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Nitecore P20 v2 flashlight review

Cree XP-L2 V6 LED
1100 lm output
12300 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore P20 v2 flashlight was released in 2020. It uses Cree XP-L2 V6 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1100 lm output, 12300 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 222 m.

Curious if this Nitecore flashlight is great? Keep reading to find out!

Table of Contents

  • Nitecore P20 v2 specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

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Nitecore P20 v2 / P20V2

The P20 v2 flashlight provides instant illumination at the touch of a switch. This immediate response is particularly useful in emergency situations. This light has 3 modes of lighting. The P20 v2 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 P20 v2 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameP20 v2
TypeP20V2
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1467 user votes.
Launch2020
Formflashlight

The P20 v2 flashlight enhances safety. It illuminates hazards and improves visibility in low light.

Nitecore P20 v2 / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight135 g
Length149.4 mm
Head diameter31.8 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The P20 v2 is generally comfortable to hold for a long time. It is also easy to carry in pockets or bags. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium body of the P20 v2 has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. The HAIII coating is uniform and attractive. It is often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek, pro look. The P20 v2 flashlight is available in black.

Nitecore P20 v2 / 4

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L2 V6 LED
Color temperature5000 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear, mode pedal 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 P20 v2 flashlight has multiple switch options. They can be useful, adding versatility and convenience to using the flashlight.

Mechanical switches are usually robust. They resist wear and tear and work in many environments. The rear switch is at the end of the P20 v2 flashlight. It helps you hold it securely.

Nitecore P20 v2 / 3

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1100 lm
Intensity12300 cd
Throw222 m
CD/LM factor11.18

With 1100 lm, the P20 v2 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The P20 v2 flashlight has 12300 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.

Nitecore P20 v2 / 2

Software, user interface, modes

Modes3 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

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 P20 v2 flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The P20 v2 flashlight's power source is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. A battery indicator lets users see the battery status. It helps them decide when to recharge or replace the battery. The P20 v2 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 "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles. The "8" in the IP68 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
CR123 battery magazine
NTH20 tactical holster
clip
lanyard

By including a battery with the flashlight, you avoid the extra expense. You would have to buy a battery separately. 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. When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it gives a more secure hold. It also gives a more stable hold. 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 P20 v2 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
  • tactical switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • battery included
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

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

Photos

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Nitecore P20 v2 / P20V2

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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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