Nitecore HA40 1000lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
1000 lm output
8300 cd intensity
4 x AA batteries

The Nitecore HA40 (HA40) released in 2017. It uses Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, SMO reflector and 4 x AA batteries. The powerful emitter in this headlamp provides up to 1000 lm output, 8300 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 182 m.

The HA40 headlamp stands out as a versatile and high-performance lighting solution. This light has 5 modes of lighting. Since the HA40 flashlight automatically recalls the last used mode, there is no need to access higher brightness levels unless specifically required. The strobe function can be utilized as a self-defense tool, providing a non-lethal means to deter or disorient attackers

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Nitecore HA40 (HA40) specifications

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This headlamp allows you to focus the beam precisely where you need it, providing better visibility and reducing the risk of accidents or mistakes.


Weight126.7 g
Length64 mm
Head diameter32 mm
Dimensions64 x 36 x 56 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The HA40 generally comfortable to hold for extended periods and easy to carry in pockets or bags. A well-balanced flashlight, where the weight is evenly distributed, can be more comfortable to hold for longer periods and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium bodies can be anodized, providing a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. The HAIII coating offers a uniform and attractive finish, often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek and professional look. This flashlight features a captivating black color.


EmitterCree XM-L2 U2 LED
Color temperature6500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm white light is generally considered more comfortable and less harsh on the eyes compared to cool white light. If long-range illumination and throw distance are the primary requirements, a flashlight with a smooth reflector may be more suitable. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission, making the flashlight more effective in darker environments. The electronic switches may have a higher likelihood of standby drain compared to mechanical switches.


Flux1000 lm
Intensity8300 cd
Throw182 m
CD/LM factor8.3

The 1000 lm output of HA40 provides greater versatility, as you can adjust the brightness levels to suit different lighting needs. With 8300 cd, the HA40 flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. The throw distance refers to the maximum distance at which the flashlight can effectively illuminate an object or target. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) is a measure of a flashlight's beam intensity relative to its total luminous flux or output.


Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. Mode memory means that the flashlight will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. The strobe function on the HA40 flashlight is a feature that produces a rapid and repetitive flashing of light. The SOS signal is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.


Battery4 x AA batteries
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationyes

The power source of the HA40 flashlight is 4 x AA batteries, providing reliable and long-lasting energy for optimal performance. The HA40 doesn't have charger port. The HA40 flashlight doesn't have built-in LVP, it is recommended to use a protected battery to prevent over-discharging. The thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating, which can be detrimental to the flashlight's performance, battery, and overall safety.

The "6" in the IP66 rating represents the level of protection against solid objects, specifically dust and foreign particles. The IP66 rating indicates that the flashlight has a protection against water jets.


Package contentsheadband
spare o-ring

When using spare O-rings, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for proper installation.

The performance of the Nitecore HA40 flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

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