Nitecore "Tiny Monster" flashlight belts out 3,500 lumens
By Ben Coxworth
April 22, 2013
When it comes to electronic gadgets, consumers like to see more power packed into a smaller device. With that in mind, all the flashlight geeks out there should be fans of Nitecore’s new Tiny Monster TM26 – it’s billed as the world’s smallest 3,500-lumen flashlight.
The hard-anodized aluminum-bodied TM26 utilizes four Cree XM-L LEDs. These are protected by coated mineral glass lenses and powered by four 18650 or eight CR123 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Those batteries are charged via an AC adapter that plugs directly into the flashlight.
Should you not feel the need for 3,500 lumens at all times, you can switch between eight brightness levels – along with other modes – via a single multi-function switch. An OLED display indicates not only the selected level of brightness, but also battery status, battery voltage, approximate run time remaining, and operating temperature.
Run times vary with the brightness level and the type of batteries selected. If the four 18650s are used, however, it can reportedly put out 3,500 lumens for 45 minutes, ranging to an output of three lumens for 1,000 hours.
The flashlight is also waterproof to IPX-8 standard, meaning that it can be submersed down to two meters. It has a beam distance of 415 meters (1,362 feet).
The Nitecore Tiny Monster TM26 is available now, for US$390. It can be seen getting tossed around in the video below.