Nitecore P-12 2015 edition
February 18, 2015
Here it goes, Of course when I ordered this I was so excited to get it, I was like a kid waiting for Christmas. You flashaholics know that feeling! I read every single review on this site. Come down to it, it just seemed to be a solid light with a pretty great review status.
So I finally get in the mail! ( Battery Junction Was Great By the way with fast shipping) Rip the box open look at the instructions quickly to make sure there is nothing I need to do special before I put batteries in and fire it up. Then I remembered an important tip from a review on here, TAKE OUT THE DESICCANT PACK IN THE LIGHT BODY. I thought no problem, grabbed my long narrow hemos and grabbed it, when i went to gently pull up i only came up with small pieces. The desiccant pack had an adhesive on it and was stuffed so far down the tube it was packed tight in there.
OK kinda frustrating, but got it cleaned out, no prob. Its time to to put in my fully charged 18650. Yes, finally I put the tail cap on, hold it in my hand, wait for it, wait for it, AAANNNDD , Nothing! OK I thought. It has to be the battery, not all batteries work perfectly in every device. I tried an Efest in there, nothing, tried some brand new CR123's, nothing. Cleaned the contact on the light with some pro electrical contact cleaner, nothing. I worked on it for over an hour. OK at that point it was painfully clear it had to just plain be D.O.A unit .
With a tear in my eye, I packed it back up to send in for an exchange. So I get the boxe all packed up, the right papers, taped all up. Then I went online and looked at other reviews for this light on other web sites. I just couldn't give up. And i'm glad i didn't. There it was tons of different reviews with one thing in common , DOA units. And the solution! THIS LIGHT HAS 2 PARTS OF THE TUBE that come apart.!
And tons of reviews said if you just take off and tighten the middle(head end) section it works great, they just don't tighten them down at the factory.I did not even know that this light had un-screwable sections other than the tail cap. Could it really be that easy? I ripped open my box again, took it out, and sure enough, they unscrew! Took it off re-tightened, put in battery, tightened the tail cap and clicked it on.
I think i heard Angels sing when the light poured out of this unit Yes! It was beautiful! Oh and another thing, when you get yours, unscrew the sections first and that pesky little desiccant pack, well that makes it a whole lot easier to get. The light works great , all functions, great light output, very bright. switch and buttons worked fine. On the durability, well that's to be determined, I also read a lot of reviews other places that said a small 12 inch drop will make it a $60 paperweight real quick?
So anyway, I do love the light. You will be amazed at the quality of light this thing produces. But Please !!! If you get one, unscrew both sections, take out desiccant pack,re-tighten both sections, put in battery, and ENJOY !!!!!
Pros:Very bright , very compact , ease of use, cycle options
Cons:High or Turbo Mode only stays on for 2 minutes. Nowhere does it warn of retightening Both sections for possible contact problems.