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Acebeam H17 Nichia 1500lm headlamp review: Pros and Cons

3 x Nichia 219C LEDs
1500 lm output
6252 cd intensity
1 x 18350 Li-Ion battery

The Acebeam H17 Nichia headlamp released in 2020. It uses 3 x Nichia 219C LEDs, TIR reflector and 1 x 18350 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this headlamp provides up to 1500 lm output, 6252 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 158 m.

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Acebeam H17 Nichia / H17N

The H17 Nichia headlamp is designed to provide hands-free light. It lets the user to have both hands free for other tasks while having a focused light source. It uses a TIR lens to form the beam pattern. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The memory function is a nice feature, the light will remember the last used mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Acebeam H17 Nichia specifications

BrandAcebeam
NameH17 Nichia
TypeH17N
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1337 user votes.
Launch2020
Formheadlamp

This headlamp lets you aim the beam where you need it. It gives better sight and cuts the risk of accidents or mistakes.

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight43.8 g
Length97 mm
Body diameter24 mm
Head diameter24.3 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 43.8 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium body of the H17 Nichia has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. Flashlight makers widely use HAIII coating. It is durable, resists corrosion, and improves grip. It also looks good. The H17 Nichia flashlight is available in black.

System, LED, lens, reflector

Emitter3 x Nichia 219C LEDs
Color temperature4000 K
ReflectorTIR
LensTIR
Switchelectronic front

The emitter of H17 Nichia manufactured by Nichia, a Japanese LED manufacturer. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. The TIR lens makes the LED light collimated. It does this into efficient, well-controlled beams. These beams maximize the usable lumens in the target area. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1500 lm
Intensity6252 cd
Throw158 m
CD/LM factor4.17
CRI90

With 1500 lm, the H17 Nichia flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The H17 Nichia flashlight has 6252 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is. A flashlight with a higher CRI can show colors more accurately. This is useful for examining objects, it helps tell colors apart in low-light or nighttime. The H17 Nichia flashlight has a CRI of 90. It provides true-to-life colors. This makes it ideal for tasks where accurate color discrimination is crucial.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. The H17 Nichia flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18350 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
Impact resistance2 m
AUX LEDsno
Magneticyes

The Acebeam H17 Nichia flashlight is powered by 1 x 18350 Li-Ion battery. The H17 Nichia cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. This flashlight has built-in low voltage protection (LVP). It prevents damage from over-discharge, so it doesn't need protected cells. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles.

The "8" in the IP68 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress. This flashlight has an impressive impact resistance rating of 2 m. It is built to endure accidental drops or impacts. This flashlight has a magnetic base. It lets it easily stick to metal surfaces.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18350 battery with microUSB
2 x spare o-rings
clip
headband
microUSB cable

It comes with a battery. The battery must be fully charged before you first use your H17 Nichia. The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the H17 Nichia flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Acebeam flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • warm light
  • TIR lens
  • adequate performance
  • superior CRI
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • magnetic
  • battery included
  • clip

Cons

  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs

Photos

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Acebeam H17 Nichia / H17N

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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