Nitecore UT32 headlamp review

1 x Cree XP-L2 V6 LED, 1 x Cree XP-L V6 LED
1100 lm output
1600 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Nitecore UT32 headlamp released in 2019. It uses 1 x Cree XP-L2 V6 LED, 1 x Cree XP-L V6 LED, dual reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this headlamp provides up to 1100 lm output, 1600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 80 m.

Want to know if the Nitecore made a really good flashlight? You'll find out by the end of our article!

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Nitecore UT32 / UT32

The UT32 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 4 + 4 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.

Nitecore UT32 specifications

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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

Weight82.5 g
Length95.9 mm
Head diameter27.6 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The UT32 is small, compact, and designed for ultra-portability. A balanced flashlight has even weight. It can be more comfortable to hold for longer and reduce hand fatigue. The aluminium body of the UT32 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components. The HAIII coating is often matte or textured. This finish improves grip and feels nice in the hand. The UT32 flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

Emitter1 x Cree XP-L2 V6 LED, 1 x Cree XP-L V6 LED
Color temperature3000 K, 6500 K
LensAR coated glass
Switchdual electronic side

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 AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux1100 lm
Intensity1600 cd
Throw80 m
CD/LM factor1.45

With 1100 lm, the UT32 flashlight will offer a brighter and more powerful beam of light. 1600 cd can make things quite bright. It's enough for many everyday tasks. 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

Modes4 + 4 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 UT32 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 indicatorno
Charger portno
Thermal regulationyes
Specialsdual output

The Nitecore UT32 flashlight is powered by 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The UT32 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. The flashlight detects when the battery's voltage has dropped to a certain level. Then, it reduces or cuts off the power. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. 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.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare rubber cover
spare o-ring

The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. 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 UT32 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
  • aluminium body
  • warm light
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • adequate performance
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • SOS/beacon function
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • clip


  • low intensity
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic


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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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