Nitecore HC65M 1000lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

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 mode memory of HC65M eliminates the need to cycle through different modes every time you turn on the flashlight, providing convenience and saving time. The strobe function can be utilized as a self-defense tool, providing a non-lethal means to deter or disorient attackers The flashlight is rechargeable easily via USB port.

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Nitecore HC65M (HC65M) specifications

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Formhelmet light


Weight88.5 g
Length82.7 mm
Head diameter18.3 mm
Dimensions82. 7x 50 x 46 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

This 88.5 g flashlight would generally be considered 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. A longer flashlight may provide a more substantial grip, making it easier to hold and control, especially if you have larger hands. Aluminium body of HC65M is known for its durability and strength. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion, making it suitable for rugged outdoor use or in demanding environments.

The HAIII coating can also enhance the visual appearance of the flashlight. It offers a uniform and attractive finish, often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek and professional look. The HC65M flashlight is available in black.


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

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer and has a track record of delivering high-quality and innovative lighting solutions. Warm white light is generally considered more comfortable and less harsh on the eyes compared to cool white light. The primary function of the smooth reflector (SMO) is to precisely focus and project the light emitted from the light source into a defined beam pattern. The smooth surface allows for greater reflectivity and light concentration, resulting in a more focused and intense beam with a longer throw distance.

This flashlight has an AR coated lens. This Anti-Reflective coating is a thin optical coating applied to the surface of the lens to minimize reflections and improve light transmission. The HC65M has electronic switch. The electronic switches may have a higher likelihood of standby drain compared to mechanical switches since they require a small amount of power for operation.


Flux1000 lm
Intensity3000 cd
Throw110 m
CD/LM factor3

With 1000 lm, the HC65M 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 3000 cd, the HC65M 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. The cd/lm factor (candela-to-lumen ratio) provides information about how concentrated or focused the light output of a light source is. A higher cd/lm ratio indicates that the light is more concentrated in a specific direction, while a lower ratio indicates a more diffused or spread-out light output.


Modes5 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. The HC65M 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. The strobe function on the HC65M flashlight is a feature that produces a rapid and repetitive flashing of light. It is designed to create a disorienting or attention-grabbing effect. The HC65M has an SOS signal mode. The SOS code consists of three short signals, followed by three long signals, and then three short signals again.


Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatorno
Charger portmicroUSB
Thermal regulationyes
SpecialsNVG mount
red light

The power source of the HC65M flashlight is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery, providing reliable and long-lasting energy for optimal performance. This flashlight can charge the battery with an integrated charger, and it works with a USB power source. When the HC65M flashlight detects that the voltage of the battery has dropped to a certain threshold, it automatically reduces or cuts off the power output to prevent further discharge. This helps to preserve the battery's capacity and prevent it from reaching a critically low voltage level.

The built-in thermal control automatically adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress. Auxiliary LEDs with different color options or specialized modes can be beneficial for specific tasks.

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.

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