**NEW** Nitecore EA4 Pioneer (4*AA, 860lm)

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How does the EA4 compare in throw to the M40A? BTW, is the M40A you have the XM-L U2 or the MC-E?

At 18500 lux against 20000 lux for the EA4, theoretically any way, the EA4 should throw better.

Yes, my experience bears this out. The EA4 has this amazing (apparently very customized) deep reflector that throws like nobody's business! Although the M40A has both a slightly brighter spill and hotspot, the reach of the EA4 is better. I also feel like the spill is slightly more usable with the EA4 as it more gently tapers off into the circle, where the M40A has a harsher polygonal cutout shape from the shape of the bezel. Again, I love my M40A, so this has a lot of weight for me to say that I love the EA4 more... but I do, and that's the light I want to keep near me at all times now, despite the fact that I have 2 M40As, one upstairs and one downstairs... I kind of want to get another EA4 now... part of it is because of the gorgeous color of the neutral white beam, and part of it is that it is such a functional little powerhouse. I know it's kind of redundant and a little self-fulfilling, but I have to say it: The EA4 is now my favorite light ever. Well, favorite full-sized light. My keychain still has a Quark MiNi CR2 on it that is with me whenever I am out and about and has never let me down... and around my neck now lives the masterpiece from MBI called the Core Ti which is with me 24/7...
 

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Firstly, i must apologize for the amateur beamshots. I've never really taken beamshots before and all i've got is an 3-or-more-year-old, $200 digital camera, and i really don't know what the heck i'm doing, and my hands can't seem to hold it steady since the pictures are very blurry no matter how many retakes i do -- maybe a cruddy camera? Here are some shots at my park. All shots are of the Fenix LD41 first followed by the Nitecore EA4 both on turbo mode. BTW,, photos showed up all black at first, so i had turn up the exposure like mad in these retakes. It's same exposure for both ld41 and ea4 shots. If these look hideous, i'll take them down, so let me know...
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I really like the stuff Nitecore has been doing this past year or so. I already have the EC1. I couldn't take it anymore. I just ordered one even though I already have a Fenix LD41. But after looking at the beam shot comparison. It looks as if the EA4 blows away the LD41.
 

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Great comparison shots, inquisitiveinquirer. Thanks for taking the time.
Big question though- are those photos representative of how the light actually appears to the eyes? Thank you.

Ps I'm going to get the light anyway :)
 

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Great pics. I too struggle with long exposure night shots. Great compare/contrast shots, I can't wait for mine to come in. I ordered the cool white as I wanted absolute max output. Everybody is so in love with the natural, I may have to order one of those too!
 

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Thanks for the beamshots appreciated. It again shows the shots I posted are very realistic to how the light it. However street light polution and low end cameras don't do the flashlight justice, but it at least gives an idea.

I'll be getting the cool white also.
 

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There is such a fizz for the NW, it makes me wonder if anyone has done a side by side comparison of the two. Is the beam hideous on the CW ?


Great pics. I too struggle with long exposure night shots. Great compare/contrast shots, I can't wait for mine to come in. I ordered the cool white as I wanted absolute max output. Everybody is so in love with the natural, I may have to order one of those too!
 

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There is such a fizz for the NW, it makes me wonder if anyone has done a side by side comparison of the two. Is the beam hideous on the CW ?
The only comparison I saw was posted earlier in this thread of a german video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbFF1kf7OoA

Time mark 1:25 -1:53 appears to be the EA4 CW first then the NW with a few back and forth sweeps. The CW definately has a deeper purple spill on the snow compared to the NW's lighter magenta. Also, I think the NW hotspot looks brighter on the building for some reason.

And yes, I do like my NW:grin2:
 
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Great comparison shots, inquisitiveinquirer. Thanks for taking the time.
Big question though- are those photos representative of how the light actually appears to the eyes? Thank you.

Ps I'm going to get the light anyway :)

To the eye, the lights do no look as bright as in the picture as, like i stated, i had turn up the exposure super high or else the pictures on my cheap & old digital camera showed nothing but black. The pictures are not to represent the true brightness or throwiness of either lights, but more as a comparison between two similar lights that both use 4AAs and XM-L U2. It'd be nice if selfbuilt were to review this light. His pictures and reviews are top-notch.
 

