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81% Recommend this product (84 of 104 responses)
By Gil
San Antonio, TX
November 28, 2017
Mighty White Light
This little gem gets a perfect ten! Size is just right for a guy's pocket, the switch is where it should be, and the light is a just-right white with great spread. i have a collection of LED flashlights, and this is one of my favorites. The only thing that would make it better is if it were $24 instead of $34.
ProsSide switch, color temperature, solid case
ConsYou can get larger, brighter flashlights for about the same price.
By Rod Hughes
Benton, Maine
November 8, 2017
size is important!
Great size for powerful but small light. Fits very comfortably in your hand. Tremendous lighting power.
ProsSize is perfect to hold. Switch is handy and works flawlessly.
By Thomas
reading, PA
September 18, 2017
Nice Flashlight
Bought for my daughter she loves it
By Joe
Oakville, CT
September 3, 2017
Decent light
Overall, a decent light at a decent price. Battery life could be longer, compared to many other lights in this category.
By Fast Eddie
June 20, 2017
Bad circuitry in my flashlight
Everytime I cycle through the varying levels of intensity, the light goes from brightest to off and then I have to unscrew the cap, retighten it to reset it. It makes this flashlight little if any use. Also, the lack of a tail cap makes it hard to use with gloves or when shooting a pistol.
ProsCompact and bright
ConsBad circuitry, lack of a tail cap. No matter how low the battery is, it flashes 4 then 2, indicating a full charge.
By Sharp
December 22, 2016
Great flashlight.
This is the second one I have purchased. My son liked mine so much he wanted to use it all the time. I had to hide it from him. So I purchased this for him for Christmas. Smaller flashlight but it puts out a lot of light. I can light up my back yard and use it as a spotlight out my back door.
ProsPuts out alot if light. Compact Even warms your hands when the weather is cooler. You can use rechargeable batteries
By Gerald Qualls
December 18, 2016
Great lite
Best lite I've own it's small and bright. A little over rated on how long battery should last. GQ tn
By Craig
Paterson, NJ
December 13, 2016
Great Light
This light I keep in my pocket as a back up at work. This is awesome and its nice and bright for a small light
November 24, 2016
Great little light!
Great little every day use light, small but powerful with good brightness levels.
ProsSturdy, great light for the cost, bright and small for easy carrying
St.Louis, Missouri
October 17, 2016
Excellent Flashlight
Bought this flashlight for use with My Toyota FJ Cruiser. It has many useful features including, four brightness levels,strobe,S.O.S. and a Beacon Flash! Excellent flashlight with a five (5) year warranty ! All at the sale price of $44.95. I am very satisfied.
ProsWell worth the price, I played with this item until I ran thru a set of batteries using the strobe, S.O.S. and beacon modes. It took quite some time to use the charge from the two CR123A batteries, and I understand a 18650 battery would have lasted longer All modes worked as they should including the flashing L.E.D. in the ON/OFF switch.
ConsIt took Me a little while to figure out the access to the optional emergency modes, and Yes I read the instructions.
By Roman
, Cental, PA
September 19, 2016
Small & Powerful
Very handy flashlight, compact yet puts out 960 lumens! Has an inteli switch that turns the light on to the previous used light position, or you can press and hold the button for two seconds and go to dimmest nite light first.
ProsPowerful, compact, inteli switch
By Glen
Greenville, RI
September 17, 2016
Best flashlight for the money
Great feel, well made, works well through the different brightness levels.
ProsWell made, great value
By Robert
Denver, CO
May 6, 2016
My !st EDC/Tactical
I have had a chance to "play" with the EC20 and have come to really enjoy this little light. One of the reasons I bought the EC20 is because it takes the 18650 batteries that I use with the Fenix TK75 I purchased a few months ago. After reading the directions and using all the different settings and found it pretty intuitive to operate. Just takes a little practice to get used to scrolling through the output levels and switching modes. It has nice throw and some usable flood. The Lumens are rated at 960 and it seems correct if not a little low ( I don't have a light meter). Feels very durable, and I have already dropped it several times onto hard surfaces and it took it with no problems, not even a scratch. No problems with the shipping time. All around a good experience with this light. I am actually thinking of getting another one, but I want something that will also run on AA batteries as a backup.
ProsBuild feels very solid, decent weight for a small light, but not heavy by any means. Feels built to last a long time. Dropped several times already and no scratches or failure of light!! Good Throw, Useable flood, decent hot spot. Light is the cooler blue color which I think makes things stand out more making it easier to see at distance. Run time seems great as I have been playing with it for 3 days using all levels and modes and I am still putting out 4.1vlts(full charge) according to the built in battery meter. Oh yeah, it has a built in power meter. I just unscrew the cap a turn or two to disconnect the power and then tighten it back up and the light switch will blink giving you the remaining voltage by, quickly flashing blue 4 times and aprox 1 sec later it will flash again 1 time showing a voltage of 4.1 ! If it does 3 quick flashes followed aprox 1 sec later by 7 blinks = 3.7vlts, etc.. Pretty cool. Uses the 186500 batteries for a longer run time and more available power to produce so many lumens from a light that fits in the palm of my hand!!!
ConsI wish it also had a tail switch, the button is tough to feel if you have gloves on. My solution : I just lined up the provided lanyard in line with the switch to help me find the switch without looking at the flashlight. It works, but a tail switch would solve this even better!! For me this is a very minor thing. Thinking of buying an additional one for a friend.
By Robert
Northridge, CA
March 26, 2016
Just about my best EDC, for 18650
A little heavy for EDC but in most respects the EC20 just beats all other designs from all manufacturers, costing up to $100. I now own two of these wonderful lights. At first I hated the accidental activation but quickly found that either the head or tail can be rotated almost effortlessly to lock out the power button. Tail standing ability and moon mode (or low mode) is perfect for bedroom night light. Bright, focused beam and nice purplish-white color, I hate yellow beams. For the price, this is also the best 18650 light out there. All flashlights have flaws, power button issues or whatever, and none can do everything well. I believe this one is the best compromise.
