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Tiny Monster Flashlight Review: See It from the Moon!

This Nitecore flashlight will definitely rock your world. It is so powerful that it practically turns nighttime into daytime.

Nitecore's new TM16GT flashlight is indeed a tiny monster when it comes to illumination. That's what the TM stands for, Tiny Monster. With a maximum output of 3,600 lumens and a beam distance of just over 1,000 meters, this well-built flashlight lives up to its name.

World traveler and off road expedition expert Andrew St Pierre White is duly impressed with the unit, and White is something of a flashlight connoisseur. He's even given a name to the TM16GT: the Sun!

Some of the features of the flashlight include:

  • It is waterproof and submersible to two meters.
  • Is "drop proof" to 1.5 meters.
  • Has a camera tripod attachment.
  • Has five brightness modes and three special settings, including strobe, SOS, and location beacon.
  • Blue light power indicator reveals battery power.

Of course the battery longevity decreases with the higher power settings:

  • 5 lumens = 610 hours
  • 210 lumens - 21 hours
  • 500 lumens = over 7 hours
  • 1,500 lumens = 3 hours 15 minutes
  • 3,600 lumens = 1 hour

The body of the TM16GT is also uniquely designed to dissipate heat, as heat dissipation is essential for high power LED flashlights. The unit does get warm with prolonged use, but the design keeps it from overheating.

This is definitely a face melting flashlight but one that can also be set to milder levels of brightness. It is solidly built to last.

The flashlight takes four (4) 18650 batteries and retails for around $200-$250.

Speaking from somewhere in northern Namibia, St Pierre White says, "Nitecore has made a superb instrument here. It's absolutely beautiful. It's beautiful to use, even more beautiful to hold."

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his Facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.


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Tiny Monster Flashlight Review: See It from the Moon!