Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Collecting: Nitecore Ex10 [1xCR123A Flashlight]

This is one of those models that seemed to get mixed reviews. Then they made a newer model EX11, and people hated it. Then came a minor revision (Ex11.2) that also wasn't well received, and that was it--they stopped making it. At the time I was looking for off-the-shelf products. I wasn't yet ready to call myself an enthusiast or collector, so the Ex and Dx series really didn't interest me too much.

Since lots of collectors still speak fondly of this series, I took the opportunity to buy one from Boaz at the BLF forums. He only had a few left so I was lucky to snap one up. Unfortunately I couldn't get him to part with an original Dx10. These are some of the only production flashlights which feature a piston style switch, which is really no switch at all. Supposedly this type of "switch" will never fail since there's nothing really to wear out as long as it is well maintained like a car.

When my Ex10 arrived, I almost thought it was defective at first. People said this model was quirky and boy is it ever. A better way of putting it is that the user interface is very ... precise. But after about a half hour of experimenting with it, I had the user interface figured out, including the soft lock-out feature. The user interface is very well thought out once you get the hang of it.

This is a solid light. People talk about swapping out the LED but I like the smaller die (XP-E?) with a fairly deep, orange-peel textured reflector, which gives this light a little bit of throw for a such a tiny specimen. I'm thrilled to have this light for my collection!

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight 1

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Rear ViewNitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Side View


Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Emitter Closeup
Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Piston Extended
Above you can see how the piston rides the whole length of the battery tube

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Piston Removed
There is no spoon switch

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Head Removed
Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Piston

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of EmitterNitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Head
Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Driver BoardNitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Tail Switch
Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Tube SpringNitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Markings


Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Closeup Of Tube Threads
Fit and finish on my sample is fantastic


Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Box 1Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Box 2



Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight : Unboxed

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight and EDC Friends
Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight Next To Ruler

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight On Scale
Weight includes EagleTac 16340

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight In Hand 1

Nitecore Ex10 1xCR123A Flashlight In Hand 2

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