Review: Nitecore MH40GTR (2x18650, XP-L Hi, thrower, rechargeable)

I received the Nitecore MH40GTR from Nitecore for the review.

The MH40GTR is a 2x18650 thrower flashlight, that features a XP-L Hi emitter in a big smooth reflector. The MH40GTR can charge the 2x18650 batteries via a proprietary connector, built in the body of the light.

The light comes in this box, with 2 Nitecore 18650 2600mAh Protected batteries, sheath, power adapter, lanyard, manual.

The overall size of the MH40GTR is average for a thrower 2x18650 light, with built in charging capabilities (257 mm length, 70
mm head diameter, 25mm body diameter, 375 grams).

The big head of the MH40GTR, with a plastic film protector for the glass.

The tailcap of the light allows tailstanding and quick access. It hosts a mechanical forward switch, that allows momentary activation.

Inside, the threads at the tailcap are triangular cut and anodised, allowing physical lockout.

Around the junction between head and body, that can’t be disassembled, there’s the charging port. It is protected by a metallic bezel that can be screwed and unscrewed in position, exposing or shielding it. Note that this bezel won’t fall out of the light once it is totally unscrewed.

The port has above and below an o-ring that, when covered by the metallic bezel, ensure protection. Also, there’s a red LED indicator near the port.


The sheath

Velcro, well made. MOLLE compatible and with metal D-ring.

Beamshots at 0.5 meters

Beamshots at 100 meters

I like to see a comeback of the XP-L Hi in this light. Such small emitters are now less popular in new flashlights due to inferior output. However, they are generally superior in throw. You can see with the MH40GTR a good throw and still a spill wide and bright enough.

Output and runtime
Both tested with provided batteries

My thoughts
The light is well built and finished.
The output tested are well regulated.
I like the simple twisty 2-mode interface, although I would have liked a 7-800 constant level accessible (maybe instead of the SOS?).
The charging port features a proprietary connector, but allows basically any button top batteries to be charged and the metallic bezel protects it well.

I am not a fan of the monochromatic LED indicator, I think it should have 3 colors (red: not charging, yellow: charging; green: charged), to remind you of turning the switch on every time you connect it in order to start the charge.

I would like to see this light come with a NW tint.

Thanks to: AntoLed for the camera help.