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Nitecore P12 LED Flashlight - 950 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 T6 LED - Uses 1x 18650 or 2x CR123A Batteries

Nitecore P12 LED Flashlight - 950 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 T6 LED - Uses 1x 18650 or 2x CR123A Batteries
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Adapt to any situation

The Nitecore P12 features four output modes with setting designed to be ideal in its own way. The 950 lumen high mode is bright enough for searching fields and vast expanses outdoors. The 210 lumen all-purpose mode is perfect for indoor and close-quarters use. Additionally, the P12 functions as a comfortable reading light with the 50 lumen low mode, or as a middle-of-the-night light with a 1 lumen firefly mode. These are just some examples of what this versatile light can handle with Nitecore's ingenious brightness scaling.


The future is here

Using the newest CREE LED technology, the XM-L2, this flashlight achieves what was thought to be impossible - incredible output AND impressive runtimes up to 520 hours! The P12 also features next generation Precision Digital Optics Technology combined with Crystal Coating Technology to provide extreme reflector performance - achieving up to a 222 meter throw distance!


Take it anywhere

The compact design fits comfortably in your pocket, backpack, belt holster, or anywhere else you keep your light. With advanced technology making devices smaller, Nitecore has been able to make the P12 not much bigger than the battery that powers it! At 5.47" long, it can take one 18650 or two CR123A batteries.


Perfectly simple

The P12 just makes sense - turn the light on/off with the tail switch and change modes with the side switch. With a simple interface, there is no possibility of getting the wrong mode when you need it the most. Additionally, the side switch features a LED status indicator, warning you to replace or recharge your batteries when necessary.


Powerful & Reliable

Constructed from aerospace grade aluminum with military grade HAIII hard-anodized finish, this flashlight is sure to last you a long time. The rugged construction allows this light to withstand drops up to 2 meters with ease. Additionally, the P12 employs silicone o-rings to achieve an IPX-8 water resistance so you don't have to worry about getting wet since this light can be submerged!

Nitecore P12 LED Flashlight - 950 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 T6 LED - Uses 1x 18650 or 2x CR123A Batteries
  • By turning off the light, press and hold the side switch then simultaneously press down the tail switch, the side switch will blink to tell the battery voltage (accurate to 0.1V).
  • Second generation 'Crystal Coating Technology' combined with 'Precision Digital Optics Technology' provide extreme reflector performance
  • Side switch interface provides one-handed operation and easy access to all functions
  • Side switch features an indicator light which displays remaining battery power
  • High-efficiency regulation circuit provides unwavering output
  • High-efficiency circuit board provides up to 520 hours runtime on low
  • Intelligent memory function stores preferred brightness setting
  • Waterproof in accordance with IPX-8 (2 meteres submersible)
  • Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating
  • Constructed from aero grade aluminum alloy with HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish
  • Stainless steel titanium-plated clip and cigar ring, spare o-rings, tailswitch boot, holster, and lanyard included
  • Tail stand capability
  • LED: CREE XM-L2 T6
  • Runs on: 2x CR123A or 1x 18650 (Batteries NOT included)
  • Output mode/Runtime:
    • High: 950 lumens / 1.25hr
    • Mid: 210 lumens / 6hrs
    • Low: 50 lumens / 28hrs
    • Firefly: 1 lumens / 520hrs
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 12,450cd
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 5.47" (139mm)
    • Body Diameter: 1" (25.4mm)
    • Bezel Diameter: 1" (25.4mm)
  • Weight: 3.1 .oz (88g) (excluding batteries)
Nitecore P12 LED Flashlight - 950 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 T6 LED - Uses 1x 18650 or 2x CR123A Batteries
5 Stars based on 28 Review(s)
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Pound for pound awesome !
October 7, 2014
Great light. Really packs a punch. You don't realize just how bright it is until compared to others in the same size class. Simple functions . Little too long for EDC front pocket carry but makes for a great night stand jacket pocket light.

Houston, Texas
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

A Lightsaber!
September 14, 2014
This little thing packs an unbelievable punch! When I showed my next door neighbor how bright it was, he ordered one for himself. It looks like a little light saber! This little light is the brightest one I've seen yet for an LED light. It rivals anything out there for its size.
The machining is outstanding on this flashlight. It's a real work of art.

