NiteCore TM36 SBT-70 LED Rechargeable Searchlight Review

Having come from an area where power blackouts are frequent, I always encountered difficulties finding things at night. The case would become worse when the area was infested with mist and fog.

I was living in hell on earth. 😥

All the flashlights that I held in my house were so useless that they couldn’t help in such situations. My most favorite one was also poor. It produced some weak beam of light which wasn’t so clear.

And worst of all, it could throw the light beam a few yards only. This was a double tragedy. I was fed up! I wanted to look for the best way out of all these problems.

My neighbors seemed to cope so well with all the problems in this area.

Perhaps they knew something I didn’t know?

I have to find out how they survive… I approached several of them, and none gave me a good solution so far. To cut the long story short, I eventually found on a guy who gave me a permanent solution to my problems.

How did he survive this race?

Well, after a long conversation, he asked me what I normally use when power goes out. I proudly introduced my favorite searchlight to him.

The guy really laughed at me. 🙁

I felt frustrated, but I had to be patient. He then reached into a nearby drawer and came back with a tiny device and handed it to me. “This is the flashlight we use in the modern day.” I was embarrassed.

How could I be living like a cave man?

Without a slight idea of the new torch models?

After a long series of talks of how the torch works, I was satisfied. I have found the right solution.

I went back to my house. I like testing out things. I must test this particular torch. I logged into my laptop and quickly typed- NiteCore TM36 SBT-70 LED Rechargeable Searchlight Review on Google search bar (this is the searchlight’s name). Google was back with multiple search results after a few seconds.

I picked the Amazon results and read some customer reviews. A few moments later, I have placed my order!

In a week’s time, NiteCore TM36 SBT-70 LED Rechargeable Searchlight was at my doorstep. After opening it, I realized there was a pack of Nitecore NBP52 batteries inside the package.

I knew my journey to search for a genuine rechargeable battery was saved. After fully charging, I installed the batteries on the torch and activated it.

How bright was it?

Is it reliable?

How about its user interface?

I spent a whole week investigating all about the torch. Today, I have decided to share with you everything I found about this searchlight.

Ready to learn more about the NiteCore TM36 SBT-70 LED Rechargeable Searchlight?

Here are the details:

NOTE: Before you start reading this review, note that it is based on my tests. I have provided ONLY the most genuine information to help you make a wise decision when purchasing the searchlight.

First things first! The torch is the smallest I have ever seen in my life it’s so compact that it fitted in all my pants pockets easily. About the amount of brightness it produces, I’m yet to find better words to explain it.

The tiny torch utilizes the ultra-powerful LUMINUS SBT- 70 LED technology. The technology outputs an ultra bright light that covers a maximum throw distance of 1100 meters.

I had all the reasons to smile for finding a permanent solution to my life. If you have been toiling in problems similar to mine, you’ll find comfort in this searchlight. For once, I agreed with a customer who explained this searchlight as a “Tiny Monster.”

Top Features and Benefits I Experienced While using the NiteCore TM36 SBT-70 LED Rechargeable Searchlight are:

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  • Durable searchlight
  • User-friendly user interface
  • Extremely portable
  • Different power modes to choose from
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    Longest throw distance, up to 1km
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    Comes with ultra-high performance battery pack
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    Features the high-power LUMINUS SBT-70 LED technology
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    Thermal protection system prevents overheating


  • Expensive (the higher the price, the higher the quality)

Excellent A+++ Performance

It is a rare thing to get in touch with a torch that executes its task so well, that you feel like giving it an A+++ rating isn’t enough. The searchlight utilizes the powerful LUMINUS SBT-70 LED. This technology is capable of producing a total of 1800 lumens when set to high mode.

This mode will run for an hour and a half! At 1800 lumens this is an ultra bright light that will illuminate your backyard as the sun does during the day.

With this device within reach, I forgot about all the constant power blackouts that used to hit my area plus the miserable fog and mist that created hell on earth.

Seeing things miles away is also possible with the torch, thanks to the LED technology that throws the beam to over 1100m. This is an equivalent of over one kilometer. What a wonder!

To further enhance its performance, the light is fitted with a thermal protection circuit system. Its main task is to dissipate the heat produced when the torch is working. This goes a long way in maximizing the performance of the torch.

Extreme reflector Performance

My earlier light had an awkward reflector that was not so clear. Owning the Nitecore searchlight was surely a milestone in my life. It has an ultra clear reflector that does not affect the light passing through it in any way.

What makes the reflector so clear and effective?

After a quick scan over this product details as provided by the manufacturer, I go the real secret. Te reflectors have been designed using “Precision Digital Optic Technology.” This technology ensures maximum performance of the searchlight reflectors.

All the light produced by the LED lamps passes through unfiltered, unaffected.

Built to Last

My old model was put to shame by this torch. It was made of a plastic material- LOL! Now, immediately I got this searchlight, I realized that its casing was not an ordinary one.

After further research, it dawned on me that the casing is made of unique materials. It’s made form aircraft grade aluminum metal alloys.

Yes, that’s the metal used to manufacture airplanes. It’s the hardest metal the industry has discovered so far. And the best part is that it serves an equal purpose to your torch- i.e. it makes it last for years.

The build to last wind does not just end in the torch casing. The device also features the toughest glass on its head. The glass is made from tough mineral glass materials to ensure it doesn’t break easily (in case the light falls off your hands).

