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Niteye MSC10 Compact LED Flashlight - 280 Lumens - Uses 1 x CR123
The Niteye MSC10 is a unique everyday carry flashlight. Its compact size allows it to be taken anywhere and its innovative interface truly sets it apart from the pack. Powered by a single CR123 battery, the MSC10 generates 280 lumens with its advanced XM-L U2 LED. The light is activated using the tail switch and modes are selected by rotating the magnetic control ring, also located at the tail. Modes include a high mode, a strobe mode, and a user-defined low setting. To select your desired low output, set the ring to the low position and press-and-hold the tail switch. Once the switch is held for more than a second, the output will grow and dim alternately, allowing you to stop the dimming at the exact output you're looking for. The ability to customize your low setting adds a level of versatility to the MSC10 that is lacking in other devices. You can choose to have an ultra-low lumen setting ideal for map reading, or a more mid-range output more suitable to searching through a tent or confined space. The MSC10 is built from tough aluminum components and features O-ring sealed parts that are resistant to water, dirt, and dust. An red/green LED power indicator on the tail switch keeps you informed of your battery life.
- Anodized aircraft grade aluminum body
- IPX-8 Water resistance
- Anodized aerospace aluminum body
- User-defined low mode adds versatility to the interface
- Magnetic control ring is used in conjunction with tail-switch
- Red/green LED power indicator on the tail switch
- LED: 1 X CREE XM-L U2
- Runs on: 1 x CR123A battery (Battery not included)
- Turbo: 280 Lumens/1 Hour
- Custom Low: 8~150 Lumens/10 Hours
- Beam Distance: 133 Meters
- Beam Intensity: 4400cd
- Length: 3.46" (88mm)
- Diameter: .9" (24mm)
- Weight (w/o batteries): 2.4oz (68g)
|Output Modes:||Variable Brightness, Strobe|
|Compatible Batteries:||1 x CR123A|
|Flashlight Usage:||Every Day Carry|
|Throw Distance (Max):||133m|
|Warranty:||Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, JETBeam 2 Year Warranty|
|Return Policy:||Battery Junction Return Policy|
|Primary Material:||Anodized Aluminum|
|Product Dimensions:||3.46" (L) x 0.9" (Diameter)|
|Country of Origin:||CN|
90% Recommend this product (9 of 10 responses)
December 31, 2016
Very bright reliable flashlight
I am a flashaholic. I admit it. This is one of my favorite flashlights and the lumens per dollar is terrific
ConsNone that I see
Pearl River, NY
December 21, 2016
Great little flashlight. High 280 and low 8 lumens. Just a simple twist from the tail end to control high and low settings and also has strobe if you need it. Creates a nice beam with a little hot spot. You could carry this in your pants pocket but more comfortable in a jacket. Overall, I really like this flashlight. Feels nice in the hands.
ProsSmall, uses 1 CR123, 3 settings high,low and strobe, controllable dimming switch
By Eliot Duncan
May 15, 2016
Best design of all
Switch design is one of the best I have had. Too many out there with push-push designs where switch getso over used.