Prosreasonably nice beam color & reflector pattern hand held ergonomics = excellent flashing power button tells voltage / battery charge left tail standing ability is superior low or "moon" mode perfect for night vision
Conseasily damaged black finish (who cares)
By Ben
State College, PA
March 21, 2016
Very good lighting and quality flashlight for the price
I have 3 of the EC20s. I am very impressed with the operation of the light, very intuitive and the beam cleanliness is very good. I do have a little trouble getting into the special modes (strobe, SOS and beacon) but overall very pleased with the Nitecore EC20~
ProsVery good quality 960 lumen flashlight, nice spacing on light output changes/brightness.
By shane
Johnston, RI
February 21, 2016
Nice Light
Bright, good price, well built, nice light
Prosprice and brightness
Conshaving only a side control button can result in a hot pocket on occasion
By Nicholas
Kapolei , Hawaii
February 20, 2016
Best light I own
I owned an EC20 before and lost it. I liked it so much I ordered a second one. For the price and the lumens you can't beat it. I also bought one for my coworker since he liked mines so much!
By Gmoney
January 26, 2016
Bright Light
So far, so good. This thing is very bright. So far no issues. Only time will tell. It feels good in your hand, and is about 5 inches long. I have not had to test its waterproof ability yet.
ProsBright, and price is good. The construction seems solid
By James
Ashley, IL
January 8, 2016
great flashlight
Bought this to use as a search light to find cattle at night, but it is a great all around light. The 4 brightness settings make it very versatile. The low 1 lumen setting is perfect for looking at a book or map at night. Memory is also a great feature. I'm not a big fan of the side switch though, as the light is more likely to accidentally switch on.
Proswide range of settings memory
Consside switch
By MikeinPDX
Portland, OR
November 26, 2015
Update after 10 months
I bought two of these lights and love the output relative to the small size. Unfortunately, I hate the side switch. It is hard to find in the dark by feel as it is almost perfectly flush with the body. Even worse, the spring under the switch is very weak, so if you put it in your pocket or in the door pocket of your vehicle, or in a backpack, you will usually find it stone dead due to unintentional activation. Some of the newer products by Nitecore have fixed these issues.
ProsGood power to weight and size ratio.
ConsTerrible side switch, hard to find and prone to frequent unintentional activation.
By Greg
Bloomfield, NJ
October 20, 2015
Nitecore EC20 review
Only OK for the money. I would NOT buy this product again.
Pros--Throws a nice WIDE beam. Illuminates a broad area 50 feet wide very well, all the way to the back of my property to 115 ft away. Trees block the beam after that. --960 lumens is pretty bright
Cons--Does NOT throw a tight Spot beam --The On-Off / intensity control switch is quite small and VERY difficult to locate by feel in the dark. You really need a light to find the On-Off switch. In my opinion, the On-Off / intensity control switch issues are a major design flaw. Rear On-Off switches found on other Nitecore products are the ONLY way to go.
Rockport, TX
July 26, 2015
By Rodney
Pasco, Wa
June 30, 2015
A Good Flashlight, except for
I've owned the EC20 for almost a year now and have to say I like the flashlight except for the side switch. You can not carry it in your pocket or in a holster without hitting the switch at some point. I have run the battery down too many times trying to carry it, so I just keep in a handy place.
ProsVery Bright, illuminating Light
ConsSide Switch keeps you from being able to carry it
By David
Maynard, MA
June 19, 2015
Nitecore EC20 still a valuable part of my FL suite.
I am a confirmed flashaholic, so I was excited when the EC20 first came on the market. This was a slight departure from the standard tactical lights, but the high lumen rating and reasonable price kept it on my radar until recently when I took the plunge and bought one. I was skeptical of the side button because I am used to the endcap on/off buttons, but gave it a try. Locating the side button in the dark is still a bit of a problem and causes a valuable time delay. Because of that and the additional size, it won't replace my Maverick M10 as my EDC, but I will still favor the EC20 when I need decent light over a longer distance. (Like those What-the-heck-is-squealing-in-my-neighbors-back-yard evenings) I use my M10 when walking through a dark house and cup my hand over the end (M10 lowest setting is 5 lumens) so I was looking forward to the 1 lumen setting. Having settings of 1-960 lumens sounded great. The heatsink is not very bulky and I haven't used it for long enough to evaluate how hot it gets but based on another review it is substantial.
Prostail cap is flat which allows the light to stand on end unassisted. This is necessary in power outages to illuminate an entire room by projecting on the ceiling. brightness selection memory for on/off quick cycle through settings anti-roll feature built in in most instances, the 1 lumen setting works like a charm and at 520 hours would last for two weeks on constantly.
Consside switch is hard to find in total darkness sos and strobe features are not in the cycle using the button for battery indication is not obvious to use cannot be fitted with a remote on/off switch side button is not illuminated at all when light is on. even if it were opaque white, the contrast would make it easier to locate.
By Dwight
Newell Iowa
May 22, 2015
You Will Not Be Disappointed!
Great light! Very bright! I like it a lot!
By Julian Murphy
May 9, 2015
Pocket size spotlight
Extremely pleased with the function of the Nitecore EC20 LED Flashlight. Compact and light enough to have in your jacket pocket. I have used the Flashlight on several outdoor trips and at work.
ProsEasy functions from High to low settings. Long life with the 18650 batteries.
By Darrel Dufford
United States
April 21, 2015
Almost 1K lumens for under $40
Almost 1K lumens for under $40. This light is the best value available and the on/off/mode selection is easy to use and remember. Love it.
By Stephen
April 4, 2015
Great flashlight
This light has several settings including strobe. With 960 lumens it is one great flashlight and the price is really good. I would recommend it to anyone with a need for a small size light with lots of shine.
By Mathew
April 4, 2015
Small and lightweight
Bought this light for my girlfriend a few months ago. Small size and super bright on turbo mode is exactly what I wanted for her. Very easy to cycle through the different modes and at a very affordable price. Couldn't be happier with it.
