• Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
  • Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
  • Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
  • Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
  • Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
  • Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
  • Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight

Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight

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  • 1020 lumens maximum brightness and 366 yards beam
  • Easy to use dual mode switch and power switch; Five output levels & Strobe SoS
  • Use commonly available 4x AA Batteries (not included); Low battery warning
  • Include a small LumenTactical Keychain light so you will never run out of light

Customer Reviews

Price to performance is quite goodJust as a point of reference, I read the reviews on lights like this on Candle Power Forum and where possible, use the review from a guy with a screen name of selfbuilt. His reviews are far more comprehensive than I can make, but for this unit, I believe he is "spot on" with his evaluation.The reason I give it four stars is that the manufacturer seems "overly enthusiastic" in their rating of 1020 lumen on turbo. Comparing this one to my Xeno F42 (rated at 715 lumen) this one is just barely brighter on turbo than the F42 is on High. That is not to say it is inferior, just that it seems a tad less than the 1020 rating. Lower than turbo setting seem to be as advertised. :-)Would I buy another or recommend it to family? In a heart beat. Especially from LUMEN TACTICAL, their price is the best I can find and delivery was on time and as expected.The only thing to be careful with is the batteries. DO NOT use the Lithium-Ion 14500 rechargable! They are 3.7V output and the batteries in this unit are connected in series. That means the voltage is the total of all four cells.Standard AA 4x1.5V=6V . . . Lithium-Ions 3.7vx4=14.8v . . . can you say SIZZLE?!The information in the instructions tells you to NOT use the Lithium-Ion rechargables for that reason.The pouch that comes with this seems quite reasonable. It will go on your belt or, if you have a "mollie" pack or vest, will also go on there easily.4Powerful, well built, impressive design! This is one fantastic flashlight, bought some 4th generation eneloop pro AA batteries along with it for an incredible combination that beats most of the standard specifications on the back of the box. The 2100cycle standard eneloops still work well with this light, but the eneloop pro 2,550mAh with the extra capacity are the perfect match with this type of high-drain device. This does indeed work under 6ft of water, (tested in my heated pool). Even in turbo mode with the full 1,020 lumens of light, the eneloop pro batts are running for nearly 2hr 20min before fading down to high and then eventually medium brightness. The 2 button interface is intelligently designed and intuitive. Very well made and the most solid construction I've found in a torch this size...I'm most impressed. Have been using high-end waterproof military grade flashlights my entire life and this one is by far my favorite.*Update: After using it each night for a few more weeks, the mode button seems to be getting a bit glitchy...now when I cycle through the 5 brightness modes, it will often skip one or more. Not a huge deal breaker since I mostly use instant turbo by holding the mode button down, but it would be nice to have a reliable cycle of all 5 brightness modes. Now I'm curious if it's just mine or if this happens to other mode select buttons after enough usage. Please respond if this has also happened to your light after substantial usage.*Update: Got another EA41 and have none of the button issues that happened on my other EA41. I then tested this against its top rival in the 4xAA flashlight class...the TN4A. I really wanted to like the ThruNite TN4A 1,150 lumen CW light better than my Nitecore EA41 1020 lumen light. Though after several days of thoroughly testing these two and a few others from their 4xAA class, (these 2 are the kings) I'm truly surprised that the EA41 outshined this light in brightness, throw distance, color/tint, battery life and even heat dissipation! I'm sure some must be wondering, "how can 1020 lumen outshine 1150 lumen"? For starters, the TNA4 suffers from a strange greenish/yellow tint, it isn't horrible, but it seems to soften the light at each throw distance making the EA41 appear 15% to 20% brighter because of it's lack of color and tint free bright white light that simply cuts through the pitch black of night like a scalpel. The smooth reflector utilized by the EA41 certainly helps it throw further than the more shallow orange peel reflector of the TN4A, (even the instruction manuals for both claim that the EA41 throws a beam about 50meters further than the TN4A and this certainly seems accurate). Granted one of the trade-offs for this further throw distance is a more narrow flood, but I just didn't feel like the spot of the the TNA4 was bright enough at 10, 30, 50, 100, 200 and 300yards to justify the wider flood. It certainly seems like the extra lumens were put into the flood of the TNA4, but when you're in the great outdoors walking around using the turbo setting