Buford, GA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nitecore P12
September 13, 2014
Decided to get the Nitecore P series with the newer LED to replace my aging Klarus XT's. I am very happy with quality, illumination and battery life. I like program button on the side cause it has an easier interface.

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

Love my Nitecores
September 10, 2014
I really like this light a lot. The output is great. (950 lumens nice!) The layout of the buttons are the best. The different modes are very usable. I really like the 1 lumen Low mode. It's great for a dark bridge at night when you just need a little light to see your way around without ruining your night vision. Light, small and compact but still uses a 18650 battery.
Pros: 950 lumens,1 lumen, light weight 3 oz, side switch interface and tail cap on/off switch.

NE Ohio
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Bright thrower
September 8, 2014
A well built, very bright (w/Li-ion 18650) thrower. Didn't have problem the of a dark center as I'd read of others, spill is wide, foreground periphery is well lit. Gave it four of 5 because a smaller cigar ring is made of plastic (surprised/disappointed) and it's a little too large for an EDC, for me anyway. Still, will make a good ready bag light, with batteries stored alongside.
Bright, solid
Smaller, plastic cigar ring; too big for EDC

Richard T.
Corpus Christi, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great EDC
September 5, 2014
My beloved Jetbeam Raptor R0 was starting to show its age, and it was time to look for a new EDC. I wanted to step up to a higher lumen level, but that meant moving from a single CR123 to an 18650-based light. I had been thinking about a new light when I saw the Nitecore P12. This really fit the bill. While the light was going to be longer because of the bigger battery, I still wanted a light to clip into my back pocket. The problem with most high lumen 18650 lights is that they have an emitter head that is much bigger than the barrel. Not good for pocket carry. The Nitecore P12 is the same diameter down its entire length...the emitter head is the same size as the barrel! That really sold me on the light, but I really like some of the other features as well. The tail switch is easy on/off, and the switch at the front easily cycles the light modes. The forward switch is lit with a blue light when the unit is on, and the blue light will begin to flash when the battery is down to 50%. You can also use the front switch to get a battery voltage reading, which is not only way cool but also just plain useful. I've been EDC-ing this light for several months now, and I really enjoy it. It is one of those pieces of gear that, if I lost or broke it, I would go out and buy another one to replace instead of looking for something else. It's that good!

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great all around flashlight
September 5, 2014
Quit saving knives and started saving flashlights years ago. This little bugger is right at the top of my list. For a small carry around it packs a wallup with many handy features. No it is not a diving light nor does it claim to be. But for on land and every day use it's a great deal.

Allen Cheng
1 Stars

I bought 2 Nitecore P12s. Both of them broke.
August 30, 2014
I bought one P12 in May 2014 on the staff's recommendation. It broke after a couple weeks. The plastic cap on the underside of the lamphead broke, and now when I attempt to turn on the light, it flickers once and remains off. I bought another one in July 2014, and pretty much the same thing happened.
Really cheap

Decatur, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

This is the best flashlight I've bought yet
August 30, 2014
This is a great flashlight. The size is ideal and the separate mode switch is convenient for changing the intensity between the 4 output levels. The thing I didn't realize was it also has an interesting way to communicate the battery voltage level by blinking a small led under the mode switch. This is handy to know whether to change batteries or recharge a 18650 if you decide to buy a charger and a rechargeable battery.
Light Intensity switch located conveniently 4 output levels battery indicator by counting blinks for volts and tenths of a volt Size

San Diego, Ca
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Perfect flashlight for home use.
August 27, 2014
Great flashlight for a great price...Thanks for the recommendation!
Three useful power levels, great price, compact size and solidly built. The 900 lumen setting is like a searchlight!

Summit, NJ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Big Light in a Small Package
August 24, 2014
I have had this for a couple of weeks now and absolutely love it. Can't say enough about all the features but what I like best is that you can partially depress the end switch to get a quick bit of light when needed. I use it for walking the dogs and they know when I light them up it's time to get moving. Just a quick press on the end and that's all they need. Good bang for the buck even though it seems expensive. I use an 18650 rechargeable battery in mine.
Great features. Very bright when you need it and easy to tone it down if you just need just a bit of light. It's small enough to slip into a pocket but has the power of the big lights I have.
None really although the lanyard and the clip aren't of much use (to me) but that's just a personal preference.

