Nitecore P36 (2015) review

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

The Nitecore P36 (P36) 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.

This light does not have memory function. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

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Nitecore P36 (P36) specifications

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The aluminium body of flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish.

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


The emitter of P36 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The P36 has an orange peel (OP) textured reflector. Orange peel reflectors have smoother beams. It has an AR coated lens.

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


The throw is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam. Well-focused spot beams can be over 100 cd/lm, tactical flashlights are typically between 20-100 cd/lm, and work lights are less than 10 cd/lm.

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


The ramping mode of the P36 is intuitive, and lets you seamlessly ramp the output up and down over almost the entire output range. The P36 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at which makes it difficult for them to concentrate. It has the SOS beacon function for an emergency situation. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

Mode memoryno
Ramping modeyes


The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. The P36 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 built-in thermal control automatically adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating.

Battery2 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
Thermal regulationyes


The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight.

Package contentslanyard
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

The performance of the Nitecore P36 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.

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Nitecore P36, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Nitecore P36 (P36) pictures

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