constantly, the stronger throw seems to come in more handy. Though each person's environment and planned usage might differ greatly. Even hallways, sidewalks, wooded paths and open desert seem to fit the flood/throw combination of the EA41 better than the TNA4. The exact same 4xAA eneloop pro 2,550mAh batteries were used in both, but the EA41 lasted an extra 40-50min in my nightly testing on turbo. I even tried using the lower capacity 4th gen white eneloop with 2,100 recharge cycles and 2,000mAh in the EA41 while keeping the 2,550mAh eneloop pro batteries in the TNA4...and the EA41 still outshined it! Neither light took in any water during the same submersion time and depth test in a heated pool. When running on turbo for over an hour straight, the TNA4 got substantially hotter to the touch than the EA41. My favorite part of the TNA4 was it's button, very nice feel, but still wish I could cycle through all 5 brightness modes in order. I'm also comfortable with the two button setup of the EA41, but hope future versions will incorporate a dual button setup with each button feeling more similar to the TNA4's single button. Overall I'd say these two lights are the kings of their 4xAA class, but the TNA4 has to take a back seat to the EA41 in many of the most important categories for rating a flashlight. 5Great flashlight...once you can find the switch.A very nice flashlight. Very powerful. Even tho it takes 4 AA batteries, the unit feels quite comfortable to the touch. The addition of the little blue key-chain light is a nice touch. My only complaint would be the the combination off-on switch/mode selector(not illustrated). Once the switch is located, operation is a slam dunk. Problem is...finding the suckka. It seems to be an exercise in 'finding Waldo'....A cruel joke at best! The dark gray switch (on the opposite side) is almost totally hidden on the black body...and is flat as a pancake, as opposed to being sightly raised to be more ergonomically friendly. Notice if you will in the illustration, the relatively easily readable data which proclaims it to be an EA41 Nitecore. And if you are in a darkened environment...Lotsa' Luck. Once finally located, the bottom portion of the switch turns the unit on/off and the top portion of the switch cycles thru the various light stages...not a problem...assuming one can locate the switch. All the manufacture had to do was to have the switch in white (in a manner similar to their product identification BS) and we become as happy as a pig in excrement.So what is the competition like? I also have a Fenix E41 that is arguably the exact same size...black, takes 4AA's, and seems to have equivalence when it comes to throwing out a hellofa lotta lumen's. It can also stand upright on it's backside (however, with a bit more stability). The single button switch both turns on the unit and cycles thru the various light stages. To turn off, just depress the button and hold it for aprox half a second. AND GUESS WHAT? The black button on the black body is encircled with a chrome outline, making it no big deal to locate.So which to purchase? If I was to add a THIRD to my stable (after having taken a saliva test), it would probably be the Fenix, but both are excellent units and one would not go terribly wrong with either. They are both well made.4Works great when it does, but mostly it doesn't I would give it 5 stars if the first flash light was not defective and I didn't have to exchange it. This flash light is great. I don't believe it emits 1020 lumens but for its size it is incredibly bright. Its brightness at maximum setting inside the spotlight looks about the same as 100W incandescent bulb.Earlier review below ----------Mine had an obvious problem. At first it simply didn't turn on. I thought I have bad batteries so I put a brand new set of batteries. It didn't turn on. I try another batch - this time it turned on. At that point I got curious and decide to put the previous batch of batteries back. It doesn't turn on. So I put the batch which previously worked - and this time it doesn't turn on!!! At some point I try tapping on it and after a few taps it lits up! This could be a loose circuit problem. So I am returning this one and will try it again. Hopefully the next one will just work and I'll give it as many stars as it deserves.UPDATE 10/29/2017The replacement has been working very well so far (almost 2 years). Back to 5 stars. It is compact, powerful and reliable. 5This is an awesomely powerful little flashlight! But...one good tip...I've had this flashlight for a while now and very happy with it. It is a powerfully little flashlight! It's almost like having a little searchlight in your pocket. Actually, it's a bit too big to be keeping in your pants pocket, better a jacket pocket but non the less very powerful for it's size. I'm very happy with this purchase.One "draw back" is that the power button does not have any raised "lip" around it to prevent it from accidentally being turned on while in your pocket or case which has happened to me on several occasions. A couple of times I've had it on the brightest setting which made the flashlight very hot. One time it was in it's holster on my belt and must have been on for sometime and when I finally realized it, the flashlight was too hot to even hold. I had to quickly