The Nitecore P12 2015 is a mid-size tactical flashlight release that is meant to directly compete with the likes of the Fenix PD35 and Thrunite TN12 2014 Edition. The Nitecore P12 2015 offers 1000 lumens of out put in high mode along with a whole host of other features easily accessed by a very easy to use interface. I’ll detail these features within this review. The “P” in P12 stands for Precise and the P12 2015 is their latest offering in this series.
Note: The Nitecore P12 pictured in this post was purchased for my personal use and was not supplied by the manufacturer. I purchased the Nitecore P12 2015 at Amazon.com.
The Nitecore P12 is probably a bit too big to be edc’d, although it does fit easily into my jeans front pocket along with a clipped tactical knife. I’ve carried it this way and not found it to be uncomfortable.
The Nitecore P12 has all of the typical construction features of a good quality tactical flashlight. Anodized aluminum housing, heat dissipating fins, anti-roll design, and a knurled body to promote a better grip in wet conditions.
Nitecore P12 2015 Specifications
The Nitecore P12 has a host of great features detailed in their specs list below:
- Premium CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED
- Maximum output of 1000 lumens
- Second generation ‘Crystal Coating Technology’ combined with ‘Precision Digital Optics Technology’ provide extreme reflector performance
- Boasts a peak beam intensity of 12,450cd and a throw distance of up to 232 meters
- High efficiency circuit board provides up to 520 hours runtime on low
- Side switch interface provides one-handed operation and easy access to all functions
- Side switch features an indicator light which displays reaming battery power (patented)
- Power indicator ‘s secondary function displays battery voltage (accurate to 0.1V)
- Intelligent memory function stores preferred brightness setting
- High-efficiency regulation circuit provides unwavering output
- Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating
- Constructed from aero grade aluminum alloy with HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish
- Waterproof in accordance with IPX-8 (two meters submersible)
- Impact resistant to 1.5 meters
- Stainless steel titanium-plated clip included
- Tail stand capability
Included accessories: holster, tactical ring, lanyard, spare tail cap, spare O-ring
The Nitecore P12 is noticeably thinner and somewhat shorter than than the full size Nitecore SRT7 Revenger.
Nitecore P12 Beam Shots
Usually, I save beam shots for the end of a review but really the proof is in what the flashlight does in the real world. Here you can see that the P12 emits a slightly blue tinted concentrated beam of light. These photos were taken with the flashlight in the 1000 lumens mode.
The trees in front of me are approximately 75 feet away. The flashlight has great throw and I was easily able to light up the top of a 75 foot tall evergreen from 75 feet away. The brightness of the P12 is really pretty impressive for such a compact flashlight.
The P12 fits nicely in the hand and it’s easy to gain access to the rear tail clicky switch and the front mode selection switch.
Nitecore P12 user interface
The Nitecore P12 user interface is extremely simple to use. If you have other tactical flashlights you’ll probably figure it out without the aid of any instructions. Turning the flashlight on and off is done via the rear tail cap clicky switch. Depressing the rear tail cap clicky half way will turn the light on momentarily.
P12 lighting modes
The Nitecore P12 2015 feature 4 light modes (and respective run times):
- 1 lumen (520 hours)
- 70 lumens (28 hours)
- 240 lumens (6 hours)
- 1000 lumens (1 hour)
Special lighting modes
There are three additional special lighting features available. The first is the strobe mode. The strobe mode on the P12 is extremely fast and I’ve had people in the house yell at me when displaying this on a wall because it is really disconcerting. So as a defensive tool I give the P12 strobe effect very high marks.
The second mode is an SOS mode. This is the typical three short flashes followed by three long flashes.
The third special mode is the beacon mode. This is a short “blip” of light that flashes every couple of seconds. Where this could be useful is if you were lost and wanted to draw the attention of people from the air at night.
All three special modes are at the full 1000 lumens of output. The flashlight does have a memory and will turn on at the last lighting level you were using. Please be aware that memory is ONLY for lighting modes, not special modes. If you want the flashlight to turn on in strobe you don’t have that capability.
Switching between P15 modes and special lighting features
To cycle through the lighting modes, turn the light on with the rear tail clicky. Click the Mode button to cycle through each lighting mode. Activate the strobe by holding the Mode button down for about a second. To get to the SOS mode, activate the strobe, press and hold the the Mode button for about one second. While in the SOS mode you press and hold the mode button for about a second and that activates the beacon mode.
The Mode button also acts as a battery power indicator as well. When the power level reaches 50% the Mode button will blink once every two seconds when the flashlight is turned on. When the battery level is low, it will blink rapidly.
The Cree XM-L2 U2 has a 50,000 hour burn time. The led was well centered.
The Nitecore P12 uses a smooth silver reflector to facilitate long throw.
The front and rear threads on the P12 were clean, burr free, lightly lubricated and both O-rings were well seated.
Nitecore P12 2015 battery connections.
Nitecore P12 2015 Conclusion
In my opinion the Nitecore P12 2015 edition is a great little do-it-all flashlight. If you could only afford to buy one tactical flashlight the Nitecore P15 would be a leading contender. Plenty of lighting modes plus special lighting modes as well. All easily accessed by a simple, user friendly user interface. Plus, it’s a great bargain as well. You can even get a pressure switch and mount it on a tactical weapon.
So what would I change on this flashlight? I’d love to see this flashlight released with the split tail cap switch configuration and I wish I could get immediate access to the strobe by simply clicking and holding the side mode switch. Other than those two minor issues I give this flashlight 9/10 stars.
The Nitecore P12 used in this review was purchased at Amazon.com.