Spalding, Michigan
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

awsome light in a compact and reasonably priced package
August 20, 2014
I use this light daily, but bought it primarily for use in my work as a fire fighter. It's most unique feature is the ability to select one of the lighting options, and have that option remain in effect until you change it, as opposed to so many other lights where each time you turn it on and off the lighting function changes. This light is extremely bright and is also well adapted for use as a tactical, as in self defense, situations.
very well made, sensible lighting functions which are easily selected and remain in effect until you change them. very reasonably priced for all the features you get.
none that I can come up with.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

August 19, 2014
Great light, good beam and small size

Huntsville,Texas USA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent little EDC.
August 10, 2014
Purchased this Nitecore P12 because my EagleTac finally give out. Great size and functionality. I've read on some reviews where the beam produced a dark spot in the center of the beam but the one I have does not. Perfect beam all the way! I carry this light everywhere I go 24/7. I always wear carpenter pants and even have a few pairs Deluth fire hose pants with multiple pockets and the P12 fit's perfectly in a side pocket. I've had several people over the years ask me, "Why do you carry a flashlight?" Well you never know when you'll need to illuminate something be it something you dropped down and engine or behind a wall or whatever! I never go anywhere without my little partner and the Nitecore P12 will be with me a long time!
Excellent size & functionality.
Their aren't any.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Perfect combination of size and power
July 6, 2014
Bright yet rather compact -- great for its size. I really like that it remembers what power level it's at across on/off cycles and it's so easy to change brightness levels. The firefly level is a good nightlight which will stay on for a week for camping or power outages and the higher power is there when you need it. Also well built and strong. The voltage level indicator is a nice touch. Really a good balance of ruggedness, brightness, usability and size/weight!
Comes with extra O rings and extra switch cap.
Optional neck strap is nothing special. Need to be sure cap is screwed on tightly.

East Coast, U.S.
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

My #1 EDC Light
May 27, 2014
I own and have used several different high-tech flashlights, and this one has quickly moved to the forefront of my little army of lights. It is the brightest light I have in this size class, and the mode selection process is excellent because it totally avoids having to cycle through anything to get right to the mode I was last using. The wide range of brightness levels it provides has settings that are suitable for every application from using it for a nightlight in a pitch dark room, to cranking it up for use on city streets where a flashlight has to compete with sodium vapor street lights and vehicle lights to be of any use to the human eye (a milieu in which our eyes adjust to the bright city lights which renders standard-power flashlights useless, so it takes a light like the P12 to 'cut into' the shadows, see inside a vehicle, check the outside of a building, etc.). The light is also standard rated water-resistant. One unique feature I like is the locator beacon, which emits a single strobe flash every couple seconds. That could be a lifesaver if you're off the road, down over a bank disabled along the highway, lost in the woods, or just about in any situation where you want backup or rescuers to find you and you might not be able to otherwise get their attention. The blinking low-battery/voltage indicator is also an unexpected surprise and lets me know when I can expect to need a battery change/recharge. The versatility of the light to accept a range of different batteries including primary and rechargeable is a huge plus. Since it can use primary CR123A's, I can recommend it to my friends whom I would hesitate to recommend using rechargeable Li-Ion batteries because I don't think those particular folks might be willing to follow safety protocols with the Li-Ion rechargeables - they'll be fine with the primary CR123A's. I keep it on a lanyard around my neck when I work at night, clipped into my shirt so it won't get dropped as it is a tool I value very highly. Thanks, Nitecore, for designing a front-runner tactical light.
Small, BRIGHT, lightweight, durable, water-resistant, versatile, unique features, and a great no-b.s. mode selection process
The edges of the anti-roll ring are a little severe on the fingers. The light color temperature seems a little greenish to my eyes (may just be me), but certainly not a deal-breaker.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nitecore P12 - excellent for EDC
May 21, 2014
I love this small yet powerful flashlight. Just bought another one in fact as a gift to my parents. I also have the Fenix PD35 which I like a lot, but ended up carrying the P12 more often nowadays. The max brightness levels are pretty similar betwen the two. Although the P12 is rated 960 lumens while PD35 is only rated at 850, they are pretty much the same brightness level to human eyes. There are a few things that made me carry P12 more often than the PD35: its built in voltage meter for battery strength, the beacon mode for signaling, the memory feature for strobe so I can access it with the 'momentary on' half press of the tail button. That is very handy when you need it quick. Overall, the light is perfect for EDC. I even mount it on my bike when riding at dusk and it lights up the whole path before me like the head lamp of a car! The max output of 950 lumens only lasts about 3 minutes before it steps gradually down (to avoid overheat) to about 450 lumens where it will stay for another 30 minutes or so. Since it is gradual, human eyes really cannot detect the change. So, even though there seems to be a big jump from mid (210 lumens) to high (950), there is actually a hidden 450 lumens level after the step down, which is comparable to PD35's. To me, the 210 mid level is plenty of light already, but it would have been nice to have that 450 level as one of the setting. I probably will get a couple more of P12s for my family members' daily carry. Highly recommended!