Pros- Bright - Light weight - Affordable
By Robert
April 3, 2015
A really nice torch. I love it.
Best torch I have ever owned.
Southern California
March 31, 2015
Nice EDC, but side-switch can be easily activated in your pocket or holster accidentally
This is a nice torch and is similar to the P12 (which I also have. See P12 reviews). I found the side-mounted switch to be a negative though. It can be turned on inadvertently too easily and if you don't notice it, it will drain your batteries down to nothing. The EC20 does not include a holster, clip or grip ring either. Items the P12 comes with. The beam pattern is good, but not as bright as my P16 at 960 lumens as well. (Keep in mind, the P16 has a wider head.) Overall build is very good. As a night-stand torch, this is a good light.
By David C.
Cypress, TX
March 31, 2015
Great buy!
Great light with adjustable luminance! I love it.
ProsMulti settings lets you choose your brightness while thinking about your battery reserve.
ConsNone as if yet. I love this light.
By Craig
March 26, 2015
Awesome Flashlight
Great shopping experience with Battery Junction. Flashlight is very bright and has variable levels of brightness. The top clickable button makes it very easy to cycle through the different modes. The thing I like most is, it starts off with the lowest level first, then increases intensity as you need it. You will not be disappointed in this flashlight. It is a bit bulky, but it's really not a problem.
ProsVery Bright, User friendly
By David
, Wallingford, CT
March 21, 2015
Illuminates the room
I need a very bright for entering homes after they have had fires, or when they have experienced a severe water loss and there is no power. Heading into dark basements or boarded up homes this light is perfect. At 900 lumens it will completely light up any room and allow for ease of movement and inspections of items within the home. The adjustable brightness is great as well, as often, if looking up close at something, a light that is TOO bright detracts from what you're trying to see. The size is great, fits easily into a pocket and the lanyard keeps it at hand even if it should fall from my grip. The warmth is both a pro and a con... On cold days and in frozen homes, it actually acts as a nice hand warmer, however, if used for a long time, can melt the inner lining of a pocket. Perfectly fits my bill
By Ed
Covington, GA
March 19, 2015
Everything I Expected in an EDC Light
I've had Fenix lights for a while and wanted to try something different. I'm very please that I chose the Nitecore EC20. Nice wide range of lumens from candlelight to mini-sun! I would and do recommend this flashlight to anyone needing a tough little light. Plus, you could never go wrong with Nitecore AND Battery Junction.
By J
March 3, 2015
Very good, and cost effective with some caveats
I was looking for a 800-1000 lumen light that I could use for work ( I spend a lot of time in basements and attics, and typically use a 200 lumen or so light) and also EDC. This works great for work. I love the quality of the light, the switch is OK for this, though I wish there were less delay between switching modes. The problem is that it can not be pocket carried. I have gone through many CR123 batteries trying to carry it in different pockets (Pants front and cargo, vest, jacket) and every time it ends up being unintentionally turned on discharging the batteries, and leaving me without a usable flashlight. I now know that I need to get a holster to use this for work, and can't use it for EDC. If Nightcore packaged it with a belt pouch, it would easily be a 4 star flashlight. As is, I would not buy it again, and would buy a slightly more expensive flashlight with tail switch or twist on.
ProsHigh quality, intense light for the price.
ConsUnintentional discharge if pocket carried.
By Jeff
Ottawa, OH
February 12, 2015
As advertised, but beware...
Good light but I have had trouble with accidentally turning on. The side switch is convenient, but needs a tail switch. If you plan on pocket carry---- get the Nitecore P12. Same light but tail cap switch.
By Tony
Central Pennsylvania
February 8, 2015
Single-button economy version of the P12? Well, sort of...
First let me say, I love this light, AND I love the P12. The biggest difference between the two is that the EC20 has only a side switch, while the P12 has a momentary-on/clicky tail switch and a side switch. Because it doesn't have a tail switch, the EC20 will tail-stand very well as long as there is no lanyard or ring attached to the tailcap. Their modes are arranged in much the same way: HIGH/MID/LOW/LOWER STROBE/SOS/BEACON. How you get the light from one mode to another is a little different on the two lights. Read the description & specs, and/or download the user manual from nitecore to study the details. One VERY IMPORTANT aspect of both lights is that you do not have to cycle through brightness levels to get the one you want. You can set the light to come on in HIGH/MID/LOW/LOWER mode as soon as you turn it on. That is a very important function for me because I use my lights indoors sometimes where the brightest modes are just way too much. The side button on both lights also functions as a power indicator, but, like selecting the modes, the method of accessing this function is a little different for each of the two lights. The output levels between the EC20 and P12 2015 model are different: P12 (lumens): HIGH-1000; MID-240; LOW-70; LOWER-1; EC20 (lumens): HIGH-960; MID-210; LOW-50; LOWER-1; The P12 has a beam distance of 232 metres, and a peak beam intensity of 13,500 cd. The EC20 compares at 222 metres with a peak beam intensity of 12,450cd. There is no momentary on with the EC20, but the switch is a soft-touch switch, and while it emits a soft click, it is not the mechanical click type. The EC20 includes only a lanyard and a spare o-ring while the P12 includes a holster, pocket/belt clip, tactical ring, lanyard, spare rubber tail cap and spare o-ring. For tactical applications, I'd have to say the P12 is more suited with its tail switch. For walking at night, or checking areas in and around buildings, or just as a general EDC light, the EC20 is fine (so is the P12). The EC20 will get you on the playing field for about 15 dollars less than the P12, but you give up the frills. Both lights have the somewhat rare BEACON mode which sets the light to emit a bright strobe flash approximately once per second. I can't help but think that could come in handy in several emergency situations. Now we have the new MH10 light coming out from Nitecore which is rechargeable version with (simplified description) the appearance and single switch of the EC20 and level brightness specs of the P12 2015 model, for a few dollars more than the P12. Being able to recharge the light from a USB wire could be useful if you need an EDC light that functions like the EC20. The MH10, like the EC20 would not be my first choice for tactical work. That would still be the P12 (which can also work fine as EDC). So many choices..... So many great lights coming out from Nitecore. You really couldn't go wrong with any of the three I mentioned in this review. The EC20 is a fine general light and will save you a few dollars.
