Nitecore MH12GTS (2018) review

1800 lm output
12760 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore MH12GTS (MH12GTS) 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, 12760 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 226 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. The MH12GTS flashlight is rechargeable easily via USB port.

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Nitecore MH12GTS (MH12GTS) specifications

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

Weight99.5 g
Length144 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish


The emitter of MH12GTS manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The MH12GTS 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
Intensity12760 cd
Throw226 m
CD/LM factor7.09


The MH12GTS 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 MH12GTS 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. This flashlight can charge the battery with an integrated charger, and it works with any USB power source. 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 portmicroUSB
Thermal regulationyes


It comes with a battery. The battery must be fully charged before you first use your MH12GTS. The package includes a holster to safely store your flashlight. The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight.

Package contents18650 battery
microUSB cable
nylon holster
spare o-ring
tactical ring

The performance of the Nitecore MH12GTS 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 MH12GTS, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Nitecore MH12GTS (MH12GTS) pictures

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