[Review + Video] - Nitecore MH25 v2 - 1300lm 475m 21700 USB-C NW - by Lock


Newly Enlightened
Jan 10, 2017
Hi everyone… today we will see the Nitecore MH25 v2: 1300 lumen tactical flashlight in 21700 format.
The flashlight was provided to me directly by Nitecore specifically for review. Here you can find the link of the company and here the link of the product


Packaging and content
The Nitecore MH25 v2 arrives in a black cardboard box with some of its main features written on it. Inside the package we find:
• Nitecore MH25 V2 Flashlight
• Nitecore 21700 Rechargeable Battery (NL2150 5000mAh)
• USB-C Charging Cable
• Clip
• Lanyard
• Battery Magazine
• Holster






Main features
• Utilizes a high performance LED with a max output of 1,300 lumens
• Max peak beam intensity of 57,000cd and max throw of 475 meters
• An optical system combined with crystal coating and "Precision Digital Optics Technology" (PDOT)
• Powered by a 21700 high capacity Li-ion battery while compatible with 18650 and CR123 batteries, to provide a runtime up to 1,500 hours
• Tactical Mode and Daily Mode available
• The tactical tail switch and the metal side switch control 4 brightness levels and 3 special modes
• STROBE Mode uses randomly changing frequencies for stronger dizzying effects
• A power indicator beneath the side switch indicates the remaining battery power
• The power indicator can display the battery voltage (±0.1V)
• Intelligent Li-ion battery charging circuit with a USB-C charging port
• NITECORE 21700 Li-ion battery included (NL2150 5,000mAh)
• Highly efficient constant current circuit provides a stable output
• Incorporated Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) module (Patent No. ZL201510534543.6)
• Electronic reverse polarity protection
• Optical lenses with double-sided scratch resistant coating
• Constructed from aero grade aluminum alloy
• HA III military grade hard-anodized finish
• Waterproof and dustproof rating in accordance with IP68 (2 meters submersible)
• Impact resistant to 2 meters
• Tail stand capability

Here you can download the torch user manual.

Measured dimensions and weight
• Length: 157.2mm (6.19")
• Head Diameter: 40mm (1.57")
• Tube Diameter: 25.4mm (1")
• Tail Diameter: 27.2mm (1.07")
• Weight: 137g (4.83oz)

Levels of Output and Runtime
The Nitecore MH25 v2 has 5 normal levels (including Turbo and UltraLow) and 3 special stroboscopic level:
• High: 1300 lm (measured 1250 lm) – 3h
• Mid: 300 lm (measured 310 lm) – 8h30min
• Low: 50lm (measured 51 lm) – 50h
• Ultra-Low: 1 lm (measured 1 lm) – 1500h
• Strobo: 1300 lm (measured 1250 lm) – nd
• Beacon: 1300 lm (measured 1250 lm) – nd
• SOS: 1300 lm (measured 1250 lm) – nd


The data measured by me are to be considered peak (taken within 30 seconds of switching on and with the battery fully charged) and all proved to be superior to that declared by the manufacturer.
The runtime schemes of the "High" and "Mid" levels are shown below.




The body and the materials
The Nitecore MH25 v2 was born as a direct evolution of the well-known MH25GT. With a power of 1300 lumens and over 475 meters of range, it is a compact tactical flashlight that is also comfortable for everyday use. Of course it is not very small, the length is just over 15cm, and it is not the suitable flashlight to be carried comfortably in the jeans pocket, but as a tactic it is certainly perfect. It is comfortably held in every way, the switches are easily detectable in the dark and even when wearing thick gloves, High level and Strobo always ready if used in tactical mode while the Ultra-Low mode of only 1 lumen guarantees a theoretical runtime of 1500 hours !! !

The MH25 v2 is a well-built flashlight, the materials are of quality, the thicknesses are abundant, the slightly opaque anodizing offers a nice tactile feeling, the alternating knurling on the body always guarantees excellent grip.


The tail switch is mechanical, rubberized, with double stroke, particularly protruding and is used to turn the light on / off or to use the Momentary-On. The side switch is electronic and allows you to vary the outputs and access the special and stroboscopic levels. Below this is a status LED that provides information on the charging progress and the remaining capacity of the cell.


The MH25 v2 has two different operating modes: "Daily Mode" (set by default) which allows access to the four levels of brightness in an increasing manner (Ultra-Low, Low, Mid, High) and to the three special levels (Strobo , Beacon and SOS), while the "Tactical Mode" which has inverted output levels (High, Mid, Low, Ultra-Low) and loses the Beacon and SOS mode for faster access to the high level and the Strobo.

The optical part of the MH25 v2 is composed of an LED with an almost neutral tint, at least 5000K-5500K (finally !!!), a deep reflector in mirror-polished aluminum, and a lens with double anti-reflective treatment. The bezel is protruding and laced and effectively protects the lens.



The beam is composed of a very bright central part, a crown and a very large and comfortable spill to illuminate the walking surface in a decent way. Pointed the beam very closely (10-15cm) you can see in the center a small less bright ring that totally disappears over greater distances and is not visible during normal use.

The only part of the flashlight that can be unscrewed is the tailcap for the physical block of the interface or for accessing the battery compartment.

The tailcap is not flat, but with a little attention and a little balance, the flashlight can still be used in tailstanding. Two large holes allow you to attach laynard and small carabiners.


The deep and abundant dissipation fins near the head disperse the heat very well



The threads are anodized, arrive well lubricated and are very smooth.



At the tailcap there is a double golden spring, as well as at the positive pole.


On the opposite side of the switch is the Type-C charging port covered by a thick rubber cap. A small tab helps in opening.


Nitecore supplies a 5000mAh 21700 cell model NL2150. A full charge takes about 4 hours using a quality charger.


As an alternative to the 21700 it is possible, thanks to the help of the plastic adapter, to also use a 18650 cell or two CR123 cells.

The belt clip can be installed in both directions and in different positions. The grip is excellent both on the side of the flashlight and on the clothes. Thanks to the presence of two small holes it is also possible to install a wrist strap directly on the clip.

Following some nocturnal beamshot.


And below is the video of the unboxing and some night tests ... Enjoy it !!!

Final Considerations

- Excellent workmanship, good materials and finishes
- Excellent heat dissipation
- Excellent regulation
- Complete packaging
- Beautiful color tending to neutral (finally ... thanks Nitecore!)

- Nothing in particular to report

Thank you for reading...!!!