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Nitecore MT1A 180lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XP-G2 R5 LED
180 lm output
3350 cd intensity
1 x AA battery

The Nitecore MT1A (MT1A) released in 2013. It uses Cree XP-G2 R5 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x AA battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 180 lm output, 3350 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 116 m.

The MT1A is a powerful and reliable flashlight. With its impressive illumination capabilities and durable construction, it serves as an exceptional lighting tool for various situations and environments. This light has 2 modes of lighting. Instead of having to cycle through multiple modes to find the desired setting, mode memory of MT1A ensures that the flashlight starts in the mode you prefer or need. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern that is designed to disorient or distract potential threats or aggressors.

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Nitecore MT1A (MT1A) specifications

BrandNitecore
NameMT1A
TypeMT1A
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1348 user votes.
Launch2013
Formflashlight

The MT1A flashlight allows you to illuminate dark areas, identify potential hazards, or deter threats by shining light on them.

Body

Weight55 g
Length105 mm
Body diameter21.5 mm
Head diameter22.6 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The MT1A is small, compact, and designed for ultra-portability. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminium body of MT1A has excellent thermal conductivity, meaning it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components. The body of MT1A flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. The MT1A flashlight is offered in a stylish black color.

System

EmitterCree XP-G2 R5 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear

Cree LEDs are trusted by lighting professionals and have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The choice of color temperature depends on the specific lighting application and personal preferences. With the smooth reflector, the beam tends to have a well-defined hotspot at the center, which provides a concentrated beam of light for long-range applications. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens.

Mechanical switches are typically built with robust construction, making them resistant to wear and tear, and capable of enduring various environmental conditions. The rear switch of MT1A is typically operated with the thumb or finger, making it easily accessible and convenient to use.

Performance

Flux180 lm
Intensity3350 cd
Throw116 m
CD/LM factor18.61

180 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks. With 3350 cd, the MT1A flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. 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.

Software

Modes2 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. Mode memory means that the flashlight will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. Strobe can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations.

Features

Battery1 x AA battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPno
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The MT1A flashlight utilizes 1 x AA battery as its power source. The MT1A cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. A protected battery is recommended as the light itself does not have low voltage protection (LVP). Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements for heat dissipation, such as heat sinks, fins, or body materials with good thermal conductivity. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress.

Accessories

Package contentsclip
lanyard
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

The clip provides flexibility in how you carry your flashlight. By securing the flashlight with a lanyard, you can free up your hands for other tasks while keeping the flashlight within reach. Instead of searching for compatible O-rings, having spare O-rings readily available allows for convenient and immediate repairs or replacements.

The performance of the Nitecore MT1A 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.

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