ProsLess expensive than P12; Not necessary to cycle through unwanted brightness levels to get the one you want; Unique beacon feature; Versatile with battery choices; Compact; Very ergonomic; Common size fits lots of aftermarket holsters; Nice lanyard holes that will accept a variety of lanyard clips or split rings; This can function as a gentle, low-power light or a night-ripping bright light for outdoor spaces or really large indoor spaces like barns, or meeting halls; Excellent quality and beautiful appearance; People WILL ask you about it.
ConsMinimal accessories; No apparent availability of pocket clip, etc., even if you would like to buy one (the one off your P12 might fit it, I haven't tried mine - yet); No momentary-on, which, if you're doing a lot of intermittent checking of areas where you have to turn it on and off a lot, will subject the only switch to a lot of wear (how long will it last under that kind of abuse? Who knows. I wore out the tail switch on a Coast light a few years ago with this kind of work); People will steal this light if you leave it lying around.
By Nate
February 8, 2015
Good light
I would like the activation button a bit bigger or more raised or something like that to make it quicker to find and click. I do really love the lock on selection feature the most. It is also great how it's designed to make selections between power level & modes. I like this light for bright clear all around use.
ConsPower switch not quick to find
By Jeff
February 6, 2015
Thought it would be brighter
This is a great looking flashlight, I expected it to be brighter
ProsWell built
By Greg
Franklin, GA
January 30, 2015
another great product from nitecore
Nitecore flashlights are by far the best. They're small and super bright.with a 1 inch tube, so its easy to mount to your favorite rifle or shot gun.seems to handle the recoil of a shot gun well.
Prossmall in size
By Mike B.
Glastonbury CT
January 27, 2015
Just OK - Mushy powr button
As you can see from the Cons below I have a beef with the power switch on this light. The slightly more expensive and higher end P12 with tail cap AND side button (for selecting modes while tail cap switch powers on/off) is a much better design and even its side button seems to be less mushy and higher quality so I would recommend that light over this one. Other lights have the single button more raised and a different color or even glow in the dark to contrasts against the black frame. These features that are not in this light all make it easier to feel for or otherwise locate the power switch in low light conditions. I found a couple of times reaching for this light and rotating it around in my hand searching for the mushy flat, low profile power button and decided that I like the rear cap button design that is more of the tactical nature much better for keeping near the bedside, since its easy to find the back of the light quickly in no light conditions. I think I will give this light to my mom with a few CR123 batteries to keep around for power outages. I own a few other lights with tail cap power switches that i just like a lot better and am less frustrated with.
Prosrelatively Inexpensive for what it is - especial when discounted with holiday coupons that Battery Junction was running.plus free shipping. Lots of light in higher output modes and 4 output modes to select from. I like the lowest moonlight mode for hunting around for things in the dark and not reducing my ability to see in the dark after my eyes have adjusted.to low light conditions. LED/lens/reflector seem to be high quality as they would be on higher end lights.
Cons'Mushy' power switch that is difficult to find in low light/no light conditions. Power button failed the first time I took it to walk outside at night in 20 degree weather, though Battery Junction promptly replaced it - Great customer service! The power button is 'mushy' as opposed to a more firm 'clicky' type which offers better user feedback and positive contact. After just a couple of days the button stuck down and seemed to make contact continuously cycling the brightness modes that the light can go through. The replacement still has a mushy feeling power switch though it works for now but I don't have a lot of confidence in the design of this power switch. Also, the button can self engage easily if carried in a tight pocket, sheath/holster, or if stored in a drawer or tool box full of stuff where the light can be jostled around, leaving the battery dead when you need it. Lastly, a I have learned that a light with a single side only low profile button that is black on a black on black is more difficult to operate in low light/no light conditions like camping or power outages. If Nitecore could make the button more clicky or use the one from the P12 I think the light would be a lot better.
By Mark
St Louis
January 21, 2015
Nitecore EC20
Like all Nitecore products, this is a quality, well made flashlight. I like the size of the light and the power. My MT26 is a good light, but I wanted more power and to be able to throw a beam further. I also wanted a light that uses rechargeable 18650 batteries. The EC20 does all of that at a great price. The downside is it has no tailcap switch. I wouldn't have bought it had I known that. I find myself fumbling around in the dark trying to find the switch. Not good if you need it in a hurry. I could also see this light turning on by accident in my pocket, range bag, or luggage due to the exposed switch. Nitecore should have put a tailcap switch on it and left the side switch there to control power levels and functions, Like the ITP SC2 Eluma. With a tailcap switch the EC20 would easily rate 5 stars in my opinion.
Pros Great size and lots of power.
ConsLack of a tailcap switch
By Frank
January 20, 2015
Great Light,
Excellent light for the price,perfect for AR15. Thanks
By Thomas
Memphis TN
January 15, 2015
Great little light
Light is very bright with plenty of output controls. Almost as bright as my Streamlight HL, a lot less money, smaller package. Only problem is with the side switch you can accidentally turn the light on, on high, in your pocket, and it will almost catch your pants on fire. That said I discovered that you can unscrew battery cover about half to full turn and disable the light.
ProsLight output controls, battery voltage indicator, very bright, compact (true pocket light, at least for me)
ConsSide switch can be accidentally activated in your pocket or holster.
By Lingga
, California
January 13, 2015
Nice and bright
By Grant Simms
Shawnee Ok
January 13, 2015
A lot of light for just a little money
Its not the best light I have however, for the price of this candle it is the best value.
Pros I love the feature that tells you the battery voltage so there is no guess work involved.
Cons I'm so used to tail switch that it takes me a few seconds to remember how to turn my light on. Honestly, that is barely worth mentioning. Its worth the trade off for having a battery monitor.
