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NiteCore MT1A Review

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Posted September 23, 2012 by Mev in NiteCore
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Rating

Output
7.5


Build
8.0


Usability
8.5


Value
7.5


Total Score
7.9


Summary

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Price: $44.95
 

Pros:

Comfortable design and ergonomics. Flexible and practical user interface for both technical and casual users alike.
 

Cons:

Hotspot has noticeable beam artifacts.
 

The MT series is the latest line of flashlights from NiteCore which aims to offer a convenient and familiar interface aiming to strike a balance between programmable functionality and practical usability. The head has a smooth bezel up the front with no separate lip or crenelated bezel attachments, clean and simple. The neck area towards […]

by Mev
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The MT series is the latest line of flashlights from NiteCore which aims to offer a convenient and familiar interface aiming to strike a balance between programmable functionality and practical usability. The head has a smooth bezel up the front with no separate lip or crenelated bezel attachments, clean and simple. The neck area towards the rear end of the head has a raised hexagonal ring which serves as an anti-roll feature. In addition, this hexagonal ring also provides additional grip for rotating the head which is easily done single-handedly. Looking in from the rear end, we can see the positive battery contact which implements a physical reverse polarity protection feature by mean of two slightly raised metal strips.

The battery tube is style conservatively, maintaining a clean cylindrical shape mostly covered in diamond-textured knurling apart from two flat machine faces where branding is printed on. Threads on both ends of the battery tube are cleanly machined and quite deeply cut, there was hardly any cross-threading encountered during the review process. The threads towards the tail end are anodized which allows the light NiteCore  MT1A to be locked out, preventing accidental activation when carried in pockets, bags, etc. Rubber o-rings sit behind the threads which provide good moisture seal, they came well-lubricated too which is nice. Overall size-wise, the NiteCore MT1A is not the most compact single-AA flashlight, but in turn allows for more comfortable handling when used for long periods. The tail cap follows the cylindrical design of the battery tube, covered in knurling with two raised sections prongs. This allows the light to tail stand while still having the switch still easily accessible. There are two slits machined through the prongs which allow for lanyard attachments and such.

The NiteCore MT1A produces a mid-sized bright central area. While the hotspot is generally well focused, perfectly circular with a defined edge, it does have some artifacts within the center area.  A soft corona surrounds the hotspot which makes the hotspot seems slightly wider than it actually is. The spill beam region is relatively dim compared to the central area, but is clean with no artifacts unlike the hotspot. The beam has a slightly cool temperature which isn’t really noticeable unless compared side by side to sunlight white. The user interface for the NiteCore MT1A has a very practical and easy to use user interface.

Switching ON/OFF
Switch ON: Press the button on the tail cap until a “click” is heard.
Switch OFF: Press the button at the tail cap until a second time until a “click” is heard.

Mode Switching
The Nitecore MT1A has two modes: Turbo and user-defined. These two modes can be changed by simply tightening and loosening the flashligh t head. Turbo provides 100% output while user-defined users contains five selectable sub-modes.

Turbo Mode
Turbo mode is accessed when the MT1A flashlight is switched ON and the head lightly tightened. While in this mode, momentary illumination can be achieved by switching off the flashlight and then half pressing and holding the
switch. Momentary illumination can be used as a flashing signal indicator or apply to various tactical applications.
Note: After three minutes’ using of turbo mode, the flashlight will lower its output automatically for preventing overheating, and efficiently ensure the battery run time.

User-Defined Mode
User-defined mode is accessed by slightly loosening the flashlight head. In this mode, lightly and rapidly pressing the switch will cycle throug h brightness and other functions in the following order: “High-Mid-Low- SOS-Strobe”. Pressing the switch all the way down will save and memorize a desired setting. Tips: Make NiteCore MT1A your perfect multi-task flashlight.
NiteCore MT1A flashlights essentially have two modes: Turbo mode (100% output) and custom mode. Turbo mode is accessed by tightening the flashlight head while any of one of the four customizable modes (strobe, l ow, medium
and high) are selected by loosening the head and rapidly pressing the on/off switch to cycle through the modes. A given mode can be saved by simply turn off the light while in that mode. Real-world examples include: When used as a
flashlight around the home, the head can be loosened and low level selected in custom mode, providing long run times at a lower light intensity . The same flashlight could then be taken out and used a law-enforcement duty light, with
user-defined mode set in strobe, making it easy to alternate be tween turbo mode and strobe with a simple twist of the flashlight head.

Output

Turbo
High
Medium
Low
: 108 Lumens, 1572 Lux (Spot), 46 Lux (Spill)
: 41 Lumens, 590 Lux (Spot), 17 Lux (Spill)
: 20 Lumens, 289 Lux (Spot), 8 Lux (Spill)
: 7 Lumens, 97 Lux (Spot), 3 Lux (Spill)
Run Time

Turbo
High
Medium
Low
: 1 Hours 12 Minutes to 50%
: 3 Hours 30 Minutes to 50%
: 8 Hours 30 Minutes to 50%
: ~60 Hours

Other Specifications (as advertised)
• LED Premium CREE XP-G R5 LED
• Maximum output of up to 140 lumens
• High efficiency current circuit board
• Maximum runtime of up to 60 hours
• Two rapid switching modes suit various user requirements.
• User-defined mode allows for customized brightness levels and a multitude of functions
• Intelligent memory functions
• Anti-rolling design
• Reverse polarity protection
• Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating
• Aluminum reflector ensures a smooth and powerful beam
• Aero grade aluminum alloy
• HA III Military grade hard anodized
• Detachable two-way anti-rolling clip
• Purpose-made rhombic knurling for better grip
• IPX-8 standard waterproof (submersible to two meters)

Dimensions
Length: 105mm
Head Diameter: 22.56mm
Tail Diameter: 21.5mm
Weight: 55grams (without battery)

Accessories
Clip, lanyard, spare plastic cap, and spare O-ring


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