The SRT7 RGB LED flashlight

REVIEW: MY NEW FAVORITE FLASHLIGHT !

Well I didn’t think it was possible, but I think I have found a new favorite Flashlight.! The SRT7 Revenger from NITECORE is a 960 Lumens Ultra high intensity tactical LED flashlight with many features packed into its small form factor. Lets get into these features right away. The coolest one for me on this flashlight is the smart selection ring. All the different modes are cycled through by turning a ring. There are 7 modes to choose from with this device. It starts off with a slow strobe, a flash of ultra bright light approximately every 2 seconds then turn the ring and an emergency flashing red/blue mode that strobes and alternates from the red and blue led’s activates. Then there are solid blue, green, and red modes, then it goes into a completely variable intensity from 0 to 960 lumens of pure white light, and the final mode is a fast strobe of the ultra bright white light.

What is inside the box, minus the batteries.!

What is inside the box, minus the batteries.!

 

Other features are a 5 year warranty( i consider it a feature), submersible to 2 meters, and a drop resistance from 1.5 meters. What is really cool about this light is the variable intensity through the range of 0 to 960 lumens for full brightness. It is nice to have the ability to set any brightness and not be limited to the majority of the other flashlights to only set at discrete low – mid – high level. The red comes in handy for night time use as well as the green for map reading. I do a lot of astro photography and it is nice to be able to set it to red mode and have something other than my headlamp to use to get around my equipment.

As far as build goes, it feels really solid. It comes with a number of accessories like a belt holster and an extra rubber button cover and a pocket clip and O rings.

extra components come standard

extra components come standard

I have somewhat replaced my Nebo Redline se with this new Nitecore flashlight. The one and only thing this new SRT7 lacks that the redline had is a focus-able beam.! It would have been the total package had they integrated a focus ability into the SRT7. That being said, below is a super scientific comparison of the beam intensities between the two flashlights. And by super scientific, I mean I propped the two units up on a pillow on my unmade bed to shine up on the wall to get a brightness comparison. Hey it works…. ha

 

Left Is the SRT7 and right is the fully fine focus of the Nebo

Left Is the SRT7 and right is the fully fine focus of the Nebo

You can easily see how much more intense the beam is on the left. I have yet to get both outside at night to try a long distance test. Maybe the redline would still cast light farther away, but I doubt it. The SRT7 has 650 more lumens than the redline se ! I did use the SRT7 on a mountain while doing some astronomical observing and it lit up a mountain peak a good distance away. More than I would every realistically need. There is a very big price gap between the two flashlights though. While you can pick up a NEBO for around $35.00, the SRT7 from nitecore will set you back around $119.00(REI price). If you are a tech nut like myself, and are for whatever reason excited about high power Led’s( I don’t know why high power lighting interests me so much.?) then I would definitely recommend getting an SRT7 by NITECORE.

 

Looking inside the photon factory.!

inside the photon factory.!

There is a CREE XM-L2 Led for the main source. You can see the 3 other smaller led’s inside that are the RGB emission sources.

 

Make sure you pick up a pack of these…

CR123 batteries are one of the two types compatible with this product

CR123 batteries are one of the two types compatible with this product

Technically you can use two of the 123 batteries to power the SRT7 or one 18650 lithium-ion battery. If you think this is a light you will use frequently, I would suggest investing into rechargeable batteries. The 6 pack of 123’s above was around $16.00 at REI! Now I estimate this will last me at least 3 to 6 months since I do not use a flashlight on a regular basis, but the batteries will be drained quite quickly if you run at the full power of the device.!

 

Here is a size comparison of the SRT7 on the left, to the Nebo redline SE on the right. The SRT7 is bigger but keep in mind 650 lumens more powerful too.!

 

Size comparison

Size comparison

 

 

Thanks for reading

 

E.

 

Still a great flashlight and a much cheaper option if you do not care about or want all the extra features of the SRT7.