By Dale
Eastern NC
January 10, 2015
I ordered two. Shipping was very quickly faster than I expected.. Flashlights were ok.. one worked great, but the second one had to work on it to get it to work. It still doesn't work all that well, but works. Also, there was suppose to have been a free mini light for key chain.. There was not one in package.. I give it a five star because the one that works does a great job.
By dale S
January 7, 2015
Nice bright light!
Well built flashlight that produces very bright WHITE light. Switch is a little hard to find quickly in the dark, but it is not really much of a problem.
By Dan
South Jersey
January 4, 2015
Price gives it the fifth star.
Real nice light.Price is exceptional. Beam is intense.
ProsPrice,beam intensity.
ConsNot a tail cap switch.
By MikeinPDX
United States
January 4, 2015
Far superior to my old tactical lights
I first bought a Nitecore with a larger reflector and was blown away by the performance. I wanted to replace some more of my old tactical flashlights with halogen bulbs and make the switch to LED and rechargeable 18650 batteries. This unit has the same LED as the larger one and was less expensive, so I decided to buy two of these EC20 units and am very pleased. The only small complaint I have is that you can't feel the switch/button on the side with gloves on. Might be an issue for folks in cold weather. You'd probably be better off with one of the similar units that uses a tail cap switch.
ProsA fantastic value!
ConsNot ideal for use with gloves
By Bob
Plant City, FL
January 3, 2015
Great Size, Beam, Output and UI
One button interface that is easy to master. Nice beam and plenty bright. I agree with the other reviews that the switch design is not well protected from accidental activations but for me it 's perfect as the light sits on my desk and I grab it when I need it. One click has memorized the high setting and one click turns it off. Simple and perfect for my application. Carrying it in a bag or purse you may want to reconsider.
ProsBright Great beam Small profile Simple and easy to learn UI Last mode memory
ConsSwitch not well protected from accidental activations
By Ted
Cape Coral, FL
December 31, 2014
Unbelievably bright in an unbelievably small device
Fit and finish is excellent. The anodizing looks good, and threads and mating surfaces are machined well. This thing is bright! Has a nice central spot with a reasonable amount of throw, and a very smooth and broad penumbra of light for the flood. no rings or circles. I have a Nitecore EA4 860 lumens and this is noticeably brighter. Not a lot, but visible. If you want stupid bright in an easy to EDC size at a phenomenal price, this is a fantastic light. I bought it as a Christmas gift, and now I'm broke and kicking myself for not buying two.
By Gerald Herrick
December 30, 2014
Nitecore EC20
Love this flashlight.Amazing brightness from such a small flashlight.
By Jack
Poulsbo, WA
December 26, 2014
Would be a much better light if the switch was on the rear where it would be more protected from accidental contact. I carry it in a black tactical belt holder and twice it has be turned on by my accidentally bumping something and I take it out to find it is ON and HOT. I would not buy this again unless it was to leave sitting around for a emergency house light.
By Emilio De La Cruz Jr
San diego
December 24, 2014
Great buy
If you are looking for an EDC not tactical bit practical application this must be your choice.....excellent brightness not mention really good settings I can tell how happy I'm with this product. Let me say it is not the only one I own. I got 4 different ones most of them for tactical purposes (Klarus, Olight, Jetbeam, Fenix) and this new addition Nitecore. Great product.
By Tom
Frederick, MD
December 22, 2014
Fair, but a bit risky
I really like the output that this light has, but in the process I learned the value of the control switch on the tail with a surrounding turret (for lack of a better term). The other day I had my light in my jacket pocket with my keys, and I noticed a significant warmth in that pocket. When I pulled the light out, it was on full blast (I have no idea how much of my battery charge is left). I expect with the right environment and other articles in my pocket with it, it could have possibly caused a fire, or at least some melted plastic.
ProsLight output is terrific!, Size is great! Adjustability (selectable light levels) is good too.
ConsPoor protection of the power switch.
By Mikeflo
December 15, 2014
Nice flashlight for a great price!
It is bright compact and well made gave to my nephews as presents and they love it.
By Keith Everhart
San Diego
December 13, 2014
Just the right size
Sale price made this sweet light even sweeter. I was first disappointed as all I could get it to do was the lower light. As a red blooded American male I didn't look at the package or instructions. When I found out you only had to hold the side on button down and the lite stepped through its brightness levels. Too easy. I like the side switch over the end switch more commonly found on life's this size. Great everyday carry
By Dave
December 13, 2014
Nice light, but use caution when carrying in your pocket
This light is very bright and seems to function fine but the light can come on if you carry it in your pocket and it gets bump.
By Brian
Crestline, CA
December 12, 2014
Almost ideal
I haven't had it long enough to see if the claimed 18650 battery run times are as claimed, but I'm pleased with the brightness choices. I even use the "firefly" mode when driving or flying at night. The highest mode is sufficient to drive by in the dark mountains. Because of the nice small-diameter head, I wish it included a clip. It has recesses for s clip, so I pulled one from another lamp I don't carry, and it fits perfectly. I can clip on the bill of a ballcap for hands-free operation. It also now doubles as a guide to find the hard-to-find side switch. Had this light have included a clip, and a tail-cap switch I would give it 5-stars.
ProsSmall package, big output with higher mAh battery than similar sized 1450/AA units.
ConsSide switch difficult to find when you need it quickly, and too easily turns itself on when you don't want it on. Unscrewing the tailcap an 1/8th turn solves this, but at the cost of losing the "last brightness used" memory feature. It also doesn't come with a clip.
By Richard
East Kentucky
December 12, 2014
Almost perfect EDC
This light has just about taken over as my favorite I've have tried many, many lights from many, many different manufactures (I'm a flashlightholic); Unreal how bright & goes all the way down to 1 lumen and just about everywhere in between. Remembers your last setting (even if you don't) & has instant access to lowest setting so you don't blind yourself, Fantastic! It does all the on/off/moddes with a single side switch that I have yet to activate by accident as some have observed (tight jeans maybe?).The only thing I would improve on is: WHERE IN THE H IS THE POCKET CLIP?
