Summary : Insane light output with long burn times. Easy to use single button operation.
Nitecore TM26 FLASHLIGHT REVIEW
The Nitecore TM26 is the world’s smallest and brightest 3800 Lumen LED flashlight. Aptly named Tiny Monster, it’s no joke. It feels like you have a tiny sun in the palm of your hands.
Nitecore TM26 Dimensions – L 5.6″ (142mm) x Head Diameter 2.68″ (68mm) x Tube Diameter 1.97″ (50mm)
Weight 15.45oz (438g) without batteries, with 4x Nitecore 18650 2600mAH batteries 21.2oz (622g)[easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00BBWU7QI” cloaking=”default” height=”28″ key=”small-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”bestflashhq-20″ width=”120″]NITECORE Tiny Monster TM26 QuadRay 3500 Lumen Quad CREE XM-L LED Flashlight / Searchlight with 4 X Nitecore NL186 2600mAh 18650 rechargeable batteries, 8 X EdisonBright CR123A Lithium Batteries and Smith & Wesson Red Carabeamer Clip Light Package[/easyazon_cta]
- Uses both CR123 or rechargeable 18650 batteries
- Built in charge port
- 8 Modes
- Single button operation
- IPX-8 waterproof rating
- Max beam distance – 454
- 4 CREE XM-L2 U3
Nitecore TM26 Modes
- 3800 Lumen – 45 min
- 1700 Lumen – 2.5 Hours
- 540 Lumen – 8.25 Hours
- 95 Lumen – 48 Hours
- 3 Lumen – 1000 Hours
It’s hard to see in the picture but in real life the pattern isn’t as focus as it appears in the photos. Because this flashlight is so bright I exposed the camera for the bright part of the beam which makes everything else dark. The beam actually has a lot of spill around.
Ease of Use
The 8 modes on the TM26 are selected with a single two stage button, half press and full press. A half press will access modes 1-4 from the off position. The modes are cycled with half presses. It will remember the last mode used. A full press from the off position will access the turbo 3800 lumen mode. To get the special modes, do a double full press. There are two lockout features, half twist the body or press and hold the mode selector button. It sounds very confusing but once you play with it a little it’s really easy to use.
The blue LED around the mode button flashes on and off in standby mode. I really liked this feature because it made the flashlight really easy to find in the dark.
The Nitecore TM26 uses 4 18650 rechargeable or 8 CR123 for normal operation. If you are in a pinch you can use just one 18650 or 2 CR123 batteries. I really like how it has a built in charge port with intelligent charging for the lithium batteries.
The build quality on the Nitecore TM26 is fantastic. It feels like a beautiful chunk of machined HAIII military grade hard anodized aluminum. All the cuts feel super clean, knurling is nice and grippy. The only thing questionable is the rubber cover for the charge port. But it fits snugly and makes a popping sound when you open it so it’s a pretty tight seal. Overall it has a very solid build, no complaints here.
The insane amount of light output is the TM26’s main advantage. This thing puts out serious lumens. Some flashlights claim they can temporarily blind someone, the TM26 WILL blind you. The strobe mode on the TM26 is insane. I felt myself going into a psychedelic trance after being in a dark room with it on…and I had my eyes closed! This is the only flashlight I would consider the light output a weapon.
I love the burn time on the TM26. The low 95 lumen setting will burn for 48 hours or two days straight. Unlike other lights where I’m constantly worried if I’m going to run out of light. The 3 lumen mode will burn for over 1000 hours making this a great survival flashlight.
It has a really nice beam pattern. It’s tight enough to illuminate up to 454 meters but has enough spill to still be useful.
The main disadvantage on the TM26 is the size. It’s about the size of a coke can. Even though it’s impact resistant up to 1 meter, you’ll want to use the included wrist strap. This thing is so beautifully made, you’re not going to want to drop it.
Great build quality, long runtimes, rechargeable batteries, insane light output and lots of useful modes. If you are looking for the brightest light you fit in the palm of your hand, the Nitecore TM26 is the flashlight for you.
Check current price.[easyazon_cta add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00BBWU7QI” cloaking=”default” height=”28″ key=”small-orange” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”bestflashhq-20″ width=”120″]NITECORE Tiny Monster TM26 QuadRay 3500 Lumen Quad CREE XM-L LED Flashlight / Searchlight with 4 X Nitecore NL186 2600mAh 18650 rechargeable batteries, 8 X EdisonBright CR123A Lithium Batteries and Smith & Wesson Red Carabeamer Clip Light Package[/easyazon_cta]