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Nitecore HC60 USB Rechargeable Headlamp - CREE XM-L2 U2 LED - 1000 Lumens - Uses 1 x 18650 (Included) or 2 x CR123As

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  • Bright, comfortable to wear headlamp for everyday use
  • 180 Degree adjustable head for precise light where you need it most
  • Single switch operation for ease of use
  • Rugged design perfect for hiking, climbing, spelunking, and much more.
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Nitecore HC60 Rechargeable Headlamp

Intense Illumination

The newest edition to Nitecore's impressive line of headlamps, the Nitecore HC60 Rechargeable Headlamp is a shining example of power and versatility. Powered by a single 18650 battery or a pair of CR123As and equipped with a sophisticated CREE XM-L2 U2 LED, this high performance headlamp produces a wide 100° beam of up to 1000 Lumens that will provide you with a fuller, more evenly-lit view at night. In addition to its highest output, the HC60 features 4 dimmer outputs ranging from 420 Lumens down to just 1 Lumen to suit a variety of lighting needs, as well as a trio of tactical outputs; a Strobe Mode for disorienting a target, a S.O.S. Mode for emergency situations, and a Location Beacon to mark your position. The head of the light can even be rotated 180 degrees vertically to allow for even more lighting angles and options.

Easy Operation

While its multitude of unique outputs may make it seem like a complicated device, the HC60 is incredibly easy to use. All 8 of its outputs are easily accessed and cycled through using the headlamp's straightforward single-button interface, which can be operated with just one hand, leaving an open hand for whatever task you may be tackling. Keeping the HC60 charged is equally as simple, as it is capable of being recharged internally via the light's micro-USB charging port, when equipped with an 18650, without removing the battery. Even the light's comfortable nylon headband is easy to adjust to nearly any head size, making it ready for any user!

Built To Last

Designed for extended outdoor use, the HC60 is ready to endure the wear and tear of the elements and frequent use. The headlamp's body is constructed from sturdy polycarbonate and hard-anodized aluminum, letting it withstand drops from as high as 1 meter and allowing it to be submerged under 1 meter of water with no damage. Internally, the light comes standard with Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) technology, which helps monitor the internal temperature and prevent it from overheating, as well as reverse polarity protection to protect both the headlamp and the battery. Brilliantly bright, remarkably rugged, and incredibly user-friendly, the Nitecore HC60 Rechargeable headlamp is the perfect light for any outdoor enthusiast!


  • Crafted from durable polycarbonate and aero-grade aluminum alloy with a hard-anodized finish
  • Comfortable, chafe-free nylon headband adjust to almost any head size
  • "Precision Digital Optics Technology" allows for extreme reflector performance
  • Remarkably wide 100° beam angle for more even illumination
  • Head able to rotate vertically 180° for a wider range of lighting angles
  • Features three special tactical outputs:
    • Strobe Mode: Can be used as a signal or to disorient a target
    • S.O.S. Mode: Used to signal for aid in emergency situations
    • Location Beacon: Marks your current position with an efficient flash
  • Easy-to-use single switch interface allows for easy one-hand operation
  • Memory function saves last used brightness level
  • Internally rechargeable (when equipped with one 18650 battery) via micro-USB port
  • Power indicator displays inserted battery's voltage (accurate to 0.1V)
  • Reverse polarity protect prevents damage caused by improperly inserted batteries
  • Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) technology limits chances of overheating
  • Included Accessories:
    • 1 x NL189 18650 Li-Ion Battery
    • 1 x Micro-USB Charging Cable
    • 1 x Spare O-Ring


  • LED: CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED
  • Power Source: 1 x 18650 (Included) OR 2 x CR123A
  • IPX Rating: IPX-7 (Waterproof and submersible up to 1 meter)
  • Impact Resistance: 1 meter
  • Brightness Outputs (Using 1 x 18650):
    • Turbo - 1000 Lumens - 1 Hour
    • High - 420 Lumens - 2 Hours 30 Min.
    • Medium - 210 Lumens - 7 Hours 15 Min.
    • Low - 38 Lumens - 25 Hours
    • Ultralow - 1 Lumen - 680 Hours
  • Brightness Outputs (Using 2 x CR123A):
    • Turbo - 1000 Lumens - 45 Min.
    • High - 420 Lumens - 2 Hours 15 Min.
    • Medium - 210 Lumens - 4 Hours 30 Min.
    • Low - 38 Lumens - 22 Hours
    • Ultralow - 1 Lumen - 340 Hours
  • Peak Beam Distance: 117 meters
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 3400 cd
  • Dimensions:
    • Length - 3.11" (79 mm)
    • Body Diameter - 1.06" (26.9 mm)
  • Weight: 3.47 oz. (98.4 g) (Excluding Battery)

