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Nitecore EC30 flashlight review

Cree XHP35 HD LED
1800 lm output
12100 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore EC30 flashlight was 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, 12100 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 220 m.

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Table of Contents

  • Nitecore EC30 specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

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Nitecore EC30 / EC30

The EC30 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. With mode memory, when you turn off the EC30 and then turn it back on, it will activate the last used mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors.

Nitecore EC30 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameEC30
TypeEC30
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1452 user votes.
Launch2018
Formflashlight

Flashlights let you navigate in the dark. They help you find supplies and signal for help. They also provide comfort and security in tough times.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight65.5 g
Length111.5 mm
Body diameter24.5 mm
Head diameter24.5 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

An extremely lightweight handheld flashlight weighs 65.5 g. 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 EC30 flashlight. HAIII is a specific anodizing process. It creates a thicker and harder oxide layer than regular anodizing. This flashlight comes in a sleek black color option.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XHP35 HD LED
Color temperature5000 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchelectronic 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 EC30 uses a smooth reflector. A smooth reflector is different from an orange peel reflector. It has a polished, mirror-like surface. The AR coating of the lens helps to reduce these reflections. It does this by changing the lens surface's refractive index. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1800 lm
Intensity12100 cd
Throw220 m
CD/LM factor6.72

The 1800 lm output of EC30 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The EC30 flashlight has 12100 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

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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. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations. The EC30's SOS mode produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes. It signals distress or emergency.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticyes

The EC30 flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The battery indicator helps users check the battery status. It also estimates how much runtime they have left before recharging the battery. The EC30 doesn't have charger port. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery. It stops over-discharging, which can reduce battery life or cause permanent damage. The EC30 has thermal protection feature. These mechanisms track and regulate the flashlight's temperature as it operates.

The flashlight has an IPx8 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this. The EC30 flashlight has a magnetic feature. It lets it securely attach to metal surfaces.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsclip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring

The package includes a holster. It is designed to protectively store your flashlight. The clip allows you to attach this flashlight to a belt, pocket, backpack, or other items. This enables convenient hands-free carry. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. 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 EC30 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
  • warm light
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • magnetic
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs

Photos

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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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