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Nitecore MH10S 1800lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Luminus SST40 LED
1800 lm output
21600 cd intensity
1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore MH10S flashlight released in 2020. It uses Luminus SST40 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1800 lm output, 21600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 294 m.

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Nitecore MH10S / MH10S

The MH10S flashlight is a key tool in many situations. It's used for everyday tasks, outdoor adventures, emergencies, and professional work. This light has 5 modes of lighting. With mode memory, when you turn off the MH10S 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. The MH10S may also support other charging methods. These include solar panels or hand-cranked mechanisms.

Nitecore MH10S specifications

BrandNitecore
NameMH10S
TypeMH10S
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1422 user votes.
Launch2020
Formflashlight

This Nitecore flashlight is compact and handheld. It is easy to carry and maneuver.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight69.7 g
Length131.3 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 69.7 g flashlight may not provide the same level of brightness or features as larger models. The best flashlight size depends on personal preference. It also depends on intended use and the specific features you want. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. Flashlight makers widely use HAIII coating. It is durable, resists corrosion, and improves grip. It also looks good. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterLuminus SST40 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

People know Luminus LEDs for their efficiency, brightness, color accuracy, and long lifespan. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The MH10S uses a smooth reflector. A smooth reflector is different from an orange peel reflector. It has a polished, mirror-like surface. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments. 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
Intensity21600 cd
Throw294 m
CD/LM factor12

The 1800 lm output of MH10S provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The MH10S flashlight has 21600 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. Designers created the strobe function to produce a disorienting or attention-grabbing effect. The SOS code starts three short signals. Then, three long signals follow. Finally, there are three short signals again.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portUSB Type-C
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
Impact resistance1 m
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The MH10S flashlight utilizes 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The battery indicator prevents surprise power failures. It ensures the flashlight is ready when needed. USB rechargeable flashlights are more popular now. They are popular because they are convenient and sustainable. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage.

The MH10S has thermal protection feature. These mechanisms track and regulate the flashlight's temperature as it operates. The "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles. The flashlight has an IP68 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this. The MH10S flashlight proudly boasts an exceptional impact resistance rating of 1 m.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18650 battery magazine
NL2140 battery
NTH10 tactical holster
USB Type-C cable
clip
lanyard
spare o-ring
tail switch cover

The included battery is picked by the manufacturer. It is picked for the best compatibility and performance with the MH10S flashlight. The flashlight package is thoughtful, it has a holster. It offers you a practical and secure way to 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. The lanyard of the MH10S protects the flashlight from accidental damage. It does this by stopping it from falling or hitting the ground. 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 MH10S 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
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • adequate performance
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • battery included
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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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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