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    Default Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

    I received the Nitecore P30 for the review from Nitecore.

    The light comes in this box.




    Inside the box: Light, cordura sheath, spare o-rings, clip, cigar ring, silica bag (inside the light), CR123 adapter (inside the light),







    The P30 adopts an XP-L Hi V3 CW emitter, in a relatively big smooth reflector.


    The tailcap with a forward clicky, completely exposed.


    The threads on the body are anodized on both sides (so you can physically lockout the light), and are trapezoidal at the head.

    The positive contact pole at the head is a raised button. So flat top and button top cells will work in the P30.


    The big head has an electronic switch, with a blue LED underneath it. It has a grippy rubber cover, that protrudes a bit from the surface. The milling on the circumference of the head acts as anti-rolling devices.









    The P30 can be considered a bigger and nobler relative of the C8.


    UI
    The clicky switch at the tailcap turns the light on and off.
    Once the light is on you can cycle through the modes with the side switch (lower, low, medium, high, turbo, lower…).
    Keep pressed the switch to activate strobe, another long press will activate SOS, another will activate the beacon.
    The light has memory for all constant output modes and strobe.
    If you turn the light on while keeping pressed the side switch, the blue LED under the switch will turn on and blink the voltage of the battery.
    When the battery is running low, the blue LED under the switch will start to blink.

    Beamshot at 0.5 meters from the wall







    Well, no surprise here. This light can throw for sure. On my sample the spot is on the NW side, and the spill is cooler.
    The spill arrives at your feet but it is very dim in brightness. The more you move from your feet, more bright will became (but remains narrow as far as output distribution).






    Output and Runtime
    Both tested with Nitecore 3400mAh 18650 battery.
    Note that this battery is not included with the light. I just had it around.





    My thoughts
    Construction and finishes are as you would expect from Nitecore. The sheath is an accessory that I always appreciate, and it is good.
    I would like the cigar grip to be threaded so it doesn’t spin (and could over the clip and keep it in place, preventing its movement).
    Compared to other Nitecore products, this light is more simple.
    You don’t have a double stage switch, no charging port, and there is only a shortcut for battery voltage and strobe.
    I’d like to see a shortcut for low and turbo, and add another level between moonlight (1 tiny lumen) and low (100 lumens!), or reducing their difference.
    But consider that this light is advertised for “tactical” purposes (comes with a cigar grip and remote switch available), so I guess this also has to be considered.

    This is a good light if you need a simple interface, memory and great throw.

    Thanks to AntoLed for the camera and the luxmeter.
    Last edited by Budda; 12-08-2016 at 01:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

    Sad it steps down so quickly for a light this size

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    oh, thanx a lot
    i also want to ask one webstore for this light to review.

    are you planning to add some alive photo?
    is there a chance to compare to L2 for example?

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    Default Re: Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)





    What is L2? Solarforce?

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    I do like these lights.

    Out of interest, where did you get your orange vernier from , i have a thing for Orange ! ?

    David

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    Default Re: Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

    it is a light cheap, poorly made caliper that I found at a chinese store.

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    $45 shipped, sure why not? Still took me a few days to pull the trigger. Sounds like this will be coming with me on night time kayaking trips.
    GOOD TINT!

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    Default Re: Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

    awesome light, mine does 113,000 lux right out of the box
    unreal throw for its size

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    Thanks for the review!
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    Default Re: Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

    Great review thx..

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    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    $45 shipped, sure why not? Still took me a few days to pull the trigger. Sounds like this will be coming with me on night time kayaking trips.
    I've been playing around with this for the past few days. Pretty nice, dirty blue beam as expected, intense hotspot. The body is about 1" too short, so it's hard to hold overhand and click the switch. Since the head is so big you can't really hold any of that in your hand.

    Overall, it's a keeper for $45...but not a penny more.
    GOOD TINT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    I've been playing around with this for the past few days. Pretty nice, dirty blue beam as expected, intense hotspot. The body is about 1" too short, so it's hard to hold overhand and click the switch. Since the head is so big you can't really hold any of that in your hand.

    Overall, it's a keeper for $45...but not a penny more.
    mines pure white
    u must have a defect
    agreed on 1 inch longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by hahoo View Post
    mines pure white
    u must have a defect
    agreed on 1 inch longer
    I think it's a subjective thing. If I just turn it on by itself I think "100% white". Then after using another neutral white, I can tell it's very cool. Not a defect, just your standard run of the mill low CRI cool white. I doubt anyone has one of these around 5000K.
    GOOD TINT!

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    When i saw the lux was 90k+ cd, i was sold. It may not be a Olight M2X with a 160k lux, but with at least 90k, this is good enough for a decent throw. Solid light, have no regrets pulling the trigger and the price was great! the cost per meter of throw is much lower than the M2X.

    I have a modded C8 which was built for throw, the beamshots and throw are almost identical, with the P30 barely out-throwing the C8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadkill1109 View Post
    When i saw the lux was 90k+ cd, i was sold. It may not be a Olight M2X with a 160k lux, but with at least 90k, this is good enough for a decent throw. Solid light, have no regrets pulling the trigger and the price was great! the cost per meter of throw is much lower than the M2X.

    I have a modded C8 which was built for throw, the beamshots and throw are almost identical, with the P30 barely out-throwing the C8.

    mine tests 112kcd , right out of the box
    its a little powerhouse rocket
    wasnt too many years ago, the big olight sr 90, the size of a baseball bat, was getting bragged on for going over 100kcd
    gotta love the times we live in

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    Nice. Trying to decide between this and klarus xt12gt.

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    Default Re: Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    $45 shipped, sure why not? Still took me a few days to pull the trigger. Sounds like this will be coming with me on night time kayaking trips.
    Where u get $45? Can share?

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