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Avery powerful and small flashlight
on December 2, 2012
This NITECORE - MT26flashlight has a great size-to-performance ratio. It is relatively small at 6 inches long and 1.25 inches thick at its thicker end. The listing says "750" lumens, but the packaging actually reads "800 lumens". Using 2 short "CR123" specialty lithium batteries it can delivery those 800 lumens for 1 hour and 40 minutes ... and using 1 long "18650" specialty lithium battery, it can deliver those 800 lumens for slightly longer: 2 hours. Being able to use either of the two most popular specialty-flashlight-battery sizes (CR 123 or 18650) is a nice and versatile feature.
The use of these specialty batteries (available easily online, but hard to find at local stores) is what enables this flashlight to reach the spectacularly bright level of 800 lumens, while maintaining such a small size. Those specialty batteries are more "power dense" than typical household alkaline batteries. Nevertheless, for those of you who stubbornly refuse to consider flashlights that use these specialty batteries, but still require an 800-lumen flashlight, you should consider the "FENIX - TK41" (which I also purchased on Amazon, and I also reviewed on Amazon). That flashlight produces a comparable 860 lumens, (which it can do for 2 hours and 20 minutes) using standard household alkaline (or lithium) "AA" batteries, which are commonly available at stores anywhere.
But there's a trade-off. Your unwillingness to use ONE (18650 size) or TWO (CR123 size) lithium specialty flashlight batteries, in a great flashlight like this small NITECORE - MT26 ... means that you must then use EIGHT standard alkaline or lithium "AA" size batteries to achieve that level of light output in the FENIX - TK41. And another thing... that FENIX flashlight is twice the diameter, and a couple inches longer, than the NITCORE... in order to fit that big pack of 8 "AA" batteries in it. It's larger and heavy form makes the FENIX - TK41 far less appropriate for carrying in a jacket pocket, than the NITECORE - MT26, which would easily fit in a jacket pocket.
Both are very impressive flashlights. Both are relatively small. The question is whether or not you are willing to buy some specialty batteries online while you are buying the flashlight online (easy enough to do)... in order to get that same amount of power in a significantly smaller size... like this small but super-powerful NITECORE - MT26.
It's a personal decision... either way, you are getting a fabulously impressive flashlight,
with the very small NITECORE - MT26 using 1 or 2 specialty batteries,
or the significantly larger, (but still relatively small) FENIX TK41 using 8 standard AA batteries.
I own both, and I am very impressed with both.