NightSearcher Magnum 3000

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NightSearcher Magnum 3000 review

NightSearcher Magnum 3000 specs

Brand & ModelNightSearcher Magnum 3000
Flashlight categoryProfessional HD
LEDNot claimed
Max. output3,000 lumens
Max. beam distance500 metres
Max. beam intensityNot claimed
Battery config.Proprietary 26650
Onboard chargingYes, DC12V
Main modes4
BlinkiesStrobe
WaterproofIP67
Review publication dateJanuary 2024

Review intro:

NightSearcher is not a brand I’ve come across before, although they claim to be a British brand and established since 1984 and to quote them “As leaders in portable and rechargeable LED Lighting, Nightsearcher are continuously investing in the research and development of cutting-edge solutions with innovation and product development at the heart of our operation.”.

A quick bit of Googling finds them on Companies House, but only incorporated since 2003. So I can’t really tell what products they have been making for the claimed 19 years prior to this. Although they do list many different products from mobile lighting to mobile power units on their website. So flashlights are only a part of their business.

NightSearcher seems to make big bold claims of British designed & manufactured on their website. But while the website is very glossy and smart looking, it lacks any real information or specifications on any of their products. And I can find no other claims of components or where they are built. But we will go with the assumption that they are, as claimed, made in Britain.

All of their flashlights seem to be aimed and marketed as “Professional” or Heavy Duty and market leader. And would appear to be priced accordingly for such branding. Personally, I’d like to know a little more about such things as the LED being used and cd claims and outputs for the individual modes. But this doesn’t seem to be how NightSearcher are branding these lights. Very little information is provided.

Package quality.

The Magnum 3000 comes in a plastic carry case along with a mains charger and plug adapters. The case is quite nice, robust and somewhere to keep the light. Although it does it make it more bulky to store any carry. The case does emphasis the “professional” moniker, in the sense that you can see it being stored away until needed and completely self contained.

Despite the carry case you don’t get much in the box. There is a pre-fitted heavy duty wrist carry strap and a very basic instruction manual. The Magnum 3000 does come with an included proprietary 26650 battery already installed in the light.

Flashlight in use, Build Quality, and Warranty

I’m not entirely certain what “professional” use would really entail and would suggest this is a marketing angle rather than anything practical or substantive. I’m guessing it could be used for Search & Rescue or by any kind of commercial or industrial use where the company might issue a high quality flashlight to a department or workers.

The Magnum 3000 sure does feel very hefty and solid and has a claim of a 5 year warranty. When I say hefty, it really is heavy in the hand for its size.

It isn’t all good news. While the machining quality looks to be good, the torch is made up of several different colours where the anodising of the different components doesn’t fully match. On a budget light you can forgive these things, but something touted and priced as a “professional” unit. It does beg the question where they have scrimped a little. Don’t get me wrong, mismatched anodising doesn’t impact performance or use. But it is one of those finer details that does bother me.

A unique feature of the Magnum 3000 is the switch guard. I can sort of see the intent, to avoid accidental activation. Although my default position on this would be to simply design a switch that isn’t prone to accidental activation in the first place.

This cover rotates over the switch to block access to it. But it does not act as a lockout. In fact you can turn the light on and then slide the cover over the switch to prevent it being turned off too.

The cover requires quite a lot of effort to rotate. I can just about with a lot of effort rotate it one handed with my right thumb. But mostly you will want two hands to do this. However, as a lefty I find this another irritation of the design, as it is completely impossible to practically rotate the cover to access the switch with your left hand. And once the cover is in the open position, it then makes the light uncomfortable to hold with your left hand.

The rest of the light seems to follow the same robust and heavy build quality. The threads on the tailcap appear to be trapezoid rather than square cut. But they are smooth without slop, so I can see no issue here.

LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector

NightSearcher make no claims to what LED is used in the Magnum 3000, although I’d say it looks like a Cree XHP70.2 or XHP70.3, either way the light is rather a shocking cool white and on the night I first used the light there was a heavy due and light frost and the very white light was somewhat shocking on the eyes.

