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Nitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 1020 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - Uses 4 x AA

Nitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 1020 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - Uses 4 x AA
Nitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 1020 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - Uses 4 x AANitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 1020 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - Uses 4 x AANitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 1020 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - Uses 4 x AA
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Evolution of a Classic

The Nitecore EA41 is the next step in Nitecore's revolutionary EA line of handheld searchlights. Building off the tried and tested features of the EA4, the EA41 introduces new features based on feedback from loyal customers and intense design research. The new EA41 is brighter, easier to use and even tougher than previous models. This light also retains the best features of its predecessors, such as the compact body design and convenient AA battery power source.

Brilliant Cree XM-L2 (U2)

The EA41 comes equipped with a CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED, an upgrade over previous models. This light is now able to produce 1020 lumens, an almost unheard of figure for lights running on simple AA batteries. The light level is flexible of course. A variety of modes including a turbo, high, medium, low, and an ultra-low micro mode make this one of the most versatile lights around. The EA41 also has access to a dazzling strobe mode that is quickly accessible for emergency signaling or self defense.

One Tough Son of a Gun!

The E41 has been designed with the intention for it used by in real-world scenarios. That meant it will certainly be subjected to drops, scrapes, smashes, water and all sorts of debris. Thanks to a few handy features, this light is prepared to meet any of these tough challenges. The body of the light is constructed of a single machined piece of aircraft grade aluminium, and coated in HAIII Military-grade hard-anodized coating to resist scrapes and dings. The lens is Ultra-clear mineral glass that has been tempered to take a beating. The light is also equipped with reverse polarity protection, shielding the electronics from incorrectly placed batteries.

Features:
  • 'Unique Integrated Technology' offers a sturdy, lightweight body
  • Utilizes a CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED
  • Maximum output of 1020 lumens
  • 'Precision Digital Optics Technology' provides extreme reflector performance
  • Peak beam intensity of 35,594cd with throw distance of up to 376 meterse
  • New dual switch design for friendly interface
  • Eight separate lighting modes
  • Power indicator light displays remaining battery power
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Stainless steel retaining ring protects vital electronic components
  • Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating
  • Constructed from aircraft grade aluminium alloy
  • HAIII military grad hard-anodized coating
  • IPX-8 waterproofing (submersible up to 2 meters)
  • 1.5 meter impact resistant
  • Tail stand capable
  • Includes:
    • Holster
    • Lanyard
    • Spare O-Ring
Specifications:
  • Light Source: CREE XM-L2 (U2)
  • Runs On: 4X AA batteries (Not Included)
  • Output Mode / Runtime:
    • Turbo: 1020 Lumens / 1 Hour 45 Minutes
    • High: 580 Lumens / 2 Hours 45 Minutes
    • Medium: 180 Lumesn / 12 Hours
    • Low: 50 Lumens / 30 Hours
    • Micro: 1 Lumen / 400 Hours
  • 376 Meter Beam Distance
  • 35594cd Peak Beam Intensity
  • 1.5 Meter Impact Resistant
  • IPX-8 2 Meter Waterproof and Submersible
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 1.57" (40mm)
    • Length: 4.6" (117mm)
    • Weight (without batteries): 5.33oz (151g)
TurboHighMediumLowMoonlight
Lumens:1020580180501
Runtime (Hours):1.752.751230400
Output Modes:3+ Brightness Levels, SOS, Strobe
Compatible Batteries:4 x AA
Batteries Included:No
Flashlight Usage:All-Purpose, Tactical
Throw Distance (Max):376m
LED:CREE XM-L2 U2
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:ANSI, IPX-8
Brand:Nitecore
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, 18 Month Nitecore Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Anodized Aluminum
Product Weight:5.33oz
Product Dimensions:4.6" (L) x 1.57" (W) x 1.57" (H)
UPC:4071183840365
MPN:EA41-XML2
Country of Origin:CN
Nitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 1020 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - Uses 4 x AA
$69.95
4.5 Stars based on 39 Review(s)
Chris
Montana
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome Flashlight!
March 30, 2015
This flashlight is durable, bright, and has a great runtime.

Chuck
Honolulu, Hawaii
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Bang for Buck
March 26, 2015
Great little AA light. I have the older model and when this came up for sale, it was an obvious purchase.
Pros:
AA batteries. Ample brightness. Fits nice in the hand, not too big, not too small. Dual power switch button and more lumens is an appreciated upgrade. Strobe and other functions are easily accessed and activated.