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The only comparison I saw was posted earlier in this thread of a german video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbFF1kf7OoA

Time mark 1:25 -1:53 appears to be the EA4 CW first then the NW with a few back and forth sweeps. The CW definately has a deeper purple spill on the snow compared to the NW's lighter magenta. Also, I think the NW hotspot looks brighter on the building for some reason.

And yes, I do like my NW:grin2:

i agree the NW looks brighter in the video but i read CW usually looks brighter. am i mistaken thinking that CW is usually brighter?
 

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I think that's what they're saying. But I'm not totally sure.

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i agree the NW looks brighter in the video but i read CW usually looks brighter. am i mistaken thinking that CW is usually brighter?
 

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In the video it is snowing and so the neutral probably cuts through better and there is less light bouncing back at the camera, though usually CW's are the brighter lights. In the Nitecore advert above it states regarding the neutral LED "and better-suited to cutting through mist or rain".
 
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In a German flashlightforum they discuss the following feature of the EA4: go in SOS mode, finish it by a half click, wait 3 minutes during which the blue LED is lighting continuously and be surprised that the EA4 goes on by itself in high-mode after 3 minutes.

Now what do you say? Does it work with your EA4s also and when so is it a feature or a bug and when it is a feature what is it for?
Thanks
 

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In a German flashlightforum they discuss the following feature of the EA4: go in SOS mode, finish it by a half click, wait 3 minutes during which the blue LED is lighting continuously and be surprised that the EA4 goes on by itself in high-mode after 3 minutes.

Now what do you say? Does it work with your EA4s also and when so is it a feature or a bug and when it is a feature what is it for?
Thanks

Wow, interesting find! IMO, I can't think of any reason the light would do that under any operational circumstance...it only seems to happen after completing a full cycle of SOS. Maybe the way the light is programmed makes it think it is off after the first cycle, so half pressing the button turns it"on" when it is actually already on? Kinda like when on standby mode. Also, one can come out of lockout by using a held half press.
 

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In a German flashlightforum they discuss the following feature of the EA4: go in SOS mode, finish it by a half click, wait 3 minutes during which the blue LED is lighting continuously and be surprised that the EA4 goes on by itself in high-mode after 3 minutes.

Now what do you say? Does it work with your EA4s also and when so is it a feature or a bug and when it is a feature what is it for?
Thanks

Thanks for the post-now I know how to repeat it.

The first day I got the EA4 was trying to figure out the 3 flashing modes (long full press each time to cycle among the 3 modes wasn't clear). Set the light down on my computer desk and it popped on turbo after a while. Fortunately the bezel was up or I wouldn't have seen it.

Has to be a bug that wasn't deemed worth fixing.
 

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In a German flashlightforum they discuss the following feature of the EA4: go in SOS mode, finish it by a half click, wait 3 minutes during which the blue LED is lighting continuously and be surprised that the EA4 goes on by itself in high-mode after 3 minutes.

Now what do you say? Does it work with your EA4s also and when so is it a feature or a bug and when it is a feature what is it for?
Thanks

Tactical decoy. 3 minute timer.
 

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I have the cw EA4 vs the UniqueFire UF-F10 (TK35 clone) The EA4 Rocks!! Left picture EA4 Right picture TK35 clone


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Got my EA4 cool tint for Christmas and what a flashlight, really ROCKS!!!!:thumbsup: Loads of trow, but for me, still plenty of spill. We went for a quick walk with the dog this evening and my wife commented "This must be the most powerful flashlight you have" and she is not a flashaholic and do not have any interest in them, but she did notice how much brighter this was!
The light did feel OK in my coat pocket, I noticed more the weight than the size (277gr with 4 black eneloops) The turbo is fantastic and the extra low, a little high, but still usable around the house. I have taken some ceiling bounce shot with the light positioned in candle mode on my kitchen floor, this is to show you how much lights this put.

Despite the weight, I will take this one with me for camping, specially knowing this works on AA.
The only disappointment for me is the blue flash locating mode:sigh:, if you expect to find the light in the dark with this, you are going to be very disappointed and you will be looking for a long time unless the switch is facing you:thumbsdow.
The blue flash is really very dim, this may have been done to minimize the drain but is more of a gimmick that a useful locator, a red led would have been much better but would probably caused a higher drain?

Love it:twothumbs

The photos taken are as close as I can get it to human eye light perception
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:oops:Sorry but I missed the turbo mode, will upload photo later on

Turbo, here it is

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