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Nitecore HC60W headlamp review

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

The Nitecore HC60W headlamp was 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.

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

Table of Contents

  • Nitecore HC60W 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

The content of this article reflects our own experiences and viewpoints. We aim to offer insights on a topic, and we hope others find it helpful and motivating. Additionally, we make every effort to provide accurate and comprehensive coverage. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications for the Nitecore HC60W, then tell us.

Nitecore HC60W / HC60W

The HC60W headlamp is designed to provide hands-free light. It lets the user to have both hands free for other tasks while having a focused light source. 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. The flashlight is rechargeable easily via USB port.

Nitecore HC60W specifications

BrandNitecore
NameHC60W
TypeHC60W
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1431 user votes.
Launch2016
Formheadlamp

This headlamp lets you aim the beam where you need it. It gives better sight and cuts the risk of accidents or mistakes.

Body, materials, weight, colors

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

The flashlight weighs 98.5 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium body of the HC60W has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. The HAIII coating is often matte or textured. This finish improves grip and feels nice in the hand. The HC60W flashlight is available in black.

Nitecore HC60W / 1

System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XM-L2 U2 LED
Color temperature4500 K
ReflectorSMO
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic front

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. The HC60W has a smooth reflector. The right reflector focuses light well. It gives you a better hotspot, and it throws better. The coating is thin and applied to the lens surface. It cuts reflections and boosts light transmission. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

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

With 1000 lm, the HC60W flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The HC60W flashlight has 3400 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 cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

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. The HC60W flashlight has a strobe function. It produces a rapid, repetitive flashing of light. The SOS signal is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features, battery, protections

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

The Nitecore HC60W flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. A battery indicator lets users see the battery status. It helps them decide when to recharge or replace the battery. A flashlight's USB charger can be very useful. This is especially true in emergencies. In such situations, access to power outlets may be limited. This flashlight has built-in low voltage protection (LVP). It prevents damage from over-discharge, so it doesn't need protected cells.

The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "7" in the IPx7 rating shows that the flashlight can survive being submerged in water. It can withstand a certain depth for a limited time without getting damaged.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents18650 battery
headband
microUSB cable
spare o-ring

It comes with a battery. The battery must be fully charged before you first use your HC60W. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the HC60W 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 Nitecore 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
  • warm light
  • AR coated lens
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • battery included

Cons

  • low intensity
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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Nitecore HC60W / HC60W

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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