Nitecore HC30 (2017) review

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.

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.

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Nitecore HC30 (HC30) specifications

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The aluminium body of flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish.

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


The emitter of HC30 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The HC30 has a smooth reflector. The properly focused smooth reflector gives you a more cohesive hotspot and therefore throws better. It has an AR coated lens.

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


The throw is the calculated 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. Well-focused spot beams can be over 100 cd/lm, tactical flashlights are typically between 20-100 cd/lm, and work lights are less than 10 cd/lm.

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


The HC30 has mode memory. Mode memory means that the light will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. The HC30 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at which makes it difficult for them to concentrate. It has the SOS beacon function for an emergency situation. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno


The HC30 cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. This flashlight has a built-in low voltage protection (LVP) to prevent damage to the cell from over-discharge, so protected cells are not necessary. The built-in thermal control automatically adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating.

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationyes


The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket.

Package contentsclip
spare o-ring
spare rubber cover

The performance of the Nitecore HC30 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.

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Nitecore HC30, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Nitecore HC30 (HC30) pictures

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