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Nitecore P12GTS 1800lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XHP35 HD LED
1800 lm output
12760 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore P12GTS flashlight released in 2018. It uses Cree XHP35 HD LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1800 lm output, 12760 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 226 m.

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Nitecore P12GTS / P12GTS

The P12GTS flashlight offers a versatile lighting solution. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The P12GTS mode memory eliminates the need to cycle through modes. You don't have to do this each time you turn on the flashlight. It provides convenience and saves time. You can use the strobe function as a self-defense tool. It provides a non-lethal way to deter or disorient attackers.

Nitecore P12GTS specifications

BrandNitecore
NameP12GTS
TypeP12GTS
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1424 user votes.
Launch2018
Formflashlight

This flashlight can fit in pockets, backpacks, or glove compartments. You can carry it wherever you go.

Nitecore P12GTS / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight99 g
Length145.7 mm
Body diameter25.4 mm
Head diameter25.4 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 99 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. The best flashlight size depends on personal preference. It also depends on intended use and the specific features you want. The aluminium body of the P12GTS has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. The HAIII coating resists corrosion well. It shields the aluminum from moisture, humidity, and other corrosive elements. The P12GTS flashlight is available in black.

Nitecore P12GTS / 4

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XHP35 HD 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 more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. The SMO's main job is to focus and project light from the source. It does this into a defined beam pattern. The coating is thin and applied to the lens surface. It cuts reflections and boosts light transmission. The P12GTS flashlight has multiple switch options. They can be useful, adding versatility and convenience to using the flashlight.

The electronic switches may have a higher chance of standby drain. Mechanical switches are usually robust. They resist wear and tear and work in many environments. The P12GTS flashlight has a rear switch. Its operation is usually simple and easy to understand.

Nitecore P12GTS / 3

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1800 lm
Intensity12760 cd
Throw226 m
CD/LM factor7.09

With 1800 lm, the P12GTS flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The P12GTS flashlight has 12760 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

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Software, user interface, modes

Modes5 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. Designers created the strobe function to produce a disorienting or attention-grabbing effect. The SOS code starts three short signals. Then, three long signals follow. Finally, there are three short signals again.

Features, battery, protections

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

The P12GTS flashlight's power source is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. The battery indicator prevents surprise power failures. It ensures the flashlight is ready when needed. The P12GTS cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. This flashlight has built-in low voltage protection (LVP). It prevents damage from over-discharge, so it doesn't need protected cells.

The thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating. Overheating can harm the flashlight's performance, battery, and safety. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

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 very helpful. It lets you quickly access your flashlight while keeping your hands free for other tasks. The lanyard of the P12GTS protects the flashlight from accidental damage. It does this by stopping it from falling or hitting the ground. When using spare O-rings, follow the maker's instructions. Use their guidelines for proper installation.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the P12GTS 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
  • warm light
  • 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
  • waterproof
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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David Hagon
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