[Review] Nitecore MT22A

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[Review] Nitecore MT22A

There are not so many options for 2xAA flashlights and Nitecore MT22A is a remarkable one. Shaped like an old timer radio pager, it has maximum output of 260 lumens and available in three colours: black, green, and desert brown.

I received Nitecore MT22A sample from Gearbest (can be purchased using coupon“IT$LEDMT22A”) and been using it for about two weeks. So here’s my experience with Nitecore MT22A..

 

Nitecore MT22A Overview

Nitecore MT22A was arrive in simple packaging as following. I like this simple and easy to destroy packaging because I can toss it right away instead of keeping it in the shelf just because it look fancy or nice.

Well, I have tendency to keep nice and fancy product boxes for months or years. But who doesn’t?

Here are the package contents:

  • Flashlight
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Spare O-ring and lanyard

nitecore mt22a package contents

The dimension is not usual. Instead of manufacturing a stick shaped flashlight, Nitecore did a nice job with the design by making it short (8.10 cm x 4.00 cm x 2.10 cm) and ergonomic.

Before you got it wrong, the white circle depicted below is not the switch. It’s a pin to keep the aluminium head attached to its polycarbonate body. Depressing the pin will set the head loose.

nitecore mt22a compact on hand

Switch is located on the opposite side of the LED direction. It’s a reverse clicky switch and a bit protruding, makes it easy to click but impair its ability to tail stand.

nitecore mt22a back side rubber switch

On the other side, there’s a pocket clip secured with two screws. On my black model, the clip colour is also black. You might get different clip colour if you purchase the yellow or desert brown model.

The clip is a bit thin. It can do its job but I’m not sure for how long.

nitecore mt22a compact size

I tried attaching the clip into my belt and I feel like carrying a radio pager. Like the old time, no? Well, I never had one in the past because my hometown wasn’t covered by any pager services.

To be honest, I was a bit worry carrying this way. I don’t know if the clip will bend or not so I always carry it inside my pocket for precaution.

nitecore mt22a belt carry

Technical Specification for Nitecore MT22A

As mentioned earlier, Nitecore MT22A host/body is made from two materials. The head (where the LED and driver are installed) is made from black coated aluminum, while its body is made from polycarbonate/plastic, makes it lightweight and can be coloured from the factory.

nitecore mt22a CREE XP-G2 S3

Nitecore puts a CREE XP-G2 S3  LED and smooth reflector for this product, resulting a maximum 68 meters beam distance and 260 lumens output.  There are five fins on the head part for heat dissipation.

Looking at its polycarbonate body, it feels strong and not cheap. The fins on the body enhances its appearance although I’m not sure if it has functional purpose.

A little notation for Nitecore MT22A would be this circle metal pin which can be easily miss-identified as the operating switch. It’s a pin used to release the head part from the body. Depress the pin and the head part will be detached.

nitecore mt22a on hand

It looks Nitecore create specific driver for this model because the shape is special for this design. Although there are no plus  and minus sign to indicate positive and negative polarity when installing battery, just follow the rule that springs always go with the negative pole of the batteries.

According to the user manual, Nitecore MT22A will be at its best performance when using two AA NiMH batteries.

nitecore mt22a opened

An oval O-ring is securing the flashlight from water leakage. According to specification, Nitecore MT22A is rated IPX – 8 (2m submersible).

 

Operating Nitecore MT22A

Nitecore MT22A has very simple user interface.

After installing the batteries in correct direction, simply depress the switch located at the bottom to turn on the light. It has four modes: three normal modes and one strobe.

nitecore mt22a operation

Nitecore MT22A will always starts in High mode and it has no memory function. When the light is on, half press the button to change the mode into Medium, Low, and Strobe.  This is the benefit using reverse clicky switch, we don’t need to fully depress the switch to change modes.

 

Nitecore MT22A Beam Shots

Following beamshot pictures are taken using manual mode on Pentax Q. Aperture 0,5 sec; f/1,9; ISO 250.

Distance of camera (and flashlight) to the electric pole at the end of the road is about 60-63 meters, or roughly 200 feet if you’re in America.

Control shot:

nitecore mt22a beamshot control

High mode:

nitecore mt22a beamshot high

Medium mode:

nitecore mt22a beamshot medium

Low mode:

nitecore mt22a beamshot low

 

Summary

Nitecore MT22A is a remarkable flashlight in term of design. The ease of its user interface and the battery option makes this flashlight suitable for both flashaholicand muggle (non flashlight person).

Pros:

  • Nice design.
  • Affordable price.
  • Using common AA batteries.
  • Decent lumen output.
  • Easy user interface.

Cons:

  • The release pin can be miss-identified as side switch.
  • Strobe mode is not hidden.
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Great review !

It seems like there is a revival in interest about this light. I think it has been out since 2016? There is no newer led, no NW or high CRI. How come it’s doing a come-back?

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Thx for the review. Was going to buy a few of these for the kids when we go camping. That strobe mixed with the main group is a solid deal breaker. Strobe has no business being on the light in the first place. Why on earth do they have to put it on everything

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RobertB wrote:
Thx for the review. Was going to buy a few of these for the kids when we go camping. That strobe mixed with the main group is a solid deal breaker. Strobe has no business being on the light in the first place. Why on earth do they have to put it on everything

Strobe is at the end of the cycle and since there is no memory you can always switch the light off to start over again and avoid it. I never use strobe but I do not see it as a major problem in this user interface.
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djozz wrote:
RobertB wrote:
Thx for the review. Was going to buy a few of these for the kids when we go camping. That strobe mixed with the main group is a solid deal breaker. Strobe has no business being on the light in the first place. Why on earth do they have to put it on everything
Strobe is at the end of the cycle and since there is no memory you can always switch the light off to start over again and avoid it. I never use strobe but I do not see it as a major problem in this user interface.

My kids would still be strobing the campground. It either has to be hidden or not there.