Nitecore MH10 v2 Flashlight Review

Today I have on hand the Nitecore MH10 v2.  I’m happy to have this one and happy to say it’s better than some other Nitecore lights I’ve tested recently.  I hope this is more of what Nitecore has to offer in upcoming lights.  This is a nice, fairly simple, USB-C charging 21700 light with an indicating switch.  Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

Only one version of the MH10 v2.  Changes from the MH10 include going from 18650 to 21700, using USB-C instead of micro-USB charging, among other things.

Price

These are going for $64.95 at NitecoreStore.com (referral link.)


Short Review

I like the 21700 format, and this light by Nitecore is a good entry into that category.  I like the indicating e-switch, and the UI is very simple.  Charging works great too, and the included cell is also good quality.  The price isn’t so bad, either.

Long Review

The Big Table

Nitecore MH10 v2
Emitter: Cree XP-L2 (V6)
Price in USD at publication time: $64.95 at NitecoreStore.com
Cell: 1×21700
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Switch Warning
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1200
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 912 (76% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 11.7
Claimed Throw (m) 202
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 511lux @ 4.716m = 11365cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 213.2 (105.5% of claim)*
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  • Measurement disclaimer:  I am an amateur flashlight reviewer.  I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment.  I test output and such in PVC tubes!!  Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

  • Nitecore MH10 v2 Flashlight
  • Nitecore 4000mAh 21700
  • Lanyard
  • Pocket clip
  • Spare o-ring
  • Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
  • 21700 to 18650 adapter
  • Belt holster
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

The threads on this guy are anodized, triangle, and so so long.  Six and a half full turns to remove the tailcap!

The internals have springs on head and tail both.

Size and Comps

Length 147 mm / 5.79 in
Head Size 25.4 mm / 1.00 in
Weight 77.5 g / 2.73 oz

Retention and Carry

The included pocket clip arrives unattached, and is a friction fit clip that can fit in only one slot.  But it’s reversible in that slot.

It’s a nice clip, and sturdy.  The clip also has two holes through which the lanyard may be attached.  That lanyard can also attach in any of the loops on the tailcap.

A belt attachment is included.  This is a nice holster.

The switch is accessible when the light is holstered, and the light can shine out the bottom, as well.

Power and Runtime

Nitecore includes the NL2140, a 4000mAh 21700 cell.

It’s a protected button top.

A 21700 to 18650 (or cr123x2) adapter is included, too.

When a cell is inserted into the light and the tailcap is fully tightened, the indicating switch will blink to indicate cell voltage.  It blinks the actual cell voltage too, which is great.  In this way:  four blinks then pause, then one blink is 4.1V.  Voltage reported for CR123x2 is the average between the two.

Here are two runtimes.  You’ll note that the output only hits 912 lumens at 30s, and only 954 max – well short of the 1200 claimed.  But remember the bezel, which is crenelated, and know that some light will escape the runtime apparatus.  So it measures low, but maybe not that low.

The runtime on Medium is pleasantly well regulated.

During runtimes, when cell voltage gets low, the switch indicates by blinking quickly.  In my tests the light didn’t turn off, but the switch was indicating for quite some time before I stopped the test.

Upgraded from the MH10 is that the charge port is USB-C, not micro-USB.  The included charge cable is a USB to USB-C cable.

The charge port is in the head, exactly opposite the switch.  It’s well protected with this press-in rubber cover.

 

Charging is not only good, it’s also consistent.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 1200 3h45m 912 2.93
Mid 300 8h 263 0.55
Low 55 46h 0.10
Ultralow 1 1500h 0.01

PWM

After the disaster that was just reviewed, the P20 v2, what you see here is an extremely pleasant surprise.  This 1) isn’t visible and 2) isn’t even PWM.  Why couldn’t the P20 v2 have this too?

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

There’s just one switch on the MH10 v2.  It’s an e-switch on the head, and has an indicating feature.

Below you can see the profile of the switch.  It’s not proud, but also easy to find.  And note the USB-C cover – it’d be hard to get the two confused.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode memory except any strobe)
Off Hold Ultralow
On Click Off
On Hold Mode Advance (ULMH)
Any Double click Strobe
Strobe Hold Strobe Advance (Strobe > Beacon > SOS)

LED and Beam

The emitter used by Nitecore here is a Cree XP-L2 (V6).  The reflector is mostly smooth, and very deep (for a tube light).

All in all it makes for a tight beam.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the left!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Throw is good
  • Use of 21700 is appreciated
  • Charging at >1A is good (higher rate would be acceptable too)
  • Uncomplicated UI

What I don’t like

  • Long tailcap threads
  • Output doesn’t quite meet specification

Notes

  • This light was provided by Nitecore for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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