The Nitecore P36 is a tough flashlight designed for outdoor use by law enforcement personnel and professional sportspersons especially cavers, hikers and hunters. The flashlight measures 173mm in length and features a flat body shape. The P36 is housed in an aircraft grade aluminum alloy with a stainless steel bezel and features a HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish. The flashlight contains an ultra-clear mineral glass lens with anti-reflective coating along with a micro-textured aluminum reflector for peripheral illumination.
The P36 can be powered by rechargeable 18650 Li-ion or RCR123 batteries as well as non-rechargeable CR123 lithium batteries. The flashlight uses a CREE MT-G2 LED which delivers a maximum output of 2000 lumens, a 300 meter beam and four light modes: Turbo 2000 Lumens 45Min Two 18650 Batteries – 30Min Four CR123 Batteries; High 1500 Lumens 1Hr Two 18650 Batteries – 45Min Four CR123 Batteries; Mid 380 Lumens 7Hr 30Min Two 18650 Batteries – 5Hr Four CR123 Batteries; Lower 2 Lumens 325Hr Two 18650 Batteries – 185Hr Four CR123 Batteries. In all the P36 can be adjusted to produce ten brightness levels. Additionally, the flashlight also delivers the Strobe, Slow Flashing, Quick Flashing, Location Beacon and SOS light modes.
The Nitecore P36 is operated by a dual switch system located in the tailcap. A push button switch controls the on/off operation of the light and a multifunctional rotary switch provides access to the various brightness levels. For the momentary-on operation of the flashlight you simply press and hold the onóff switch halfway and release to turn the light off. For the constant-on operation of the P36 you press the on/off switch until a click is heard.
Manipulating the Nitecore P36’s various features is done by operating the rotary switch. With the light switched on you can rotate the rotary switch to access ten brightness levels. Rotating the rotary switch counterclockwise would increase lumens output until the turbo mode is selected. Alternatively, rotating the rotary switch clockwise would lower lumen output until the ultra-low mode is selected. With the light switched off, sliding the rotary switch counterclockwise quickly and pressing the on/off button within three seconds would enter the light into turbo mode (2000 lumens). Alternatively, with the light switched off, sliding the rotary switch clockwise quickly and pressing the on/off switch within three seconds would enter the flashlight into ultra-low mode (2 lumens). Pressing the rotary switch in any state would immediately enter the flashlight into the strobe light mode. The P36 has an intelligent memory function ensuring the last used output will be saved and resumed when the P36 is reactivated.
You can access the P36’s special modes (Strobe/Slow Flashing/Quick Flashing/Location Beacon/SOS) with the flashlight turned on by pressing the rotary switch to enter Strobe mode. Access to the special modes is achieved by rotating the rotary switch counterclockwise. To resume the previously used special mode rotate the rotary switch in reverse. Exiting special modes is done by pressing the rotary switch again to resume the last used brightness level. The P36 does not have an intelligent memory function for any of its special modes.
The Nitecore P36 features Advanced temperature regulation (ATR) technology which allows the flashlight to dynamically adjust output performance according to its body temperature thus preventing damage from overheating. The flashlight also features two power indicators on the tail which (with the light on) will flash once every two seconds when battery power levels fall to 50%. The red power indicators will flash quickly when battery power is close to depletion With the light off, tightening the bezel or pressing the rotary switch after battery installation will activate the two red power indicators on the tail. The power indicators will blink three times when power levels are above 50%; twice when power levels are below 50%; and once when battery power is close to depletion. The waterproof flashlight also features an U-shaped tailcap design which prevents accidental activation of the P36. The Nitecore P36 flashlight pack come complete with a battery carrier, holster, lanyard, rubber switch casing, and spare O ring.