Nitecore P12GTS

Code: 6952506404346
rating rating rating rating rating Rated 4 / 5 (2 reviews)

Maximum output 1800 lumens. Powered by 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123 batteries.

The Nitecore P12GTS flashlight has a maximum output of 1800 lumens from the Cree XHP35 HD LED and can be powered by either 1 x 18650 Li-ion or 2 x CR123 single use batteries. To achieve the maximum output, an 18650 with 8A output should be used, such as the Nitecore NL1835HP 18650 cell, which is available to view here.

The P12GTS is an ultra compact tactical searchlight, ideal for search and rescue, law enforcement and hunting. The light offers five brightness levels, ranging from 1 to 1800 lumens, plus Strobe, Beacon and SOS modes. In addition, the torch has direct access to the Turbo and Ultralow modes and a mode memory which restores the last output used when the light is turned off and then on again.

The torch has a range of tactical features, including a double layer tube design for rigidity and impact resistance, dual switch system with tail and side switch for one-handed operation and a randomly changing Strobe mode to confuse intruders. 

Brightness Levels:
Using 1 x 18650 Li-ion battery
Turbo: 1800 lumens - 30 mins runtime
High: 900 lumens - 2 hrs 15 mins runtime
Mid: 240 lumens - 5 hrs 45 mins runtime
Low: 70 lumens - 19 hrs runtime
Ultralow: 1 lumen - 250 hrs runtime

Maximum beam distance 226 meters, waterproof to IPX-8 and resistant to impacts up to 1 meter.

Includes: holster, lanyard, pocket clip, spare o-ring, grip ring, 2 x CR123 single use batteries.

Nitecore P12GTS user manual can be downloaded here.

  • Length: 145.71 mm / 5.73"
  • Head Diameter: 25.4 mm / 1"
  • Weight: 99 g / 2.49 oz.
  • Maximum Peak Intensity: 12,760 cd
  • Optical system combined with crystak coating and Precision Digital Optics Technology (PDOT)
  • High efficiency constant circuit provides stable output
  • Power indicator beneath the switch indicates the remaining battery power
  • The power indicator can also display the battery voltage (±0.1V)
  • Rigid double layer tube design
  • Incorporated Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) module
  • Electronic reverse polarity protection
  • Optical lens with double-sided scratch resistant coating
  • Constructed from aero grade aluminium alloy
  • HA III military grade hard-anodised finish
  • Tail stand capability
RATING: StarStarStarStarStar
(5 / 5 Stars)
Great torch! Immediately fell in love with it. Add a light diffuser and this torch will give you all the possible lighting regimes.

RATING: StarStarStarStar
(4 / 5 Stars)
It’s a great torch BUT I do have one slight issue with it.

As others may notice there is a small yellow tinted dot right in the centre of the beam. At first I thought that it may have been faulty so I had a quick look online and a pre release review and his appears to have the same dot. So I’m assuming it’s actually meant to be there.

I’m not sure if it’s worth contacting Nitecore over it as it’s only a small niggle but I personally find it rather annoying as my eyes just seem to be drawn to it. I think it’s a rather bad design especially since all the other P12 torches before it never had this random dot. Believe me I know because I’ve got the both of the regular Cool White and Neutral White P12’s and the P12 GT.

I got this torch mainly for the 800lumen bump in output compared to the regular versions and it would have complemented the MT42 I recently bought as well given they have the same LED inside and thus the same colour temperature. I’m the type that likes to match the colour temperature of all of my lights.

Aside from this small issue the torch is great, flawless build quality as usual for Nitecore, I’m loving the new metal tactical rings on these too as I’ve broken a few of the normal plastic ones that you usually get. The pocket clip on this one is really beefy which is a nice touch and the tailcap seems to be a bit more solid compared to older models too.

It is recommended that you use a battery capable of at least 8A of output. I can’t comment on if it will work with their lower amperage batteries as I have since sold mine to a friend in favour of upgrading to their newer 3500mah 8A batteries but it is said to be compatible although you might get a lower lumen output.

All in all this is the first Nitecore product that I’m left feeling slightly disappointed with, if that small issue I mentioned is likely to bother you then I would suggest just getting the regular P12. If it isn’t likely to bother you then go right ahead and get this for the sheer volume of light output.

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