I’ve been carrying around the Nitecore Infilux IFD2 LED flashlight for several months now and I wanted to make a quick post about it because I think it’s such a great torch.
While expensive (about $150), this light remains to be one of my favorites. Since I bought it, Nitecore came out with the IFE2, which is smaller, less money, and nearly 100 lumens brighter. I think you can actually get the IFD2 cheaper than $150 now as well. However, one of the main reasons I still like the IFD2 is because it runs on AA batteries. The IFE2 runs off one lithium 18650 battery, which is fine; I have other lights that use the 18650s, I just like the ability to get replacement batteries at any store if I need to.
So yes, I do wish it was as bright as the IFE2, but at around 260 lumens, it’s plenty bright for around-the-house kind of jobs. In fact, the infinite variable brightness feature is extremely useful for around-the-house jobs and I find myself rarely using it on full brightness. I love being able to switch from .01 to 260 lumens within less than 1 second. The way that Nitecore has designed the variable brightness feature, with the sliding magnetic ring, makes perfect sense and I love it. I wish all lights had this option. I do think that it could work having the ring on the back end of the light, but it works just find towards the front.
As with other Nitecore lights I’ve owned, like the Nitecore D20, the build quality on this light is superb. I once dropped this light from about five feet up, straight onto the road, and it took a chunk out of the road. Did nothing to the light. The Titanium alloy bezel retaining ring on this light did it’s job well. The Mil-Spec type III Hard-Anodized scratch and corrosion resistant finish on the IFD2 is very well done. When you pay $150 for a EDC flashlight, you would expect that kind of quality, and this light has it. As a side note – some people might not consider this an EDC light, because of it’s length, but I do carry it with me everyday in my cargo pockets.
Beam quality on this light is excellent. I like how many of the newer LED flashlights these days have the option of purchasing with a smooth, or a textured reflector. The smooth reflector on the IFD2 does a great job at throwing the light a fairly good distance, given it’s only 260 lumens. Having the ability to control the light output very quickly makes close-up lighting needs very practical and the close-up illuminating abilities of this light, when the light is turned down, are very good. You can see a beamshot of the IFD2 in my Fenix TK35 vs Fenix TK40 review. That beamshot was taken 50ft from the wall at night.
Besides the price, I do have one complaint about this light; the switch. The on-off switch on this light just seams cheap. It may just be mine, but sometimes I can hear a very loud buzzing when I turn the light on, right around the switch. Also, the switch seems a little soft, like it could break easily. It’s never broken, but it just feels cheap, and the buzzing is really strange.
In conclusion, I initially decided to pay the steep price for this light because of the build quality, lumen output for a AA light, and most of all – the infinite variable brightness feature. After using it for almost a year now, I am still glad that I bought it. As with any new LED flashlight, you’re always hesitant to buy something that is just going to be out-dated a few months down the road. With the Nitecore IFD2, I ‘m still finding it comparable to other AA EDC lights.