Review: Nitecore MT22C (1x18650 Tactical, Infinite Output, Thermal Test)

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Review: Nitecore MT22C (1x18650 Tactical, Infinite Output, Thermal Test)

I received the MT22C from Nitecore for the review.
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The MT22C is a tactical 1×18650 light with a mechanical switch at the tailcap and a rotating bezel at the head to change the brightness of the XP-L HD Emitter in the head.
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The MT22C comes in this box



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Inside the box: Light, sheath, manual, o-rings, clip and lanyard.

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Here’s the MT22C
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At the tailcap the classic forward clicky that allows momentary on, and makes the light tailstand. There’s also a removable cigar ring that rotates on the space between the tailcap and the body.



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At the tailcap the threads are anodized and allow physical lockout. They are triangle cut.

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At the head they are anodized and triangular cut too

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The positive contact pole at the head is flat, and there’s a raised tab that works as a anti polarity reversion mechanism, thus allows only the use of button top cells with a narrow button.

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At the head there is also the rotating bezel that allows the stepless regulation of the brightness

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The head with the XP-L emitter in a smooth reflector

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The sheath



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UI

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Output and runtime


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Beamshots






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Thermal Test


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My thoughts
The light is well built and finished.
The regulation is fine at the tested levels.
The In the past I had different Nitecore lights with infinite output variation via bezel. While the other Nitecore lights had the bezel run along the head, the bezel on the MT22C is smaller and more knurled, and is positioned in a precise spot at the head. Another difference is that while the other bezels increased brightness rotating in a clockwise way, the bezel of the MT22C works in a counterclockwise way.
The bezel on my sample has very little resistance when going from maximum mode into strobe, and I often found myself activating the strobe while reaching for the turbo mode.
Also, when increasing from the lowest brightness setting, there’s a “delay” in rotation until the light actually increases.
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Although being severly knurled, I find the bezel harder to control, especially with only one, maybe even gloved, finger.
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I’d like to see this light come with a tighter beam using maybe an XP-L Hi and a NW tint.
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Thanks to: AntoLed.

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