Nitecore EDC35 Review - LED Uhi 40 MAX - 5000 lumens

ro.ma.

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Nitecore EDC35 was sent to me directly by NITECORE for review.

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For technical details and to purchase the torch:

https://www.nitecorestore.com/EDC35-500 … -edc35.htm
https://www.nitecore-italia.com/torce.html



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Nitecore has recently released, after the recent EDC33, the new EDC35 which is more performing and still compact in size which uses the new LED Uhi 40 MAX for the first time.

The first novelty of the new EDC35 is the LED UHi 40 MAX which represents a unit made with an integrated multi-core design that combines a small but high intensity main core with 8 auxiliary cores arranged together in a single LED. As seen with the previous EDC33, this solution offers high light density and ultra-long throw allowing seamless switching between spot and diffuse lighting modes with just one click.
A light press of the tail button activates the tactical search mode (SEARCH) while a firm press activates the LUMIN SHIELD mode which, with its 5000 lumens, creates a large wall of disorienting and useful light certainly as self-defense.

Another important innovation brought by the EDC35, which I am seeing for the first time, is the new 21700 High Capacity Lithium battery with a good 6000mAh rechargeable via the USB-C port on the flashlight. With this battery the maximum autonomy is 90 hours (Ultralow 5 lumens). Unfortunately the internal battery is not removable or user replaceable.

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Nitecore EDC35 is compact (124.3 mm) and weighs 178 g including clip. It has a single switch in the queue to manage 4 brightness levels (HIGH, MID, LOW and ULTRALOW) in addition to the momentary levels LUMIN SHIELD (Light shield) and SEARCH (Depth light ).
EDC35 has a maximum output of 5000 lumens and a maximum peak beam intensity of 75,700cd with a maximum throw of 550 meters.
EDC35 is IP68 certified (2 meters submersible) and has impact resistance up to 2 meters.


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Main features:
· Uses a 9-core NiteLab UHi 40 MAX LED with a maximum output of 5,000 lumens
· Maximum peak beam intensity of 75,700 cd and maximum range of 550 meters
· 4 brightness levels to scroll through; SEARCH and LUMIN SHIELD™ available
· Powered by a built-in 6,000 mAh lithium-ion battery for up to 90 hours of battery life
· Lock switch (Rapid Lock™) available for partial lock mode and full lock mode
· A micro-structured reflector provides long-range, wide-angle illumination
· The power indicators indicate the remaining battery charge
· Intelligent lithium-ion battery charging circuit with USB-C charging port
· Advanced Power Cut-Off (APC) technology for extremely low standby power consumption
· Highly efficient constant current circuit provides stable output
· Built-in Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) module (Patent No. ZL201510534543.6)
· Optical lenses with anti-scratch coating on both sides
· Constructed of military grade 7075-T6 aluminum alloy
· HA III military grade hard anodized finish
· Possibility of queue support
· Waterproof and dustproof rating according to IP68 (2 meters submersible)
· Shock resistant up to 2 meters

Specifications
Length: 124.3mm (4.89")
Head Diameter: 31.8mm (1.25")
Tube Diameter: 26.0mm (1.02")
Weight: 178 g (6.28 oz) (clip included)


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The example of the EDC35 sent to me by Nitecore, being pre-series, arrived without packaging in a plastic bag.
Inside I found the Nitecore EDC35 flashlight with the clip inserted. The sales package should also include a lanyard and a tactical sheath (NTH32) as well as the multilingual manual.
Nitecore EDC35 is constructed of military grade 7000 series aluminum (7075-T6), therefore with a higher hardness than the 6000 series used previously, ensuring a more robust and long-lasting structure.
EDC35 has compact dimensions and a beautiful design highlighting the deep texture of the knurling (1 mm deep) on the body which allows a secure grip both with the torch wet and when using gloves. To the touch you can perceive the good quality of the materials and workmanship. The anodization is also excellent.

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EDC35 is made up of a single block and is managed by a single switch in the queue. The numerous writings on the torch body are well made. The tail design allows the torch to be placed upright (candle-like).

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EDC35 comes supplied with a large chrome Clip (DCP, Deep Carry Pocket). This clip allows the flashlight excellent portability, ensuring that the light remains securely attached. The Clip is already inserted in its space and I think it is not easy to remove it. The manual then explains exactly how to insert the paracord onto the clip through the two large holes located on the top of the clip.


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On the head of the Nitecore EDC35 we find a very sturdy and really beautiful crenellated bezel, made of stainless steel, and an OP (orange peel) reflector with optical lenses with anti-scratch coating on both sides. In the center we find, for the first time, the 9 Core UHi 40 MAX LED, one central and 8 on the sides to provide a maximum power of 5000 lumens.

Nitecore EDC35 has a protection sensor, located this time in the upper part of the projector, which limits the light output to 300 lumens (this function is only available when the flashlight is on the High level of 1300lm ). As already seen on other recent Nitecores, the sensitivity of the sensor can vary depending on the color and material of the obstructions. From some tests done it seems to work quite well.

