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  • Premium Cree XM-L2 (T6) LED has a maximum output of 950 lumens; throws light up to 222m
  • 3 special strobes include standard strobe, SOS strobe and location beacon to find the flashlight easily at night
  • Operates on either one 18650 or two CR123 batteries (sold separately); 18650 battery provides up to 520 hrs. of runtime on the lowest output level and 1 hr. 15 min. on high
  • Second generation Crystal Coating Technology combined with Precision Digital Optics Technology provide extreme reflector performance
  • Side switch interface allows 1-handed operation and easy access to all functions; includes an indicator light that displays remaining battery power
  • Intelligent memory function stores your preferred brightness setting
  • High-efficiency regulated circuit board provides unwavering output
  • Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass has an anti-reflective coating
  • Constructed from aerospace-grade aluminum alloy with HAIII military-grade hard-anodized finish
  • Waterproof in accordances with IPX8 water-resistance rating, allowing submersion down to 2m; impact-resistant to 1.5m
  • Nitecore P12 Flashlight comes with a stainless-steel, titanium-plated clip; also comes with a holster, tactical ring, lanyard, spare tail cap and a spare O-ring


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Best Use Camping
Bulb Type LED
Bulb Detail High-output LED
Beam Type Flood
Max Light Output (Lumens) 950 lumens
Light Output High: 950 / low: 1 lumens
Max Beam Distance (m) 222 meters
Beam Distance High: 222 meters
Brightness Levels 4
Strobes 3
Average Run Time High: 1 hr. 15 min. / low: 520 hrs.
Regulated Output Yes
Rechargeable No
Batteries CR123 or 18650 li-ion
Material(s) Aluminum
Dimensions 1 x 5.5 inches
Water-Resistance Rating IPX8
Impact Resistance 1.5 meters
Weight With Batteries (Without batteries) 3.1 ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I use mine for work and hiking I have 3 18650s and in reality this light doesn't kill them fast enough for me to have to carry that many. i am adding this review due to the others saying it wont survive a drop of 2-3 feet. here is the deal the design of the contact for the + side of the battey isnt the best. I have dropped mine from 4 foot multiple times and it stops working. here is why, the contact dimples the tip of the 18650 and no longer makes contact. in the woods this would suck, at work i just bend the tip of the battery back and all is well. in the end they have a great warranty and i am very happy with this light. picture shows a battery that was bent back to work
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from P12 vs Fenix PD35 The Nitecore P12 is pretty obviously a copycat of the Fenix PD35. How does it stack up? I bought and returned two Fenix PD35's, and picked up the P12. Here's some thoughts after using both, since I assume most folks shopping this light may be considering both the Fenix and the Nitecore. Both are crazy bright for a light this small. However, bear in mind that a 900 lumen light will not appear 4 times as bright to our eyes as a 225 lumen light will. Most of you are probably familiar with what 200 lumens looks like. In practice, both the PD35 and P12 appear approximately 50 - 75% brighter than a 200 lumen light, perhaps "twice" as bright. If you're interested, do some reading on the science behind lumens and perceived brightness. Build specs on both are nearly identical. I am partial to the matte black annodization on Fenix lights. Nitecore's, by comparison, are a bit shinier. This is purely a matter of preference. Both have mineral glass lenses, both free from internal dust or scratches on arrival. The side mode switch on both Fenix PD35's I sampled felt very cheap to me - creaky, noisy, and with an inconsistent "click" - functioned fine, but it made it very difficult for me to love playing with this light. Also, the tailcap switches on both PD35's also felt gritty to me - again, no issue with initial functionality, but just not satisfying. The P12 has much better-feeling switches. The P12 has a much "whiter" light output than both PD35's I sampled, which were noticeably more yellow/green, especially on lower output settings. There is some variation in color on these LED's from one sample to the next, however, and many folks report that they do not notice the PD35 being yellowish or greenish. I certainly did. In fact, the color of the beam and the switch issues mentioned above were the reason I returned both PD35's. Some forums mention that the P12 is more "throwy" and the PD35 is more "floody." In practice, both are flooders with a relatively big hotspot - don't consider either if you need to reach out a quarter mile. Overall, the PD35's beam pattern is a tiny bit more consistent - the P12 has a slight "donut" effect, where the center of the hotspot is slightly less bright than the outer edges of the hotspot. This is really only noticeable if you are testing on a consistent surface like a single-colored wall or ceiling at close range. P12's four brightness settings is much better than PD35's five. Sounds trivial, but in practice, you don't need five brightness