The Magnum 3000 comes with a heavy orange peel reflector, so while the reflector is relatively large, this isn’t a light focus on a pencil thin beam. In fact the beam is quite nice, not exactly a flooder as the spill beam isn’t hugely wide, but the hotspot is large and the spill beam very bright. Meaning that the area it lights up, it illuminates it really well.

There is also what looks like an AR coated glass lens and a mildly crenulated aluminium bezel. The bezel is one of the areas where the anodising doesn’t fully match. 

Spectral measurements:  

I used an Opple Light Master to measure the flashlight at 3 metres distance. 

Mode:CCT:CRI Ra:duv
Turbo6650K71.9-0.0007

Dimensions and its competition

Dimensions: 

NightSearcher Magnum 3000MillimetersInches
Length172mm6.77in
Head diameter62mm2.44in
Body diameter35mm1.38in

Dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter and the nearest tenth of an Inch.

Weight

NightSearcher Magnum 3000Weight in gramsWeight in oz
Without battery:351g12.3oz
With battery451g15.9oz

Weight is rounded to the nearest gram and tenth of an Oz.

Flashlight size comparison with its competition:

Group 1: Convoy L21A, Astrolux FT03, NightSearcher Magnum 3000

Group 2: Lumintop AD01, Cyansky H3, NightSearcher Magnum 3000

NightSearcher Magnum 3000 UI: User Interface and Driver

Available modes: 

  • Turbo, High, Medium, Low

Available blinky modes:

  • Strobe

From OFF:

  • Press and hold: Strobe
  • Single click:  On

From ON:

  • Press and hold: Strobe
  • 1 click: If within 5 seconds of previous click it advances the to the next output mode 
  • 1 click: If over 5 seconds of previous click it will turn off

Mode memory:

  • No 

Shortcuts:

  • To Low: No
  • To Turbo: No
  • To Strobe: Yes


Low voltage warning/protection:

  • Colour LED in switch will indicate battery state and light will shut off below a certain voltage

Strobe/blinkies

  • Strobe, by a press and hold

Lock-out mode: 

  • Via tailcap
  • Rotating plastic switch cover

PWM

  • None that I can detect

Additional/summary info on the UI: 

  • When I first started playing around with the Magnum 3000 I must admit I hated the UI. However, I realised you need to change your mindset. A light such as this is not intended as an EDC carry light or even one for camping. Which means if you are the sort of person to require a light like this, you will most of the time just turn it on and use it in that mode. And the UI works well for this, defaulting to Turbo every time. And assuming you will have the light on for more than 5 seconds (which you probably would real world use), clicking the button again turns the light off, which is likely what your intention would be.
  • Should you be indoors or closer quarters and need less light, you can scroll to the desired output at the time of activation. Where the UI feels clunky is if you want to change modes after a few mins of use, here your only option is click the switch which will turn the light off, then click it again and scroll through to your desired output.
  • Ultimately I feel the UI is likely well designed and suited to the lights intended use. But if you plan to use the light for other uses, you may find the UI a little restrictive or even a tad annoying.

NightSearcher Magnum 3000 Charging and batteries

Charge typeFitsNo fitCharge time
Flashlight with DC 12v socketProvided 26650 onlyAny other battery*5-6hrs

* The provided Fuel Bar 26650 has a unique positive end button cap, making the battery proprietary to the light. A regular 26650 will not work without modification. Although you could likely stack some rare Earth magnets to stimulate the positive end of the Fuel Bar battery.

Performance test

Lumen measurements

How Lumens are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards How Lumens are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards: The ANSI FL1 standards specify that output in lumens should be measured 30 seconds after turning on, as this is the standardized time for measuring brightness according to the industry standard. This is why we focus on this part in our measurements.

To test the performance I use a homemade integrated sphere for lumen testing using a dedicated light metre. I also use the CeillingBounce Android app for measuring throw (at 3m) and runtimes. Both are calibrated using a 1Lumen supplied calibration light.

