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Nitecore HC60 1000lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
1000 lm output
3400 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore HC60 (HC60) released in 2016. 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, 3400 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 117 m.

This Nitecore headlamp is high-performance and versatile device. Headlamps play a crucial role in safety, particularly during nighttime or in emergency situations. They enhance visibility for both the wearer and others around them, reducing the risk of tripping, falling, or colliding with obstacles. This light has 5 modes of lighting. Instead of having to cycle through multiple modes to find the desired setting, mode memory of HC60 ensures that the flashlight starts in the mode you prefer or need.

The strobe function of HC60 produces a high-frequency flashing light pattern that is designed to disorient or distract potential threats or aggressors. This USB rechargeable flashlight eliminates the need for disposable batteries, offering a more eco-friendly and cost-effective solution.

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Nitecore HC60 (HC60) specifications

BrandNitecore
NameHC60
TypeHC60
Rating
Rated 4/5 based on 1276 user votes.
Launch2016
Formheadlamp

This headlamp is designed to emit light in the direction you are looking. This feature allows you to focus the beam precisely where you need it, providing better visibility and reducing the risk of accidents or mistakes.

Body

Weight98.5 g
Length79 mm
Head diameter18.5 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The HC60 is small, compact, and designed for ultra-portability. The length of a flashlight can also impact its balance and weight distribution. 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 body of HC60 has excellent thermal conductivity, meaning it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components, such as the LED or battery.

The HAIII coating provides excellent corrosion resistance, protecting the underlying aluminum from exposure to moisture, humidity, and other corrosive elements. It helps maintain the appearance and functionality of the flashlight, even in harsh environments. The HC60 flashlight is offered in a stylish black color.

System

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

Cree LEDs are commonly used in a wide range of lighting applications. Their products are trusted by lighting professionals and have gained a strong reputation for quality and performance. The choice of color temperature depends on the specific lighting application and personal preferences. With the smooth reflector of the HC60, the beam tends to have a well-defined hotspot at the center, which provides a concentrated beam of light for long-range applications.

The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. This can increase the overall brightness and efficiency of the HC60 flashlight. The HC60 has electronic switch. Some flashlights with electronic switches have programmable features that allow users to customize the behavior of the flashlight. This may include setting specific modes, configuring brightness levels, or enabling unique functions according to individual preferences.

Performance

Flux1000 lm
Intensity3400 cd
Throw117 m
CD/LM factor3.4

With 1000 lm, the HC60 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. This higher output can be advantageous in various situations where you require enhanced visibility or need to illuminate larger areas. With 3400 cd, the HC60 flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. It can illuminate objects or areas with greater clarity and visibility, even at longer distances.

The throw is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) is a measure of a flashlight's beam intensity relative to its total luminous flux or output. It quantifies the concentration of light emitted by the flashlight in relation to the total amount of light produced.

Software

Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconyes

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. The HC60 has mode memory. 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. Strobe mode on HC60 flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light. It can be used for signaling purposes, self-defense, or attracting attention in emergency situations. SOS mode of the HC60 produces a specific sequence of long and short flashes to signal distress or emergency situations. It is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portmicroUSB
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx7
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The HC60 flashlight utilizes 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery as its power source. The HC60 has a battery indicator. A battery indicator is a feature that provides information about the remaining power level of the flashlight's battery. It helps users monitor the battery status and estimate how much runtime they have left before the battery needs to be recharged or replaced. The USB charger port on a flashlight can be particularly useful in emergency situations where access to power outlets may be limited.

LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery from being over-discharged, which can lead to reduced battery life or even permanent damage. The built-in thermal control automatically adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "7" in the IPx7 rating indicates that the HC60 flashlight, can withstand being submerged in water up to a certain depth for a limited time without being damaged.

Accessories

Package contents18650 battery
headband
microUSB cable
spare o-ring

With an included battery you can immediately use the flashlight for your desired applications, saving time and allowing you to focus on your tasks or activities. Instead of searching for compatible O-rings or waiting for replacements to arrive, having spare O-rings readily available allows for convenient and immediate repairs or replacements.

The performance of the Nitecore HC60 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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