Review: Nitecore HC65 (Multi-Beam Headlamp, Red, HICRI, XM-L2, 1x18650 Rechargeable)

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Review: Nitecore HC65 (Multi-Beam Headlamp, Red, HICRI, XM-L2, 1x18650 Rechargeable)

I received the Nitecore HC65 from Nitecore for the review

The HC65 is a versatile headlamp, featuring a flood HICRI beam, a flood Red beam and a throwy beam. The headlamp is powered by a single 18650 and is rechargeable via micro USB. The HC65 comes in this box In the box: the Light, micro USB cable, a 18650 3400mAh battery, spare o-rings, manual, headband The HC65 shares some designs element of the HC60 The headband is made of plastic with some rubber elements molded in that keep the light in place On one side of the headlamp you have a regular tailcap, with anodized threads, that encloses the slot for a 18650 battery. On the other side there is a double stage switch with rubber cover, underneath it the micro USB port for charging the battery The HC65 next to the provided battery As before mentioned, the light has different LED emitters: a red one, a flood HICRI one, and a XM-L2 in a smooth reflector (in reality there is a small blue LED that acts as a battery indicator and is positioned nearby the RED and HICRI one). With the headband Beamshots Wallshots Outdoor shots Output and runtime Tested with the provided battery .. .. My thoughts The light is well built and finished. I like the UI with direct access to last used mode, highest, lowest mode. I am usually not a great fan of red beams, but on the HC65 the red beam is quite bright and with a perfectly flood beam (IE no artifacts or shadow cast); and the same beam quality is found on the HICRI mode. They both have a small output of few lumens, enough to see around you in complete darkness, or to do closeup work in the darkness without being blinded and preserving low light vision. For seeing at further distance and for high outputs, you still have the XM-L2 emitter in the smooth reflector. Although even this beam is quite usable for walking around, since the spill arrives at your feet as you can see in the beamshots. I don’t like so much the fact that the headband mount is “proprietary”, and the fact that if you are a unorganized person (as myself), you could lose the tailcap during the charging process. Regarding this, I would like that tailcap to be secured to the body via a small string of glued cord. The battery indicator / locator are easy to understand and useful. I wish the red and the HICRI modes had more brightness and more outputs, and the XM-L2 came in a NW tint. Thanks to: AntoLed for the camera help and the luxmeter.

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Edited by: Budda on 02/13/2018 - 17:36
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Budda wrote:
I like the UI with direct access to last used mode, highest, lowest mode.

Thanks for your review Budda!!
According to what you said, are there “shortcuts” to turbo and ML modes?
This seems a very nice light! Thumbs Up

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Looks like an interesting light. Too bad no WW/NW version.

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MascaratumB wrote:
Budda wrote:
I like the UI with direct access to last used mode, highest, lowest mode.

Thanks for your review Budda!!
According to what you said, are there “shortcuts” to turbo and ML modes?
This seems a very nice light! Thumbs Up

Single complete press: last level
Double complete press: turbo
long half press: Hicri
long complete press: red

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Budda wrote:
MascaratumB wrote:
Budda wrote:
I like the UI with direct access to last used mode, highest, lowest mode.
Thanks for your review Budda!! According to what you said, are there “shortcuts” to turbo and ML modes? This seems a very nice light! Thumbs Up
Single complete press: last level Double complete press: turbo long half press: Hicri long complete press: red

Thank you for the information Budda!! Thumbs Up

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 / AM S3 vs Neal 219c / Amutorch AM30 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A / Sofirn SP32A / Sofirn SP10B / Odepro KL52 / Acebeam H20 / SS AAA / Wuben TO10R / BlitzWolf BW-ET1 / Odepro B018 / DQG Slim Ti / XTAR PB2 Charger / Nitefox ES10K / Nitefox K3 / Amutorch AX1 / Amutorch VG10 / Olight M2R Warrior / OTR M1 / Wuben E05

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7   Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses: XML2 / XPL-HI   Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)     Triple TIR & XP-G2   

DB Custom said: "Hide your billfold, cut up your credit cards... you're a perfect candidate for full blown flashaholism and will soon need dedicated flashlight cabinets. [...] Have fun! Modding is next... :P" 

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They should have had a small magnet in the tail cap which would have taken care of storing the cap while charging. Could just take it off and attach it to the side of the light. 10 cent magnet would do the trick.

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I correct a mistake in my review: the shortcut to turbo is not a “momentary on”, but a regular turbo mode.

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Nice review, I like nitecore headlamps. Looks like it comes apart fairly easily