moisture, humidity, and other corrosive elements. The EA41 flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XM-L2 U2 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchdual electronic side

Lighting professionals trust Cree LEDs. Cree LEDs have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The smooth reflector creates a well-defined hotspot at the center. This hotspot provides a concentrated beam for long-range use. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1020 lm
Intensity28276 cd
Throw336 m
CD/LM factor27.72

With 1020 lm, the EA41 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The EA41 flashlight has 28276 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

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. The EA41 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at, this makes it hard for them to concentrate. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

Features, battery, protections

Battery4 x AA batteries
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPno
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The EA41 flashlight utilizes 4 x AA batteries as its power source. The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. The EA41 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. Use a protected battery. This flashlight lacks low voltage protection (LVP). Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements to dissipate heat. These elements include heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentslanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The holster keeps your flashlight secure. It provides a reliable and easy way to do this when not in use. The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the EA41 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
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • waterproof
  • protective holster

Cons

  • cool light
  • no built-in charger
  • no LVP
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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Nitecore EA41 / EA41

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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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