ModeAmps at startSpecified0 sec.30 sec.10 min.
Low0.16Not claimed91 lm91 lmNot tested
Med0.88Not claimed459 lm468 lm465 lm
High2.06Not claimed919 lm919 lm912 lm
Turbo5.030002457 lm2379 lm1616 lm

Ambient temperature during testing:

  • 18°C 

NightSearcher Magnum 3000 Battery Life: Runtime graphs

How Runtimes are Measured: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards About ANSI FL1 runtime standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turning on). This does not mean that the flashlight is not usable anymore. The last column shows how long the light actually works till it shuts off. If there is a + symbol, it means that the test was stopped at that particular point, but the light was actually still running. This happens on certain occasions, with certain drivers, firmware, or batteries.
ModeSpecifiedRuntime (ANSI FL1)Time till shut off
Low25hNot testedNot tested
MedNot claimed5h 30min5h 30min
HighNot claimed2h 27min2h 27min
Turbo1h 30min1h 42min1h 42min

Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements

About Peak beam intensity: Understanding ANSI FL1 Standards About peak beam intensity The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object). This means that the intensity has decreased so much, it becomes difficult to see darker objects, or objects that don’t reflect light. The columns ‘Meters’ and ‘Yards’ use rounded numbers.

To test the performance I use a homemade integrated sphere for lumen testing using a dedicated light metre. I also use the CeillingBounce Android app for measuring throw (at 3m) and runtimes. Both are calibrated using a 1Lumen supplied calibration light.

ModeSpecifiedCandela measured MetersYards
LowNot claimed1,339cd73m80yd
MediumNot claimed7,155cd169m185yd
HighNot claimed13,012cd228m249yd
TurboUp to 500m32,083cd358m392yd

Ambient temperature:

  • 18°C

Beamshots

Camera settings and distance: 

  • Camera: Canon EOS 200D DSLR, Canon 18-55mm EFS IS used at 18mm , Shutter: ¼, Aperture: F4.5 , ISO: 1600, White Balance: 5200k 

To take the photos the camera and torch are both mounted to a tripod using a timer on the shutter. Beam shots are taken at two different distances.

Distance: 100m to the building

Distance: 5m to the tree on the left and 11m to the compost heap

Beamshots of the following flashlights compared:

  • NightSearcher Magnum 3000
  • Lumintop AD01
  • Astrolux FT03
  • Noctigon KR1
  • Emisar D1K
  • Emisar D1 SBT90.2

Please note that the following beamshots are mainly intended to showcase the beam pattern and beam quality, rather than overall performance. These images are typically taken directly after activation, and in different seasons or weather conditions, and therefore do not fully represent its overall performance. For accurate performance metrics, such as output, beam distance, and runtimes, you need to look at the performance section of this review.

Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to us for review at no cost by NightSearcher. We have not been paid to review, nor have we been holding back on problems or defects.

Final Verdict

Pros

  1. Beam profile
  2. Regulation
  3. Heavy duty construction
  4. No mode memory
  5. Includes hard case

Cons

  1. Proprietary battery
  2. User interface
  3. CCT
  4. Weight

Explanation on star ratings:

1: Avoid: a match would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended

author matthew
Author: Matthew

3.5 stars: ★★★⋆

While our star rating provides a reliable indicator, we encourage you to read the full review to make an informed decision based on your own needs and preferences.

There are a number of things I‘m really not keen on with the Magnum 3000. The UI takes a bit of getting used too and frankly you almost need to treat it like a single mode light that has a dimming feature at turn on. The tint (or rather the Kelvin level) is also a major detractor and makes many things look far harsher than really are. But over all it is a solid, very solid and heavy light that delivers. The switch cover feels somewhat gimmicky and doesn’t seem to really serve much of a purpose and the Magnum 3000 is priced higher than many lights of this ilk.

Ultimately while the complaints are not major, I can find little I truly love about this light either. Ultimately earning it a solid 3.5 stars from me.

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