Nitecore NU50 headlamp review

2 x unspecified White LED, 1 x unspecified Red LED
1400 lm output
3800 cd intensity
integrated 4000mAh Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore NU50 headlamp was released in 2023. It uses 2 x unspecified White LED, 1 x unspecified Red LED, TIR reflector and integrated 4000mAh Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this headlamp provides up to 1400 lm output, 3800 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 123 m.

Curious to see if this headlamp impresses? Read on!

Table of Contents

  • Nitecore NU50 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
  • Comparisons

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Nitecore NU50 / NU50

The NU50 is useful when you need to use both hands. You need both hands in camping, hiking, or working in low-light. It uses a TIR lens to form the beam pattern. This light has 5 + 2 modes of lighting. The NU50 mode memory eliminates the need to cycle through modes. You don't have to do this each time you turn on the flashlight. It provides convenience and saves time. The USB charger port lets you charge this flashlight. You can use it with alternative power sources.

Nitecore NU50 specifications

Rated 4 / 5 based on 460 user votes.

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

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight146 g
Length83.4 mm
Body diameter48.5 mm
Head diameter43.9 mm
Dimensions83.4 x 48.5 x 43.9 mm

The NU50 is generally comfortable to hold for a long time. It is also easy to carry in pockets or bags. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The NU50 flashlight is available in black.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

Emitter2 x unspecified White LED, 1 x unspecified Red LED
Color temperature6500 K
Switchdual electronic side

Warm, white light is generally more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. The TIR lens makes the LED light collimated. It does this into efficient, well-controlled beams. These beams maximize the usable lumens in the target area. The electronic switches may have a higher chance of standby drain.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1400 lm
Intensity3800 cd
Throw123 m
CD/LM factor2.71

With 1400 lm, the NU50 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. The NU50 flashlight has 3800 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. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

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Software, user interface, modes

Modes5 + 2 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno

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 SOS signal is commonly used in outdoor adventures or survival scenarios.

Features, battery, protections

Batteryintegrated 4000mAh Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portUSB Type-C
Thermal regulationyes
Impact resistance2 m
Specialsproximity sensor
red light
white light

The NU50 flashlight's power source is integrated 4000mAh Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. 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 thermal protection feature helps prevent overheating. Overheating can harm the flashlight's performance, battery, and safety. The "6" in the IP68 rating shows the level of protection. It's against solid objects, like dust and foreign particles. The "8" in the IP68 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress. This flashlight has an impressive impact resistance rating of 2 m. It is built to endure accidental drops or impacts.

Accessories, package contents

Package contentsUSB Type-C cable

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the NU50 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.


  • lightweight
  • TIR lens
  • side switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • SOS/beacon function
  • integrated battery
  • battery indicator
  • USB charger
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof


  • plastic body
  • unspecified LED
  • cool light
  • low intensity
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic


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Updated: May 23, 2024

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.