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Nitecore EDC35 has only one switch in the tail. The rubber button is a decent size with audible clicks.
The EDC35 switch is two-stage; by lightly pressing the button but without reaching the end you have access to the first stage and the first click, with the activation of the momentary "SEARCH" level while continuing to press the button all the way we get access to the second stage, with click, activating the momentary "LUMIN SHIELD.
The first few times I found it difficult to turn on the EDC35 without activating one of the two momentary levels. To turn on the EDC35 you need to press the switch fully, quickly and with a fair amount of pressure. Once the torch is turned on by lightly pressing the switch it is possible to cycle through the four available levels. There is no Strobe and SOS.

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At the end, on the side, there are 4 status LEDs, green in colour, which indicate the charge status of the integrated battery (locking modes excluded).

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Also at the rear and on the side is the invisible USB-C charging port. To gain access to the port, to recharge the internal battery, you need to rotate the USB cover on the back clockwise. I find this an excellent solution instead of the usual rubber cap.

On the EDC35 we find the writing and the indication of the direction to turn (arrow) to make the USB-C charging port visible and accessible.

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During the charging process, the four indicators will gradually switch from flashing to solid to show the battery level.
When the battery is fully charged, the EDC35 will stop the charging process and the power indicators will remain constantly lit.
EDC35 can be turned on during the charging process (excluding LUMIN SHIELD™ and SEARCH). Charging time is approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes. (Charge via 5V/2A adapter).
When fully charged the standby time, according to the user manual, is approx. 12 months.


In the EDC35 there is a practical rapid lock selector (Rapid Lock™) with partial lock mode and full lock mode. With this system it is possible to prevent the accidental activation of the light during storage or everyday transport in an intuitive and fast way.

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Nitecore EDC35 next to other flashlights.

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From left: SPERAS EST MAX, Zebralight SC700d, Nitecore EDC35, Nitecore EDC33 e Fenix TK11 TAC.


…and near to the EDC33.
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USER INTERFACE (UI):

The user interface of the Nitecore EDC35 is simple. The EDC35 has 4 levels of brightness beyond the momentary LUMIN SHIELD (Flood) and SEARCH (Spot) levels. The flashlight will directly access the previously stored brightness level when reactivated.
All levels are managed by the tail switch alone. In the future I would like a more functional interface with 2 switches such as the "P" series.

The four available levels (not momentary) have the right spacing for me although I would certainly have preferred the Ultralow level lower than the current 5 lumens. Furthermore, the High level turns on all nine LEDs of the projector as does the momentary LUMIN SHIELD level.

Momentary tactical lighting
· When the light is on/off, half-press and hold the tail button to enter SEARCH. Release to turn it off.
· Press and hold the Rear Button fully to access LUMIN SHIELD™. Release to turn it off.

On off
· Turn on: When the light is off, press the tail button all the way down to turn it on.
· Off: When the light is on, fully press the tail button to turn it off.

Brightness Levels
When the light is on, half-press the tail button to cycle through the following brightness levels: ULTRALOW – LOW – MID – HIGH. The flashlight will directly access the previously stored brightness level when reactivated.

Lock/Unlock
The EDC35 has two locking modes (partial locking mode and full locking mode).
Half block mode:
· When the light is on, slide the lock switch up while holding the rear button halfway or fully to enter partial lock mode. The lock icon is visible under the lock switch.
· In Half Lock mode, half-press and hold the back button to access SEARCH; Fully press and hold the tail button to access LUMIN SHIELD™.
Note: To enter full lock mode, first slide the lock switch down to unlock the flashlight, then turn on the flashlight and then slide the lock switch up. The light will exit partial lock mode and directly enter full lock mode.
Full Lock Mode (default)
When the light is on/off, slide the lock switch up to enter full lock mode. The lock icon can be seen below the lock switch, indicating that the rear button is unavailable to activate the flashlight.
To unlock:
In both lock modes, slide the lock switch down to exit lock mode.


BEAM and RUNTIME

Nitecore EDC35
, in the wall test, has a beam without particular artifacts with a bright and white hotspot and a corona with a color tending towards yellow-green. This is less evident outdoors in classic situations of use. I didn't notice PWM in the four available levels.

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Using EDC35 in the most powerful modes, the heat emitted soon reaches high values even if lower than those found with the EDC33.
Let's see a photo taken with a thermal imager immediately after using EDC35 with the highest level of 5000 lumens.

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Nitecore EDC35 has a powerful and amazing wide beam using the 5000 lumens LUMIN SHIELD momentary level. The average brightness of 300 lumens allows you to walk safely with a good close-up overview. The values in candela (lux/1 meter) found by me with measurement at 5 meters, in the 4 available levels, correspond to those declared by NITECORE.