Harvey
Thousand Oaks, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent flashlight.
March 10, 2015
Very bright and uses AA NMHi batteries. Good balance between throw and coverage. I intend to also use this for a camping "lantern" as I purchased an optional diffuser which works very wello.

Chris
Kalamazoo, MI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great compact light
March 7, 2015
Well built, many features, very useful, easy to use, easy to carry, rugged. Highly recommend.
Pros:
Portable, great nightstand light, camping, work, play, etc.
Cons:
None at all as far as I can see. (pun intended)

Eric
Northville, MI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very bright, many features, convenient AA bateries
February 7, 2015
It has a lot of features, like eight different settings, from very bright to dim and 3 different strobes. The beam is medium sized and it lights with a nice even spot. AA batteries are convenient, and it works good with rechargeable AAs. It does get warm on the highest setting, so I don't use it that bright for more than a couple minutes at a time.

Joe
Richmond, MI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Well built light. Sturdy and functional design.
February 7, 2015
Sturdy, compact, solid feel. The dual switch functions are easy to learn.
Cons:
bright light, but wish the beam was more 'focused'.. the actual center would be brighter and have a longer throw... Maybe a better lense?

T.L.
Tulsa, OK
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Easily underestimated
February 6, 2015
Pleasantly surprised by this light's feel and functionality.
Pros:
great throw and spill, surprisingly good grip for it's size
Cons:
not crazy about the switch functionality

Paul
California
2 Stars

Switch too easy to accidentally activate
January 29, 2015
The light functions well and the AA power is convenient. Brightness range is good and adjustments are convenient. It however has a fatal flaw. The switch activates too easily, often in a bag even when in the case. It turned on once and drained the batteries and caused one battery to leak damaging the core. I cleaned out the barrel and it happened again. Regularly draining batteries (due to accidental turn on) makes this light useless. I just threw the thing away rather than fool with trying to get it repaired. A single star would be an appropriate evaluation as well for the reason cited.

Jim
Pascoag
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Amazing amount of light from 4AA
January 29, 2015
I have many high end lights, all of which are powered by 18650's or CR123a etc. When I started reading reviews on the EA41 I thought to myself, there's no way to make this much light from AA batteries. Boy, was I wrong. The output on this light is amazing. We have a cabin on an island in Maine with no electricity and no light noise. I can't wait to bring this up and really get a feel for it. Also, thanks to Nitecore for the excellent build quality and for getting the switches right, I love it. Oh and thank you Battery Junction!
Pros:
Tons of output, AA batteries, well thought out switches.
Cons:
None

Bradley
Brooklyn, New York
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Light
January 22, 2015
Compact and powerful light. The EA41 is a great light that really packs a punch in such a small package. When I first got the light I kept running the batteries out by accident. Then I read the instructions and learned that there is a lock out that can be enabled by pressing both buttons for two seconds. Everyone I show the light to is always impressed by the power such a small unit puts out. The size is also nice in that is fits in your hand and is easy to wear on a belt with the included carrying case. For the price this light is hard to beat.
Pros:
Power AA batteries
Cons:
Wish it could be a little thinner but all it is saying a lot that this is the only con.

Kasper
Jacksonville, FL
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very Good Torch for the money
January 13, 2015
If one is familiar with the earlier EA4 model, this EA41 model compares quite favorably. The EA41 is much simpler to use, and is a far better torch. Unless one used the EA4 frequently or as his sole torch, it was necessary to review the operating instructions before trying to use the EA4. The EA4 could also be fussy to operate, downright persnickety in some cases. The controls for the EA41 are much more intuitive for the user, and are much easier to use. The brightness levels appear to be as advertised.
Pros:
Intuitive controls, relatively easy for the user to learn compared with the earlier EA4 or with some other higher-end torches. Works on easily obtainable AA batteries. Torch is supplied with a holder.
Cons:
Like many other torches of this calibre, this model has parasitic battery drain. The benefit of this parasitic drain is outweighed by the obvious drawback of draining the batteries. Also, when operated on high or turbo, the EA41 gets quite hot. One may work around this by using the holder as an insulator.

Richard
Las Vegas
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nitecore EA41
January 10, 2015
More powerful than the last iteration.
Pros:
Great light throw.
Cons:
Can't find any.

TOM
NEPA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Exceptional AA light
January 9, 2015
Very bright flashlight for it's size and AA power. This one would be the ease of use light for everyday tasks from Nitecore because of it's larger diameter and, use of ordinary AA. Perfect house, car or work light. This will be the item I hand out for Christmas gifts next year to my family. Well made and Battery Junction got my entire order correct and, faster than expected. Well done as this was my first purchase from BJ.

