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Nitecore HC30 1000lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
1000 lm output
6600 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore HC30 (HC30) released in 2017. It uses Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this headlamp provides up to 1000 lm output, 6600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 162 m.

The HC30 is useful when you need to use both hands. You need both hands in camping, hiking, or working in low-light. This light has 5 modes of lighting. The HC30 mode memory eliminates the need to cycle through modes. You don't have to do this each time you turn on the flashlight. It provides convenience and saves time. You can use the strobe function as a self-defense tool. It provides a non-lethal way to deter or disorient attackers.

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We base the specifications below on the official data published by the manufacturer, while also considering user reviews. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications for the Nitecore HC30, then tell us.

Nitecore HC30 (HC30) specifications

BrandNitecore
NameHC30
TypeHC30
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1353 user votes.
Launch2017
Formheadlamp

This is a comfortable headlamp. Whether you're engaging in outdoor activities like camping, running, or fishing, etc.

Body

Weight40.3 g
Length98 mm
Head diameter24.2 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight weighs 40.3 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminium body of the HC30 has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. HAIII is a specific anodizing process. It creates a thicker and harder oxide layer than regular anodizing. The HC30 flashlight is available in black.

System

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

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm, white light is generally more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. The SMO's main job is to focus and project light from the source. It does this into a defined beam pattern. The coating is thin and applied to the lens surface. It cuts reflections and boosts light transmission. The electronic switches may have a higher chance of standby drain.

Performance

Flux1000 lm
Intensity6600 cd
Throw162 m
CD/LM factor6.6

With 1000 lm, the HC30 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The HC30 flashlight has 6600 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. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

Software

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

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. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations. The HC30's SOS mode produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes. It signals distress or emergency.

Features

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The HC30 flashlight's power source is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. The HC30 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 thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating. Overheating can harm the flashlight's performance, battery, and safety. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories

Package contentsclip
diffuser
headband
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

The clip is very helpful. It lets you quickly access your flashlight while keeping your hands free for other tasks. When using spare O-rings, follow the maker's instructions. Use their guidelines for proper installation.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the Nitecore HC30 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

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