remove it and put it aside to let it cool down. Since it's already happened several times, I'm sure it'll happen again so what I do now is leave it on the lowest setting. At least this way the flashlight won't become hot and won't drain the battery faster. So I strongly suggest to leave the flashlight on it's lowest setting when not in use just in case it accidentally gets turned on in a pocket or bag.5Very impressed with its durability over 1yr and 8monthsI use this for my night shift job and so far it's been 1year and 8 months of shift after shift of abuse. I've even dropped it from a second floor onto a concrete floor, it broke the glass lens but still worked perfectly fine. The brightness is great but if you really want to unlock it's full brightness you'll need to buy the more expensive AA batteries. Please click helpful if this was any help please and thank you!5Its nice and bright but could stand a couple of small improvements.A well built light with multiple steps of intensity and strobe function. I didnt give it a 5 star rating because the glass diffuser does not lock the piece of glass into the rubber end cap. Inevitably when you press the end cap over the front and try and get it all the way on it widens the inside of trhe rubber cap and will allow the glass to flop around inside of the cap. If you want silence or just don't want to chance breakage they ought to redesign it to capture the glass better. The switch is pretty small and my mildly diabetic fingertips can have a hard time feeling the small dual function switch in the dark. Its fallen into water a few times now without any problem. The end cap does not prevent the light from rolling off of an angled surface. I wish they made the end cap octagonal. That's it. It throws a good amount of light, I don't think I will need a brighter light, ever. I think I may buy more lights from their lineup.4Throw away the holster , read that again,THROW AWAY THE HOLSTERI actually got to use this light last night, put fresh batteries in it ,played with it in my house. put it on my belt of the fresh pants I planned on wearing today before I even put them on. Went to work , im an industrial, commercial vac technician, lots of climbing ,by noon,12 pm, the sun was directly overhead ,four hours later and it was gone. This holster is a flimsy piece of garbage . Now if you work at a desk or Starbucks or any other low impact job where ,lets face it. you probably don't even need a light this may be the light for you ,but if you carry anything, climb ladders or move about whatsoever don't spend the money. Also, the amazon delivery person se the light in the middle of the driveway?????Seriously the middle of the driveway, she pulled up, opened her door, set it down and rolled ,god save us we are all becoming California1Great light with improved switch cover.Great light!! I have literally dozens of LED flashlights, and this is my go-to long range light that gets kept in my Jeep. My wife and I volunteer with dog rescue groups, and we find ourselves searching fields and other areas at night for lost dogs. The fact that this light uses AA batteries is a great choice, as they are common and available everywhere. I also have the Nitecore universal charger to keep a second set of batteries charged up in the Jeep. I've been using it now for over a year and have had zero issues with it.The prior version of this light had issues with the rubber cover on the switch swelling and melting if the light was left in a hot vehicle., Those issues have been fixed on this newer model. It's built like a tank, and has a great balance of size, features, brightness, and light projection.Nitecore products were a bit hit-and-miss in past years, but over the last two years their quality of features have really stepped up, and this light reflects that I have a few other Nitecore lights that I'm quite happy with.5Duel buttons?, not the best idea Only gave 4 stars cause the buttons aren't the best. Don't get me wrong this light is crazy bright for its size. But one button turns it on the other cycles through its different preset brightness and it's supposed to cycle in order (eco, low, med, high, turbo) but it likes to jump around to whatever brightness it wants. That being said it's still my edc just for how bright it is. Long press one button it's on turbo, long press the other it's on eco. Built solid, I tripped and dropped it, it then rolled off my deck to the pavement (15ft easy) landed on the bezel without a scratch, very good quality with crappy buttons guess that's why it's not $100+ like stream lights. Would I buy again? Yes for the price it's worth that little aggravation 4Incredible flashlightI rarely ever write reviews, but I was too excited about this flashlight not to. As an avid outdoorsman, I have owned a million flashlights....this thing is AWESOME! On the highest setting without the beam diffuser attachment, you literally can light things up hundreds of yards away...no joke. It's too heavy for me to take backpacking, but it will be great in the backwoods. You'll never get turned around in the woods at night with this thing. It's seriously like a handheld spotlight. It lights up my backyard like my dual-1,000watt construction spotlights...probably brighter. I feel like you don't even really need the diffuser attachment