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.
Pros:Small, BRIGHT, lightweight, durable, water-resistant, versatile, unique features, and a great no-b.s. mode selection process
Cons: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.