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Nitecore EC21 (2017) review

2017
Cree XP-G2 R5 LED
460 lm output
9400 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore EC21 (EC21) released in 2017. It uses Cree XP-G2 R5 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 460 lm output, 9400 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 194 m.

This light has 5 modes of lighting. The memory function is a nice feature, the light will remember the last used mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

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Nitecore EC21 (EC21) specifications

Brand
Nitecore
Name
EC21
Type
EC21
Rating
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Launch
2017
Form
flashlight

Body

The aluminium body of flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish.

Weight
58.5 g
Length
108 mm
Body diameter
25.4 mm
Head diameter
25.4 mm
Material
aluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colors
black

System

The emitter of EC21 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The EC21 has a smooth reflector. The properly focused smooth reflector gives you a more cohesive hotspot and therefore throws better. It has an AR coated lens.

Emitter
Cree XP-G2 R5 LED
Color temperature
6500 K
Reflector
SMO
Lens
toughtened AR coated glass
Switch
dual electronic side

Performance

The throw is the calculated 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. Well-focused spot beams can be over 100 cd/lm, tactical flashlights are typically between 20-100 cd/lm, and work lights are less than 10 cd/lm.

Flux
460 lm
Intensity
9400 cd
Throw
194 m
CD/LM factor
20.43

Software

The EC21 has mode memory. Mode memory means that the light will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. The EC21 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at which makes it difficult for them to concentrate. It has the SOS beacon function for an emergency situation. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

Modes
5 modes
Mode memory
yes
Ramping mode
no
Strobe
yes
SOS/Beacon
yes

Features

The EC21 cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. This flashlight has a built-in low voltage protection (LVP) to prevent damage to the cell from over-discharge, so protected cells are not necessary. This light does not have temperature control feature. It has auxiliary LEDs which make it really nice looking.

Battery
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicator
no
Charger port
no
LVP
yes
Thermal regulation
no
Protection
IPx8
Impact resistance
1 m
AUX LEDs
yes
Magnetic
no
Specials
red light
white light

Accessories

The package includes a holster to safely store your flashlight. The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight.

Package contents
clip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The performance of the Nitecore EC21 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.

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Nitecore EC21, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

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