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Nitecore R40 1000lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

Cree XP-L HI V3 LED
1000 lm output
67700 cd intensity
1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore R40 flashlight released in 2017. It uses Cree XP-L HI V3 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 1000 lm output, 67700 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 520 m.

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Nitecore R40 / R40

The R40 flashlight is an essential tools for emergency preparedness. In disasters or blackouts, when electricity is unavailable, a flashlight is crucial. It helps you navigate dark areas. This light has 5 modes of lighting. With mode memory, when you turn off the R40 and then turn it back on, it will activate the last used mode. The strobe function produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern. It disorients or distracts potential threats or aggressors. This USB rechargeable flashlight is small and light. It is easy to carry.

Nitecore R40 specifications

BrandNitecore
NameR40
TypeR40
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1394 user votes.
Launch2017
Formflashlight

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

Nitecore R40 / 4

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight194.5 g
Length151.3 mm
Body diameter38.6 mm
Head diameter40 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 194.5 g. It is generally comfortable to hold for a long time, and 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 aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. The HAIII process makes a hard and wear-resistant surface on the aluminum. This makes it more resistant to scratches, abrasions, and impacts. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

Nitecore R40 / 2

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XP-L HI V3 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchdual electronic side

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 R40 uses a smooth reflector. A smooth reflector is different from an orange peel reflector. It has a polished, mirror-like surface. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight.

Nitecore R40 / 3

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1000 lm
Intensity67700 cd
Throw520 m
CD/LM factor67.7

The 1000 lm output of R40 provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The flashlight has 67700 cd. It will provide a strong beam of light. This light can illuminate objects or areas with great brightness and clarity. 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.

Nitecore R40 / 1

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. The R40 flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light. The SOS signal is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portwireless, microUSB
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
Impact resistance1 m
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The R40 flashlight utilizes 1 x 26650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. A battery indicator lets users see the battery status. It helps them decide when to recharge or replace the battery. A flashlight's USB charger can be very useful. This is especially true in emergencies. In such situations, access to power outlets may be limited. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage.

The R40 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. This flashlight has an impressive impact resistance rating of 1 m. It is built to endure accidental drops or impacts.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents26650 battery
charging port cover
desktop cradle
lanyard
nylon holster
spare o-ring
wall adapter
wall mount cradle

The included battery is picked by the manufacturer. It is picked for the best compatibility and performance with the R40 flashlight. The flashlight package is thoughtful, it has a holster. It offers you a practical and secure way to store your flashlight. When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it gives a more secure hold. It also gives a more stable hold. 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 R40 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
  • side switch
  • adequate performance
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • battery included
  • adapter included
  • protective holster

Cons

  • cool light
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

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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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