because the lower power settings make it like a "normal" powered flashlight when you're just hanging around camp and what not. The construction feels nice. The on/off power switch, and the switch to cycle through light settings,seem nice....conveniently located on the shaft of the flashlight where your thumb rests, as opposed to the back-end of the light. When you put the batteries in and screw the lid back on, the fitting is super tight, locks into place, and there is zero rattling. It fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and feels as heavy duty as a Maglight. Carrying pouch is decent and nice add-on. I bought this as a gift for my father for when he goes up to our cabin, so I'm very thrilled to give it to him, and I think I'm going to have to buy one for myself now. For $50, I don't know how you could get anything better for the money.5Yes!! This is the one for me.Finally!! A very bright LED flashlight, regular alkaline batteries, on/off switch in the barrel (not the back), and mode memory for all settings. I want to momentarily blind intruders. Most of the super-bright flashlights available today, even the so-called "tactical" flashlights, have strange/complex features that simply won't allow this. Some wont remember the brightest setting - how stupid. Having the on/off switch in the tail is another stupid design requiring 2-hand operation or hand gymnastics when the flashlight is used. Also, I don't want ANYTHING to do with special rechargeable batteries that have unknown lifespans and are hard to find when they need to be replaced. Some of the new alkaline batteries have very extended shelf and usage life. For me, this is a great choice.5Great Light with some stiff competition.First, let me say that I haven t had the light long enough to really attest to long-term durability. Likewise, I haven t tested runtimes, waterproofness or done drop tests.That out of the way, I really like the 4xAA form factor. I understand the benefits of Li-Ion powered lights, but AA NiMH simply suit my needs and tastes better. There are two basic styles of lights in the 4xAA class that I am aware of: can type (such as this light where all four batteries are arranged 1 deep in a circle) and stick type (where the batteries are arranged 2 deep in 2 rows).With the can style, you have a short, round, and fat light. Stick type is longer, flat on the sides (in the battery area anyway), and relatively thin.As I type this in late November of 2019, I know of 5 4xAA lights from big name manufacturers that are relatively comparable in brightness, price, and quality. Nitecore makes 2 (this light and the EA42; the EA45S can still be found but is discontinued as far as I know), Thrunite makes 1 (TN4A) and Fenix makes 2 (LD41 and LD42). Out of those, all but this light and the TN4A are stick style.I personally own 3 of them: this light, the Thrunite TN4A (the current or 2015 edition) and the Fenix LD42. All are factory rated between 1000 and 1150 lumens. However, 3rd party testing indicates the Nitecore is only putting out around 760 lumens max, but the other two are both putting out close to factory specs. That s the one of the two biggest dings against the light. However, don t count it out of the running completely because of that. 760 is still very bright and you d be hard pressed to discern the lost lumens unless you had it side by side with one of the others. Even then it is not always readily apparent. For one thing, this light has better throw than the Fenix or Thrunite thanks to a tighter hotspot.The other ding against the light is the parasitic power drain. Although I don t recall figures, it is more than the Fenix or Thrunite. And, unlike the Thrunite, it cannot be easily defeated by a short turn of the threads. Again, this may or may not be a major deal for you, but it is something to keep in mind if you plan to store your light unused at ready for extended periods. You ll also not want to do so with alkalines loaded (that s a recipe for leakage).So, those two issues cost a star...for me. It may cost it more for you or less. Depends on your priorities for the light.Now, given that the Fenix LD42 costs $15-$20 more, has a plastic body, and is in the stick configuration; I ll end the comparison with it here (I do really enjoy that light as well though).No, the main competitor for this light is the Thrunite TN4A. Which one should you get? Both. Seriously, just get both. You ll be forever curious otherwise.Ok, fine. I ll compare them. As mentioned, the Thrunite is brighter (but not in a really practical amount), has less parasitic drain that can easily be eliminated completely, has better regulation, grips the hand better, is slightly floodier (for better or worse), has a more neutral tint (also for better or worse), and probably has a better overall beam profile (but that is subjective). I also suspect that the Thrunite is a bit better made overall.Sounds like it won right? Not necessarily. The Nitecore is not as fat (fits my hand better), does not use a battery carrier, has better throw (shines farther), has a 3 stage battery charge indicator (vs the 2 for the Thrunite), and has an arguably better UI (2 button vs 1 - both with shortcuts).At the time of writing, the price on Amazon for the two is equal. It is a really tough call between the two. I m very glad to have both. It s odd, but I think I like the Thrunite more, but I like to USE the Nitecore more. They are both impressive lights and I don t feel you ll go wrong with either.4