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

Runtime (Hours):12.57.2525680
Output Modes:3+ Brightness Levels, Beacon, SOS, Strobe
Compatible Batteries:1 x 18650, 2 x CR123A, 2 x RCR123A
Batteries Included:Yes
Included Accessories:Batteries, Spare O-ring(s), USB Cable
Flashlight Usage:Headlamps
Throw Distance (Max):117m
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:IPX-7
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Nitecore 5 Year Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Anodized Aluminum
Product Weight:3.47oz
Product Dimensions:3.11" (L) x 1.06" (Body Diameter)
Country of Origin:CN
By Joe
Ray, MI
Best headlight ever
December 29, 2016
I bought the HC60 as a Christmas gift for my father based on my experience with the HC50 that I purchased for myself last year. The HC60 is fantastic. With a good range of brightness levels and several strobe options it is quite versatile. The bonus is the fact that it is rechargeable with a USB plug which allows it to be plugged into a 120v outlet with a typical usb-wall outlet adapter or plugged into a computer or car usb port! I love these nitecore headlights and they are the best I've ever owned.
ProsBrightness level selection, very bright on highest setting, good head mount, rechargeable with an included usb cable. It takes a typical rechargeable battery so you can purchase more as spares to ensure you have one or more charged in reserve or you can use the CR123's as an option.
ConsNone so far.
By Jonathan
Wolfeboro, NH
Comfortable, good light, clumsy features
November 11, 2016
Very effective.
Pros1.)The light is lite. Very comfortable & easy to adjust straps to my head. Nice spread of light. Very effective. 2.) Reasonable value for the price paid ($50)
Cons 1.) On/off button should be on the TOP, not front of the light. It's awkward to push the button back directly into your forehead. It would be far better to push down with your thumb on the other side. 2.) The rotation of the light up & down requires too much effort and is trial and error. Friction fit on rubber bracket requires two-handed adjustment. 3.) Very little power difference between two highest settings. 1000 lumens is questionable 4.) Memory of previously used power setting is accessed by holding the awkward on/off button in for one second. Recall should be automatic.
By Stephen
Palm Springs, California
The Best I've Found
November 3, 2016
I seem to have been through a lot of headlamps, starting with the cheap ones then rapidly amping up the quality and price thinking surely a $20 or $30 lamp would surely meet my needs. Each time after a month or two they would fail. To be fair, I use the lamp often and I am hard on equipment as I am sometimes doing heavy work at night. But now, finally, I have found the light for me! I purchased this lamp back in the summer when it was blazing hot outside. Amazingly, this extremely bright light that is very hot to the touch, it not at all hot on the forehead--excellent design! I've dropped it several times in shallow water or mud with no ill effects whatsoever. It is very lightweight, both on the head or in the pocket, but also very sturdy--it really feels like a good quality product when you use it. I highly recommend this headlamp to anyone willing to pay a bit more; it is very much worth the price and you will not be disappointed!
Pros-- the brightness of the light is amazing, along with a great quality of light color and tone. -- the swivel makes it easy to keep light out of the eyes of others but still have plenty of work light. -- it is very lightweight but very sturdy. -- does not get hot on the forehead, even in extremely hot weather. (I live in the desert region of the southwest) -- waterproof (I think) -- very easy control button, very intuitive to use, no strange patterns to remember -- it feels very comfortable to wear, at times I forget I have it on. -- long battery life, I use it nightly for extended periods of time and can still go for days without recharging. -- removing and replacing the battery shows exactly how much battery life is left in that charge.
Cons-- I've yet to find any
By Mike
Olathe, KS
Great Headlamp
August 25, 2020
Nitecore makes a great quality light. This is an awesome head lamp. You will really enjoy it. I would recommend it if you are looking for a nice headlamp. It comes with the band too.
By Michael W.
Exactly what I was looking for!
July 2, 2019
Easy to use. Comfortable and secure while wearing/using. UNCOMMONLY BRIGHT!!! Excellent battery life. You can't buy a headlamp like this at the hardware store or home improvement warehouse!
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