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Nitecore MT2A 345lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-G2 R5 LED
345 lm output
5800 cd intensity
2 x AA batteries

The Nitecore MT2A flashlight released in 2013. It uses Cree XP-G2 R5 LED, SMO reflector and 2 x AA batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 345 lm output, 5800 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 152 m.

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Nitecore MT2A / MT2A

The MT2A 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 4 modes of lighting. The MT2A's mode memory makes the user experience more seamless and intuitive. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Nitecore MT2A specifications

BrandNitecore
NameMT2A
TypeMT2A
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1396 user votes.
Launch2013
Formflashlight

A flashlight provides reassurance and confidence. It is helpful in unfamiliar or dangerous places.

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight67 g
Length155 mm
Body diameter21.5 mm
Head diameter22.6 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 67 g flashlight may not provide the same level of brightness or features as larger models. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. HAIII is a specific anodizing process. It creates a thicker and harder oxide layer than regular anodizing. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-G2 R5 LED
Color temperature6000 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. Flashlights use the smooth reflector when long-range light is important. This includes searchlights and thrower flashlights. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments.

Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. Rear switches are common on tactical flashlights. Law enforcement, military, and self-defense personnel use them.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux345 lm
Intensity5800 cd
Throw152 m
CD/LM factor16.81

You mainly need a flashlight for basic tasks like finding keys or navigating in dimly lit areas. 345 lm can be enough. It can also be enough for occasional use around the house. The MT2A flashlight has 5800 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes4 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 MT2A's SOS mode produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes. It signals distress or emergency.

Features, battery, protections

Battery2 x AA batteries
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPno
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The Nitecore MT2A flashlight is powered by 2 x AA batteries. The MT2A doesn't have charger port. The MT2A flashlight lacks built-in LVP. You should use a protected battery to prevent over-discharging. Flashlights without thermal protection may be more susceptible to overheating under extreme conditions. The flashlight has an IPx8 rating. It can withstand being submerged in water beyond 1 meter for a prolonged period. The manufacturer specifies this.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsclip
lanyard
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

With a clip, you can fasten the flashlight to a reachable spot. This ensures it is easy to get whenever you need it. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the MT2A 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
  • tactical switch
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • waterproof
  • clip

Cons

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

Photos

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Nitecore MT2A / MT2A

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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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