Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

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Review: Nitecore P30 (1x18650, XP-L Hi)

I received the Nitecore P30 for the review from Nitecore.

The light comes in this box.



Inside the box: Light, cordura sheath, spare o-rings, clip, cigar ring, silica bag (inside the light), CR123 adapter (inside the light),





The P30 adopts an XP-L Hi V3 CW emitter, in a relatively big smooth reflector.

The tailcap with a forward clicky, completely exposed.

The threads on the body are anodized on both sides (so you can physically lockout the light), and are trapezoidal at the head.

The positive contact pole at the head is a raised button. So flat top and button top cells will work in the P30.

The big head has an electronic switch, with a blue LED underneath it. It has a grippy rubber cover, that protrudes a bit from the surface. The milling on the circumference of the head acts as anti-rolling devices.





The P30 can be considered a bigger and nobler relative of the C8.

UI
The clicky switch at the tailcap turns the light on and off.
Once the light is on you can cycle through the modes with the side switch (lower, low, medium, high, turbo, lower…).
Keep pressed the switch to activate strobe, another long press will activate SOS, another will activate the beacon.
The light has memory for all constant output modes and strobe.
If you turn the light on while keeping pressed the side switch, the blue LED under the switch will turn on and blink the voltage of the battery.
When the battery is running low, the blue LED under the switch will start to blink.

Beamshot at 0.5 meters from the wall





Well, no surprise here. This light can throw for sure. On my sample the spot is on the NW side, and the spill is cooler.
The spill arrives at your feet but it is very dim in brightness. The more you move from your feet, more bright will became (but remains narrow as far as output distribution)


Output and Runtime
Both tested with Nitecore 3400mAh 18650 battery.
Note that this battery is not included with the light. I just had it around.



My thoughts
Construction and finishes are as you would expect from Nitecore. The sheath is an accessory that I always appreciate, and it is good.
I would like the cigar grip to be threaded so it doesn’t spin (and could over the clip and keep it in place, preventing its movement).
Compared to other Nitecore products, this light is more simple.
You don’t have a double stage switch, no charging port, and there is only a shortcut for battery voltage and strobe.
I’d like to see a shortcut for low and turbo, and add another level between moonlight (1 tiny lumen) and low (100 lumens!), or reducing their difference. But this light is advertised for “tactical” purposes (comes with a cigar grip and remote switch available) , so I guess this also has to be considered.

This is a good light if you need a simple interface, memory and great throw.

Thanks to AntoLed for the camera and the luxmeter.

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Edited by: Budda on 12/08/2016 - 14:38
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Nice review!
Do you get the lumens with an integration sphere?
And does the luxmeter plug into a computer so that you can get the readings over time?

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Thanks.
No. Ceiling bounce (for the highest output) and Cd (obtaining the % of each level compared to the max output).
Yes, it has a data logger function.

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Hmmm, just about to buy a Convoy C8 and then saw that Andrew and Amanda have the P30 on sale tomorrow for $41.00. Wondering if it’s worth twice the price of the C8? What to do?

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Forward switch with sideswitch has advantages but also disadvantages

Its not easy to find sideswitch quick especially with gloves

The C8 is very modding friendly while the Nitecore lights are a bitch to get open and its almost impossible to mod the glued in drivers

I am a bit puzzled by the fast step down of the P30, my P12 gets to almost 65 dC when driven on turbo for 5 minutes, no stepdown visible

Does the P30 stays at max output with fan or watercooling?

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“Watercooling” I like that!

No moding, just want durability and dependability.

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Does someone do a tailcap amps reading of this P30 ?

Same battery, KD C8 about 3A, P30 about 2.5A and B58U about 2.7A.

What is wrong with P30 why so low amps reading ?

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Lexel wrote:
Forward switch with sideswitch has advantages but also disadvantages

Its not easy to find sideswitch quick especially with gloves

The C8 is very modding friendly while the Nitecore lights are a bitch to get open and its almost impossible to mod the glued in drivers

So get both, then, right? Big Smile

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is there any info on this driver, like buck or linear etc? thanks

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Can you do a side by side beamshot of c8 and p30?

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That will not be so useful. That C8 rocks a 3A driver with a 3000K XM-L2 emitter. So only the body is stock.
Now all the good C8 should run with an xp-l hi and have a completely different emitter.

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