Nitecore P10 flashlight is one of my favorites for 2014. The reason I say this is because of the flashlight’s versatility. Many tactical flashlights are specific in their use – self defense, weapon mount, or general usage. The P10 lets you choose based on the primary way you plan to use the flashlight. And the big plus? The 800 lumen strobe is available at any time in a split second. No cycling through modes or fumbling to find a secondary switch. Hence the name “strobe ready.”
I’ve been recently researching smaller self-defensive oriented tactical flashlights (for example, the Olight M18 Striker) and wanted something that would give me immediate access to a strobe and plenty of lighting modes. The P10 has a maximum lumen output of 800 lumens and runs of cr123a or 18650 rechargeable batteries.
Note: This Nitecore P10 flashlight was purchased for myself and was not supplied by the manufacturer. The NiteCore P10 Strobe Ready 800 Lumens flashlight is available at Amazon.com.
The Nitecore P10 flashlight has three modes of operation. Each mode has a very specific use. I read in a few reviews that some people had a tough time cycling between these modes to pick the one they wanted. I had no problems selecting any of the three modes and I can only attribute this to not reading Nitecore’s very clear instructions on how to do this.
- Tactical – 800 lumens turbo mode only and strobe at 800 lumens as well. If you are mounting this on a weapon, this is the mode to use.
- Law Enforcment – this mode give you both medium and turbo setiing with turbo as the default.
- General usage – low, medium, turbo and strobe modes.
The Nitecore P10 flashlight will not tail stand so this might be an issue for some people. Note the split tailcap clicky. The large button turns the P10 on. Depending on the usage mode selected, the mode button cycle between lighting settings or if held down will start the strobe mode.
Here is the P10 with the accessory tactical anti-roll in place. It’s a nice additional accessory although it might not be convenient for pocket carry.
The P10 had clean, lightly lubed threads and a good o-ring seat. The machining and anodizing was excellent. There was plenty of knurling to ensure a good grip in slippery conditions.
Make sure you don’t lose your accessory o-rings. The front and rear o-rings are different sizes.
Split tail clicky switch used to turn the P10 on and off, cycle through flashlight modes, and pressing and holding the mode button gives you immediate access to the strobe mode in 800 lumens. The large round tail clicky switch turn the light on and off. Pressing the button half way and holding will momentarily activate the P10. In General and Law Enforcement modes the mode switch cycles between the various lighting outputs. Holding the mode button down for a .5 seconds will activate the strobe, depressing the mode switch again turns the strobe off. The flashlight memorizes the last output power you’ve selected and starts at that power when turned on later.
The battery contacts were extremely clean. The P10 will use two cr123a or a single 18650 rechargeable. Nitecore makes their own 18650’s and battery chargers.
Here is the Nitecore P10 flashlight shown next to a more traditionally sized tactical flashlight. I think many people could carry the P10 as an everyday carry light.
Nitecore P10 packaging:
P10 accessories – anti-roll accessory is plastic, and the clip isn’t very substantial.
It comes with a fairly generic holster.
Nitecore P10 Flashlight Conclusion:
If you consider the features vs. price ratio it’s hard to deny that this isn’t a good choice for the person who can only afford one tactical flashlight. For me, it’s the immediate EASY access to the strobe feature that is the icing on the cake. It may not be the “best” tactical flashlight of 2014, but the Nitecore P10 Strobe Ready Tactical Flashlight is definitely one of my favorites.