ProsPerfect size, function, brightness, & price. Needs no improvements in these areas.
By Terry
St. Petersburg, Florida
December 12, 2014
Nice everyday flashlight
I liked the four brightness levels plus strobe, SOS and beacon. I use this light daily. I give it four stars not five because of the sensitive side switch.
ProsNice small flashlight with extremely bright 960 lumens.
ConsThe EC20 flashlight unintentionally turns on quite often because of the side switch. If I put the flashlight in my computer bag or in my shirt pocket, it has turned on without me knowing it. I hope in the next revision, Nitecore uses a tail end switch. In the dark, I could not find the switch and had to unscrew and screw the end cap so that the integrated power indicator in the side switch that will flash so I can find the side switch.
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December 11, 2014
By Eric
Foxboro Massachusetts
December 11, 2014
great everyday light
I use this light daily. It has output settings that are adequate for most situations (all situations for me so far).
ProsGood size. Fits in hand comfortably and does not take up much room in pocket. Multiple output settings replaces multiple lights.
ConsNo cons. I think it's a great light.
By Downhill Hiker
December 10, 2014
A steal at this price
Shorter and almost as thin as my other lights of similar brightness. Very bright and great beam shape. 4 brightness levels plus strobe, SOS and beacon. Mine came without a clip which is just fine by me as I find the clip useless for lights of this length. Highly recommend this light.
ProsPRICE! Strong bright light Simple interface Very small for a light of this type Smooth reflector
ConsNope, none here
By Bigguy
Wappingers Falls, NY
December 10, 2014
Good light for the cost
This item was purchased for a stocking stuffer.
ProsGood value for the output and reasonably priced.
ConsIn a high stress situation the control size and location would not be prone to quick deployment.
By DaveInTheBox
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 10, 2014
Nice product. There are several levels of light and it's easy to scrool between the settings. The strobe light feature is great. Very, very bright, a good size to hold and quite light. Great flashlight.
By Steve
December 10, 2014
excellent product
excellent product, well made
Prosquality, brightness
By Gumshoe009
Washington State
December 10, 2014
Great Light - One Flaw
This is a well made, very bright light that fits in a pocket easily. It is about as bright a light as you will find in this minimalist size. Having said this, the one flaw is that this light unintentionally turns on quite often. The only cure is to loosen the tailcap to prevent the light activating when you do not want it on. I much prefer side button activation but the downside of not having a tailcap button activations is unintentional activation with a number of lights I own including the Fenix PD12. One other bone to pick is that this light does not come with a pocket clip. Would it have been cost prohibitive to toss in a pocket clip for this light as it does not come with a nylon belt sheath either.
By Ramger Bill
Los Angeles
December 9, 2014
Bright But...
Very bright in a small package but doesn't run very long on an 18650. Sometimes it takes rechargable batteries a while to settle in so we'll wait and see.
ProsSmall and bright
ConsLimited run time (so far)
By James D
Hendersonville NC
December 9, 2014
960 Lumen ??
I would agree with the others who do not like the new button placement. I do not either. I do not think this is close to 960 lumens. I have 4 other Nitecore lights. My SRT5 is brighter than this one. I would return it, however it has been over the allotted time period. I will give this one to my 14 year old daughter for her personal security.
ProsIt is a Nitecore brand . It is bright.
ConsDo not think it is as bright as stated. New side button is uncomfortable to use as compared to the other Nitecore lights I own.
By Bill
December 9, 2014
Great light
Best all around light I own. Battery power indicator grest feature.
ProsBarrery power indicator.
By Bob
North Carolina
December 9, 2014
Great flashlight for the money
Great flashlight for the money! With a 18650 Li Ion rechargeable it puts out a ton of light in a small form factor.
By Chris
Kalamazoo, MI
December 8, 2014
Very nice EDC, however...
I got this light for an EDC and after reading the other reviews. (I bought it anyway) I find that it does indeed have a fault. Several times I've discovered light coming out of my pocket. I can't remember bumping my right pocket on anything but there it was. Glowing with all its glory on the middle setting and just a tad warm but not bad to burn. I then carried it in a side pouch on my belt with my cell phone and keys and other small items. Still comes on for some reason when I get too close to something that bumps it. I make sure it's on the lowest setting and got frustrated today so I took it out of service for my much smaller light I had not any problems with 4 stars means for me that it's a great light except for the side switch. Nitecore needs to come out with version 2 of this light with a tail cap switch. That would make it much more less apt to come on and drain the battery or overheat in your pocket. I'm very happy with Nitecore products and will continue to buy them.
Prosmany features. Brightness levels are great and useful. easy to carry. easy to handle and use. Battery strength indicator.
ConsNo tail cap switch to prevent it coming on when side switch is bumped on pocket or small pack. Needs a belt or pocket clip.
By Paul in Greenville SC
Greenville, SC
December 3, 2014
Nice light, but the switch is impossible to find at night with even thin gloves on.
The EC20 is lightweight, not "weaponized" looking, and gets excellent battery life at the 50 lumen setting. That's a good thing, since I have to keep it turned on the entire time I'm out walking my dog in the evening, rather than just turning it on when I need to pick up after him. That's because, as others have noted, the switch is hard to find in the dark with bare hands and darn near impossible when wearing gloves.
ProsLightweight Good battery life Remembers brightness setting Takes rechargeable 18650's
ConsThe switch is hard to find by touch.
By Ray
So Cal
December 3, 2014
Nitecore EC20
I have been wanting a 1 x 18650 light with solely side switch operation. I had high hopes for the EC20. It has a simple 3-level interface which I like, but after a few days use I realized it's the switch itself that's going to be a deal breaker for me. As others have stated, the light just comes on too easily. Want to carry it in your pocket? It's switching on. The switch is also a little difficult to find just by feel alone. I feel if the switch was recessed to prevent accidental activation, it would be dang near the perfect light for me. Sadly, I'm still searching for a 1 x 18650 with side switch operation...
