After taking a blogging break I hit the Nitecore site and lo and behold, there is the Nitecore SRT7GT! I’ve been wondering when Nitecore was going to do a refresh of the SRT7 Revenger with the upgraded Cree XP-L HI V3 LED. This LED is super bright and intense and is the perfect upgrade for the SRT7. I’ve had a the Nitecore SRT7 for roughly three years. So far it’s been an excellent tactical flashlight.
If you’ve never seen the SRT7 (now the SRT7GT) you’ll need to be aware that this is a full size tactical flashlight. I use it as a “nightstand” flashlight, but you can carry it on your belt in a holster or mount it on a tactical weapon using a pressure switch to turn it off and on.
Here’s a picture of the Nitecore SRT7GT. Truthfully, there isn’t anything that is dramatically different cosmetically. Now that we’ve seen the SRT7GT, let’s review the flashlight’s features.
- Max output: 1000 lumens
- Max beam distance: 450M
- LED: Cree XP-L HI V3
- Batteries: 1-18650 or 2-CR123A
- Head size: 1.57″
- Length: 6.22″
- Weight: 6.1oz
The SRT7GT uses a “smart selector ring” to access 9 lighting modes and “stepless” brightness regulation:
- Police warning
- UV led
- Red led
- Green led
- Blue led
When a flashlight has as many modes as this one, the smart selector ring interface is probably the only way to easily gain access to all of them without trying to remember an elaborate combination of tailcap and switch clicks. The upside is that the lighting modes are logically grouped together to make access faster and easier.
The heart and soul of this flashlight upgrade is the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED. I have this LED in some other Nitecore flashlights (the P10GT & P12GT) and it is markedly brighter than the older LEDs in these models. Check out the side by side comparisons in this review.
The Nitecore SRT7GT also has four colored LEDs:
- Red – for low light vision protection
- Green – typically for hunting
- Blue – blood tracking
- Ultraviolet – medical, jewel, document inspection
The SRT7GT also has some special tactical modes:
- Police warning light – the red and blue LEDs flash alternatively
- Strobe mode at 1000 lumens for self defense or as a way to attract attention
- Location beacon – intermittent 1000 lumens flash, typically used to signal search and rescue aircraft
The flashlight has a stainless bezel, smooth reflector and optic lens with anti-reflective coating.
Flashlight is weapons mountable using Nitecore’s GM02 gun mount and RSW1 pressure switch. Another extremely interesting accessory is the 40mm strike bezel. If consider a tactical flashlight as a self-defense tool, you’ll want to check it out.
The Nitecore SRT7GT uses a spring-loaded impact absorption mechanism with reverse polarity protection.
Nitecore SRT7GT Conclusion
If you need a full-sized tactical flashlight that is super bright and extremely versatile you’ll like the SRT7GT. It is definitely in the category of “if you can afford only one tactical flashlight, you should consider this one.” It has features that make it useful at home, in your truck, in a law enforcement duty belt or in a hunter or hiker’s pack.
If you don’t want to pick up the latest version of this flashlight, you can still find the earlier version (shown below) at a discounted price.