Nitecore EC22 1000lm review. Is it worth it in 2023?

1000 lm output
8600 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore EC22 (EC22) released in 2018. It uses Cree XP-L HD LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1000 lm output, 8600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 185 m.

The EC22 lashlight offers a versatile lighting solution. This flashlight does not have memory function.

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Nitecore EC22 (EC22) specifications

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The EC22 flashlight enhances safety by illuminating potential hazards and improving visibility in low-light conditions.


Weight77.2 g
Length128 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

This 77.2 g flashlight would generally be considered lightweight and easy to handle for most people. 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. Aluminium body of EC22 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 coating provides excellent corrosion resistance, protecting the underlying aluminum from exposure to moisture, humidity, and other corrosive elements. It helps maintain the appearance and functionality of the flashlight, even in harsh environments. The EC22 flashlight is available in black.


EmitterCree XP-L HD LED
Color temperature6500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchrotary front

The emitter of EC22 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. Cree is a well-regarded LED manufacturer known for its high-quality products and innovation in the lighting industry. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is measured in units called Kelvin (K) and is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources, particularly white light. The EC22 has a smooth reflector. The properly focused smooth reflector gives you a more cohesive hotspot and therefore throws better. 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.


Flux1000 lm
Intensity8600 cd
Throw185 m
CD/LM factor8.6

With 1000 lm, the EC22 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. With 8600 cd, the EC22 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.


Mode memoryno
Ramping modeyes

The ramping mode of the EC22 is intuitive, and lets you seamlessly ramp the output up and down over almost the entire output range.


Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationyes

The Nitecore EC22 flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The EC22 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. The built-in thermal control automatically adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress.


Package contentsclip
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The package includes a holster to safely store your flashlight. The clip provides flexibility in how you carry your flashlight. When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it provides a more secure and stable hold. 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 EC22 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 EC22, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Nitecore EC22 (EC22) pictures

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