Nitecore EC23 (2018) review

1800 lm output
16200 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore EC23 (EC23) released in 2018. It uses Cree XHP35 HD LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1800 lm output, 16200 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 255 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.

Table of contents:

Nitecore EC23 (EC23) specifications

Rated 3/5 based on 1013 user votes.


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

Weight78 g
Length128.7 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish


The emitter of EC23 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The EC23 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.

EmitterCree XHP35 HD LED
Color temperature6500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side


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.

Flux1800 lm
Intensity16200 cd
Throw255 m
CD/LM factor9


The EC23 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 EC23 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.

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno


The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. The EC23 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.

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


The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight.

Package contentslanyard
spare o-ring

The performance of the Nitecore EC23 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 EC23, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Nitecore EC23 (EC23) pictures

Nitecore EC23 / EC23 photo Nitecore EC23 / EC23 photo Nitecore EC23 / EC23 photo Nitecore EC23 / EC23 photo
Nitecore EC23 / EC23

Nitecore EC23 (EC23) comparisons

According to our statistics, the Nitecore EC23 flashlight was most often compared on our site with the following flashlights.

Nitecore EC23
Nitecore EC23
vs Nitecore MH27
Nitecore MH27
Acebeam EC65 Nichia
Acebeam EC65 Nichia
vs Nitecore EC23
Nitecore EC23
Rofis R3
Rofis R3
vs Nitecore EC23
Nitecore EC23
Rofis MR50
Rofis MR50
vs Nitecore EC23
Nitecore EC23

If there’s information about the Nitecore EC23 that you would like to see on this site, then write to us.

FlashlightChart.com / Flashlights / Nitecore / Nitecore EC23 (2018)
Back to Top