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Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650

Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
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Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650
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Hands-Free Power

A reliable headlamp can be as essential to a camping trip as waterproof 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, this Nitecore headlamp is capable of producing 760 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

The 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 alloy uni-body construction
  • Features a trio of specialized tactical outputs
    • Police Warning Signal delivers slow, steady flash
    • S.O.S. Mode used during emergency situations
    • Location Beacon marks your current position with ultra-efficient quick flash
  • Two-stage pushbutton switch allows for easy activation, cycling through outputs
  • Side switch doubles as voltage indicator and power indicator
  • Secondary red light illumination, steady or flashing
  • Adjustable nylon head strap
  • Includes (2) spare O-Rings


  • LEDs: CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED, 2 secondary Red LEDs
  • Power Source: 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123A Batteries (Not Included)
  • IPX Rating: IPX-8 (Waterproof and submersible up to 2 meters)
  • Impact Resistance: 1.5 meters
  • Output/Runtime (using 1 x 18650):
    • Turbo: 760 Lumens/1 Hour 15 Min.
    • High: 300 Lumens/3 Hours 30 Min.
    • Medium: 140 Lumens/7 Hours 30 Min.
    • Low: 25 Lumens/55 Hours
    • Ultralow: 1 Lumen/510 Hours
  • Output/Runtime (using 2 x CR123A):
    • Turbo: 760 Lumens/45 Minutes
    • High: 350 Lumens/2 Hours 45 Min.
    • Medium: 170 Lumens/6 Hours
    • Low: 35 Lumens/26 Hours
    • Ultralow: 1 Lumen/250 Hours
  • Peak Beam Distance: 98 meters
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 2400 cd
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 3.39" (86mm)
    • Diameter: 1.26" (32mm)
  • Weight: 4.59 oz. (130g) (excluding batteries)
Runtime (Hours):1.252.756.2532400
Output Modes:3+ Brightness Levels, Red, Beacon, SOS, Strobe
Compatible Batteries:1 x 18650, 2 x 16340, 2 x CR123A
Batteries Included:No
Included Accessories:Spare O-ring(s)
Flashlight Usage:Headlamps
Throw Distance (Max):85m
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:ANSI, IPX-8
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Nitecore 5 Year Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Anodized Aluminum
Product Weight:4.59oz
Product Dimensions:3.39" (L) x 1.26" (Diameter)
Country of Origin:CN
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84% Recommend this product (21 of 25 responses)
By Robert
Coxsackie, NY
September 18, 2016
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp
This thing is awesome, it's got a good runtime on the batteries and is super bright. I've had it awhile and forgot to leave a review. Well worth the money!
ProsGood runtime, many brightness options.
ConsThe headstrap is kinda stretchy.
By Robert
yardley, PA
September 13, 2016
bright daylight light
Im happy with this light but it eats up the battery fast.
Prosbright daylite white light.
ConsBattery time short.
By Bill
July 25, 2016
Best headlight I own
Bought this for night surf fishing. Not had a chance to use it yet but after using it in the back yard looks like it will fit the bill
ProsRed LED
ConsA smidge heavy but not a big deal with the top strap
By Doug Hetrick
April 23, 2016
Nitecore HC50 Headlamp
I like the lighting Lumens spacing. I mostly use #2 & 3 setting for work. Personally I use Olight 18650 2600mAh and it tends to last a shift of charge. While one is in use, one is charging or taken home to charge. The only problem I've had and had to send it in to be fixed (the reason I bought a new one). The switch stopped working. Over almost daily work use, the button at the end had to be pressed multi times to turn on or off until it wouldn't any more. Sometimes it would run through the different brightness before actually turning off.
Pros I like the green light on the button to tell you when to recharge your battery when it turns red when you turn on and off the headlamp. I like the lighting Lumens spacing. I mostly use #2 & 3 setting for work. I like the no back battery. Those with a back battery tend to have the wire brake just outside the hard battery pack shell.
ConsNot everything lasts. The only problem I've had and had to send it in to be fixed (the reason I bought a new one). The switch stopped working. Over almost daily work use, the button at the end had to be pressed multi times to turn on or off until it wouldn't any more. Sometimes it would run through the different brightness before actually turning off.
By John
Munster, IN
December 26, 2015
hc-50 headlamp
wonderfull design i purchsed 2 of them
Prosuseing the 18050 rechargable battery one hand is great
By Fred
Portland, OR
November 28, 2015
Great power-great price
Easy to use. Lots of power. The red LEDs are bright enough to work with in the dark and not destroy your night-vision.
By allan
N Las Vegas, NV
June 12, 2015
Very Comfortable
I use this headlamp in many purposes; hiking, backpacking, and work. Very comfortable and the pitch angle is very easy to adjust. In high settings can be blinding but great for walking during a hike in the dark. Low settings is great for reading, especially for maps. I use the red LED for work, I don't want to get shot by the bad guys. It's low enough so you don't get seen and just enough brightness so you can see what you're doing. Best used with ball cap backwards.
ProsDifferent brightness for different uses. Very comfortable and pitch angle adjustable
ConsMaybe the red LED can be a bit brighter or can also can have different brightness or settings
By Don
May 17, 2015
Great headlamp with wide throw
This is my 2nd HC50; one for work and one for home. This light has a really wide throw so it's great for searching rooms (after the structure is secure) and confined spaces that lack electricity, like most dope houses seem to. It is a bit heavy, so if weight is an overriding concern this may not be the light for you. It is well-made, rugged, and has several useful settings. It is one of the few wide-angle headlights that I've seen. It has a decent distance throw but if you are looking for something to light a trail for 100 meters, you might want to make a different choice. That said, I would be very comfortable using it for night land nav in the mountains. It does heat up significantly on the higher settings.
ProsWide-angle throw, bright, rugged.
ConsSome may think it heavy, generates significant heat on higher settings.
By Lawrence
Cleveland, OH
May 1, 2015
This light will blind you!
Very very bright. I haven't used it enough to know the length of the battery power. So far so good
ConsNone so far.
By John holliday
dudley ga
April 1, 2015
Wowza. Bright light makes night time into day
Awesome light,bright with different powers and the red lights help to retain night sight.
By Big K
Silverdale, WA
February 15, 2015
More than enough light
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.
Prosmax light when needed battery life is adequate head strap has center support
Consfor the minimalist, this may be a bit heavy
Quitman, TX
February 13, 2015
Area light
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.
ProsStumbling around the woods Working on a vehicle day or night Or any thing you need to see hands free.
By B. Young
Central Florida
January 7, 2015
Like the battery condition light in the switch button
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.
ProsHeavy 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.
ConsMaybe not a con, you need several quality #18650 batteries and appropriate charger(s).
By Ike
January 5, 2015
Working alone
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.
ProsVery bright Good construction Light weight Long lasting Easy to use Easy to adjust
ConsRed leds for special purposes only
By Charlie
Pensacola, Florida
December 31, 2014
Bright light in solid package!
Love aluminum lights. This is a versatile chunk of lightweight metal that really lights up your view in the dark.
ProsLightweight Five brightness levels Red lights to save night vision Handy special features, rapid flash, S.O.S. Flashing red lights
ConsOnly one level of brightness in the red mode Uses a specialty battery CR123, and they're spendy!
By Mark
Onsted, MI
November 25, 2014
Great Hunting Light
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.
ProsLight spread Red LED's Head band is nice and comfortable
ConsI wish you could use any 18650 batteries, not just button tops.
By John
Durham, NC
October 2, 2014
I like it
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.
ProsCR123 powered Both red and white light
ConsHeadband branding is way over top, tone it down guys.
By Luke
September 11, 2014
Well built and nicely spaced levels.
Proslots of light for a long time, or a little light forever !
Consnone that i can see
By Dave
September 10, 2014
Super light
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.
ProsExceptionally bright.
ConsA bit expensive.
By John
Little Rock, AR
August 31, 2014
Hard to beat this Headlamp bang for the buck
ProsSize, weight and versatility. Voltage indicator. Various battery options.
ConsWish it had just a little more throw. But I guess I can use my SRT6 for that.
By Bill Z
June 27, 2014
What's not to like?!
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.
ProsWell made, bright as day, hands free operation once set where you want it, great options with the many modes available.
ConsI wish everything else was made as well as this and performed as well too.
By Robert
December 25, 2013
Nitecore hit a home run with this
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.
By FFTR Mark
December 17, 2013
Exceptionally well designed
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.
By whm
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.
By Jon
November 29, 2013
A nice headlamp with 18650
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.
9 Questions & 9 Answers
stu shloss
from metuchen, NJ asked:
August 18, 2015
Is there a beam focus adjustment?
1 Answer
Thank you for your inquiry. The HC50 has multiple lumen output levels, but it does not have a focusable beam.
Customer Service
on August 18, 2015