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Description
  • 1020 lumens maximum brightness and 366 yards beam
  • Easy to use dual mode switch and power switch; Five output levels & Strobe SoS
  • Use commonly available 4x AA Batteries (not included); Low battery warning
  • Include a small LumenTactical Keychain light so you will never run out of light
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Price to performance is quite goodJust as a point of reference, I read the reviews on lights like this on Candle Power Forum and where possible, use the review from a guy with a screen name of selfbuilt. His reviews are far more comprehensive than I can make, but for this unit, I believe he is "spot on" with his evaluation.The reason I give it four stars is that the manufacturer seems "overly enthusiastic" in their rating of 1020 lumen on turbo. Comparing this one to my Xeno F42 (rated at 715 lumen) this one is just barely brighter on turbo than the F42 is on High. That is not to say it is inferior, just that it seems a tad less than the 1020 rating. Lower than turbo setting seem to be as advertised. :-)Would I buy another or recommend it to family? In a heart beat. Especially from LUMEN TACTICAL, their price is the best I can find and delivery was on time and as expected.The only thing to be careful with is the batteries. DO NOT use the Lithium-Ion 14500 rechargable! They are 3.7V output and the batteries in this unit are connected in series. That means the voltage is the total of all four cells.Standard AA 4x1.5V=6V . . . Lithium-Ions 3.7vx4=14.8v . . . can you say SIZZLE?!The information in the instructions tells you to NOT use the Lithium-Ion rechargables for that reason.The pouch that comes with this seems quite reasonable. It will go on your belt or, if you have a "mollie" pack or vest, will also go on there easily.4Powerful, well built, impressive design! This is one fantastic flashlight, bought some 4th generation eneloop pro AA batteries along with it for an incredible combination that beats most of the standard specifications on the back of the box. The 2100cycle standard eneloops still work well with this light, but the eneloop pro 2,550mAh with the extra capacity are the perfect match with this type of high-drain device. This does indeed work under 6ft of water, (tested in my heated pool). Even in turbo mode with the full 1,020 lumens of light, the eneloop pro batts are running for nearly 2hr 20min before fading down to high and then eventually medium brightness. The 2 button interface is intelligently designed and intuitive. Very well made and the most solid construction I've found in a torch this size...I'm most impressed. Have been using high-end waterproof military grade flashlights my entire life and this one is by far my favorite.*Update: After using it each night for a few more weeks, the mode button seems to be getting a bit glitchy...now when I cycle through the 5 brightness modes, it will often skip one or more. Not a huge deal breaker since I mostly use instant turbo by holding the mode button down, but it would be nice to have a reliable cycle of all 5 brightness modes. Now I'm curious if it's just mine or if this happens to other mode select buttons after enough usage. Please respond if this has also happened to your light after substantial usage.*Update: Got another EA41 and have none of the button issues that happened on my other EA41. I then tested this against its top rival in the 4xAA flashlight class...the TN4A. I really wanted to like the ThruNite TN4A 1,150 lumen CW light better than my Nitecore EA41 1020 lumen light. Though after several days of thoroughly testing these two and a few others from their 4xAA class, (these 2 are the kings) I'm truly surprised that the EA41 outshined this light in brightness, throw distance, color/tint, battery life and even heat dissipation! I'm sure some must be wondering, "how can 1020 lumen outshine 1150 lumen"? For starters, the TNA4 suffers from a strange greenish/yellow tint, it isn't horrible, but it seems to soften the light at each throw distance making the EA41 appear 15% to 20% brighter because of it's lack of color and tint free bright white light that simply cuts through the pitch black of night like a scalpel. The smooth reflector utilized by the EA41 certainly helps it throw further than the more shallow orange peel reflector of the TN4A, (even the instruction manuals for both claim that the EA41 throws a beam about 50meters further than the TN4A and this certainly seems accurate). Granted one of the trade-offs for this further throw distance is a more narrow flood, but I just didn't feel like the spot of the the TNA4 was bright enough at 10, 30, 50, 100, 200 and 300yards to justify the wider flood. It certainly seems like the extra lumens were put into the flood of the TNA4, but when you're in the great outdoors walking around using the turbo setting constantly, the stronger throw seems to come in more handy. Though each person's environment and planned usage might differ greatly. Even hallways, sidewalks, wooded paths and open desert seem to fit the flood/throw combination of the