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Nitecore P26 1000lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-L HI V3 LED
1000 lm output
24000 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore P26 flashlight released in 2018. It uses Cree XP-L HI V3 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1000 lm output, 24000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 310 m.

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Nitecore P26 / P26

The P26 is a powerful and reliable flashlight. It has impressive illumination and durable construction. It is an exceptional lighting tool, it works in many situations and environments. Without mode memory, each time you turn on the P26, it will start from the default or first mode in the sequence. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Nitecore P26 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameP26
TypeP26
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1396 user votes.
Launch2018
Formflashlight

This Nitecore flashlight offers portability, versatility, and reliability in providing illumination.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight128.5 g
Length149 mm
Head diameter31.8 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

This 128.5 g flashlight is slightly heavier than most handheld flashlights. But, it is still at a reasonable weight. The best flashlight size depends on personal preference. It also depends on intended use and the specific features you want. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for P26 flashlight. The body of P26 flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. This flashlight comes in a sleek black color option.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L HI V3 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear, rotary front

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 of the lens helps to reduce these reflections. It does this by changing the lens surface's refractive index.

The P26 uses multiple switches. The switches' placement and design determine this. They allow for one-handed operation. Mechanical switches often offer tactile feedback. Users can feel a distinct click or resistance when they press the switch. The rear switch of the P26 is usually operated with the thumb or finger. This makes it easy to reach and use.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1000 lm
Intensity24000 cd
Throw310 m
CD/LM factor24

The 1000 lm output of P26 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The P26 flashlight has 24000 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

Mode memoryno
Ramping modeyes
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

The P26 flashlight has ramping mode. Its user interface lets you control the brightness by pressing and holding a button. Designers created the strobe function to produce a disorienting or attention-grabbing effect.

Features, battery, protections

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

The Nitecore P26 flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The P26 doesn't have charger port. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery. It stops over-discharging, which can reduce battery life or cause permanent damage. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. 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
nylon holster
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover
tactical ring

The package includes a holster. It is designed to protectively 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. The lanyard of the P26 protects the flashlight from accidental damage. It does this by stopping it from falling or hitting the ground. 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 P26 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
  • rotary switch
  • adequate performance
  • super bright
  • ramping mode
  • tactical strobe
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no mode memory
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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David Hagon
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