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Fenix HM65R-T headlamp review

Luminus SST40 LED, Cree XP-G2 S3 LED
1300 lm output
7261 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Fenix HM65R-T headlamp was released in 2021. It uses Luminus SST40 LED, Cree XP-G2 S3 LED, TIR reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this headlamp provides up to 1300 lm output, 7261 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 170 m.

Keen to discover if this Fenix headlamp lives up to the hype? Keep reading!

Table of Contents

  • Fenix HM65R-T specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

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Fenix HM65R-T / HM65R-T

This Fenix headlamp plays a crucial role in safety. It is especially important during nighttime or in emergencies. It uses a TIR lens to form the beam pattern. This light has 3 + 3 modes of lighting. This flashlight does not have memory function. The flashlight is rechargeable easily via USB port.

Fenix HM65R-T specifications

BrandFenix
NameHM65R-T
TypeHM65R-T
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1340 user votes.
Launch2021
Formheadlamp

Headlamps have a light attached to a headband. This allows users to wear them without using their hands.

Fenix HM65R-T / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight91 g
Length80 mm
Body diameter39 mm
Head diameter47 mm
Dimensions83 x 47 x 39 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 91 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. A smaller flashlight is easier to carry in a pocket, bag, or pouch. This makes it more convenient for everyday use or when you're on the go. The aluminium body of the HM65R-T 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 HM65R-T flashlight is available in black.

Fenix HM65R-T / 5

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterLuminus SST40 LED, Cree XP-G2 S3 LED
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorTIR
LensTIR
Switchdual electronic top

People know Luminus LEDs for their efficiency, brightness, color accuracy, and long lifespan. Lighting professionals trust Cree LEDs. Cree LEDs have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The color temperature choice depends on the light's use and personal taste. 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. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features. They allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight.

Fenix HM65R-T / 2

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1300 lm
Intensity7261 cd
Throw170 m
CD/LM factor5.59

With 1300 lm, the HM65R-T flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The HM65R-T flashlight has 7261 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 candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam.

Fenix HM65R-T / 4

Software, user interface, modes

Modes3 + 3 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno
Strobeno
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences.

Fenix HM65R-T / 3

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portUSB Type-C
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP68
Impact resistance2 m
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The HM65R-T flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. This flashlight can charge the battery with a built-in charger. It works with a USB power source. This flashlight has built-in low voltage protection (LVP). It prevents damage from over-discharge, so it doesn't need protected cells. The HM65R-T has thermal protection feature. These mechanisms track and regulate the flashlight's temperature as it operates.

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. The flashlight's impact resistance is its ability to withstand physical shocks. It can accomplish this without sustaining any damage.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18650 battery
USB Type-C cable
headband
spare o-ring

The included battery lets you immediately use the flashlight for your desired applications. It saves time and allows you to focus on your tasks or activities. Instead of searching for matching O-rings, having spare O-rings allows quick fixes.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the HM65R-T 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 Fenix 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
  • TIR lens
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • battery included

Cons

  • cool light
  • no mode memory
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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