The NiteCore TM26 boasts itself as the world’s smallest and brightest flashlight - with light beam outputs at 4000 lumens.
The TM26 is more of a searchlight, than tactical. What you gain in high lumens, you lose with its heavy weight and your overall agility with the flashlight. That being said, this light is nonetheless a beast and perfect for any search and rescue situations.
If you’re looking for a light-weight flashlight for more tactical settings, we highly suggest the NiteCore P12.
Output and Runtime
This Tiny Monster offers 5 different light modes:
- Output: 4000 lumens
- Runtime: 45 minutes (4x18650) and 1 hour (8xCR123)
- Output: 1900 lumens
- Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes (4x18650) and 2 hours and 30 minutes (8xCR123)
- Output: 700 lumens
- Runtime: 8 hours and 15 minutes (4x18650) and 5 hours and 45 minutes (8xCR123)
- Output: 230 lumens
- Runtime: 48 hours (4x18650) and 32 hours (8xCR123)
- Output: 3 lumens
- Runtime: 1000 hours (4x18650) and 750 hours (8xCR123)
The TM26 offers a location beacon, rapid flashing, SOS and strobe modes as well.
This NiteCore model uses 4 Cree XM-L2 LEDs instead of the conventional 1 LED most tactical flashlights use.
What is the TM26’s throw / beam distance?
The NiteCore TM26 utilizes its Precision Digital Optics Technology to achieve a throw distance of 454 meters.
What is the TM26’s peak beam intensity?
This model has a peak beam intensity of 51,600 candela per lumen (cd/lm).
- OLED display for:
- Lumen output and brightness modes
- Batery status
- Battery voltage
- Approximate runtime
- Integrated power indicator and multi-function switch
The NiteCore Tiny Monster comes with a quality holster and lanyard. The bundle from Amazon additionally includes:
- 4 NiteCore NL186 2600mAh Batteries
- 8 EdisonBright CR123A batteries and Charger
Material & Durability
Size and Weight
- Head side length: 57 mm
- Body length: 142 mm
- Tail diameter: 438 grams without the battery
The TM26 is pretty compact and fits nicely in the size of your hand. It has a single switch that is accessible with your thumb making it easy for one hand operation.
Like most other lights, the body is contructed with aircraft aluminum alloy. It boasts a lightweight design however it does get pretty heavy with the batteries.
This flashlight features thermal protection to prevent overheating.
Waterproof / Water-resistant
The NiteCore TM26 is IPX-8 waterproof and submersible to 2 meters.
The Tiny Monster is resistant to impact up to 1.5 meters.
It’s worth noting how durable this flashlight is. Most tactical flashlights are submersible and impact resistant up to 1 meter while the TM26 can handle more.
The NiteCore TM26 is compatible with 4x18650 or 8xCR123 batteries. With eight CR123 batteries, the flashlight can achieve longer runtimes.
It has a maximum runtime of 1,000 hours on the lowest setting.
For emergency situations, the light is capable of using 1x18650 or 2xCR123 batteries.
Conclusion: Our NiteCore TM26 Review
The NiteCore TM26 is a strong and powerful searchlight that offers long runtimes and a super bright beam. While it is very compact and fits the palms of most people’s hands, the batteries make it a bit heavier than other tactical lights.
We recommend the TM26 for camping, outdoors and search. If you’re looking for a light to be used with a firearm, we also recommend the NiteCore P12.