ProsPlenty of brightness Solid build Simple, useful interface
ConsSwitch is prone to accidental activation No lock-out feature
By Jorge
Miami, Fl.
November 28, 2014
Good price, but cheap build too.
Very good brightness, appropiate flood and throw. Very poor quality power switch. I did have the issue with it turning on very easily while in the pocket. Worst thing is that switch went bad only after two weeks use. Now it doesnt work. Spend an extra $20.AND get something better.
ConsBad quality power switch.
By Greg
Schererville, IN
November 27, 2014
Always there for me...
Another Nitecore home run IMO. Have two, buying another because I want one available at all times at home, on the road and at work--many times in unfamiliar, dark/dangerous industrial environs. The EC20 easily fits unobtrusively in pocket and hand. Yes, at first the handy side switch would actuate while in my pocket but remembering the EC20's battery level feature, I simply unscrewed the tail-cap to prevent such occurrences. Reverse the process when you take it out of your pocket the blue light directs you to the side button AND informs user of the battery status at the same time. Problem(s) solved. Great range of brightness levels--easy to work through. As strange as it seems, I use the ULTRA LOW POWER on this light more than any other flashlight I've ever owned because I ALWAYS have it with me due to its size. Standing on the tail cap in Ultra Low mode is good for when the power goes off. Strobe, location beacon and SOS all good to have on board. Paired with a Nitecore battery charger and 18650 battery/or your preferred brand, this flashlight is just too darn handy to not have around in all situations.
ProsPocket/hand friendly and very bright. Cost? I think it is a great bargain!
ConsEverybody will want to "borrow it" once they see it in action.
By Kyle
Perth, Western Australia
November 23, 2014
Very versatile light, The only thing that stops me giving a 5 star rating is the button being on the side you can sometimes accidentally turn off or change brightness setting, but only if you have your hands full. I use this in a heavy industrial setting and so far it is performing beautifully.
ProsPerfect intensity levels for different situations. Easy and one handed operation to swith on/off or change intensity Lower levels still bright enough for most needs, giving long battery life
ConsCan get hot on highest intensity setting Button on side can accidentally turn on if carrying in pocket or if using in a tight space.
By Rod H.
Lincoln, NE
November 22, 2014
Wow! Let the sun shine in.
The Nitecore EC20 LED Flashlight is like turning on the sun.
By Bob Bailey
Rockport,, TX
November 21, 2014
Excellant product
This light out performs other lights I have that cost much more. Outstanding buy for the price.
By Jason
November 21, 2014
Quality flashlight
This is a quality built, bright flashlight from Nitecore. Fits nicely in the hand and the switch modes are learned quickly. The power/mode switch is sometimes hard to find in the dark, needs a more pronounced texture. If you want a small, but powerful flashlight you can fit in your pocket, then you can't beat this flashlight for this price.
ProsSize BRIGHT Great price point.
ConsPower button a little hard to find by feel alone. No holster included.
By Tim burton
November 20, 2014
Nitecore EC20
NICOR EC20 is a great flashlight it fit in your pocket and take with you anywhere really like it.
Prosflashlight small enough to fit in your pocket take with you anywhere . there're several accessories that you can get for this flashlight it's just all-around good flashlight .
ConsI have found no negatives for this flashlight
By Mike
Western NY
November 15, 2014
Great little light.
This is a fine flashlight. Just the right size. I find no need for a pocket clip. This light is to big for a small shirt pocket so no need for a clip.
ProsGreat size, runs on my 18650 batteries like all my lights, priced right, bright.
By Kevin Flannery
Westchester County, NY
November 15, 2014
Good light, compact but loaded with features and priced well.
The is a fine light. It is bright enough to light up my back yard to the shed. It's compact enough to easily fit in my pocket without being overly bulky. It has easily controlled bright levels and switching to the specialty modes is also easy. The disadvantage for me is the switch. It is not easy to find in the dark. I have to keep rotating it to find the rubber switch. Not good if you're in a hurry to get the light on. But for the $45.00 is a good light to own.
ProsCompact, bright, easy to operate and good value.
ConsFinding the switch in the dark.
By Lt. Jackson
Tuscaloosa, AL
November 14, 2014
Very impressive light! However...
Really great light! Super bright! However, I wish it had a switch button index so you could feel the switch better/faster. Can't feel it at all with gloves on. Maybe a bump or a notch? Or a tailcap button? Maybe I'm just used to my Streamlight ProTac-2L (now my back-up light). I am currently using 1200mAh LR123A batteries but have 6000 mAh LR18650 ordered. Should increase the runtime.
ProsSuper bright! Like how it starts low and goes brighter and remembers your last brightness level. Like the SOS and Beacon modes.
ConsSwitch button hard to find quickly, especially with gloves on. Needs some sort of "index" so you can feel it. Also: Can't seem to find how to order accessories from the Nitecore website.
By Reginald
Darby, MT
November 14, 2014
Great flashlight
I recently purchased the EC20, after having bought two MT-26s which are rated at 800 lumen. The EC20 is rated for 960, and based on the fact that they are noticeably brighter than the MT-26, I am willing to believe it. It took me a little while to get used to the side positioned switch on the EC20, as it is not as easy to locate as the tail switches on my Olights and other Nitecores. I would not choose this light as a defensive "things going bump in the night" flash for that reason. The range of light levels is excellent, with the lowest giving enough light to move around without advertising your presence, and the brightest being well into the range of a non-lethal self-defense/distraction device. The strobe function is excellent, as well as the SOS mode, but I am especially impressed with the beacon function. If I needed to be located in the wilderness having gotten lost or being too injured to move, it could be very useful. I'm giving this light four starts instead of five due to the side switch being small and less intuitive to use than a tail switch. It is actually in a better position for a normal hold, but just can't be located as quickly as I would like if needed in a hurry. Otherwise I m very pleased with the EC20.
ProsVery bright, good range of light levels and modes. Beacon mode is unusual, but could be useful.