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However, those of the two momentary levels, SEARCH (70100cd) and LUMIN SHIELD (61250cd) are slightly lower than the values in the table.
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With the OPPLE Light Master Pro, three meters away from the sensor, we find the value of the CCT color temperature and the Ra color rendering measured in the highest non-momentary level (High) and in the two levels higher, LUMIN SHIELD and SEARCH.
  • The CCT value measured in the High level is 5655 while the Ra is 65.6 with the Duv value of 0.0112 shifted towards green.
  • The CCT value measured in the LUMIN SHIELD level is 6017 while the Ra is 68.5 with the Duv value of 0.0076
  • The CCT value measured in the SEARCH level is 6143 while the Ra is 69.2 with the Duv value of 0.0070
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The Runtimes were done indoors. In the discharge test it must be considered that the battery is new with few discharge cycles and that my example is pre-series.
From my tests the discharge times of the EDC35, in HIGH and MID, are lower than those in the table.

I would like to point out that the values expressed by the graphs must be evaluated above all as a reference because they were made with means and conditions different from those used in the laboratory.

In HIGH (1300 lumens) there is a light output higher than the Nitecore table value at start-up. The flow is constant with a slight decrease up to more than 4 minutes after start-up. Subsequently there is a more marked decrease until minute 20. After a sudden increase in brightness towards minute 177 there is then a sudden decrease as the battery is approaching exhaustion. At minute 235, EDC35 shut down.
In MID (300 lumens) mode you immediately have constant brightness for up to almost 6 hours after switching on (Excellent). Here too, two stepdowns subsequently bring the brightness to the low level (LOW 5 lumens) for about an hour before turning off.


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The first 30 minutes.
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I tried activating the momentary LUMIN SHIELD level several times and plotting the values on a graph. It is clear that after continuous activations the duration, approximately 15 seconds, at this brightness tends to decrease. By returning to less bright levels for a few minutes you then have the possibility to reactivate SEARCH or LUMIN SHIELD at full power.

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Video

A look at the new Nitecore EDC35



CONCLUSIONS:

NITECORE
recently presented the new EDC35 with some important innovations. Thanks to the collaboration with NiteLab EDC35 is equipped with the new UHi 40 MAX LED system with an integrated multi-core design with a power of 5000 lumens.
For the first time we have a 21700 6000mAh battery as power supply. Nitecore EDC35 is a compact flashlight, in size and weight, with some useful solutions for daily use such as the practical Rapid Lock and the retractable USB-C charging port. EDC35 is built well, without sharp edges, in a single block of military grade 7075-T6 aluminum alloy.
The user interface with the four normal levels plus the two momentary levels SEARCH and LUMIN SHIELD gives the possibility, thanks to the new nine-core UHi 40 LED, to have a powerful depth beam and a high brightness beam with wide coverage bright.
However, the single button in the queue, with two stages, makes the use of the levels somewhat cumbersome and I have not always been able to turn on the flashlight on the first try. The non-replaceable battery is another aspect to take into consideration even if its capacity and quality will certainly allow normal use for three or four years.
Thanks for reading the review.
Roberto

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Thanks for another well-done review.

I noted that this light carries a (properly documented), FL1-compliant impact rating of '2 meters'. I would think that is perhaps rather uncommon among the various lights you test, and if so, it is noteworthy, and commendable.

I just checked NC site, and note there are a couple of other models which also have that rating. Is this a trend you've noticed in the NC product line, perhaps primarily among more recently-released models? I thought I'd ask you, as you are likely far more familiar with the market, and with NC than I am.

Thanks.
 

ro.ma.

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Thanks for another well-done review.

I noted that this light carries a (properly documented), FL1-compliant impact rating of '2 meters'. I would think that is perhaps rather uncommon among the various lights you test, and if so, it is noteworthy, and commendable.

I just checked NC site, and note there are a couple of other models which also have that rating. Is this a trend you've noticed in the NC product line, perhaps primarily among more recently-released models? I thought I'd ask you, as you are likely far more familiar with the market, and with NC than I am.

Thanks.
I don't think it's a trend but it could be one in the future if the torches aren't openable and made in one piece.
Thank you for reading the review.
 

ro.ma.

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Seems like it would be a nice light to have....


But that's a deal-breaker for me :(
I too have doubts. On this question Nitecore said that In terms of EDC (Everyday Carry), EDC35 is compact yet offers a high battery capacity, fully meeting the needs of everyday use. There's no need to worry about built in batteries. If you ever have concerns about running out of power, you can use it while charging the powerbank.

Thanks for reading the review.
 

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I don't think it's a trend but it could be one in the future if the torches aren't openable and made in one piece.
Thank you for reading the review.
Thanks. Just FYI, this is the light that caught my eye when I clicked to this site previously, and which I noted also carries a 2-meter Impact Rating. This is something to watch for, as it is an important rating to some potential buyers (like me). I don't know if this is a newer model or not, but you'd likely know that:

 

ro.ma.

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Thanks. Just FYI, this is the light that caught my eye when I clicked to this site previously, and which I noted also carries a 2-meter Impact Rating. This is something to watch for, as it is an important rating to some potential buyers (like me). I don't know if this is a newer model or not, but you'd likely know that:

Yes, I saw. Some newer models like the MH12 Pro and MH25 Pro are 1m certified, but I don't know why.
 

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