Small is definitely in these days and Nitecore appears to be going the extra mile to satisfy the demands of the user who requires a small but feature-packed flashlight with their EA11, EC11 and now MH20, the smallest, lightest 18650 USB rechargeable flashlight. The Nitecore MH20 measures 4.13 inches in length, weighs 3.08oz (without battery) and has been machined from an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. The flashlight features a frontal anti-roll design, rhombic knurling for a firm grip and an HAIII military grade hard anodized black finish. The flashlight also features cooling fins and a stainless steel deep pocket carry clip which allows for a deeper pocket carry leaving none of the flashlight sticking out.
The MH20 contains a Cree XM-L2 U2 LED which produces a maximum output of 1000 lumens and a 220 meter beam. The flashlight utilizes an ultra-clear mineral glass lens with anti-reflective coating and the PDOT (Precision Digital Optics Technology) optics system which maximises reflector performance. The MH20 also features ATR (Advanced temperature regulation) technology which allows the flashlight to adjust output performance according to its body temperature thereby preventing damage from overheating.
The Nitecore MH20 is powered by one rechargeable 18650 Li-1on battery which is recharged inside the flashlight. The flashlight can also be powered by two CR123 lithium batteries or two rechargeable RCR123 Li-ion batteries. The MH20 produces five light modes: Turbo 1000 Lumens 2Hr 18650 Battery – 2Hr 15Min CR123 Batteries; High 410 Lumens 2Hr 45Min 18650 Battery – 2Hr 30Min CR123 Batteries; Mid 230 Lumens 5Hr 45Min 18650 Battery – 4Hr 30Min CR123 Batteries; Low 50 Lumens 15Hr 45Min 18650 Battery – 14Hr 15Min CR123 Batteries; Lower 1 Lumen 235Hr 18650 Battery – 150hr CR123 Batteries. The MH20 also delivers three concealed modes including Location Beacon, SOS and Strobe.
The Nitecore MH20 is operated by a 2-stage switch which is located at the side of the head and operates similar to a camera shutter button. The flashlight’s functions are selected according to the depth the switch is pressed. An integrated blue power indicator in the switch signals to the user the remaining battery power. To turn on the MH20 you press the switch all the way down until a click is heard. Pressing the switch all the way down once again turns the light off and enters the light in standby mode. When in standby mode, pressing the switch halfway activates the blue power indicator to flash once every three seconds to assist the user in locating the MH20 in dark conditions.
With the MH20 switched on, pressing the switch halfway repeatedly would facilitate access to the various brightness levels in the following order – ultra-low, low, medium, high and turbo. Alternatively, you can press and hold the switch halfway for over one second to enter turbo output directly. With the light switched off, you can press and hold the switch halfway for over one second to access ultra-low output (1 lumen). With the light switched off, you can press and hold the switch all the way down for over one second to access turbo output.
With the flashlight switched on, press and hold the switch all the way down for more than one second to enter strobe mode. When in strobe mode, press the switch halfway repeatedly to cycle through SOS, location beacon and strobe modes. When in location beacon or SOS modes, press and hold the switch halfway for over one second to access strobe mode directly. The flashlight will turn 0n in the last used brightness levels other than location beacon, SOS and strobe.
You do not require an external charger to recharge the 18650 battery in the MH20. The flashlight features a USB charging port at the side of the head which allows the user to connect the included USB charging cable to a power source (USB chargers, PC, power terminals). Recharging a fully depleted battery takes approximately six hours. The Nitecore MH20 flashlight pack comes complete with an USB cable, holster, clip, lanyard, spare USB port cover and spare O-ring.