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Nitecore NEW P12 1200lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-L HD V6 LED
1200 lm output
14200 cd intensity
1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore NEW P12 flashlight released in 2020. It uses Cree XP-L HD V6 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1200 lm output, 14200 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 238 m.

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Nitecore NEW P12 / NEWP12

The NEW P12 flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight is crucial. It helps you navigate dark areas. This light has 4 modes of lighting. The NEW P12'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 NEW P12 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameNEW P12
TypeNEWP12
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1420 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

Weight83 g
Length154 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The 83 g flashlight may not provide the same level of brightness or features as larger models. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. The HAIII process makes a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum. This makes it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L HD V6 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical 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.

The NEW P12 uses multiple switches. The switches' placement and design determine this. They allow for one-handed operation. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. The rear switch allows for quick and easy momentary or constant-on activation. It enables rapid response and tactical moves.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1200 lm
Intensity14200 cd
Throw238 m
CD/LM factor11.83

The 1200 lm output of NEW P12 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The NEW P12 flashlight has 14200 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. 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.

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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. The NEW P12 flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light. The SOS signal is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The Nitecore NEW P12 flashlight is powered by 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. A battery indicator lets users see the battery status. It helps them decide when to recharge or replace the battery. The NEW P12 doesn't have charger port. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating.

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.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18650 adapter
NTH10 tactical holster
clip
lanyard
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

The flashlight package is thoughtful, it has a holster. It offers you a practical and secure way to store your flashlight. With a clip, you can fasten the flashlight to a reachable spot. This ensures it is easy to get whenever you need it. When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it gives a more secure hold. It also gives a more stable hold. 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 NEW P12 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
  • tactical switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • adapter included
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no built-in charger
  • 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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