Fenix has improved on their PD35 for 2014 and now Nitecore has released their Explorer series pocketable EC20 which also produces 960 lumens. The new EC20 similar to the PD35 is for the user who demands a a top quality flashlight especially powerful but neat enough to be carried around as an essential item. The EC20’s tubular body measures 128mm or 5 inches in length and is built from an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy which features a HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish. The waterproof flashlight has a toughened ultra-clear mineral glass lens. The EC20 also features second generation “Crystal Coating Technology” which combined with “Precision Digital Optics Technology” provides for an extreme reflector performance.
The Nitecore EC20 can be powered by one 18650 Rechargeable Li-ion battery or two CR123 Li-ion batteries. The flashlight contains a Cree XM-L2 T6 LED which produces a maximum output of 960 lumens, a beam of 222 meters and seven light modes: High 960 Lumens 18650 Battery 1Hr 15Min – 2CR123 Batteries 1Hr; Mid 210 Lumens 18650 Battery 6Hr – 2CR123 Batteries 5Hr 15Min; Low 50 Lumens 18650 Battery 28Hr – 2CR123 Batteries 20Hr; Firefly 1 Lumen 18650 Battery 520Hr – 2CR123 Batteries 300HR; Strobe; SOS; Location Beacon. The flashlight features reverse polarity protection which prevents damage from incorrectly inserted batteries and gold plated circuits which prevent oxidation.
The EC20 flashlight is operated by a multifunctional side switch located just beneath the head. When you “click” the flashlight on you can cycle through the various brightness levels by pressing and holding the button or you can enter the Strobe mode by pressing the button twice in quick succession. Additionally you can press the button twice in quick succession to enter special modes and hold the button to cycle through all three modes of Strobe, SOS and Location Beacon. With the light turned off you can click to turn on the light to enter the brightness level last used or you can press and hold the button to access ultra-low output. While in ultra-low output you can keep holding the button to cycle through four brightness levels or you can press the button twice in quick succession to enter special modes and hold the button to cycle through all three modes of Strobe, SOS and Location beacon. An integrated power indicator in the button indicates remaining battery power by flashing in different patterns. The Nitecore EC20 comes packed with a lanyard and a spare O-ring.