ProsGreat design witness one of the best I have seen, very straight forwrd
ConsPerhaps not quite as bright as others in industry
April 19, 2016
I just received this and checked it out - my initial impressions
I got this light to keep in my locker at work as a backup, and I'm very satisfied with it for that purpose, at the $21.90 price tag I paid for it on sale. First of all, here's some of what I had to say about the Niteye MSA10, (the one-AA brother of this light): " The workmanship on this light is top-end Jetbeam, beautiful machined finish..... I like the unique tail switch....The beam quality is floody with a smooth transition to a brighter center. It's good for checking medium sized indoor rooms and areas, such as on security patrols. ......The bottom line is that there is nothing that I can think of that this light can do that the Nitecore P12 can't do a lot better. For the price I paid for this light on ....sale, it was marginally worth that, but for the MSRP, or even the usual sale price of $54.75 - NO. It may be comparing apples to oranges, but the only slightly larger Nitecore P12 has a range from much lower brightness than this light, to a blinding 1000 lumens and can be configured to come on at any of those levels. The Nitecore EC20 is over 900 lumens and costs around $45. It can also be configured to operate at very low levels if you use it indoors, as well as at the max output from off. Either would be a much better deal, imho, than the Niteye MSA10....." Now, about the MSC10: I like this light. It's brighter than the MSA10. A little smaller. Similar floody beam (good for walking a path or checking a room). A lot of what I said about the MSA10 still holds. But I like the MSC10 a little better (I like both, but not for full price as you can get so much more for your money). I would recommend this light provisionally, if you can get it on sale for somewhere in the low $20 range. What I do like about it is that it's very small and still produces viable light. I would not expect battery life to be as long as the models that use two batteries (either AA or CR123A) as this is an expected trade-off. Then again, if you figure how long it takes to eat two batteries, both lights may not be much different than the two cell models. You'll just be changing batteries more often. I reiterate, the best aspect of the MSC10 is its small size and still producing a lot of light for its size. So you can have it with you when you wouldn't want to bother with a larger light. That is a big plus for EDC use. I like Jetbeam lights and this is a Jetbeam. I have a PA20 (2 AA) Jetbeam that I absolutely love (enough that I bought an extra to keep NIB). The Jetbeam PC10 which uses 1 CR123A or 1 RCR123A would also be a possible ultra-small light for you to consider (as it is 550 Lumens). I've read you can use an RCR123A rechargeable battery with the MSC10 and get a little more punch from it because of the higher output voltage of that battery, but after a lot of experience, I don't think it's a great idea to 'push' or 'overdrive' your flashlights as it does, in most cases, seem to shorten the life of them. I damaged an early generation Streamlight Micro Stream by putting the higher voltage Li-Ion in it (the newer generation is said to tolerate that more), and that was a really excellent tiny light (not terribly bright, but has an excellent reflector design, which is extremely important as to the utility of any light). Just my 2 cents on that subject.
ProsBeautiful workmanship (you can tell it was made by Jetbeam, because it looks like a Jetbeam). Innovative and beautiful metal tailswitch (I really like the switch design and workmanship - it's different and good). Small light will fit in pocket, or other small EDC areas. Output is better than the MSA10, significantly so. One other advantage of the CR123A vs the AA, is that lithium batteries are better to keep in a light you're going to keep around and not use much as they are much less likely to leak than alkaline AAs (but if you're using the MSA10 AA light, you could put Ultimate Lithium in it for the same purpose). Of course the best answer to that conundrum is to just store the light with the batteries separate if it's going to sit for a long time).
ConsOutput of this light is still not competitive with other lights in its price class, but it's pretty bright for the small size. It is not bright enough for urban street use (because it won't be visible with street lighting, and for a street-carry light you need 1000 lumens to punch into shadows); No holster. No pocket clip. Considering what else is out there in the same price class, if you can tolerate a little more size, you might want to check out Nitecore products before buying this one. If you can get it on deep sale, it's worth the $20 range.
Long Beach, NY
February 19, 2016
Small & Bright
Solid little light. I picked up two of these for $19.99 when they were on a super sale. Well worth it. Easy to use and is bright enough for everyday use. I love the feature that won't allow it to accidentally turn on. Great for a glovebox.
ProsSmall, Bright, Easy to Use.
April 5, 2015
MSC10 a potent little light
I ordered this light thinking that it would use a rechargeable battery, turns out that batteryjunction had been given bad information. This light will only take primary batteries. That bummed me out, but it is still a cool little light. Compact in size, but has impressive output. The orange peel reflector spreads the light out nicely and the color of the beam tends to favor the neutral side. Not a bad every day carry at all.
Proscolor and pattern of beam , user adjustable low setting
Conscan't use a rechargeable cell with this light .
