Review Nitecore EC4GTS 2*18650 XHP35 HD 1800 lumens

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Review Nitecore EC4GTS 2*18650 XHP35 HD 1800 lumens

NITECORE 

 

The Nitecore EC4GTS was sent to me directly by Nitecore for the review.
For technical product information: https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/ec4gts

 

 

 

Features:

• High-performance blazing searchlight
• Utilizes CREE XHP35 HD LED, with a maximum output of 1,800 lumens
• Maximum peak beam intensity of 39,220cd and maximum throw of 396 meters
• Made with unibody die-cast technology
• Thumbscrew lock on tail cap doubles as a tripod connector
• Crystal coating technology combined with “Precision Digital Optics Technology” for unparalleled reflector performance
• High efficiency constant circuit provides stable output up to 380 hours
• Dual switch design enables quick switch to 5 levels of brightness and 3 special modes
• A power indicator beneath the Power switch indicates remaining battery power (Patent No. ZL201220057767.4)
• Incorporated Advanced Temperature Regulation module
• Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with scratch resistant coating
• Constructed from aero grade aluminum alloy with HA III military grade hard-anodized finish
• Waterproof in accordance with IPX8 (2 meters submersible)
• Impact resistant to 1 meter
• Tail stand capability

Dimensions:

Length: 155mm (6.1”)
Head Diameter: 40mm (1.57”)
Tube: 40mm×29mm (1.57”×1.14”)
Weight: 171g (6.03oz)

Accessories:

Holster, Lanyard

 

 

The Nitecore EC4GTS is sold in a cardboard box with the classic yellow / black color of Nitecore. The main features are described on the four sides of the box.

Inside the torch we find the Holster, Lanyard, the multilingual manual and the warranty (5 years).

 

 

 

 

 

The case supplied with the Nitecore EC4GTS is cordura with non-elasticated sides and a velcro closure. At the back there is a D-ring at the top and a double loop in the middle,

one of which is a tear-off closure. The Nitecore EC4GTS inserted in the case has no particular movements as the sleeve is a measure.

 

 

The Nitecore EC4GTS handles very well due to its particular shape (unibody). This structure improves the cooling and robustness of the EC4GTS compared to a conventional torch. Excellent black opaque anodizing and perfect writing also as dimensions. The head and body, which make up the EC4GTS, are cylindrical and rectangular, making it difficult to roll. On the two narrow sides of the torch body there is a grid design for a better grip.

 

 

 

The head has a cylindrical design with deep cooling fins on both sides. It has a flat bezel and a deep SMO dish with in the center the CREE XHP 35 HD LED with a cool white tint. The glass has anti-reflective treatment.

 

 

 

 

Above the head we find the two electronic switches with which we will manage the use of the EC4GTS. In the lower part we have the ON / OFF switch (Power) and immediately above the levels management (Mode). The cap of these switches, made of silicone rubber, is slightly protruding from the rest of the body. Good click of the buttons.

 

 

 

 

 

Below the ON / OFF switch (Power) we find a blue notification LED (position and battery status).

To switch on the location indicator, press and hold down the Power button to turn off the flashlight when the light is on. A blue indicator underneath the switches will flash once every 2 seconds to indicate the location of the flashlight.
The standby time in this status is up to 6 months. Turning on the light again will automatically switch off the location indicator.

It is also possible to briefly check the status of the batteries through the blue LED signal; when connecting the tailcap with the body of the EC4GTS for the first time or by pressing the level change switch (Mode) when turned off.

• 3 flashes indicate batteries with a residual capacity of more than 50%
• 2 flashes indicate batteries with a residual capacity of less than 50%
• 1 flash indicates that the batteries are near discharge and require to be recharged.

 

 

 

 

To power the Nitecore EC4GTS, use batteries with the positive button (button top). As we can see the EC4GTS has physical protection against reverse polarity in both poles and does not allow the use of flat top batteries. At the negative pole there is a double plated spring.

