Key Specs: Nitecore MH12 Pro
Nitecore has once again pushed the boundaries of functionality and innovation with this beast of a flashlight in the MH12 Pro. It’s secret sauce is the new UHi 40 LED which can produce 3300 Lumens over a max distance of an incredible 500 meters. Oh, and all this in a pocketable 5.5 inches and under 3 ounces!
- Max output of 3300 lumens with 505 meter throw
- 5 brightness modes with SOS, strobe, and beacon
- Battery and brightness level indicators
- Tactical and Daily Modes
- Optical sensor that reduces brightness when it detects an obstruction at close range
- USB-C rechargeable
In the box you get:
- Nitecore MH12 Pro flashlight
- Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
- 5300mAh 21700 battery
- Nylon holster
- Pocket clip
- Spare o-ring
- Manual, etc
The first thing I was reminded of when unboxing the MH12 Pro is the impressive build quality that you typically get from Nitecore and their flashlights. The body has an interesting texture to it (though not quite knurling) and everything just feels nice and smooth in the hand. The included clip is two-way with a lanyard holder and while I don’t usually use the pouches this one fits perfectly and very well made.
I love the level indicators included with the MH12 Pro. On the left side you have blue indicators which show the output level and on the right you have green indicators which display the battery level (75-100%, 50-75%, 25-50%, 0-25%). The included 21700 cell allows about 30 mins of runtime at the maximum (3300 lumens) output and approx 4.5 hours at the ‘high’ level of 1200 lumens. At low output (~50 lumens) Nitecore claims it will run for around 2 days straight.
We tested the beam on the MH12 Pro noting is was reasonably tight, with the UHi 40 LED being surrounded by a smooth reflector. One interesting new feature of the Nitecore MH12 Pro is the proximity sensor located adjacent to the UHi 40 LED. This limits the output to 300 lumens if it detects an obstacle at close range. I found it works well overall and activates at a distance of roughly 0.5 inches. The fact I no longer have to worry about burns from accidental activations is huge.
Overall I heartily recommend the Nitecore MH12 Pro. It’s a big leap forward in flashlight innovation together with an impressive design and workmanship and all for under $100 bucks. Check it out at the Nitecore Store.