March 19, 2015
Half the Price
I needed something that was not too bright and had a variable brightness control. In one of the settings one can press and hold the endcap and it will change the brightness. The highest setting can not be changed only the one where you twist the endcap to the setting just below the highest brightness setting. Sometimes I work in low light setting on laptops and this is perfect and it was half the price of all other leds in its class. It is well made and seems very durable. Also one can use a nitecore rechargeable battery and I am happy that this flashlight will take it. Some flashlights in it's class either do not work with rechargeable batteries at all or in a limited manner. Check your owner's manual to be sure. Flashlights like Thrunite work only with their rechargeable batteries. I have not found another flashlight like the Niteye in its class and quality that has a variable light control for such a low cost. One caution: if you twist the endcap to just before the strobe, the endcap will turn either green or red depending on the battery life and then turn off. IT IS NOT the candle light setting. The candle light setting is done using the variable control. The variable control gives you from 8 lumen to 150 lumen and can last on the lowest setting up to 10 hours. The highest setting is 280 lumen and will last one hour or more depending on the battery's milliampere hour rating. The higher the milliampere hour rating the longer a flashlight can be used. I have several LED flashlighs but for comparison purposes here I have a Nitecore EC1 (at a max of 280 lumen) which works fine except for the off and on control plastic cover which wears off but the light comes with a replacement and I have a Fenix PD22 G2 (at a max of 210 lumen). The Nitecore can be used with rechargeable batteries, the Fenix can not. The Nitecore has a narrower beam than the Niteye but the Niteye has a wider even dispersion. If your working on equipment your probably going to want a wider dispersion flashlight. If you walking at night your probably going to want a narrower beam. The Fenix was my choice to use for work, but I could not use it with a rechargeable battery and the battery life was not very good. The non rechargeable batteries CR123 are not cheap. THe Nitecore tended to focus light narrowly and if I upped the control it was too bright in the center and too dark on the edges. The Niteye so far is my best choice for working on equipment. Just keep in mind that it is a challenge to find a LED flashlight that meets one's needs and price point. They all have unique qualities that can be a deal breaker or a deal maker. One more thing I have noticed: I often ride my bicycle at night. You want at least a 1000 lumen LED flashlight and make sure it is the cool white color LED. For me I can see with the cool white much better at night than one that has the neutral color light. IT does come down to personal preference one. If you have driven a car with HDI lights at night with a slight bluish color and compare that to the standard headlights that come with most cars then it is which one can you to see the road with better for you. It is a very individual choice based on your eyes and how you perceive light. Basically for me I would need a much more powerful light using neutral light LED than compared to the cool white to see at further distances. But for some the cool white is not a comfortable visual experience versus the somewhat warmer neutral white LEDs. Fenix makes a bike light at 1800 lumen which is dual distance and are neutral white for $99. But I suspect although I have not used it that at that brightnes it will tend to washout what I may be wanting to avoid. IF you want to buy an LED flashlight for your bike whether it is one that can be used with a bike mount kit or is specifically made for a bike which would have a built in bike mount, make sure you can try it out and return it with a money back warranty. For me the neutral white fades in the distance where as the cool white has a greater throw. For an experiment I have two flashlight bicycle mounts I am going to try both my neutral white and my cool white flashlights and get the best of both worlds. Getting a bicycle mount kit allows you to easily detach the flashlight from the bike as opposed to a stationary bicycle flashlight. You may want to consider writing down a check list of what your flashlight needs are. Do you need a wide or narrow focus or dispersion, or a variable focus torch. How bright (lumen) for what you are using it for do you need.Are you taking a walk or running or bicycling at night or are you using it in a IT server environment or in a mechanics shop or are you doing deliveries and need to see the address number; are you a search and rescue, a cop or fireman; are you going to gun mount it? Battery Junction has a lot of expertise to help you nail down the right choice for you
ProsAllows the use of a rechargeable battery and has a variable light output control. It also had a nice dispersion for working on equipment.
ConsFor what I am using it for there are no cons!
February 12, 2015
A very nice solid flashlight. A nice EDC. It feels good in hand and not noticeable in my pocket. Don't expect tec light but very serviceable.
September 27, 2014
Good Flashlight But Not So Great on Batteries
Works great except I have burned through 2 batteries. When I thought it was off and standing on end on my dresser it came on and ran the battery down, twice. Not sure what to do about it but I would not buy another one for that reason alone.
ProsWorks as advertised, lots of lumens for the size, well made except for the battery contacts.
ConsPoor design for battery life, see above comment
September 10, 2014
Best flashlight Ever .
Very bright Led lighting Fits perfect in your hand Changes features easy and quickly
ProsElectronic features are excellent.Flashlight is small,comfortable in your hand and has instant feature change ability with a simple button.
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