Charles
Chesapeake VA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

A powerful little lump.
January 7, 2015
It lights up the entire back yard and still throws a beam all the way to the power pole about 2/10ths of a mile away, scaring the big bird waiting to pounce on some helpless creature foraging in the night. Has a nice weight and feels good in the hand. The power switch lights up with a blue glow for some reason or another, not sure why, but it is a nice touch. Beautiful finish, well made, compact for its power output, and all done with just 4 AA cells. A bargain at $69.95! It has one more rather nice feature...home defense. Shine this light into an intruder's eyes and they won't see a thing for some time.
Pros:
nice weighty feel, but still light. Easy to hold and fits in a pocket. Powerful widespread beam, that goes a long ways. Nice finish. Uses cheapy AA cells.
Cons:
None.

Rass
Rock Springs, WY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Compact Light
January 7, 2015
Super bright compact light, light fits in your hand just wish it had a butt cap power switch for tactical use. Beam floods the area well and the different light brightness levels is handy. The best is that it runs on AA batteries the easiest quick to grab battery around.
Pros:
several brightness levels, compact, AA batteries, distinctive size and shape make easy to recognize and grab.
Cons:
no butt cap switch

Gary
Seal Rock, Oregon
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent SAR tool
January 6, 2015
I purchased an Olight from for use with the SAR team I belong to. It is an outstanding tool for night searches, but just a little bulky. While it is not as bright as the afore mentioned, the Nitecore EA41 is will suited for the night work and much smaller for general searches of smaller areas.
Pros:
usefully small and bright!
Cons:
non so far

Jeff
Florida
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome Light
January 6, 2015
I was interested in this light because it uses regular AA batteries. I like being able to swap batteries without having to look for a charger. Incredibly bright light. Seems solid, time will tell. So far, I am impressed.

Mark
Wyoming
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Wonderful flashlight
December 30, 2014
Very cool and unique in power and size.

Amanda
St. Louis, MO
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Powerful and Sturdy
December 19, 2014
Very bright light and well built flash light. I really like that it takes regular batteries as well.
Pros:
clear bright light. Sturdy
Cons:
A bit heavy and slightly bulky due to taking regular batteries which is a fair trade off in my book.

David
Mehoopany,Pa
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great light
December 17, 2014
Got it on sale from an email for less than $60.00 and free shipping. It's easier to use than the E-A4 and puts out the power when needed plus you can use rechargable battries.

Ed
Los Angeles, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome light
December 17, 2014
This is an awesome light. Batteryjunction sent me the newer 2015 version which is 1020 lumens. I'm going to order more to give out as gifts because it's easier to use for friends and family who don't have access to specialized batteries. Using AA's are easier for people find and replace. The size fits well in my hand is not too bulky. And this is extremely bright. The new interface is easy to use too with the two buttons and modes.
Pros:
compact, very bright and easy to use. Uses common AA batteries.

Gary
Downey, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Pocket Light Cannon
December 14, 2014
Fits in my hand, throws a beam over three football fields, uses cheap easy to find AA batteries. What more do I need to say?

Fenryr
Maryland, USA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Powerful, High-Tech, And Compact
December 11, 2014
This is a very powerful flashlight despite its relatively small size for a x4 AA battery operated flashlight. This a very high-tech flashlight and if you are one of those that doesn't want to bother with reading the instructions at least once then yes you might find its user interface a bit complicated. However if you do take the time to read the instructions then you will find it that the user interface is quite simple. I tested the run time at the 120 lumens aka medium setting, which is supposed to run for 12 hours with a fully charged set of NiMH 2400 mAh batteries. Since my set of Eneloops are rated at 2000 mAh at the 12 hours mark it was not quite 120 lumens; however I would say it was at least a 50-60 lumens which is still very useful. In my opinion I think that the ultra low mode should have been set at least 5 lumens, because at 1 lumen it does not provide that much useful light other than to see where the flashlight is at. The high mode [510 lumens] is NOT meant to be run nonstop and of course neither is the turbo mode. In a very cold environment you can run it on high nonstop since the power step down is based on a temp sensor and a 20 minutes timer, I am not sure about the turbo mode since it gets pretty hot even in high mode. Now how do I know that the power step down is not only based on the 20 minutes timer? Well, because I set it to high mode and stuck in the refrigerator LOL and I did not notice it dropping to the medium setting of 120 lumens. A cool feature of this flashlight is that it gives you a pretty good heads-up when your batteries are running low, I believe it kicks in when the batteries drop down to less than 25% of their capacity; you will see a blue light in the power-mode switch progressively flash faster as the power drops down.
Pros:
*Powerful *Compact *It loves rechargeable NiMH batteries *High-Tech & seems well made *No dead batteries surprise, it even tests the batteries as soon as you load them in! *Exceptional run times, and if run at medium [120 lumen (s)] or lower setting it runs cool with no noticeable heat build-up.
Cons:
*In High and of course in Turbo mode it gets very hot [Please note that this is due to two factors: 1st its small physical size does not provide enough heat-sink mass, 2nd Because of present technology limitations the LED still produces a great deal of heat when run at such high lumen (s). LOL we don't have super conductors yet!] *Because of the reasons I just stated above, it is not feasible and NOT recommended to run this flash light nonstop in high mode unless you find your self somewhere in the North or South Pole LOL!

