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

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Nitecore EA41 LED Searchlight

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 aluminum, 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.


  • 'Unique Integrated Technology' offers a sturdy, lightweight body
  • 'Precision Digital Optics Technology' provides extreme reflector performance
  • Three Specialized Tactical Outputs:
    • Strobe - Used to disorient a target
    • SOS - Used to signal for help
    • Location Beacon - marks your current position
  • New dual switch design for friendly interface
  • 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 aluminum alloy
  • HAIII military grade hard-anodized coating
  • Tail stand capable
  • Included Accessories:
    • Holster
    • Lanyard
    • Spare O-Ring
Please note: Neutral white LED version no longer available.


  • LED: CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED
  • Power Source: 4 x AA Batteries
  • IPX Rating: IPX-8 (Waterproof and submersible up to 2 meters)
  • Impact Resistance: 1.5 meters
  • Brightness Outputs:
    • Turbo - 1020 Lumens - 1 Hour 45 Min.
    • High - 580 Lumens - 2 Hours 45 Min.
    • Medium - 160 Lumens - 12 Hours
    • Low - 50 Lumens - 30 Hours
    • Ultralow - 1 Lumen - 400 Hours
  • Peak Beam Distance: 376 meters
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 35,594 cd
  • Dimensions:
    • Length - 4.6"
    • Head Diameter - 1.57"
    • Body Diameter - 1.65"
  • Weight: 5.33 oz.
Runtime (Hours):1.752.751230400
Output Modes:3+ Brightness Levels, SOS, Strobe
Compatible Batteries:4 x AA
Batteries Included:No
Included Accessories:Holster, Lanyard, Spare O-ring(s)
Flashlight Usage:Every Day Carry
Throw Distance (Max):376m
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:ANSI, IPX-8
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Nitecore 5 Year Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Anodized Aluminum
Product Weight:5.33oz
Product Dimensions:4.6" (L) x 1.57" (Head Diameter)1.65" (Body Diameter)
Country of Origin:China
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By Mike
Clinton, WA
Easy to use, bright, durable.
August 31, 2020
After four years of using this light I have to say it's excellent. It has the separate on/off button and then another button to go through the brightness settings. Uses any AA battery chemistry which is why I got this. Alkaline will give you less light output and less run time, Lithium will give you better output and slightly better run times than alkaline but cost more to operate on. I recommend and use Eneloop Pro's with a smart charger and get the best of all worlds. Full brightness and long run times and affordable. However, it's nice to know that in a pinch I can use any AA chemistry.

I have used this light pretty much every night for the past four years while out on our acreage at night with our dog. I have dropped it on our wood deck, gotten it soaking wet and it just keeps working, That's why I bought another one for my wife.

For the money this is an excellent all around light. Battery Junction has great customer service, prices are very good and their batteries are fresh. In my opinion, they are the best in the business.
By Rich
San Diego
Almost Perfect
November 29, 2016
I was looking for a high lumen light that would run on 4 AA batteries and have the new Neutral White LED.

I always use rechargeable AA batteries (Eneloop Pro) but if necessary when I am on a longer trip somewhere I can get batteries at any gas station.
I wanted 4 AA batteries for the extra run time, with a small increase in size and weight which this Nitecore EA41 does well.

I especially wanted the Neutral White LED which I realized is a big advantage in color accuracy and depth perception when actually trying to follow trails or no trails at night in forests or deserts.
In addition my roommate does geocaching and one time I was helping her look in dense leaves on bushes and realized the flat grey colors the Cool White LED produces hinders your eyes from naturally picking out something that is not the same color as the surroundings.

I definitely recommend this light for its features and cost if you are looking for a 4 AA battery light.
And I will only by Neutral White LED's from now on as the brighter the light the more the Neutral White makes a big difference in seeing your surroundings accurately.
  • I wish they had made matching flats on the side of the body and tail end so it would not roll away when set down sideways.
  • Although most people will probably set it down on the lens, and manufacturing flats would increase the price.
  • It can tail stand but the wrist lanyard string must be moved away by sort of sliding it as you put it down to roll the string out of the way, as the string is attached through the tail stand flats on the bottom.
  • This could easily be fixed by having another attachment point not on the tail stand flats.
  • These are the little details that make a great light a perfect light.
By Kenny
Love this Versatile Quad AA Light!!!
July 10, 2021
This is really a review about my purchase of this flashlight and Xtar Li-Ion AA 1.5volt 3300 mAh rechargeable batteries I bought to power it. I also bought the Xtar 4 battery charger.

I charged four of the batteries up fully and put them in. It has a separate on/off switch from the light level switch, which is nice. On high, it puts out a VERY bright, focused beam that illuminates a very LONG distance. Didn't measure it, but I would estimate a football field at least, and farther than any flashlight I've ever owned.

I timed it on High several times, and it went five minutes twice and 7 minutes once, and got really hot, so hot it shut itself off. I could have tested it over and over again as it cooled off, but three tests was enough. Max 7 minutes on high.

I put in newly charged batteries and timed it on the lowest setting. It lasted 214 hours. That's right, just two hours short of 9 days. I couldn't believe it.

I don't know which is making me happier, the light, or the rechargeable AA batteries, but I am WAY happy either way.

I would easily make this purchase again. I love having this powerful, long-lasting AA light, and batteries that I can literally use hundreds of times. I won't even use them very often. Flashlight, batteries, and charger are going right into my emergency kit.
By michael
Woodside, NY
December 30, 2019

By Ichwawa
Centennial Colorado
5 years later
November 28, 2019
I bought one of these about 5 years ago. A few months later I bought another one as a backup. . I change batteries in them every month since I use them for work.I could not be happier with them. Still going strong.
5 Questions & 5 Answers
from Newport beach, CA asked:
January 22, 2015
can this flashlight take more volts than 4 standard AA batteries or 6 volts? Can it take 4 14500 batteries or 14.8 volts for better performance?
1 Answer
The EA41 is not compatible with Li-ion 14500 batteries. It will only take primary Alkaline/Lithium AAs and rechargeable NiMh AA batteries.
Submitted by: Customer Service on January 23, 2015

from Washington asked:
December 15, 2014
So what's up with the switch? Hope it's not the same as the EA4!
1 Answer
It is not the same switch as the EA4. It features the new dual button switch versus the protruding single button switch.
Submitted by: Customer Service on December 16, 2014

William Jordan
from Tallahassee FL asked:
November 30, 2014
How are the light levels selected? All I have bought except Surefire select levels only by sequentially pressing a button; so to get to low power you have to go through all the higher levels. If you turn it off while in low power, you have to cycle through strobe as well.
1 Answer
Accessing the user interface is done by the dual button side switch. Press the power button to turn the light on and use the mode button to cycle from moonlight mode up to turbo mode. With the light off, press the mode switch for more than one second to access instant turbo. Also, with the light off, press the power switch for more than one second to access moonlight mode. With the light off, double click the mode switch to access instant strobe.
Submitted by: Customer Service on December 1, 2014

from Wheeling, WV asked:
November 29, 2014
Is it necessary to use only 1.5v AA batteries or can lithium 3v be used?
1 Answer
3V batteries cannot be used. It must be either a 1.5V Alkaline, 1.2V NiMh, or 1.5V Lithium AA batteries.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 30, 2014

from Miami, FL asked:
July 31, 2014
Can you use the Nitecore Li-ion rechargeable batteries on this one?
1 Answer
No, the only acceptable batteries to use in the EA41 are primary Alkaline, primary Lithium and NiMh AA batteries.
Submitted by: Customer Service on July 31, 2014

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