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Nitecore P36 flashlight review

Cree MT-G2 LED
2000 lm output
22300 cd intensity
2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries

The Nitecore P36 flashlight was released in 2015. It uses Cree MT-G2 LED, OP reflector and 2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 2000 lm output, 22300 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 299 m.

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Table of Contents

  • Nitecore P36 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 P36 / P36

The P36 flashlight provides instant illumination at the touch of a switch. This immediate response is particularly useful in emergency situations. Without mode memory, this flashlight always starts in the default mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors.

Nitecore P36 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameP36
TypeP36
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1430 user votes.
Launch2015
Formflashlight

A flashlight provides reassurance and confidence. It is helpful in unfamiliar or dangerous places.

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight252 g
Length173 mm
Head diameter50 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

This 252 g flashlight is not very heavy. But, it is heavier than the average handheld flashlight. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. The HAIII coating is uniform and attractive. It is often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek, pro look. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree MT-G2 LED
Color temperature5000 K
ReflectorOP
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchmechanical rear, rotary rear

Lighting professionals trust Cree LEDs. Cree LEDs have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. The advantage of the orange peel (OP) reflector is that it can minimize glare and reduce eye strain. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments.

The P36 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 is at the end of the P36 flashlight. It helps you hold it securely.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux2000 lm
Intensity22300 cd
Throw299 m
CD/LM factor11.15

The 2000 lm output of P36 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The P36 flashlight has 22300 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

Software, user interface, modes

Mode memoryno
Ramping modeyes
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

The light doesn't have predefined brightness levels or fixed modes. Instead, the ramping mode lets you adjust the light smoothly within a specific range. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations. The P36's SOS mode produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes. It signals distress or emergency.

Features, battery, protections

Battery2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The P36 flashlight utilizes 2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries as its power source. The battery indicator helps users check the battery status. It also estimates how much runtime they have left before recharging the battery. The P36 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 P36 has thermal protection feature. These mechanisms track and regulate the flashlight's temperature as it operates. 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 contentslanyard
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the P36 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

  • aluminium body
  • warm light
  • OP reflector
  • AR coated lens
  • tactical switch
  • rotary switch
  • adequate performance
  • super bright
  • ramping mode
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof

Cons

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

Photos

Nitecore P36 / P36 photo 1.
Nitecore P36 / P36

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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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