The Nitecore P12GT is a great upgrade of Nitecore’s P12 tactical flashlight. The heart of the Nitecore P12GT upgrade lies in the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED. The mid-size P12GT is definitely a light you’ll want to consider for your EDC rotation. Even though the P12GT and the P12 boast a max output of 1000 lumens, the use of the latest LED technology in the P12GT makes a noticeable difference in the quality of the illumination. Later in this post you’ll see side-by-side beamshots that will allow you to see the difference between both flashlights. I’ll also delve a bit deeper into what makes this new LED so special.
Note: The Nitecore P12GT was purchased at Amazon.com for my own personal use and was not provided by the manufacturer.
The Nitecore P12GT is part of the Nitecore “Precise Series” and is a mid-sized tactical flashlight that is definitely EDC-worthy. Unless you wear skinny jeans, it should fit easily in a front pocket along with your knife and keys, etc.
The anti-roll accessory is removable. I happen to like it on most of my flashlights if the manufacturer offers one, but if you want to make it a little easier to carry it can be removed. It does help you get a bit firmer grip on the light as well.
Nitecore P12GT user interface
Accessing all of the lighting modes that the Nitecore P12GT offers is fairly straight forward. In fact, if you’ve used other tactical flashlights you probably won’t ever need the instructions (although I do suggest reading them). To operate the P12GT you’ll be interacting with the tailcap switch (press it in half way to turn the flashlight on momentarily or until it clicks to turn the light on). There are four lighting modes (ultra-low, low, medium, and high) Lighting modes are accessible via the side switch. Simply press the side switch to cycle through the modes. The Nitecore P12GT also offers strobe, SOS, and beacon modes as well.
Accessing and using Strobe, SOS, and Beacon
I really like the P12GT as a self defense flashlight. It has a very intense strobe that is easily accessible via the side switch. To access the strobe, the flashlight needs to be in the high mode. Press and hold the side switch down for a about 2 seconds to access the strobe. If you turn off the P12GT in the strobe mode, the flashlight holds that mode in memory. Now you can easily access the strobe mode by simply depressing the tailcap switch half way to activate it.
To access the SOS mode, press and hold the side switch for a couple of seconds while in strobe mode. To access the Beacon mode, press and hold the side switch for a couple of seconds while in the SOS mode. Niether SOS or Beacon modes are held in the flashlight’s memory.
The Nitecore P12GT is slightly longer than the P12 and P10 models. It is quite a bit smaller that the full-size Nitecore SRT7.
Nightcore P12GT Specifications
Here are some of the key Nitecore P12GT specifications:
- Modes: High (1000 lumens), Medium (280 lumens), Low (55 lumens), Ultra Low (1 lumen), Strobe, SOS, Beacon
- Beam Color: White
- Batteries: 2-CR123a or 1-18650
- LED: Cree XP-L HI V3
- Max run time: 520 hours
- Max Beam Distance: 320 meters
- Max Output: 1000 lumens
- IPX-8 rated – submersible to 2 meters
- Impact resistance – 1.5 meters
- Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) – detects and stabilizes P12GT’s internal temperature
Nitecore P12GT review flashlight size comparison
The Nitecore P12GT is slightly longer than the P12 and P10. I added the full-size Nitecore Revenger SRT7 so you could see it next to a full size tactical flashlight. As I mentioned earlier, I’d have no problem carrying this as an EDC flashlight.
Nitecore P12GT Review – Cree XP-L HI V3
The real game-changer in this flashlight upgrade is the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED. According to Cree’s press release:
Built on Cree’s breakthrough SC5 Technology™ Platform, the XP-L High-Intensity LED delivers more than double the candelas of the industry’s previous highest-performing single-die XP-L LED through the same optic.
I believe a picture is worth a thousand words. So I’ve provided side by side comparisons of the P12GT and the P12 beamshots. Except for sizing the images what you see is straight out of my camera. When you couple the somewhat narrower throw of the P12GT with the added intensity of the new LED you can definitely see a difference between the two flashlights.
The P12GT is submersible to 2 meters and offers an IPX-8 rating.
The LED was well-centered in a smooth reflector.
Threads were clean and burr-free, lightly greased and the o-ring properly seated.
Knurling on the Nitecore P12GT body and on tailcap ensures a good grip in slippery conditions.
The rear battery connection demonstrates clean fit and finish and clean machining.
The P12GT easily tail stands.
What comes with the Nitecore P12GT?
You’ll receive a nylon holster, two replacement o-rings, a pocket clip, lanyard, and replacement tailcap switch cover.
Nitecore P12GT review conclusion
The P12GT’s new LED is a big upgrade and the beamshots prove this out. Overall, I really think this will be a big winner for anyone looking for a very versatile flashlight, that is well-made and extremely bright. This light would be perfect if it operated with a split tailcap switch… so I hope they do this same upgrade to the P10.
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