ConsPosition of switch is not intuitive and can be slower to access than a tail switch.
By Kenny Elcock
November 14, 2014
The Power is unreal
The 960 lumens makes everything visible.
By Randall Stonebraker
Gulfport, MS
November 14, 2014
Small and bright!
The lumens rating is great for such a small light. I like having a bright light that can very easily carried. Not bulky, or a hindrance to carry. Perfect! Highly recommend
By Mackasenbach
November 14, 2014
Turns on and off in pocket !! not good for tactical work on switch too hard to find in the dark!
Good quality build bright light turns on in pouch or pocket draining battery when you need it On and off controls difficult to find under pressure while a good light not a good TACTICAL light
ProsBright good quality build price point excellent
ConsTurns on with slight pressure Controls hard to find under stress Battery life shorter than claimed
By John
November 13, 2014
Nitecore EC20 flashlight
Very nice light, good pattern, easy to use side switch. I am disappointed it didn't come with a pocket clip or batteries.
By Sailor
Pentwater, MI
November 13, 2014
Bright light easy to change modes
Great light easy to turn on and shift brightness. Beacon mode is great
ProsSmall very bright easy to change brightness modes, Beacon mode is great much better speed than strobe.
ConsSwitch on side takes a little time to get used but but switching process is worth the learning curve.
By Lisa Marie
East NY
November 11, 2014
Love it
Very bright and love the design. Highly recommend.
By Victor
Brooklyn USA
November 11, 2014
And there was light
Works exactly as expected.
ProsDifferent brightness for different needs
ConsNone so far
By Charlie
United States
November 10, 2014
Decent light
Decent light but no where near the 960 lumens they claim. Closer to 500 which is about half of what it's advertised at.
ProsSolid construction. Decent beam. Intuitive button functions.
ConsNo where near the claimed amount of lumens. Can be switched on at inopportune times which is not good for battery life or the longevity of the light itself.
By George
Prince George, VA 23875
November 7, 2014
Worthless when you need it the most.
The light is bright enough, but when it is dark and you really need a light fast, you can not find the switch. And when you do find it, it's not easy to work.
ProsIt's bright.
ConsYou can't find the switch in the dark. And that is when you need it.
By Josh
November 7, 2014
Natural control interface, great bang for the buck
I prefer a side-button interface over a tail click interface, and with the release of the EC20 I decided to replace my MH25, which I was often frustrated with its tail click mode selection. The EC20 is just as bright to the eye, with a very similar beam shape, as the much larger and more expensive MH25. Tested in a sphere, my EC20 measured 870lm at 7198K, 72CRI (I sure wish flashlight manufacturers offered warmer/high CRI options!) Back to the interface, the button naturally falls under your thumb and commands are intuitive. A single press from off returns to your last mode. A double-click at any time goes to an extremely disorienting strobe. A long-hold from off goes into the lowest mode (this is perfect for middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom). Once on, hold down and the EC20 will cycle between brightness levels at what feels like a well-selected speed. The button flashes blue after a battery is first connected to tell you its voltage (4 flashes than 1 indicates 4.1v). It's a fun parlor trick. Others complain about lack of a lockout. Sure, the side button is easily pressed--but a very simple quarter turn of the body is all that's needed to disconnect power. Do this before placing in a bag. I prefer to have a belt clip, and unfortunately Nitecore does not include one as it does with other models. The Nitecore NFD25 25mm white filter also fits nicely over the EC20 and diffuses the beam. Thanks to the high output of the EC20, the combination of the NFD25 does a great job lighting a whole room.
By Tom
November 1, 2014
not any brighter that my Surefire p2x
My 500 lumen Surfire is as bright.
By Larry
Indianapolis, IN
October 31, 2014
Great hi power small flashlight
I'm a flashlight junkie! A lot of flashlight in a small package. Well built aluminum body. Fits easily into any pocket. Intuitive controls. Did the man thing. Read the directions after figuring it out. Would recommend this flashlight as well as company to friends. Four rating is only because I prefer on/off switch on end.
ProsSmall, lightweight, powerful and reasonable priced for what you get.
ConsWould prefer on/off switch on end.
By Subatomic Power
October 28, 2014
Great light, but beware its Achilles Heel
Overall with the 18650 battery, a wonderfully performing light that is surprisingly powerful for such a small package. Problem is that the control button is a soft press that is too easily depressed while in a pocket or while jostling around in a toolbox. There is no way to "safe off" the light unless you unscrew the back until the contact circuit is broken. Make a lockout option or switch and this light would be one of the best out there.
ProsGreat function - very powerful, consistent and easily controlled through a large number of functions and settings through an intuitive organizational interface that you never forget once you read the instructions. Probably the most powerful light available for the size.
ConsNo lockout option. The light turns on way too easily by accident with a slight bump in your pocket or toolbox. This one issue is a deal breaker for this particular light and it can make this light a safety hazard in case it accidentally turns on while in turbo mode. In fact, this is how I found out about this problem - it actually burned me in my pocket when it turned on without my knowledge! Probably okay if you unscrew the back about halfway - but then you definitely lose the waterproof aspect of the light, and it is a pain to have the back loose with the batteries clunking around inside it - sometimes making a circuit and sometimes not.
By Gary
United States
October 28, 2014
Nice light
I've had the light for a couple weeks now and like it really well. I use the rechargeable batteries and they work very well together. It has several features that could be very helpful in the right situations. I would recommend this product..
ProsSize, various settings and a very intense light on the highest setting.
ConsNone that I have found so far.
By Scott
San Diego
October 24, 2014
love this light but needs a pocket clip.
Love it, great UI, love the small size with huge output.
ConsAgree with others, why no pocket clip what the hell.
By LW Morey
October 20, 2014
I love the way this light is put together ( SOLID ) nothing like the feel of a well made piece of equipment.
ProsCan't say anything bad about the light
ConsBut I am disappointed that it does not have a pocket clip because I know I will lose this light from my pocket

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