In this Nitecore P12GT review I examine 7 reasons why this is still a very relevant flashlight even though it was released a couple of years ago. I like my Nitecore P12GT just as much now as I did when I first bought it. It’s still a great little 1000 lumen everyday carry flashlight. And now it’s even cheaper than when I bought mine originally.
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Note: I purchased this flashlight for my own use and it was NOT supplied by a vendor or manufacturer. I also took all of the photos that you see in this Nitecore P12GT review.
Reason #1: The Cree XP-L LED
The Cree XP-L LED found in the Nitecore P12GT is 200% brighter than the XM-L2 LED that was in the original P12. What I can tell you is the P12GT is visibly brighter than my Nitecore P12 even though both are rated at 1000 lumens. Combine this upgraded LED with the P12GT’s tight throw and you have a really bright everyday carry flashlight.
Reason #2: Perfect size for everyday carry EDC
As you can see the Nitecore P12GT is extremely pocket worthy. In other words, it definitely excels as an everyday carry (EDC) flashlight. Here is the P12GT next to one of my favorite EDC kershaw knives. Both fit easily into the front pocket of my jeans. I consider this flashlight to be mid-size but it carries like a smaller light.
Reason #3: 1000 lumens of output
The P12GT has 1000 lumens of output. For EDC purposes 1000 lumens is plenty, particularly if the flashlight has a narrow throw (like the P12GT). I tend to prefer flashlights that have a bit more throw than flood… so this Nitecore offering fits the bill.
If you want the same form factor and ergonomics of the P12GT but crave even more lumens output, consider the P12GTS. The Nitecore P12GTS gives you 800 more lumens of output (1800 lumens total).
Reason #4: Dual tactical tailswitch
As I’ve already written in the post: Best tactical flashlight – how to select the right one for you and in this post: 7 things about tactical flashlight flashlight tailcap switches you need to know, you are already aware I almost always buy tactical flashlights utilizing a dual tactical tail switch.
I won’t go into the same level of detail here as I did in the posts above. All I will say is this. If you consider your tactical flashlight a self-defense tool you’ll want a dual tactical tailswitch to get immediate access to your strobe feature.
Reason #5: Plenty of throw
If you like tighter, narrow bright beam you’ll like this flashlight. There are always trade-offs so if you crave better edge-to-edge brightness you might not like the P12GT. If this is your first foray into purchasing a premium flashlight you’ll be pleased with the performance from this smaller, easy to carry flashlight.
Reason #6: Great specifications
Here are some of the specification highlights:
- Max beam distance – 320 meters
- Special lighting modes – Beacon, SOS, Strobe
- Beam color – White
- 5.1″ long
- 1000 lumens
- Battery: 2 CR123 or 1 18650 rechargeable
- IPX 8 rating
- Temperature regulation to prevent overheating
- 4 brightness levels – High, Mid, Low, Ultra-low
- Can be used with pressure switch (weapons mounted)
Reason #7: It’s a bargain
Since the Nitecore P12GT has been out for more than a year you can now pick up the flashlight at a reduced price. Technology-wise it is still extremely up to date, so it’s an opportunity to get into a premium flashlight brand and save a few bucks at the same time.
Nitecore P12GT Review – conclusion
The best tactical flashlight you’ll carry is the one already in your pocket. That’s why the extremely bright, affordable, easy to carry P12GT may become a permanent fixture in you everyday carry rotation.
PROS: A great upgrade from the P12 model, bright, lots of throw, easy to carry, dual tactical tailswitch
CONS: Edge-to-edge coverage not so great due to reflector design, not the absolute latest version… so if you need that you’ll want to take a look at the P12GTS.
VERDICT: Based on 18 months of trouble free use I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. It’s not completely perfect, but darn close for a flashlight in the mid-size category.
Still not sure what features you need or you just want to know more about the features and characteristics of a great tactical flashlight? Read this post to help you choose the best tactical flashlight for your specific needs.
See more detailed tactical flashlight photos and beamshots taken by me here: