Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Prudent Prepping: Nitecore P12GT

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. 

I've made jokes about fans of flashlights with ALL THE LUMENS more than once, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate (or covet) more light. I recently found a 1,000 lumen flashlight that fits into my gear nicely and is, in my opinion, an incredible bargain.

Nitecore P12GT

The Nitecore P12GT webpage is not copy n' paste friendly, so I will not have my usual set of bullet point examples. Instead I will list several bits of information from there and then my own observations.

Four Brightness Levels:

The amount of light it puts out is 3 times as many lumens as my next closest light!
  1. Dim. Useful in a hotel room for not waking others up as you stagger to the bathroom at 2 AM. at a convention. Not that I know anything about that.
  2. Low. Similar to a drug store 1 AAA flashlight, and definitely enough light to get around in the dark.
  3. Bright. Previously, I would have been satisfied with this amount of light. Previously.
  4. MY EYES. Shining this in someones eyes at close range will make an impression on their retinas for a while. It is bright! Don't even think about the strobe at close range either. I turned it on after dark and the bounce off a white-painted wall was enough to have me seeing spots for a good 10 minutes.

What I Like
  • It is slightly longer than my previous high price flashlight and larger in diameter, but not enough to bother.
  • The tail on/off switch is covered in rubber and takes a good push to actuate. 
  • The Mode button placed on the side also needs a positive push to change things, which means I won't be accidentally changing from See Everything to Too Dim To Read. 
  • A seriously sturdy pocket clip. 
  • An anti-roll away device. The pocket clip should do that job by itself, but without it you do need something else. 
  • Uses either 2 ea. 123A lithium batteries or one 18650 Li-ion battery
  • Battery level can be checked by holding the Mode and On switch down at the same time, causing the Mode switch to blink if power is 50% or less. 

What I Like Less

I don't hate or dislike anything on this light, but there are some things I don't like quite as much.
  • The anti-roll device needs to be either slightly larger in diameter, or the flats need to be fewer in number so that the remaining flats can have longer lengths. 
  • Heat. On the higher settings, this flashlight gets warm -- not to the point that you can't hold it, but it heats up. Nitecore mentions in the instructions having a heat-sensing circuit to moderate the output to extend run-time and prevent damage to the light. 

That's it. This is a great flashlight!

The Recap

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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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