 

 

 

 

The only unscrewable part of the Nitecore EC4GTS is the tailcap.
The tailcap has a thick rubber ring around and behind the contacts for a good water tightness (IPX 8). The cap is opened and closed by unscrewing or screwing a knurled screw. This aggressive knurling, certainly facilitates the closure considering that the cap must be tightened well for a good seal. At the center of this we have the threaded hole to place the torch on a tripod. There are also two slots to insert the supplied lanyard.

 

 

 

The tailcap is closed without straining, two small stickers inside the tube remind us of the correct insertion of the batteries.

 

 

 

The Nitecore EC4GTS can be placed in the tail stand (candle).

 

 

 

 

Near other torches.

 

 

 

USER INTERFACE (taken from the manual):

 

 

 

 

On/Off
To Switch On: When the light is off, press the Power button to switch it on.
To Switch Off: When the light is on, press the Power button to switch it off.


Brightness Levels
When the light is on, press the Mode button repeatedly to cycle through brightness levels of Ultralow, Low, Medium, High and Turbo. The flashlight will
return to the previously used brightness level after being turned off and on again.


Direct Access to Ultralow/Turbo
Direct Access to Ultralow: When the light is off, press and hold the Power button to switch directly to Ultralow.
Direct Access to Turbo: When the light is off, press and hold the Mode button to switch directly to Turbo.


Instant Access to Turbo
• When the light is on, press and hold the Mode button to switch to Turbo. Releasing the button will go back to the previous level.
• When the light is off, press and hold the Mode button for more than 2 seconds to switch to Turbo. Releasing the button will switch off the flashlight.


Special Modes (Strobe / Location Beacon / SOS)
When the light is off, quickly tap the Mode button twice to switch to Strobe mode. Then press the Mode button to cycle through other special modes (Strobe
/ Location Beacon / SOS). Press the Power button to exit special mode.


Lockout / Unlock
Lockout mode is designed to prevent light from accidental activation. In Lockout mode, the flashlight consumes a negligible amount of power, and the buttons
are locked and do not respond to clicks. Set the light to Lockout mode when it is kept in a backpack or anywhere there is a likelihood of accidental activation.
The standby time in this status is up to 12 months.

Lockout: Press and hold both Power and Mode buttons simultaneously until the LED flash once to indicate that the flashlight has entered Lockout mode.
Unlock: In Lockout mode, press and hold both Power and Mode buttons until the light turns on to unlock the flashlight. The light will go back to its previous
level.

 

 

 

BEAM, RUNTIME and BEAMSHOT:

 

Good the EC4GTS beam without particular artifacts. The deep parabola allows the torch to have a good shot but the distance from the start of the spill from the feet is about one meter. The cool white tint is a beautiful white tending to yellowish.

 

 

 

 

The runtimes were performed in a closed environment using fully charged 3000 mAh Samsung 30Q batteries.
I would like to point out that the values expressed by the graphs must be taken, above all, as a reference because they are made with different environmental means and conditions from those used in the laboratory.

The first runtime in TURBO mode was made without using ventilation. Before turning off the Nitecore EC4GTS almost completely, flash quickly to warn you to replace the batteries.

 

 

The second runtime was done in HIGH mode.

 

 

The last runtime was done in TURBO mode with the help of a small fan near the EC4GTS. The graph shows the two curves, without and with forced ventilation.
The intervention of the incorporated Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) you can clearly see from the curve.

 

 

 

Beamshot and Video.

 

 

 

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VIDEO.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS:

I was really satisfied with the Nitecore EC4GTS. Excellent construction, good grip and no shortage of lumens and shooting with the CREE XHP 35 HD LED mounted on board.
Good interface for use, with Turbo and UltraLow with direct access, and runtime.
We hope to see an NW version in the future.
Thank you for reading the review.

 

 

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Excellent review! This light is $67 until midnight Sept 4th, on batteryjunction site.
25% off sitewide Labor Day sale. I think this is an amazing deal for this light.

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Thanks for review.
Want to see they make xhp35 hi version.

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desmondkun wrote:
Thanks for review.
Want to see they make xhp35 hi version.

We hope but I do not think not being a tactical flashlight.
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I think Nitecore made too many xhp35 HD light. Especially, P12GTS is a disappointment for me.

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