EA41 better than the TNA4. The exact same 4xAA eneloop pro 2,550mAh batteries were used in both, but the EA41 lasted an extra 40-50min in my nightly testing on turbo. I even tried using the lower capacity 4th gen white eneloop with 2,100 recharge cycles and 2,000mAh in the EA41 while keeping the 2,550mAh eneloop pro batteries in the TNA4...and the EA41 still outshined it! Neither light took in any water during the same submersion time and depth test in a heated pool. When running on turbo for over an hour straight, the TNA4 got substantially hotter to the touch than the EA41. My favorite part of the TNA4 was it's button, very nice feel, but still wish I could cycle through all 5 brightness modes in order. I'm also comfortable with the two button setup of the EA41, but hope future versions will incorporate a dual button setup with each button feeling more similar to the TNA4's single button. Overall I'd say these two lights are the kings of their 4xAA class, but the TNA4 has to take a back seat to the EA41 in many of the most important categories for rating a flashlight. 5Great flashlight...once you can find the switch.A very nice flashlight. Very powerful. Even tho it takes 4 AA batteries, the unit feels quite comfortable to the touch. The addition of the little blue key-chain light is a nice touch. My only complaint would be the the combination off-on switch/mode selector(not illustrated). Once the switch is located, operation is a slam dunk. Problem is...finding the suckka. It seems to be an exercise in 'finding Waldo'....A cruel joke at best! The dark gray switch (on the opposite side) is almost totally hidden on the black body...and is flat as a pancake, as opposed to being sightly raised to be more ergonomically friendly. Notice if you will in the illustration, the relatively easily readable data which proclaims it to be an EA41 Nitecore. And if you are in a darkened environment...Lotsa' Luck. Once finally located, the bottom portion of the switch turns the unit on/off and the top portion of the switch cycles thru the various light stages...not a problem...assuming one can locate the switch. All the manufacture had to do was to have the switch in white (in a manner similar to their product identification BS) and we become as happy as a pig in excrement.So what is the competition like? I also have a Fenix E41 that is arguably the exact same size...black, takes 4AA's, and seems to have equivalence when it comes to throwing out a hellofa lotta lumen's. It can also stand upright on it's backside (however, with a bit more stability). The single button switch both turns on the unit and cycles thru the various light stages. To turn off, just depress the button and hold it for aprox half a second. AND GUESS WHAT? The black button on the black body is encircled with a chrome outline, making it no big deal to locate.So which to purchase? If I was to add a THIRD to my stable (after having taken a saliva test), it would probably be the Fenix, but both are excellent units and one would not go terribly wrong with either. They are both well made.4Works great when it does, but mostly it doesn't I would give it 5 stars if the first flash light was not defective and I didn't have to exchange it. This flash light is great. I don't believe it emits 1020 lumens but for its size it is incredibly bright. Its brightness at maximum setting inside the spotlight looks about the same as 100W incandescent bulb.Earlier review below ----------Mine had an obvious problem. At first it simply didn't turn on. I thought I have bad batteries so I put a brand new set of batteries. It didn't turn on. I try another batch - this time it turned on. At that point I got curious and decide to put the previous batch of batteries back. It doesn't turn on. So I put the batch which previously worked - and this time it doesn't turn on!!! At some point I try tapping on it and after a few taps it lits up! This could be a loose circuit problem. So I am returning this one and will try it again. Hopefully the next one will just work and I'll give it as many stars as it deserves.UPDATE 10/29/2017The replacement has been working very well so far (almost 2 years). Back to 5 stars. It is compact, powerful and reliable. 5This is an awesomely powerful little flashlight! But...one good tip...I've had this flashlight for a while now and very happy with it. It is a powerfully little flashlight! It's almost like having a little searchlight in your pocket. Actually, it's a bit too big to be keeping in your pants pocket, better a jacket pocket but non the less very powerful for it's size. I'm very happy with this purchase.One "draw back" is that the power button does not have any raised "lip" around it to prevent it from accidentally being turned on while in your pocket or case which has happened to me on several occasions. A couple of times I've had it on the brightest setting which made the flashlight very hot. One time it was in it's holster on my belt and must have been on for sometime and when I finally realized it, the flashlight was too hot to even hold. I had to quickly remove it and put it aside to let it cool down. Since it's already happened several times, I'm sure it'll happen again so what I do now is leave it on the lowest setting. At least this way the flashlight won't become hot and won't