Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Product review: Nitecore HC30 1000Lumens CREE XM-L2 U2 LED Headlamp Handheld Flashlight

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This is a unique headlamp. It is a band that accepts a small flashlight, which can be used by itself or as part of the headlamp. I really like the flashlight, but using it in the headband was not ideal. First, I am not able to shine the flashlight down because the light gets into my eyes if the flashlight is pointed down. This does not happen in a typical headlamps which have a light that can be ratcheted down because the casing shields the light from the eyes. The ratchinging mechanism gives me a better control over where the light is aiming. The flashlight is larger than a typical headlamp light and it makes the headlight more top heavy than my other headlights.

The flashlight itself is very nice. It is relatively small - 4 inches long and it weighs 4.5 oz (with battery installed). The flashlight has 5 brightness levels: Turbo, High, Mid, Low, Ultra-low.

Lux meter readings:
At 12 inches the lux meter showed
' 13840 lux on turbo high setting
' 7210 lux on high setting
' 2050 lux on medium setting
' 45 lux on low setting
' 4 lux on ultra low setting
' For comparison, a 60 watt fluorescent bulb at the same distance produces 1119 lux.

It runs on one 18650 battery which is included. The battery was totally discharged when I received and required a full recharge before it would work in the flashlight. The elastic band is adjustable.

Overall, I like the standalone flashlight more than when it was in the headband.

This headlamp is provided by Nitecore for testing and review. Getting a review product does not influence what I say. The review is based purely on my experience which had both positives and negatives.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


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