4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great light
May 20, 2014
I gave this light 4 stars, but it is actually better. The flashlight is compact, fits the hand well, and is bright. I took off one star because the mode button is not easy to find. I was expecting it to be lit as the photo shows. However, you only get that when the light is providing battery status. I'm seeing more flashlights with that mode button on the body. It makes you change your hand position from the tail cap button for any other mode. But if you are going to use just one mode, then it is great.
Sleek, bright, and awesome finish
Mode button should be easier to find

Boston area
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Outstanding value
May 4, 2014
Wow what a great compact flashlight. It replaced 4 less effective flashlights.
Compact and powerful

Todd Newland
Rochester NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Best Light I own!
April 11, 2014
I bought this light when it first came out with intentions of buying no other light in its class and I haven't needed another one since then! Great beam, lots of power and impressive timeline before it drains the batteries.
Everything. Size, power, beam, color, and price!
None, Go buy it!

Gurnee, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great EDC
April 4, 2014
Great light. Well made and comes with nice holster.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Best flash light on the market
March 27, 2014
I haven't bought this item yet, but I am very interested in it already.
After seeing how this flash light performs you will buy another one, it's that good .

5 Stars

March 5, 2014
This is the best light I have owned. Very easy to use. I am an auto tech and I can\'t say enough about this light. It\'s very powerful, bright on high, easy to change settings, and feels good in your hand. Love it. Thanks

5 Stars

Almost Perfect
February 17, 2014
I bought the P12 because I couldn\'t resist 950 lumens for $60. Turns out, this is an incredibly useful light. A very useful range of brightness settings, a useful beam pattern, and a side mode selector switch make this an almost perfect every day carry. Like Gerry, I do not like the tailcap on/off switch and would prefer a side switch. For daily use I have a slight preference for the Olight S20, but the P12 has the advantage of a very robust build and a high output which makes it an intimidating self-defense tool.

5 Stars

Very good
February 10, 2014
I am impressed by this light. I buy a lot of flashlights; I just bought 3 P12s for guys at work. Amazing power available when you need to reach out there, and very useable steps in output. The one thing I find lacking is the ability to turn the light on in moonlight mode regardless of what mode it was last shut off in. I am also not a fan of tactical tailcap switches, but that is a personal preference; we are utility and home users, and find side switches more practical. I guess that is why the S20 is my favorite flashlight, even though the output is not as high as this P12.

5 Stars

December 28, 2013
This light is outstanding ! Excellent throw and power in such a small package.Great weapon light as well. I believe this may be the very best deal out there !

Fernando L.
5 Stars

Pocket Rocket
December 25, 2013
I was sold on the Fenix PD35 but shortly stumble onto this little gem. To be honest the Nitecore P12 is an outstanding light. It\'s robust but not overly done. The interface is simple it\'s idiot proof. The out put is just about perfect. I myself find 50 lumens and the 1 lumen modes ideal for around the house. The higher modes would be over kill unless you\'re outside. One thing that sold me was the battery checker. It\'s accurate to the slightest voltage. It will also blink when the battery drops to 50%. Overall I am very happy with the P12. Would like to see if it has an available diffuser.

5 Stars

December 20, 2013
Wow,, I just got the P12, Wow,, Technology marches on,,, Did I say \"WOW\"? Years ago I got a Fenix PD-30, and it was very good,,, But at 265 lm vs 950 lm , the Nitcore p12 outshines the PD30,, duh,,, The Wow part is the size is only slightly bigger, and all light levels are accessible from the side switch... You will impress yourself and all that see the P12, every time you get it out...

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