Tom Gorman
Klamath Falls, OR
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

E = Excellent rating and O = Outstanding rating
December 3, 2014
E rating. This version of the searchlight is easier to use (for me) than the earlier version I had purchased. I need carry it in the provided case for awhile to see if this model has the problem of being accidentally turned on while in the belt case as the earlier version does, and to determine the ease of operation while wearing gloves this Winter. --- Will recommend it to friends especially in our rural area as it is very useful if out at night in this Mt Lion, Coyote, Skunk, country.
Pros:
Nice wide, field of light. Pretty good distance illuminated,

Dave Polmon
Western CT
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nice light
November 25, 2014
This is a nice light. Good pattern, and the light is incredibly bright for AA power. I can't comment on battery life yet since its still going strong on the first charge!

Dwight
San Antonio, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Light!
November 17, 2014
I have bought two of these, a friend bought two, and I am going to buy several more for our company ranch. Nice flood with enough throw for most purposes. Comments by other reviewers miss the mark.... this is not designed to be a thrower, and it's more useful than that! Also, while it does have "parasitic drain" it sill lasts longer than a few days with good batteries, and it is easy to turn the flashlight off completely, eliminating any drain.
Pros:
Great light, especially handy given the AA batteries. Nice mix of smooth "near field" light with some throwing ability. Very bright with excellent run times.
Cons:
not a one...

RoadKing
Orange, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nitecore EA41 Explorer Compact LED Searchlight - 960 Lumens - Cree XM-L2 T6 LED - Uses 4 x AA
November 6, 2014
Got the light a few days ago, very pleased with it. Light performs as advertised. This is not a light for beginners, you need to read the instructions which most newbs won't. The light has lots of great features - but - you got to read the instructions. Every level is usable, the low is still plenty bright for trail walks and using as candle light. The mid levels all work great and turbo is the brightest light I've seen, more powerful than a car headlight. The light shines far, I'm not sure how they determine 315 meters but the tree 600 feet away kinda lights up and that was good enough fro me. It has instant access to the best stuff - very low, turbo, stun/strobe.and memory. The strobe is very disorienting and in the right circumstances would disorient an attacker - it made me dizzy when I hit it by accident and it was reflecting of the wall, can't imagine what it looked like from straight on. Battery usage is nominal - and my rechargeables handle the load easily. The quality is very high, the materials are well made and the light looks like it will last many years. It has a built in blue LED in the buttons - it will blink for battery level and you can set it to beacon mode - it will flash every few seconds so you can find it in the dark. The batteries fit in easily and the cap fits snug with a high quality feel. I'd buy it again, and probably will for gifts.
Pros:
High quality, very versitile, fits in a pocket, very bright, small, all good - 5 stars!!
Cons:
Slightly complicated for those that are not instruction readers.

ME
NM
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

WoW
October 28, 2014
Impressed with the throw and flexibility of this light! The AA power/convince/availability is a plus. Hard to accept the brightness is coming from 4 AAs. Also bought the shorter diffuser which broadens the spread. Don't know how it will hold up but so far I AM IMPRESSED!. Bought a second one.
Pros:
4 AA batteries are easy to find, all for a great price! Quickly shipped. Lots of features.
Cons:
Bought a second light for even cheaper (20% off) but I'm not complaining too loudly.

Walter
Buffalo, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nice, small and powerfull!
October 16, 2014
The best flashlight I have ever owned!

MICHAEL
United States
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome Light
October 8, 2014
Best flashlight I own!
Pros:
uses easy to find and cheap AA batteries
Cons:
i should have bought 2 :-)



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