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Nitecore HC65M (2019) review

2019
Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
1000 lm output
3000 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore HC65M (HC65M) released in 2019. It uses Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this helmet light provides up to 1000 lm output, 3000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 110 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. The HC65M flashlight is rechargeable easily via USB port.

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Nitecore HC65M (HC65M) specifications

Brand
Nitecore
Name
HC65M
Type
HC65M
Rating
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Launch
2019
Form
helmet light

Body

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

Weight
88.5 g
Length
82.7 mm
Head diameter
18.3 mm
Dimensions
82. 7x 50 x 46 mm
Material
aluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colors
black

System

The emitter of HC65M manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. The HC65M 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.

Emitter
Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
Color temperature
6500 K
Reflector
SMO
Lens
toughtened AR coated glass
Switch
electronic front

Performance

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.

Flux
1000 lm
Intensity
3000 cd
Throw
110 m
CD/LM factor
3

Software

The HC65M 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 HC65M 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.

Modes
5 modes
Mode memory
yes
Ramping mode
no
Strobe
yes
SOS/Beacon
yes

Features

This flashlight can charge the battery with an integrated charger, and it works with any USB power source. 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. It has auxiliary LEDs which make it really nice looking.

Battery
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicator
no
Charger port
microUSB
LVP
yes
Thermal regulation
yes
Protection
IPx8
AUX LEDs
yes
Magnetic
no
Specials
NVG mount
red light

The performance of the Nitecore HC65M 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 HC65M, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

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