drain the battery faster. So I strongly suggest to leave the flashlight on it's lowest setting when not in use just in case it accidentally gets turned on in a pocket or bag.5Very impressed with its durability over 1yr and 8monthsI use this for my night shift job and so far it's been 1year and 8 months of shift after shift of abuse. I've even dropped it from a second floor onto a concrete floor, it broke the glass lens but still worked perfectly fine. The brightness is great but if you really want to unlock it's full brightness you'll need to buy the more expensive AA batteries. Please click helpful if this was any help please and thank you!5Its nice and bright but could stand a couple of small improvements.A well built light with multiple steps of intensity and strobe function. I didnt give it a 5 star rating because the glass diffuser does not lock the piece of glass into the rubber end cap. Inevitably when you press the end cap over the front and try and get it all the way on it widens the inside of trhe rubber cap and will allow the glass to flop around inside of the cap. If you want silence or just don't want to chance breakage they ought to redesign it to capture the glass better. The switch is pretty small and my mildly diabetic fingertips can have a hard time feeling the small dual function switch in the dark. Its fallen into water a few times now without any problem. The end cap does not prevent the light from rolling off of an angled surface. I wish they made the end cap octagonal. That's it. It throws a good amount of light, I don't think I will need a brighter light, ever. I think I may buy more lights from their lineup.4Throw away the holster , read that again,THROW AWAY THE HOLSTERI actually got to use this light last night, put fresh batteries in it ,played with it in my house. put it on my belt of the fresh pants I planned on wearing today before I even put them on. Went to work , im an industrial, commercial vac technician, lots of climbing ,by noon,12 pm, the sun was directly overhead ,four hours later and it was gone. This holster is a flimsy piece of garbage . Now if you work at a desk or Starbucks or any other low impact job where ,lets face it. you probably don't even need a light this may be the light for you ,but if you carry anything, climb ladders or move about whatsoever don't spend the money. Also, the amazon delivery person se the light in the middle of the driveway?????Seriously the middle of the driveway, she pulled up, opened her door, set it down and rolled ,god save us we are all becoming California1Great light with improved switch cover.Great light!! I have literally dozens of LED flashlights, and this is my go-to long range light that gets kept in my Jeep. My wife and I volunteer with dog rescue groups, and we find ourselves searching fields and other areas at night for lost dogs. The fact that this light uses AA batteries is a great choice, as they are common and available everywhere. I also have the Nitecore universal charger to keep a second set of batteries charged up in the Jeep. I've been using it now for over a year and have had zero issues with it.The prior version of this light had issues with the rubber cover on the switch swelling and melting if the light was left in a hot vehicle., Those issues have been fixed on this newer model. It's built like a tank, and has a great balance of size, features, brightness, and light projection.Nitecore products were a bit hit-and-miss in past years, but over the last two years their quality of features have really stepped up, and this light reflects that I have a few other Nitecore lights that I'm quite happy with.5Duel buttons?, not the best idea Only gave 4 stars cause the buttons aren't the best. Don't get me wrong this light is crazy bright for its size. But one button turns it on the other cycles through its different preset brightness and it's supposed to cycle in order (eco, low, med, high, turbo) but it likes to jump around to whatever brightness it wants. That being said it's still my edc just for how bright it is. Long press one button it's on turbo, long press the other it's on eco. Built solid, I tripped and dropped it, it then rolled off my deck to the pavement (15ft easy) landed on the bezel without a scratch, very good quality with crappy buttons guess that's why it's not $100+ like stream lights. Would I buy again? Yes for the price it's worth that little aggravation 4Incredible flashlightI rarely ever write reviews, but I was too excited about this flashlight not to. As an avid outdoorsman, I have owned a million flashlights....this thing is AWESOME! On the highest setting without the beam diffuser attachment, you literally can light things up hundreds of yards away...no joke. It's too heavy for me to take backpacking, but it will be great in the backwoods. You'll never get turned around in the woods at night with this thing. It's seriously like a handheld spotlight. It lights up my backyard like my dual-1,000watt construction spotlights...probably brighter. I feel like you don't even really need the diffuser attachment because the lower power settings make it like a "normal" powered flashlight when you're just hanging around camp and what not. The construction feels nice. The on/off power switch, and the switch to cycle through light settings,seem