Howard Otty
from Burlington, Vermont asked:
January 6, 2015
Can you use a AA battery instead of an 18650, in an emergency?
1 Answer
No, the HC50 headlamp is not compatible with AA batteries.
Customer Service
on January 7, 2015

Steve Martin
from Newhall asked:
January 6, 2015
Is the up and down angle of the headlamp adjustable?
1 Answer
Yes, you can rotate 90 degrees up and down.
Customer Service
on January 6, 2015

Robert Hanshew
from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia asked:
January 3, 2015
Does this model have a recharge feature?
1 Answer
No, it runs on rechargeable 18650 cells, but does not feature a charge port.
Customer Service
on January 5, 2015

Roger Carlson
from Indianapolis, Indiana asked:
December 20, 2014
Does this headlamp use the U2 or T6 version of the XML2 LED?
1 Answer
The Nitecore HC50 headlamp uses a CREE XM-L2 (T6) LED.
Customer Service
on December 22, 2014

from N.E. PA asked:
May 9, 2014
Please advise as to which rechargeable CR123 and 18650 batteries would be compatible with this headlamp. There is no info listed as to battery dimensions or specs. Thank you.
1 Answer
We recommend the Titanium Innovations CR123A batteries or the rechargeable UltraFire 18650 batteries.
Customer Service
on May 12, 2014

from NC asked:
May 8, 2014
Will it accept rechargeable 123 batteries without burning up?
1 Answer
Yes, the HC50 is compatible with CR123A's, 18650's, as well as rechargeable RCR123A batteries.
Customer Service
on May 12, 2014

Phil Bondi
from Florida asked:
May 8, 2014
Does this product use 1x 18650 or 2x CR123?
1 Answer
The HC50 is compatible with both, either 1x 18650 or 2x CR123A batteries.
Customer Service
on May 8, 2014

from Alvaton, KY asked:
April 3, 2014
What does the HC50 weigh?
1 Answer
The HC50 headlamp weighs 130g (4.59 oz).
Customer Service
on April 4, 2014

Nitecore HC50 Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 760 Lumens - Uses 2 x CR123A or 1 x 18650

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