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Nitecore MT1A flashlight review

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

The Nitecore MT1A flashlight was 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.

Excited to learn if the MT1A lives up to expectations? Read on!

Table of Contents

  • Nitecore MT1A specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
    • Links
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos
  • Comparisons

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Nitecore MT1A / MT1A

The MT1A flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. This light has 2 modes of lighting. The MT1A's mode memory makes the flashlight start in your preferred or needed mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern.

Nitecore MT1A specifications

BrandNitecore
NameMT1A
TypeMT1A
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1468 user votes.
Launch2013
Formflashlight

The MT1A flashlight enhances safety.

Body, materials, weight, colors

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 it. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for MT1A flashlight. The body of MT1A flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. The MT1A flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

System, LED, lens, reflector

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

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 smooth reflector creates a well-defined hotspot at the center. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. Mechanical switches are usually robust. The rear switch of the MT1A is usually operated with the thumb or finger.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

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. The MT1A flashlight has 3350 cd, it provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw is the 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, user interface, modes

Modes2 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations.

Features, battery, protections

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. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. Use a protected battery, because this flashlight lacks low voltage protection (LVP). Flashlights without thermal protection may rely on other design elements to dissipate heat. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsclip
lanyard
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

The clip provides flexibility in how you carry your flashlight. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

Official sitehttps://flashlight.nitecore.com/

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
  • tactical switch
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • waterproof
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • moderated performance
  • low intensity
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no LVP
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

Nitecore MT1A / MT1A photo 1.
Nitecore MT1A / MT1A

Comparisons

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Updated: April 30, 2024

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.