Nitecore TM26 (2017) review

4 x Cree XM-L2 U3 LEDs
4000 lm output
51600 cd intensity
4 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries

The Nitecore TM26 (TM26) released in 2017. It uses 4 x Cree XM-L2 U3 LEDs, SMO reflector and 4 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 4000 lm output, 51600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 454 m.

This light has 5 modes of lighting. 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 TM26 (TM26) specifications

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

Weight438 g
Length142 mm
Body diameter50 mm
Head diameter68 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish


The emitter of TM26 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The TM26 has a smooth reflector. The properly focused smooth reflector gives you a more cohesive hotspot and therefore throws better. It has an AR coated lens.

Emitter4 x Cree XM-L2 U3 LEDs
Color temperature6500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchdual electronic side


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.

Flux4000 lm
Intensity51600 cd
Throw454 m
CD/LM factor12.9


The TM26 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.

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno


The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. 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.

Battery4 x 18650 Li-Ion batteries
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portyes
Thermal regulationyes
SpecialsOLED display


The package includes a holster to safely store your flashlight. The lanyard prevents accidental loss of the flashlight.

Package contentscharging port cover
nylon holster
spare o-ring
wall adapter

The performance of the Nitecore TM26 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 TM26, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Nitecore TM26 (TM26) pictures

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