Maglite vs Nitecore Flashlights

Using a flashlight when the power is out is a no-brainer. For most people, the first thing they look for is a flashlight, and hope that the batteries have enough remaining charge to allow them to see whatever it is they need to see – to read a book, play a game, prepare a meal, check the fuses, examine damage outside the house, or any of a number of other things.

Some of the factors that affect which flashlight will work best for each person include battery capacity and life, battery type, brightness, durability, life expectancy, portability, settings, and weight. Even flashlights within the same brand will vary in these areas. The purpose for use will also be a factor that will affect which unit one might choose, however, since that is only known by the consumer, it will not be considered here in the various Maglite vs Nitecore flashlights.

The Companies

Maglite flashlights are made by Mag Instrument, Inc. which was founded in 1955 by Anthony Maglica and incorporated in 1974. Mr. Maglica spent the time between those dates building up a reputation of efficiency, ingenuity, and quality. He is talented in continuing to improve the products and is a hands-on part of the company. The first Maglite hit the markets in 1979, with the mini following in 1984 and keychain sized flashlight joined the family in 1988.

Nitecore flashlights are made by NITECORE, a company that has received awards from multiple countries for design and products. Started in 2007, NITECORE has made a name for themselves in lighting and innovation, as well as social responsibility. Their products go beyond illumination into gear for all types of outdoor adventures.

The Products

Because both companies have a large variety of flashlights available, this list will not be comprehensive. However, it will have flashlights from tiny to large, for all types of uses, with information to help consumers to decide which will best suit their needs.

Product
Visual
Where to Buy
Maglite LED 3-Cell D Flashlight, Blue
Maglite ML50LX LED 3-Cell C Foliage Green Flashlight
MagLite Mag Instruments AAA Mini LED Flashlight Presentation Box, Black
Maglite Mag-Tac LED 2-Cell CR123 Flashlight - Crowned-Bezel, Foliage Green - SG2LRB6
Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight Black - SJ3A016

 

Maglite

Most Maglite flashlights are made to use alkaline batteries. Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries may be used in them, but this will result in a lower lumen level and shorter runtime than listed.

LED 3-Cell D in Blue

Battery life: 80 hours
Battery type: Alkaline D-cell
Brightness: 168 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability:1m drop resistant, IPX4 water resistant, aluminum body
Life expectancy:more than 10 years
Portability:Full-size, just over 12inches long
Settings: Spot to flood focus, button for on and off
Weight: 15 ounces without batteries, 30 ounces with batteries
This is the quintessential Maglite flashlight – the one that comes to the mind of most people when the name “Maglite” is mentioned. It is sturdy and durable, useful for light or protection – or both at once. The anodized aluminum body is made to hold up through most situations and the adjustable light focus aids in seeing specifics or generalities. There are holsters available that attach to the belt to carry the Maglite more easily when it is not in use.

ML50LX LED 3-Cell C in Foliage Green

Battery life: 9hours on high, 184 hours on eco
Battery type: Alkaline C-cell
Brightness: 705 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability:IPX4 water resistant, 1m drop resistant
Life expectancy: more than 10 years
Portability: Mid-size, 10 inches long
Settings: Adjust focus by turning head, 4 function sets
Weight: 16 ounces with batteries
A mid-size flashlight, the ML50LX has a ‘QuickClik’ system that allows users to choosemodes based on which function set is active. Four function sets are: General, Outdoor, Law Enforcement, and Military. In the first two, a single click turns on the light to full power, while in the latter two it offers a momentary light instead. Two clicks turn the flashlight to low power for general and outdoor, and full power for law enforcement and military. Three clicks will set the flashlight to the eco mode in the general and law enforcement function sets and strobe in the outdoor and military sets.

Mini LED 2-Cell AAA LED in Presentation Box

Battery life: 3 hours 45 minutes
Battery type:Alkaline AAA
Brightness: 100 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability:IPX7 water resistant, 2m drop resistant
Life expectancy: more than 10 years
Portability: Mini size, 5 inches long
Settings: Twist head for on/off and beam focus
Weight: 1.73 ounces with batteries
This flashlight is nestled in a nice presentation box along with two AAA alkaline batteries and a pocket clip. Easy to use, bright, and powerful, this is an excellent option for having along every day.

Mag-Tac LED 2-Cell CR123 Crowned Bezel

Battery life: 4 hours
Battery type: CR123
Brightness: 320 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: 1m drop resistant, IPX4 water resistant
Life expectancy: more than 10 years
Portability: Pocket size, 5 inches long
Settings: 3 modes, beam focus
Weight: 4.8 ounces with batteries
The detachable pocket clip makes this flashlight easy to keep handy. The switch in the tailcap turns the light on and off, with three Quick-Click options: momentary (light only while switch is pressed), full power, and strobe.

Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA

Battery life: 1 hour 45 minutes on high
Battery type: Alkaline AAA
Brightness: 47 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: 2m drop resistant, 1m waterproof, IPX7 water resistant
Life expectancy: more than 10 years
Portability: Keychain size, 3-3/16 inch long
Settings: beam focus
Weight: .8 ounces with batteries
This handy little keychain flashlight comes with a landyard to attach it to a keychain, or it can be kept in a pocket. It also comes with an Energizer AAA battery. Turn the head to focus the beam as desired. Anodized aluminum is resistant to corrosion.

Product
Visual
Where to Buy
Nitecore EA41 1020 Lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight Compact Searchlight
Nitecore MT10C 920 Lumen Multitask Tactical Flashlight with Red Light, Rechargeable Battery, and LumenTac Battery Organizer
NITECORE P12 2015 Version 1000 Lumens Precise Tactical Flashlight CREE XM-L2 U2 LED Waterproof Flashlight
NITECORE TUP 1000 lm Small Flashlight Black
NITECORE MT21C 1000 Lumen 90 Degree Tiltable Head Multifunction LED Flashlight with High Capacity USB Rechargeable Battery and Hard Duty Holster
NITECORE TUBE V2.0 55 Lumen USB Rechargeable UltraLight Keychain Flashlight with LumenTac Keychain Light

 

Nitecore

Many of the NITECORE flashlights are rechargeable via USB rather than using alkaline batteries. This can be convenient, but in the case of a power outage, it could make things more complicated.

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Compact Searchlight

Battery life: 1 hour 45 minutes on turbo, 400 hours on micro
Battery type: Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, or alkaline AA-size
Brightness: 1020 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: 1.5m impact resistance, IPX-8 2m waterproof
Life expectancy: More than 5 years
Portability: Pocket size, 4.61 inches long
Settings: 8 modes, 5 output levels plus strobe, SOS, and location beacon
Weight: 5.33 ounces without batteries
With five levels of light, this flashlight is ready for whatever is needed. A separate on/off switch and mode switch makes it easy to set it to the desired level. The switch has a battery power indicator built in. Colored filters and diffusers can be added to the light. Its one-piece body construction adds to its strength and durability.

MT10C Tactical Flashlight

Battery life: 30 minutes on turbo, 170 hours on ultralow
Battery type: IMR18350 or CR123A
Brightness: 920 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: IPX8 waterproof to 2m, 1m drop resistant
Life expectancy: more than 5 years
Portability: Pocket size, 3.6 inches long
Settings: 5 levels of light, plus strobe, SOS, and location beacon
Weight: 2 ounces without battery
The power switch is located in the tactical tailcap, while brightness levels are adjusted with buttons on the body of the flashlight. It has a handy pocket clip as well as a belt holster, a lanyard, a battery organizer and a rechargeable battery.

P12 2015 Tactical Flashlight

Battery life: 1 hour 15 minutes on high, 520 hours on lower
Battery type: 18650 or CR123
Brightness: 1000 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: 1.5m drop resistant
Life expectancy: more than 5 years
Portability: Pocket size, 5.8 inches long
Settings: 4 levels of light
Weight: 3.10 ounces
Enjoy one-handed operation with the switches on the side of this flashlight, which stores neatly in the included holster or can be attached to a clip or tactical ring for easy carrying. This unit automatically remembers the level of light at which it was set last and will return to it when turned back on.

TUP Small Flashlight

Battery life: 15 minutes on turbo, 70 hours on ultralow
Battery type: built in rechargeable Li-ion
Brightness: 1000 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: 1m drop resistant, IP54 water resistant
Life expectancy: more than 5 years
Portability: Keychain size, 2.76 inches long
Settings: 4 levels of light
Weight: 1.88 ounces
Dual switches on the side of the flashlight allow users to easily change light levels. Its OLED display makes it easy to know which level is currently being used, and it includes a lock function for travel or other reasons. It also has a demo mode that will power off the unit after 30 seconds without use, which can conserve battery. The pocket carry clip will keep it safely in a pocket and the rectangular design will prevent rolling away.

MT21C Tiltable Head Flashlight

Battery life: 1 hour on turbo, 700 hours on ultralow
Battery type: 18650 or CR123A, or RCR123
Brightness: 1000 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: IPX8 2m waterproof, 1m drop resistant
Life expectancy: more than 5 years
Portability: Pocket size, 5.15 inches long
Settings: 5 levels of light plus strobe, SOS, and beacon
Weight: 3.65 ounces
This flashlight has a head that can tilt up to 90 degrees for a handy work light. It can sit up on the magneticbase or clip to wherever it is needed. It comes with a holster, a lanyard, a clip, and a spare o-ring.

Tube V2.0 Keychain with LumenTac Keychain

Battery life: 58 hours
Battery type: built in Li-ion rechargeable battery
Brightness: 55 lumens
Bulb Type: LED
Durability: 1m drop resistant, IP65 water resistant
Life expectancy: more than 5 years
Portability: Keychain size, 2.2 inches long
Settings: 4 options
Weight: .34 ounces
This USB rechargeable flashlight recharges in only 1.5 hours. It can stand by for a year. It has a low and high brightness level, as well as a momentary light and infinite variable brightness adjustment. They key ring connector is made of stainless steel and can handle up to 77 pounds of weight.