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Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - 565 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 LED - Runs 2x CR123 or 1x 18650 batteries

Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - 565 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 LED - Runs 2x CR123 or 1x 18650 batteries
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - 565 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 LED - Runs 2x CR123 or 1x 18650 batteriesNitecore HC50 Headlamp - 565 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 LED - Runs 2x CR123 or 1x 18650 batteries
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Hands-free power

A reliable headlamp can be as essential to a camping trip as water-proof tent or a warm sleeping bag. The HC50 brings unparalleled performance to a comfortable and versatile platform so you can navigate the night with confidence while you use your hands to collect firewood or maintain your balance on a steep path. Powered by two CR123A batteries, Nitecore's first headlamp is capable of producing 565 lumens in its highest mode! With that kind of power on your forehead, you'll be sure to see all the obstacles the dark tries to hide.

Everything you're looking for

Thie HC50 has everything a good headlamp should offer. It has the power to brighten up a shadowy campsite, the durability to withstand nature's wrath, and the versatility to make it one of the handiest pieces of gear you'll pack. Its durability comes from a unique uni-body design. Constructed from a single piece of machined aluminum, the HC50 is rugged enough to withstand harsh impacts and submersion in up to two meters of water for 30 minutes. The ultra-bright turbo mode can be dimmed down to a number of lower settings so you can use this light to flood a whole meadow with light, or to light up a trail-map at an arm's length away. The HC50's adjustable head strap is designed to remain comfortable after extended use and the body of the light is designed to rotate 90 degrees up and down to allow you to cast light exactly here you need it.

A hiker's best friend

On top of all the features and functionality, Nitecore also included a vision-saving red LED function. Red light allows you to illuminate your immediate surroundings without spoiling night vision so you can quickly asses your environment then go back to natural sight. The HC50 is fitted with a single switch on the side of the body to activate the light and cycle through modes. The switch also functions as a battery status indicator, glowing red when voltages drop too far.

  • Full aluminum ally uni-body construction
  • Secondary red light illumination
  • Adjustable head strap
  • Runs on: 1x 18650 or 2x CR123 batteries (Not Included)
  • Output/Runtime (using 18650):
    • Turbo: 565 Lumens/1.25 Hours
    • High: 350 Lumens/2.75 Hours
    • Medium: 170 Lumens/6.25 Hours
    • Low: 35 Lumens/32 Hours
    • Lower: 1 Lumen/5400 Hours
  • Beam Distance: 93 yards(85 Meters)
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 1820cd
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 3.39" (86mm)
    • Diameter: 1.26" (32mm)
  • Weight: 4.59 oz (130g) (excluding batteries)
Runtime (Hours):1.252.756.2532400
Output Modes:Beacon, 3+ Brightness Levels, SOS, Strobe, Red
Compatible Batteries:1 x 18650, 2 x CR123A
Batteries Included:No
Flashlight Usage:Headlamps
Throw Distance (Max):85m
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:ANSI, IPX-8
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, 18 Month Nitecore Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Anodized Aluminum
Product Weight:4.59oz
Product Dimensions:3.39" (L) x 1.26" (W) x 1.26" (H)
Country of Origin:CN
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - 565 Lumens - CREE XM-L2 LED - Runs 2x CR123 or 1x 18650 batteries
5 Stars based on 15 Review(s)
Big K
Silverdale, WA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

More than enough light
February 15, 2015
This headlamp is way more than minimal trail lighting. While it weights a bit more than the current traditional headlamp, the functionality far exceeds this minor issue. It's easy to operate with thin gloves, thick gloves are not a stopper just a bit more cumbersome. Use the dimming feature to read maps to avoid blinding yourself. The red light feature works well around camp. Fortunately I've not yet needed the flashing options! Head strap is very functional and comfortable with bare head or light covering.
max light when needed battery life is adequate head strap has center support
for the minimalist, this may be a bit heavy

Quitman, TX
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Area light
February 13, 2015
This light great for lighting up a HUGE area in front of you, not for spotting something at distance. That said the spread area is huge and the usable throw is about 50-70 yards. I use this light daily from working on small hard to see stuff inside to walking outside and working under the hood and I like it a lot. The light steps down as the battery power goes down and on a full charge it steps down off Turbo in about 4 minutes. It's light weight, very comfortable to wear for long periods and the heat from the light doesn't transfer to your forehead.
Stumbling around the woods Working on a vehicle day or night Or any thing you need to see hands free.

B. Young
Central Florida
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Like the battery condition light in the switch button
January 7, 2015
The switch button cover looks black, but when you turn on it flashes green or red through the switch button to tell you to recharge or good to go, this keeps you from putting in a need to be recharged batt. I have many headlights and this is the one that's my go too. Also added extra battery holders (2x) on headband-see pictures.
Heavy duty, your not going to drop it and easily break it. Easy to change brightness settings. You will not accidently switch to the red LEDs unless you are sure you want to as it's not in the switching string for the white LED light.
Maybe not a con, you need several quality #18650 batteries and appropriate charger(s).

