The Nitecore Concept 1 seems like a real departure from many of the recent Nitecore flashlight releases. The first thing to know about the Nitecore Concept 1 is that it isn’t very tactical. It appears to be a very conventional flashlight design. It seems perfect for work, around the house, or any other place where you need an incredibly bright light (1800 lumens) in a small everyday carry package. I have a bunch of Nitecore flashlights (at least a half dozen) and they continue to be some of my favorites. So it goes without saying the Nitecore Concept 1 will find its way into my collection.
Note: At the time of this post the Concept 1 wasn’t available where I normally buy my flashlights and it was only available as a pre-order at some other websites.
Nitecore Concept 1 key features and specifications
So the big deal about the Nitecore Concept 1 is the 1800 lumens of output from a single 18650 battery. And all of this out of a flashlight that’s just 4.39″ long and weighs only 2.18″. This makes the Nitecore Concept 1 a very edc worthy flashlight. Couple this with Cree XHP35 H2 E2 led that boasts a 50% higher beam intensity and you have an excellent source of light in a small package.
The Concept 1 uses a metal side switch to implement two different lighting modes – general and tactical. In the general mode, tapping the side switch three times puts you directly into turbo mode. Tapping the side switch three time in tactical mode activates the strobe mode. Maximum beam distance is 220 meters and the 18650 battery give you up to 300 hours of run time. You can run this flashlight off of two CR123A batteries but you won’t get the the full 1800 lumens of output.
The bottom line is this. If you need a high intensity LED, 1800 lumens of power and you don’t need some of the other tactically oriented features (tail cap switches, the Concept 1 may be exactly what you need.
1 x 18650 battery:
- Turbo – 1800 lumens (30 minutes) – Output is temperature regulated to prevent overheating
- High – 810 lumens (1 hr 30 minutes) – Output is temperature regulated to prevent overheating
- Mid – 300 lumens (4 hours)
- Low – 80 lumens (15 hours)
- Lower – 1 lumen (300 hours)
2 x CR123A batteries:
- High – 810 lumens (1 hr 15 minutes) – Output is temperature regulated to prevent overheating
- Mid – 300 lumens (3 hr 30 minutes)
- Low – 80 lumens (13 hours)
- Lower – 1 lumen (200 hours)
Other things to like about the Concept 1
One thing to like is the price. Most flashlights that are 1800 plus lumens are typically $100 dollars or more. It looks like the Nitecore Concept 1 is going to sell at approximately $65 or so. I also love the magnetic tail cap. This will allow you to use the Concept 1 hands-free. Although I primarily see the Concept 1 as a task light, it does have beacon and strobe mode which is an added benefit for hikers and folks that consider a flashlight a self defense tool. It also appears to have a very solid stainless steel clip as well for confidently securing the flashlight in your pocket. It can be submerged in water up to two meters and has an impact resistance of 1.5 meters.
Nitecore Concept 1 – final thoughts
As soon as I can get my hands on this flashlight I’ll be doing a detailed review. It looks like a really good all around light at a fair price. So far, my Nitecore flashlights have been excellent purchases.