20 Oct 2014
LED: CREE XP-G2 R5 NW
Battery: 1x AAA
Modes: 3 (High-Low-Strobe) memory.
Switch: Slide switch side
Date: October 2014
Nextorch / RdL
Within the vast array of Asian manufacturers of high-performance flashlights for professional use, undoubtedly there are only a few that have a unique and personal in their designs and finishes. Nextorch, goes a step further and offers a wide range of professional flashlights with one aspect away from the typical "tactical" finish that most manufacturers deify and reproduce endlessly.
The new K10 Nextorch penlight, aimed at everyday civilian use, fits on a keyring, which in turn incorporates an interesting development in the design of your switch.
The K10 comes presented in an elegant and compact cardboard box in which the lantern is visible almost entirely through a window box that shows the inner blister.
The flashlight comes with a small manual, and includes a handy key ring and gasket replacement. In the interior of the flashlight battery AAA are primary (alkaline), previously isolated by adhesive circular in negative contact.
As I mentioned, Nextorch flashlights intended for civilian use are characterized by an elegant and simple design, without the common angular oversaturated finishes and sharp cooling fins.
The K10 shows a smooth, harmonious and classic appearance. Fully machined aluminum has a completely smooth finish, except for a small band of knurling on the neck of the head for easy unscrewing.
The flashlight design is slightly tapered, being somewhat wider in the end of the head. We found several encumbered laser on matte black anodized, HA III according to specifications, such as the logo and pattern on the body or directed by the slide switch.
Optics consists of a lens TIR and R5 XP-G2 neutral tint. The slide switch is operated by a small lever with two fixed positions. The lever protrudes slightly from the profile of the lantern, allowing us to operate more or less comfortably.
The threads are the typical triangular cut cásico these small steps, and arriving without anodizing. Inside the head spotted the back of the regulator circuit, which has a small spring for positive contact and indexing on the polarity.
The body is machined in one piece, and its main feature is the design of the hole for securing the lug, located at the far end, which therefore prevents rounded finish tailstand place the flashlight in completely.
New Nextorch K10 is equipped with an interface similar to the user while back we saw the K3, 2AAA primitive version of this same family. The novelty is the switch system, incorporating a slide instead of the classic clicky or twisty rudimentary.
(All measurements are taken following the procedure ANSI NEMA FL1 , taking as value the highest reading of between 30 and 120 seconds after ignition point. More details here .)
Nextorch is one of the many manufacturers embracing the standard ANSI / NEMA FL1 when specifying the performance of their products. After the test in integrating sphere, we see the correlation between the values declared by the manufacturer and measured in my own home-lab setup are consistent, which does not surprise me at all.
With 60LM declared, and an official runtime of 100 minutes, the K10 is part of the conservative sector, with specifications that make us think that your performance is consistent with its design and therefore using the Nextorch engineers have thought when designing it.
After the usual test runtime in integrating sphere with rechargeable I get a negligible runtime 70 minutes or less regulated, with an extra 15 minutes in which the flashlight enters a phase of gradual decline before shutting down. Remember that the specifications to which the manufacturer mentions include other types of batteries and also as acclaimed laboratory conditions. With an alkali may exceed 100 minutes until the output drops below 10%, at the expense of having a longer curve surely.
Compared to other popular flashlights of the same segment, the K10 shows a good agreement within the squad, without blunting above or below.
Since the concept of casual and versatile flashlight use, K10 uses a combination on your optical it ideal for most tasks that flashlight tag is required as usual. The XP-G2 that lies behind the TIR optics offers a bubbler projection, maintaining a large and poorly defined center point which merges smoothly with light spill. We can see how at the boundaries of the projection there is some sort of ring, probably caused by the reflection of light on the outside edge of the lens.
The tint XP-G2 R5 is neutral, so it provides an assessment of the actual colors more classic cold dyes current LEDs. Instead of having a clear trend towards the orange or yellow (as in other LEDs NW) this shows a tendency towards green, but being combined with the warm light tone becomes slightly less annoying than the green cold as in Olight I3S.
Although we already have hundreds of choices in this format, Nextorch has innovated by introducing this new system of slide switch, which is to provide competition to the vast choice of twisty, typical compact flashlights that turn on and off by tapping, or less popular option, the lanterns with clicky switch in this format. Nextorch has implemented so that just adds to the package total length, one of the most compact of common AAA I know, even having an anchor point for the really oversized belt.
DQG Nextorch K10 Ti II · · · Olight I3S RA01ss Bronte · Tank007 Klarus MiX6Ti E09 · · · Fenix LD01 Nitecore T2s
Negatives: The switch can be uncomfortable to use, especially for those who have large hands. The size of the flashlight is quite content, but could have gotten a much more compact flashlight with a design less "bulky" to the anchor point on the tail, which also prevents tailstand. The low mode is achieved by PWM high frequency pulses on and off the LED rapidly for lower intensity, which can be a nuisance or create eyestrain especially if used for long periods or illuminate moving objects.
Positives: What I like most general of the models is certainly Nextorch offers his own personal appearance, not tactical. The maximum output looks very proportionate, offering an excellent compromise between runtime and performance with acceptable efficiency. The build quality is really good, and feels sturdy flashlight through the thick aluminum walls. The absence of memory ensures we do not have to go through strobe mode if we do not require it, because this is at the end of the sequence.
© 2012-2017 NEXTORCH All Rights Reserved