settings. P12's lowest setting is much lower than PD35's, meaning longer battery life on low, but some folks do not like a super low moonlight setting like P12. I do, as even PD35's lowest makes sensitive night-adjusted eyes squint a bit at first. P12 tail stands, PD35 does not. Not a major deal for me, but tail stand ability is a deal breaker for some. Either way, any elongated light is too top-heavy to reliably tail-stand on anyting but perfectly flat, motionless surfaces - you decide for yourself how important this is. Both have forward-clicky tail switches with momentary and constant/on. Both "remember" the last brightness setting, as opposed to always turning on in low or high, for example. The P12 has some additional features that the PD35 does not, like battery-level indication and extra strobe functionality. Read up on these if they are important to you - these did not impact my decision. I'll reach for a firearm if I need to defend myself, as opposed to hoping that a strobe light disorients an attacker (and hopefully not me at the same time!) I couldn't compare actual battery life between the P12 and PD35 beyond the published specs, except to note again that the lower output on P12's lowest setting should give more runtime than the PD35 on it's lowest setting. On brightest setting both lights produce a good deal of heat and churn through batteries pretty quick, so plan on investing in a good charger and 18650 lithium battery if you use the light a lot and don't want to shell out for CR123 lithiums all the time. Final thought on price - note that the P12 does NOT come with batteries, while the PD35 does, so the difference actually should not be a factor, unless you already own chargeable 18650's and have no use for disposable CR123's.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light with excellent features. So far this light has been great. Can run off of either 1 18650 battery or 2 RCR123's. Single mode tail switch is also a plus with the side switch being used for mode switching.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Powerful Light I bought this about a month ago. It has been very dependable so far. It uses the cr123 batteries. However the cr123 batteries fit very loosely in the housing as it was also designed for the 18650 rechargeable battery. The 18650 battery fits snug like it should. It should have come with a cr123 cradle that adapts the batteries to the size of the housing. As far as the quality of the light it is very nice. The push button rear activated switch is also a plus. Press it lightly and it acts as a momentary switch or press it in and it stays on. Over all very nice. My only reserve is that it does not come with batteries and also it does not have the cr123 cradle. I would highly recommend this if it came with the 18650 rechargeable battery and charger. So I give it four stars.
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light! This was a great buy. You're getting a lot of flashlight in a small package for a great price. Fits in my hand, the controls are easy to manipulate with one hand and the functions are easy to find and use. Well thought out light. The only thing that I have a small issue with is how low the clip sits on the light, which allows a little more of the flashlight to stick out of my pocket then I like but it's not a deal breaker even if being used for EDC. I really like this flashlight and I'm considering buying a second.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For The Price I do a lot of work in tight dark places and this has been an amazing tool in many occasions. I never leave home without it. I use the Nightcore NL198 batteries so i never have to buy expensive c123's again. I recommend this for anyone in production work, security work, and for an occasion.
Date published: 2015-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a TORCH!!!! I bought the newer and improved Nitecore P12GT and it's a best buy.The flashlight is great for every and anything. It is more of a flood light but it reaches 300 yards easily. Great all around flashlight. You can find a bundle on amazon with 2 18650 batteries and recharging unit for 100 bucks. Having a second battery is crucial for hunting, camping, SAR, police, etc. Also if you need one flashlight, always have two. If you're interested in buying a flashlight the P12 is amazing and you will not be let down. Nitecore is a great company and I recommend all of their products. They've got lights for all uses from 100 lumens to 2000+ at amazing price and exceptional quality. Don't think twice about any Nitecore flashlight. The P12 is just so universal and versatile you cannot go wrong.
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Flashlight I've Ever Owned I bought this to replace my Surefire G2L. I'm not here to slam the Surefire; flashlight technology has changed a lot in the last couple of years. I was undecided between this flashlight and the Fenix PD35 or Thrunite TN12. I just chose this one because it was a little more affordable and you won't know the difference when you're not in the store comparing them side by side.
Date published: 2014-12-23
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