nice....conveniently located on the shaft of the flashlight where your thumb rests, as opposed to the back-end of the light. When you put the batteries in and screw the lid back on, the fitting is super tight, locks into place, and there is zero rattling. It fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and feels as heavy duty as a Maglight. Carrying pouch is decent and nice add-on. I bought this as a gift for my father for when he goes up to our cabin, so I'm very thrilled to give it to him, and I think I'm going to have to buy one for myself now. For $50, I don't know how you could get anything better for the money.5Yes!! This is the one for me.Finally!! A very bright LED flashlight, regular alkaline batteries, on/off switch in the barrel (not the back), and mode memory for all settings. I want to momentarily blind intruders. Most of the super-bright flashlights available today, even the so-called "tactical" flashlights, have strange/complex features that simply won't allow this. Some wont remember the brightest setting - how stupid. Having the on/off switch in the tail is another stupid design requiring 2-hand operation or hand gymnastics when the flashlight is used. Also, I don't want ANYTHING to do with special rechargeable batteries that have unknown lifespans and are hard to find when they need to be replaced. Some of the new alkaline batteries have very extended shelf and usage life. For me, this is a great choice.5Great Light with some stiff competition.First, let me say that I haven t had the light long enough to really attest to long-term durability. Likewise, I haven t tested runtimes, waterproofness or done drop tests.That out of the way, I really like the 4xAA form factor. I understand the benefits of Li-Ion powered lights, but AA NiMH simply suit my needs and tastes better. There are two basic styles of lights in the 4xAA class that I am aware of: can type (such as this light where all four batteries are arranged 1 deep in a circle) and stick type (where the batteries are arranged 2 deep in 2 rows).With the can style, you have a short, round, and fat light. Stick type is longer, flat on the sides (in the battery area anyway), and relatively thin.As I type this in late November of 2019, I know of 5 4xAA lights from big name manufacturers that are relatively comparable in brightness, price, and quality. Nitecore makes 2 (this light and the EA42; the EA45S can still be found but is discontinued as far as I know), Thrunite makes 1 (TN4A) and Fenix makes 2 (LD41 and LD42). Out of those, all but this light and the TN4A are stick style.I personally own 3 of them: this light, the Thrunite TN4A (the current or 2015 edition) and the Fenix LD42. All are factory rated between 1000 and 1150 lumens. However, 3rd party testing indicates the Nitecore is only putting out around 760 lumens max, but the other two are both putting out close to factory specs. That s the one of the two biggest dings against the light. However, don t count it out of the running completely because of that. 760 is still very bright and you d be hard pressed to discern the lost lumens unless you had it side by side with one of the others. Even then it is not always readily apparent. For one thing, this light has better throw than the Fenix or Thrunite thanks to a tighter hotspot.The other ding against the light is the parasitic power drain. Although I don t recall figures, it is more than the Fenix or Thrunite. And, unlike the Thrunite, it cannot be easily defeated by a short turn of the threads. Again, this may or may not be a major deal for you, but it is something to keep in mind if you plan to store your light unused at ready for extended periods. You ll also not want to do so with alkalines loaded (that s a recipe for leakage).So, those two issues cost a star...for me. It may cost it more for you or less. Depends on your priorities for the light.Now, given that the Fenix LD42 costs $15-$20 more, has a plastic body, and is in the stick configuration; I ll end the comparison with it here (I do really enjoy that light as well though).No, the main competitor for this light is the Thrunite TN4A. Which one should you get? Both. Seriously, just get both. You ll be forever curious otherwise.Ok, fine. I ll compare them. As mentioned, the Thrunite is brighter (but not in a really practical amount), has less parasitic drain that can easily be eliminated completely, has better regulation, grips the hand better, is slightly floodier (for better or worse), has a more neutral tint (also for better or worse), and probably has a better overall beam profile (but that is subjective). I also suspect that the Thrunite is a bit better made overall.Sounds like it won right? Not necessarily. The Nitecore is not as fat (fits my hand better), does not use a battery carrier, has better throw (shines farther), has a 3 stage battery charge indicator (vs the 2 for the Thrunite), and has an arguably better UI (2 button vs 1 - both with shortcuts).At the time of writing, the price on Amazon for the two is equal. It is a really tough call between the two. I m very glad to have both. It s odd, but I think I like the Thrunite more, but I like to USE the Nitecore more. They are both impressive lights and I don t feel you ll go wrong with either.4
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