I’ve been patiently waiting for the Nitecore P10GT to get released. Why? Because the new Cree XP-L HI V3 LED takes this flashlight to another level. Add the dual tactical tail switch and the three user programmable lighting modes into the mix and you have a great little everyday carry tactical flashlight that should easily fit into just about any pair of pants you own. I’ve already owned the Nightcore P10 for quite awhile and it’s been a great little flashlight so I didn’t need much convincing to grab the updated Nitecore P10GT.
Note: I bought the P10GT shown in this review. It was not supplied by the manufacturer.
Why the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED is so special
It’s easy to lose yourself in the features of a tactical flashlight and ignore the flashlight’s LED. Until I tried a flashlight with the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED I really didn’t give much thought to a flashlight’s LED either (except wondering if it was neutral white or cool white). The standard LED you’ll find in most tactical flashlights is the Cree XM-L2 LED. The new Cree Cree XP-L HI V3 has a beam intensity that surpasses the Cree XM-L2 by 200%. It’s just not another spec either. It truly is visibly brighter.
The Nitecore P10GT and the P12GT both use this LED. The picture below illustrates exactly what I’m talking about (and is from my Nitecore P12GT review).
In this side by side comparison you can see the difference in light intensity. Both flashlights are set at the same output mode and both are running fresh batteries.
Dual tactical tail switch – my favorite feature
I’ve made it pretty clear in other blog posts that I’m a big fan of the dual tactical tail switch. I consider a tactical flashlight to be just as much self-defense tool as a lighting tool. That’s why I like Nitecore P10GT. I have immediate access to the strobe mode of the flashlight. No fumbling around to get to the right lighting mode or “pre-setting” the flashlight’s memory so the strobe is the first thing to go on when you hit the switch. That’s why my Fenix TK16 is my “nightstand” flashlight. The last thing you want to be doing in a pressure situation is fumbling around trying to cycle through flashlight modes to get to the strobe.
Having a strobe ready everyday carry flashlight can be a big benefit. It makes the Nitecore P10GT a great flashlight for someone who needs a reliable flashlight with a very simple user interface that gives them quick access to the most important lighting modes.
Nitecore P10GT – three tactical flashlights in one…
One feature I love about the Nitecore P10GT is the capability to set up this flashlight in a way that meets the way you plan to use it. The P10GT has three ways to set up the lighting modes:
- Tactical mode
In this mode the flashlight has only one setting. It automatically comes on in High mode (900 lumens). This is the way I’d set this flashlight up if I was using it for self defense purposes or if it were my nightstand flashlight. No fumbling around while you are waking up to get the light in high mode.
- Law Enforcement mode
In this mode the light only uses two modes, Low and High. Personally, this is the way I’d carry this flashlight. Typically, for close work you’d be using low mode. For everything else, High mode. And you retain access to the strobe at any time.
- General mode
In this mode you get High, Medium, and Low modes plus Strobe. If you don’t carry a flashlight with a self defense use in mind then this is probably the way you’ll want to set up the P10GT.
Nitecore P10GT Specifications
- Max Output: 900 lumens
- Max Beam Distance: 286 meters
- LED: Cree XP-L HI V3
- Lighting Modes: Tactical, Law Enforcement, General
- Power Indication: Above 50%, Below 50%, Below 10%
- Finish: HA-III Hard Anodized
- Weight: 2.9 ounces (without battery)
- Available accessories: colored filters, pressure switch, weapons-mountable holder
- Water resistance: IPX8 (2 meters submersible)
- Impact resistance: 1.5 meters
- Output modes in lumens: (using 2 CR123A batteries): 900 / 300 / 190 / 60
- Runtime in lowest output using CR123A batteries: 9 hours 45 minutes
Nitecore P10GT – what’s in the box?
You get the typical accessories that you’d get with most tactical flashlights at this price point. If you don’t want to carry the P10GT in your pocket it comes with a nylon belt holster. It does have a pocket clip. I’ll just say this about the pocket clip. It’s usable but underwhelming. Which is fine because I doubt 99% of folks that carry this flashlight would ever use it anyway. It does come with replacement o-rings and my favorite accessory, an anti-roll insert that can be added to the flashlight. It also includes a lanyard as well.
Nitecore P10GT Conclusion
I can’t honestly say this is the best flashlight under $50. I’ll just say this. If I had $50 to spend on a tactical flashlight and skipping lunch for one day would get me enough scratch to buy the Nitecore P10GT, I’d go hungry for an afternoon. It would be worth the sacrifice, because the Nitecore P10GT is just that good.
Is there anything I’d change on the Nitecore P10GT? Yes. I just wish the strobe was faster. It’s a minor nit, but when I compare it to some of my other tactical flashlights (like the Fenix TK16) the strobe effect is just a bit lacking. Other than this I highly recommend this tactical flashlight. I had been recommending the Nitecore P12GT as THE flashlight to own if you can only own one. Now that the Nitecore P10GT with it’s dual tactical tail switch is out with the very impressive Cree LED upgrade, I’d have to say it’s a toss up between these two very good tactical flashlights.