Additionally, the torch has been covered with an anti-reflective coating to ensure it does not redirect the light that passes through it.

Corrosion Resistant and Rustproof

Yes, we have already stated that the torch is durable and strong. But this can’t be possible if the aluminum metal is exposed to the surroundings.

A rusting or corrosion might weaken it. The company behind the searchlight has, therefore, covered the entire casing with the most solid HAIII anodizing. This is the anodizing material used in all military products. It’s hard to corrode or scratch. Above all, it’s rustproof.

Rechargeable Flashlight

If you’re bound to the traditional searchlights that are non-rechargeable like I once was, this torch is the best way to say goodbye to the task of having to purchase new batteries every week. This searchlight can be recharged. Its package comes with special NBP52 Nitecore battery pack.

The package is special in that it has been designed to increase the runtime while maintaining the torch’s giant output levels. This battery pack is an equivalent of eight 18650 model batteries.

Recharging the batteries is as easy as pie. The light comes with two built-in charging ports. You, therefore, don’t need to carry the charger with you wherever you go.

Even more interesting is that one port is placed on the flashlight while the other is placed on the battery pack (just in a case you think of buying an extra one)

Note that the built-in charger supports dual voltage charging. This simply means you can recharge your searchlight at any part of the world you travel to.

FIVE Brightness Levels to Pick From!

The searchlight allows you to select the brightness mode you’re comfortable with. It has a total of five brightness modes/ energy levels including the beacon, SOS signals, and Strobes mode. Each of these modes has a purpose to serve. My research led me to this conclusion.

You can use the strobes mode to defend yourself when someone is trying to attack you. Just shine the bright signals through the attacker’s eye and they’ll be confused to death. This way, you’ll get a chance to escape.

Overall, the lowest brightness mode produces 50 lumens for 67 hours, while the highest mode produces 1800 lumens for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

100% Waterproof Design

If you’ve at one time been faced with the challenge of using your light to find things in heavy rains or wet environments, don’t let the challenge recur again in your life.

This light has a waterproof design that goes by IP waterproof ratings of IPX8. When you see such a rating, it means that the device can be submerged in water as deep as 2m and continue to work properly.

What’s your take?

To continue using a poor quality torch that doesn’t survive wetness or use a torch that works below the water of depth 2m? Make a wise choice right now…

Smallest Sized Light in the Market

This is the smallest of all the searchlights I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I didn’t even know that my neighbor was holding a torch the first time he was introducing it to me until he declared it.

On comparing this with my other torch, I think that that was just a bulk tool that worked poorly. While this is a tiny tool that works miraculously. To give you a bright idea what the size of this torch is like, I’ve to note down the following measurements:

  • Length of the light: 278mm
  • Head diameter: 90mm
  • Tube diameter: 50mm
  • Tail Diameter: 50mm

I won’t comment more on how small the torch is. Make your judgment from the above dimensions.

Being a small device comes with its load of benefits. For example, it perfectly fitted in all my pants pocket, as it will do in yours. It is extremely portable. It will as well fit in your purse, without making it look bulging.

Simply said, nobody will notice you’re carrying searchlight until you pull it out and put it to task.


I didn’t believe the lightweight aspect from the customer reviews. Neither did I believe how the device felt in my hands. But after placing it in my weighing machine, I admitted it is a lightweight product.

It weighs 1330g only.

That’s an extremely lightweight searchlight that does not make your pants sag when you put in the pocket. It will not feel bulky no matter how long you hold it in your hands.

Comes with an Innovative Switch

We can’t fail to discuss how you activate the torch to output the ultra-bright beam. And this is where we focus on the type of switch that comes with the device.

This is one of the features of the torch that left me in awe! I had to switch ON and OFF for over 3 times to experience much awe. The switch has such a creative design.

It is a single button, two-stage switch with a user-friendly user interface. Trust me, you don’t need anyone’s course to operate this switch.

And don’t forget that the switch design is patented.

Patented Power indicator

How do you know the amount of power consumed by the torch? Or how do you know the amount of power reaming in your battery?

An integrated power indicator system takes care of this. Funny enough, the power indicator is placed next to the switch we’ve just discussed above. And since the switch is patented, this system is also patented.

Frequently Answer Questions

1. Does the searchlight package come with the NiteCore rechargeable batteries?

Yes, the package comes with Nitecore rechargeable batteries. But unlike other Nitecore lights, the batteries in this searchlight are not the 18650 model. Rather, it is a battery pack that has been specially designed to increase runtime without affecting the output performance.

2. Does NiteCore offer any warranty to this product?

The manufacturer offers you a 5-year warranty plan if you purchase the product from the US. Make sure you buy your package from a reputable vendor to enjoy the warranty.

3. Which technology does the flashlight use to produce light?

The searchlight employs LUMINUS SBT-70 LED technology. The technology is capable of generating 1800 lumens when under the highest setting and 50 lumens under the lowest setting

Final Verdict

NiteCore TM36 SBT-70 LED Rechargeable Searchlight is a flawless device you need in your life. It’s trusted companion from Nitecore, a trusted brand. I thank my neighbor/trusted friend for introducing me to this torch. And I’ll continue to thank him. The torch does not disappoint.

It has the longest beam distance of over 1km. It has super-excellent performance. It has everything unique in it. Order your package today and thank me later.

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