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Nitecore HC30 Dual-Form Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED - 1000 Lumens - Uses 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123As

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  • Featuring a 100° beam combined with 162 meters of throw, the Nitecore HC30 will light up your entire field of sight
  • 90° rotating head provides additional beam range, allowing you to focus illumination to the sides of your cone of vision
  • Triple-threat strobe, S.O.S., and beacon modes are crucial for the user in a tactical or survival pinch
  • Single-button interface doesn’t play around- easily shuffle through the modes to best illuminate your situation
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Nitecore HC30 LED Headlamp

Impressive Power

The Nitecore HC30 LED Headlamp is perfect for any outdoors enthusiast and will ensure that you'll never be left in the dark. Equipped with a sophisticated CREE XM-L2 U2 LED, the HC30 boasts an intense maximum output of 1000 Lumens, enough to keep your path lit in the darkest conditions. Able to run on either a single 18650 battery or 2 CR123A batteries, the light has a maximum throw distance of 162 meters with a wide 100° beam for maximum coverage, making anything in the user's path clearly visible.

An Array of Options

The benefits of the HC30 do not just lie in its powerful output, but in its vast selection of options and settings. The headlamp comes with five different brightness settings to match any lighting needs and features a vertically rotating head to can supply a variety of lighting angles. The light also features a Strobe Mode that can be used to blind or disorient a target, a Location Beacon to mark your current position, and a S.O.S. Mode designed for emergencies so you are prepared for any situation.

Easy to Use, Hard to Damage

The interface of the HC30 couldn't be easier, with each setting accessible through the light's single side switch on the side of the head, easily operable with one hand. Made from aerospace grade aluminum alloy, the headlamp is as durable as it is functional, able to withstand impacts from as high as 1 meter. Even the headlamp's lens is designed to withstand wear and tear, constructed from ultra tough mineral glass with an anti-reflective coating. It is incredibly resistant to water damage, earning an IPX rating of IPX-8, able to be submerged under up to 2 meters of water.


  • Aero-space aluminum alloy body with HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish
  • Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass lens with anti-reflective coating protects LED
  • Easy-to-use single button interface
  • Features three specialized tactical outputs:
    • Strobe Mode for disorienting a target
    • S.O.S. Mode for signaling for aid
    • Location Beacon for efficiently marking your current position
  • Rotating head allows up to 180 degrees of vertical rotation for a broader range of illumination
  • Comfortable, adjustable nylon headband provides secure hold for any head size
  • Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) technology helps prevent overheating from extended use
  • Reverse Polarity Protection prevents chance of damaging circuit from improperly installing batteries
  • Tail-stand capability
  • Included Accessories:
    • 1 x Nylon Headband
    • 2 x Spare O-Rings
    • 1 x Spare Rubber Switch Cover
    • 1 x Stainless Steel Pocket Clip


  • LED: CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED
  • Power Source: 1 x 18650 OR 2 x CR123A (Batteries Sold Separately)
  • IPX Rating: IPX-8 (Waterproof and submersible up to 2 meters)
  • Impact Resistance: 1 meter
  • Brightness Output / Runtime (Using 1 x 18650):
    • Turbo: 1000 Lumens / 1 Hour
    • High: 400 Lumens / 3 Hours 30 Min.
    • Mid: 210 Lumens / 7 Hours 15 Min.
    • Low: 70 Lumens / 15 Hours 15 Min.
    • Ultralow: 1 Lumen / 330 Hours
  • Brightness Output / Runtime (Using 2 x CR123A):
    • Turbo: 1000 Lumens / 45 Minutes
    • High: 400 Lumens / 2 Hours 30 Min.
    • Mid: 210 Lumens / 4 Hours 30 Min.
    • Low: 70 Lumens / 10 Hours 15 Min.
    • Ultralow: 1 Lumen / 150 Hours
  • Peak Beam Distance: 162 meters
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 6600 cd
  • Dimensions:
    • Length - 3.86"
    • Head Diameter - 0.95"
  • Weight: 1.42 oz

Note: Please refer to the user manual for recommended battery capacities for optimal performance.

