Review-I am what can be politely called “flashlights lover” or as my wife likes to say: “you have too many flashlights.”Well, what else? The Nitecore NM01 flashlight is a great addition to my zoo flashlight. It uses an LED emitter, has multiple power levels and is durable and rechargeable. It is also waterproof.
What is it?
The Nitecore NM01 flashlight is a compact, metal body, rechargeable led flashlight that features Multiple power levels and a water resistant body.
What’s in the box?
The Nitecore NM01 is packaged in a front box that showcases the flashlight and provides basic information about the flashlight.
Packed in box
- Micro USB powered Cable
- Instruction Sheet
- Pocket clip
- Wrist cord
- Nylon Cover
The NM01 is a compact 115.3 mm long and 24 mm in diameter at the ends. The medium faceted ring is about 26 mm. The Light weighs about 100 Grams. The NM01 is powered by a built-in 18650 Li-ion battery. The light source is a CREE XP-L HD V6 LED module. The NM01 is rated IPX8. 2m, which means it is waterproof and submersible. The power regulator, Battery and LED are protected by thermal overload stops that reduce power when the flashlight gets too hot.
The NM01 has three brightness settings
Low: 5 lumens (about 245 hours of battery life)
Medium: 200 lumens (about 6.25 hours of battery life)
High: 1000 lumens (about 1.75 hours battery life)
Design and functions
The NM01 features a machined metal housing with an anodized surface. The flashlight is round at the ends and has a rollable faceted barrel with a knurled central part. The optional pocket clip snaps around a narrow part of the body near the back of the fixture.
The front panel is equipped with strikers that serve as both a weapon and protection for The lens.The back of the flashlight has a single button that turns the light on-off (long press) and between LIGHTING levels (short press) and a waterproof cover for the powered port (see below)
The flashlight must be fully charged before first use. To do this, you just need to connect a Micro-USB cable to the powered port and wait for the light to stop flashing. It took about 2 hours. I have not completely turned off the light to test a full charge cycle time, but the documentation states that a full charge should take less than 4 hours.
Since I do not have access to a calibrated luminometer, I used my uncalibrated shower lighting test bench to test the flashlight. Due to the intensity of the jet, I ejected it from the white textured ceiling instead of directing it to the shower wall. This is an excellent Test for its ability to illuminate a room in the event of a power failure. You can see the results below. I can confirm that at high power, the flashlight is brighter than the shower light in my bathroom, the ceiling lights in my bookcase or my desk lamp.
I tested the thermal protection circuit by turning the flashlight and running it in a ceramic cup on my desk. I left it for about 90 minutes and during this time the front of the barrel never got hotter than the outside of a very hot Cup of tea. I did not try to touch the lens, but the barrel could still be manipulated. It was unpleasant, but I didn’t get burned right away, which I can’t say about some of the lights that were in my collection.
The thermal protection circuit turned off the light in the middle after about 30 minutes, and the barrel cooled slightly. I turned off the light after 90 minutes and waited for the whole flashlight to cool down to room temperature before powered it.
The Nitecore NM01 is a great Flashlight for the money. It is compared to my small Steamlight flashlight So far projected lumens and the light projection distance and the use of rechargeable batteries makes it much affordable to use. It’s become my flashlight for working in my office (I usually try to find something I dropped under my desk), while my Streamlight has been relegated to camping duties where I don’t necessarily have access to USB sockets to charge a flashlight.