Nitecore Concept 1

4 years ago written by

I received the Concept 1 from Nitecore for the review.

The Concept 1 is a 18650 EDC with a high output, due to the CREE XHP35 HD E2 of power and a new solution for the switch.

The Concept 1 is a medium – big sized 18650 light (112x25mm, 62 g), it has a cylindrical tailcap and a cylindrical body that tapers into a cone toward the head.

The head up carrying clip is secured to the light by 2 screws, and comes already mounted on this light.

The most distinctive feature is the switch, on the head.

Rather than going for the usual electronic switch cover in rubber or metal, Nitecore on the Concept 1 has adopted a metallic lever that if pushed down, depresses the switch.

On one end, the lever is connected to the head with some pins, on the other, by a screw.
You can see here the switch under it.

This “new switch” is really easy to locate in the dark, even with gloves on, and provides an anti rolling feature (that is also present due to the clip). But the switch lever rattles a bit when the light is shaken.

Threads at the head and at the tailcap are well made, lubed, and anodized for physical lockout. The tailcap hosts a magnet that makes the Concept 1 able to stand on metallic surfaces.

The contact point at the head is a raised button, so flat top cells will work fine as button top.

The Concept 1 comes with a cordura sheath


Beamshots at 0.5 meters from the wall

The big LED in the small reflector gives a wide beam, useful in the short distances.

Output and Runtime

My thoughts
The light is well built and finished.
In my tests I used the General UI, which allows direct access / shortcuts to lowest and highest mode, and has memory mode: all things I like in my lights.
The regulation is good, although I would like a non stepping down level at around 5-700 lumens.
A bigger switch means it will more easily bump into things, leading to accidental activations (it happened to me). There is also a not irrelevant parasitic drain, around few mAh, which will deplete a full battery within few months. For both reasons, I recommend you to keep the light physically locked out.
If you are looking for a medium to large size 18650 EDC light with a lot of output, the Concept 1 may suit you.
The sheath is slightly bigger for the light, I would like a tighter fit. I’d like the clip to allow a more deep carry. I’d like to see this light come with a NW tint.

Thanks to: AntoLed for the camera help, the thermal camera and the luxmeter; Zampa for the tripod.


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