**Neutral White version is no longer available
Runtime (Hours):13.57.2515.25330
Output Modes:3+ Brightness Levels, Beacon, SOS, Strobe
Compatible Batteries:1 x 18650, 2 x CR123A, 2 x RCR123A
Batteries Included:No
Included Accessories:Pocket Clip, Spare O-ring(s)
Flashlight Usage:Headlamps, Right Angle, Worklights
Throw Distance (Max):162m
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:IPX-8
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Nitecore 5 Year Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Anodized Aluminum
Product Weight:1.42oz
Product Dimensions:3.86" (L) x 0.95" (Head Diameter)
Country of Origin:China
29 Reviews
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By Randy
Haltom City, TX
I expected a head lamp. Turns out, it's my favorite EDC!
January 20, 2017
Every now and then, manufacturers get it right. I bought the HC30 as a head lamp but it turns out this is now my EDC. I find the switch options to be intuitive and I particularly like the simple "lock out" feature of the battery cap.

This light is replacing my Sunwayman S10A, which is a very handy light in its own right. A major feature is the 18560 rechargeable battery - very long life, lots of power. the Sunwayman is limited to the AA or 14500 size. I frequently use the "moon glow" level of light and I love having the super bright beam as well. The form factor of this light is nearly an exact match to the Sunwayman except that the Nitecore is a right angle style.

I wasn't sure about using a right angle light for EDC but the included pocket clip makes all the difference. Now, I can clip it to my shirt, in a pocket, or on the bill of my cap.

White v Neutral: I have both the "cool" white and the "neutral" white style. I wasn't sure it would matter but I am now a fan of the neutral white. It easier on my eyes and seems to make colors look better. I think the cool white would be better for signaling and it seems to be a little brighter but I don't know for sure.

I dropped both my lights one time each, 5 feet to a hardwood floor. Didn't seem to phase them.
  • Very compact, uses 18650 battery.
  • None so far.
By Jeff
Alexandria, VA
Excellent Performance and Quality for the Price
September 19, 2018
The HC30 Neutral White is an outstanding value. The output choices are well thoughout, the beam is a nice neutral white with a versatile combination of hot spot and gradual spill, and the output choices are well designed to give you a wide variety of outputs for any task you need to perform. The headband is well-designed, although I will more often use the excellent pocket clip that maintains a firm grip on the light. The build quality and materials appear very robust, especially for such a light weight headlamp. I could not be more pleased with my HC30 - and the sale price was a bonus. There aren't many moderately-priced neutral white headlamps available - this one is a gem.
By Walter
Phoenix AZ
A wonderful flashlight
May 22, 2018
I originally bought it for hiking and camping, but found it's versatility, size and light weight to be conductive to everyday carry. The light itself is small enough to fit in any pocket and it's range of illumination covers any need you may have from reading labels, finding a keyhole in the dark, or investigating an unusual sound at night.
I have many flashlights but this one is unique because of the warm neutral color, it isn't harsh like the typical blue colored LEDs.
The excellent build quality and it's fair price also contribute to my rating it 5 stars.
By Joseph
Sewell, New Jersey
Nitecore HC30
January 28, 2018
I caught this on a sale and jumped on it. I wanted a neutral white headlamp with the beacon and SOS functions. This headlamp fits the bill. The user interface takes a bit to get used to where it's a bit different than an olight. With a bit of use it's not too hard to get a handle of. It's plenty bright and very light for an 18650 light. It's very bright and I like the range of modes including the moonlight setting. The 3 special modes are also useful especially if you decide to edc it. It comes with a pocket clip if you choose to edc. I also like the flexibility that it can take 2 CR123s or an 18650.
  • Modes, Neutral White, Bright, Light, Flexibility in batteries
  • User interface takes a bit to get used to
By Skillet
Melbourne., AR
great headlamp!
November 19, 2017
i use this every night walking the dogs! can see a long long way for a headlamp.
  • comfort. price. runtime/power/beam distance.
  • none
1 Question & 2 Answers
Vladimir Strulev
from Vancouver WA asked:
November 15, 2016
Good afternoon.All I can do with the flash light is to switch intensity of light. How to switch modes? Beacon, strobe? I have no idea. Please help.
2 Answers
For strobe: Double click the switch. From strobe, one more click will enter SOS mode. One more click will switch to Beacon mode.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 28, 2016
For strobe: Double click the switch. From strobe, one more click will enter SOS mode. One more click will switch to Beacon mode.
Submitted by: Customer Service on November 28, 2016

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