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Nitecore EC21 460lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

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.

The EC21 is an impressive flashlight that offers both power and reliability. Its robust build and outstanding illumination make it a versatile lighting instrument. This light has 5 modes of lighting. Since the EC21 flashlight automatically recalls the last used mode, there is no need to access higher brightness levels unless specifically required. The strobe function can be utilized as a self-defense tool, providing a non-lethal means to deter or disorient attackers

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Nitecore EC21 (EC21) specifications

BrandNitecore
NameEC21
TypeEC21
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1347 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

This Nitecore flashlight offers portability, versatility, and reliability in providing illumination.

Body

Weight58.5 g
Length108 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 58.5 g flashlight would be considered extremely lightweight for a handheld flashlight. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for EC21 flashlight. Hard-Anodized Type III (HAIII) is a specific anodizing process that creates a thicker and harder oxide layer compared to regular anodizing. This flashlight comes in a sleek black color option.

System

EmitterCree XP-G2 R5 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchdual electronic side

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm white light is generally considered more comfortable and less harsh on the eyes compared to cool white light. If long-range illumination and throw distance are the primary requirements, a flashlight with a smooth reflector may be more suitable. The AR coating of the lens helps to mitigate these reflections by altering the refractive index of the lens surface. The electronic switches may have a higher likelihood of standby drain compared to mechanical switches.

Performance

Flux460 lm
Intensity9400 cd
Throw194 m
CD/LM factor20.43

If you mainly need a flashlight for basic tasks like finding keys, navigating in dimly lit areas, or occasional use around the house, 460 lm can be adequate. With 9400 cd, the EC21 flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. The throw distance refers to the maximum distance at which the flashlight can effectively illuminate an object or target. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) is a measure of a flashlight's beam intensity relative to its total luminous flux or output.

Software

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. Mode memory means that the flashlight will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. Strobe can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations. SOS mode of the EC21 produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes to signal distress or emergency situations.

Features

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
Impact resistance1 m
AUX LEDsyes
Magneticno
Specialsred light
white light

The power source of the EC21 flashlight is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery, providing reliable and long-lasting energy for optimal performance. The EC21 doesn't have charger port. 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. The flashlight with IPx8 rating can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period, typically specified by the manufacturer.

The impact resistance of a flashlight can vary depending on its design, construction, and intended use. Auxiliary LEDs with different color options or specialized modes can be beneficial for specific tasks.

Accessories

Package contentsclip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The package comes complete with a holster designed specifically to provide a secure and protective storage solution for your flashlight. When the flashlight is clipped to a suitable location, it can be angled or positioned to provide hands-free illumination. By securing the flashlight with a lanyard, you can free up your hands for other tasks while keeping the flashlight within reach. When using spare O-rings, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for proper installation.

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.

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