This year has been pretty exciting for Nitecore. They have released four new lights since the beginning of the year. Nitecore is known for their continued innovation on the user interface and form factors of their lights. These new lights are no exception.
Nitecore started off the year with the MH12, released in February, which is a rechargeable version of the P12. After that was the EA11, a tiny flashlight capable of 900 lumens on 14500 batteries. Next was the EC11, which is a great light for every day carry (EDC) and takes CR123A batteries. The newest light is the MH20, an April release, another small but very powerful flashlight. The MH20 throws out 1000 lumens with just one 18650 and also makes a great EDC due to the deep pocket carry (DPC) clip.
Each of these flashlights are machined from aerospace grade aluminum alloys, and hard-anodized with a black, military finish. They're all rated IPX8 standard, meaning taking a dip in the water won't cause any problems. Their removable clips are all strong and will keep them in your pockets, though the MH12 does not have DPC. Finally, they all use Cree's XM-L2 U2 LEDs, with the two Explorers having secondary red LEDs for short treks at night.
Released in February, the MH12 is an excellent upgrade to the P12. The micro-USB port means that you will no longer need to buy a charger for batteries. The light comes with an NL188, one of Nitecore's longer lasting batteries. This flashlight is a great value.
The EA11 was released in March, and came out to much anticipation. The flashlight was well received among flashlight enthusiasts, and for good reason. It handles well, it works like a dream, and it lasts for a long time. The only thing to gripe about is the bezel not being crenelated to allow for use as a last-resort defense option.
The first April release from Nitecore is the EC11. It is less powerful than the EA11 at only 300 lumens, but it is still a popular choice by many flashlight enthusiasts. So much so we can't keep it in stock. We will have much more to say about this light at the end of the week. So stay tuned.
The newest release from Nitecore, as of this writing, is the MH20. This is an amazing little flashlight with one button for power and mode changing, a micro-USB port opposite, and a clip for DPC. The head conforms to the reflector, tapering into the body for an excellent beam with the XM-L2 U2 LED inside. If there was one must have flashlight this Spring, it'd be the MH20.
Nitecore really started the year off with a great lineup of lights. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings.
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