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Working alone
January 5, 2015
When you spend a lot of time in cramped dark spaces, this is a must have. For all those fun takes like working in the attic, on the HVAC, obscure pipes, under the car, or getting to that breaker when someone thinks one more hair dryer won't be too much. Using the 18650 is great get more run time than from my CR123s and plus I can recharge it. 565 lumens is a little much for most tasks but sometimes life is just easier if you set or hang the head lamp on something near by and crank her up giving a good light for the entire room/space. The red LEDs are basically worthless according to me, but I guess if I had been sitting in the dark for 20 minutes already and needed to read a map or something they would get the job done but more than that ignore the red LED feature. If you do have the pleasure of having an assistant try angle the light down or develop a habit of talking away from them or get used to "your light is too bright", "you're hurting my eyes", "you're a sun of a..." well you get the idea. I've been using this thing almost daily for months and nearly every time I keep changing the brightness when I turn it on but that might be to blame on my gloves.
Very bright Good construction Light weight Long lasting Easy to use Easy to adjust
Red leds for special purposes only

Pensacola, Florida
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Bright light in solid package!
December 31, 2014
Love aluminum lights. This is a versatile chunk of lightweight metal that really lights up your view in the dark.
Lightweight Five brightness levels Red lights to save night vision Handy special features, rapid flash, S.O.S. Flashing red lights
Only one level of brightness in the red mode Uses a specialty battery CR123, and they're spendy!

Onsted, MI
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Hunting Light
November 25, 2014
The light is brighter than I thought it would be. The spread is good, and the red led's are nice when you are trying to sneak out to your blind. It also works good around the house when your are trying to work above your head and you need more light.
Light spread Red LED's Head band is nice and comfortable
I wish you could use any 18650 batteries, not just button tops.

Durham, NC
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

I like it
October 2, 2014
Had seen a youtube demo of light and ordered one, I'm a happy camper now. I wanted a head mounted, CR123 powered light with both red and white LED emitters and no separate battery compartment. Like the staged switch function, water tight construction and headband which will fit both my head and a helmet. Don't know that will ever find need to use flashing function of light. Voltage level display of batteries is handy but I always carry extra Titanium batteries anyway as can't predict much will use this or any flashlight.
CR123 powered Both red and white light
Headband branding is way over top, tone it down guys.

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

September 11, 2014
Well built and nicely spaced levels.
lots of light for a long time, or a little light forever !
none that i can see

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Super light
September 10, 2014
This thing is amazing! Really shows the way in the dark and hands free. Great when working in a ceiling and anywhere you need hands free lighting.
Exceptionally bright.
A bit expensive.

Little Rock, AR
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Hard to beat this Headlamp bang for the buck
August 31, 2014
Size, weight and versatility. Voltage indicator. Various battery options.
Wish it had just a little more throw. But I guess I can use my SRT6 for that.

Bill Z
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

What's not to like?!
June 27, 2014
All right, I have more lights than I need. That said, this is an impressive, well made, offering from Nitecore. I believe it's worth the asking price and then some. I'm a big fan of the 18650 battery and it's perfect in this application. I'd feel comfortable going into ANY situation with this headlamp. It's biggest shortcoming is that it is a broadcast, i.e., wide but relatively short beam of light, so I can't see as far as a narrow beam with a huge throw. That, however, is also it's strong point. If you want "daylight at night" while on a back road or in the woods, for example, look no further than this capable light. You'll also have your hands free to take care of whatever business the darkness and it's cohorts thought they could sneak past you.
Well made, bright as day, hands free operation once set where you want it, great options with the many modes available.
I wish everything else was made as well as this and performed as well too.

5 Stars

Nitecore hit a home run with this
December 25, 2013
5 star light. Not that heavy. Head strap not as good as Nitecore\'s other head straps and has no anti-slip strips. Still, the head light stays where you want it. I have used this light to walk the dog and it has a great flood light. It also works great in the cold 15-20 F. Used when plowing my driveway on my ATV at very cold temps., The HC50 runs great at low temps unlike my SRT7, which did not like the cold weather.

5 Stars

Exceptionally well designed
December 17, 2013
I\'ve had the chance to use this light for several weeks now and I continue to be impressed. The brightness, battery life, and weight seem like an impossible combination, but the light delivers. Great for walking on paved/gravel surfaces at the 35 lumen setting, delivers exceptional lighting for a long time at the 185 lumen setting for off-trail travel, and the 1 lumen setting is good for reading in bed or checking the map. Frankly, the 565 lumen setting is great to have, but rarely will you ever need more than the 185 lumens on foot (but would probably be great for mountain biking). Probably the only fault is being a bit too heavy to run with without getting some bounce. That said, the strap is adjustable enough to allow running, it\'s just a bit tight to be comfortable over the long haul.

5 Stars

December 10, 2013
I went back and tried 18650 batteries in my hc50 headlamp again and they fit fine. I do not know what I did wrong. I am sorry for my incorrect reporting in a previous review.

5 Stars

A nice headlamp with 18650
November 29, 2013
I have been looking for a nice bright headlamp that doesn\'t use AA or AAA batteries. All my other lights are 18650, so it\'s nice to find a headlamp that\'s the same. Nicely constructed, bright as you\'ll ever need.

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