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Nitecore P12 1000lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
1000 lm output
13500 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore P12 (P12) released in 2017. It uses Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1000 lm output, 13500 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 232 m.

The P12 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 4 modes of lighting. The mode memory of P12 eliminates the need to cycle through different modes every time you turn on the flashlight, providing convenience and saving time. The strobe function can be utilized as a self-defense tool, providing a non-lethal means to deter or disorient attackers

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Nitecore P12 (P12) specifications

BrandNitecore
NameP12
TypeP12
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1377 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

The P12 flashlight enhances safety by illuminating potential hazards and improving visibility in low-light conditions.

Body

Weight88 g
Length139 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

This 88 g flashlight would generally be considered lightweight and easy to handle for most people. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. Aluminium body of P12 is known for its durability and strength. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. The body of P12 flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. The P12 flashlight is available in black.

System

EmitterCree XM-L2 U2 LED
Color temperature5000 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side, mechanical rear

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm white light is generally considered more comfortable and less harsh on the eyes compared to cool white light. The primary function of the smooth reflector (SMO) is to precisely focus and project the light emitted from the light source into a defined beam pattern. The Anti-Reflective coating is a thin optical coating applied to the surface of the lens to minimize reflections and improve light transmission.

The multiple switch configuration on the P12 flashlight can be a useful option, providing additional versatility and convenience in operating the flashlight. The electronic switches may have a higher likelihood of standby drain compared to mechanical switches. 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 P12 is typically operated with the thumb or finger, making it easily accessible and convenient to use.

Performance

Flux1000 lm
Intensity13500 cd
Throw232 m
CD/LM factor13.5

With 1000 lm, the P12 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The P12 flashlight with 13500 cd has an extended throw distance, allowing you to illuminate objects or areas at greater distances. The throw is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) is a measure of a flashlight's beam intensity relative to its total luminous flux or output.

Software

Modes4 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

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. SOS mode of the P12 produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes to signal distress or emergency situations.

Features

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The power source of the P12 flashlight is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery, providing reliable and long-lasting energy for optimal performance. The battery indicator helps users monitor the battery status and estimate how much runtime they have left before the battery needs to be recharged or replaced. The P12 cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. 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 thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating, which can be detrimental to the flashlight's performance, battery, and overall safety. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress.

Accessories

Package contentsclip
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover
tactical ring

The package includes a holster to safely store your flashlight. The clip is especially helpful when you need quick access to your flashlight while keeping your hands available for other tasks. By securing the flashlight with a lanyard, you can free up your hands for other tasks while keeping the flashlight within reach. When using spare O-rings, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for proper installation.

The performance of the Nitecore P12 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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