The Nitecore P12GTS is a compact, EDC torch that utilises a Cree XHP35 HD LED for a maximum output of 1800 lumens on the turbo setting, which is super powerful for a single 18650 battery powered torch.
Due to the high output, the P12GTS requires a rechargeable lithium-ion 18650 high drain battery like the Nitecore NL1835HP, or a rechargeable lithium-ion IMR18650. The battery needs to have a high discharge current of at least 8 A in order to work. The P12GTS can also use two CR123A lithium metal non rechargeable batteries or two rechargeable RCR123A lithium-ion batteries however the turbo setting is unavailable if you are using these batteries.
The torch is operated with the tail switch and a side mode button. The tail switch provides momentary illumination with a half press and a full press turns the torch on and off. With the light switched on, each press of the mode switch will cycle through ultra-low, low, mid, high, turbo and double press the mode button to access strobe. While on strobe, press and hold the button to cycle through SOS, location beacon and strobe settings. A single press will revert back to regular brightness settings. The last used brightness level or strobe will be remembered next time the torch is turned on.
With the light off, press and hold the mode button and then click the tail switch, releasing both buttons at the same time to instantly access ultra-low. Turbo can be momentarily accessed directly by pressing and holding the mode button with the light turned on and when the button is released it will go back to the previous brightness.
The advance temperature regulation (ATR) technology allows the P12GTS to dynamically adjust output performance based on the internal temperature of the torch in order to protect the LED from overheating and prolong its working life.
The mode switch also acts as a power indicator that will blink once every two seconds when battery level drops to 50% and blink rapidly when power levels are low (with the light switched on). If the mode button is pressed while the torch is off the indicator will flash to show the remaining power of the batteries. Three flashes is +50%, two flashes is below 50% and one flash is below 10%.
A voltage power indicator blue light is beneath the side switch and will display the voltage each time the battery is inserted. The light will flash to show the voltage, for example if the voltage is 4.2 V the light will flash four times, pause and then flash two more times.
Thanks to the 1 inch diameter body, the P12GTS is compatible with the 25.4 mm filters, diffuser, the weapon mount and bike mount.
Metal side switch controls five brightness levels and three special modes
Side switch features an indicator light which displays remaining battery power (patented)
Power indicator’s secondary function displays battery voltage (accurate to 0.1 V)
Features advanced temperature regulation (ATR)
Intelligent memory function stores preferred brightness setting
High-efficiency regulation circuit provides unwavering output
Stainless steel titanium-plated clip included
Tail stand capability
Using 1 x Nitecore 8 A high discharge 3500 mAh 18650 Li-ion battery:
Turbo: 1800 lumens; 30 minutes; 226 m beam range*
High: 900 lumens; 2 hour, 15 minutes run-time; 152 m beam range
Mid: 240 lumens; 5 hours, 45 minutes run-time; 86 m beam range
Low: 70 lumens; 19 hours run-time; 48 m beam range
Ultra-low: 1 lumen; 250 hours run-time; 4 m beam range
Using 1 x IMR 18650 3100 mAh Li-ion battery:
Turbo: 1800 lumens; 30 minutes; 226 m beam range*
High: 900 lumens; 1 hour, 45 minutes run-time; 152 m beam range
Mid: 240 lumens; 5 hours run-time; 86 m beam range
Low: 70 lumens; 17 hours run-time; 48 m beam range
Ultra-low: 1 lumen; 220 hours run-time; 4 m beam range
* The output for turbo mode is tested without the temperature regulation, therefore this is a cumulative run-time. Turbo is not available when using CR123A / RCR123A batteries.
Tested to ANSI/NEMA FL1 standards in laboratory conditions, the data may vary slightly in real world use depending on battery type, individual usage habits and environmental factors.
Type: Hand held LED torch
Operating Modes: Ultra-low / Low / Mid / High / Turbo / Strobe / SOS / Location Beacon
Luminous Flux: Up to 1800 lumens
Lamp Type: Cree XHP35 HD LED
Reflector System: Smooth
Beam Range: Up to 226 m
Batteries Required: 1 x 18650 8 A high discharge li-ion (included) / 1 x IMR18650 li-ion / 2 x CR123A lithium metal / 2 x RCR123A li-ion
Run Time: Up to 250 hours (ultra-low)
Overall Length: 145.71 mm
Head Diameter: 25.4 mm
Tail Diameter: 26 mm
Weight: 99 grams
Body Colour: Black
Body Material: Constructed from aerospace grade aluminium alloy
Body Finish: HA III military grade hard anodised
Window Type: Optical lenses with double-sided scratch resistant coating
Switch Type: Tail switch and side mode button
In-built Protection: Reverse polarity protection
Impact Resistance: 1 m
Environmental: Waterproof to IPX8 standard (2 m)
Warranty: 5 years
Regulatory Compliance: CE / RoHS
Packaging and Contents
Supplied in a retail box and contains:
Nitecore P12GTS LED torch x 1
Holster x 1
Lanyard x 1
Spare O-ring x 1
Tactical ring x 1
Pocket clip x 1
Manual x 1