Review: Fenix HM65R

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Review: Fenix HM65R

Another Fenix novelty, this time functionally (separate lights) close to decent models Fenix HP25R and Fenix HP30R

HM65R official website | manual

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PACKAGE AND APPEARANCE

well designed plastic box. nothing to add, actually.

The kit includes: the Fenix HM65R with headband, a 3500mah battery (hooray, finally Fenix put battery with good capacity, not 2600mah one), type-C charging cable, instructions, and O-ring




Well, here is the Fenix HM65R itself.
This is not the first Fenix model in this form-factor, I recall, before that they released the HP25R and HP30R – a significant difference between these models was an external battery compartment unit.

Here, the design is radically different. And as for me – it is frankly steampunk, reminiscent of either a narrowed look, or a face with a monocle. Appearance frankly old-style, warm. No hi-tech at all, a solid retro. What is missing is some kind of brightness adjustment vernier. Will be generally gorgeous to cosplay Fallout or any retrofuturistic games. Walk around, drink mutafruit juice , shine on the sides. I think that such a design is not for everybody (although who will choose a light source by design?), but I like it.



As for the dimensions, you can evaluate it yourself – Fenix HM65R is quite compact. On the one hand, it is shorter than the usual L-shaped headbands, on the other hand, it is higher due to the protruding parts with optics.

The headstrap is gorgeous here. At first impressions – the best of those seen. I don’t remember seeing a perforated elastic band. This seems like a good idea to me, as my head is sweating definitely less. The rest is the same: sweat-inhibiting gel strip inside and reflective elements outside.

Well, now more about the appearance. The battery cover has arrow indicator for proper battery placement. Due to the wide notch, it is easily twisted, I think that there should be no problems to open it with gloves on even in winter.

Threads are well lubricated.

HM65R body is made of aluminium-magnesium allow , so it is really lightweight. i cannot measure it as i cannot take it from plastic mount. but, believe – it is really, really lightweight.

The spring on the cover is quite thick. But on the opposite side, Fenix put a contact plate with a limiter for using flat-top batteries. I have been and remain an opponent of such decisions.

The angle of inclination is regulated by a ratchet (7 positions), which is locked by the strips below the headlamp mount. In the photo it is clearly visible. Yes, as i mentioned, it is not possible to separate HM65R and plastic mount It doesn’t bother me, it’s not an L-shaped forehead where hand-held use and magnetization are supposed. But this point is worth mentioning




On the back there is a charging connector closed with a thick Type-C plug.

Do U wonder what is behind the cogs? Me too. And behind them everything is sealed. So that’s all. Each type of light is controlled by its own button, between which there are 4 squares of the simplest indication of the remaining charge level and indication of the charging process. This pair of buttons is in a small recess. Traditionally, there is a “shelf” right there, which half-covers the buttons, protecting against accidental pressing.



And finally – optics. Behind the brass ( suppose it is brass) bezels we have a quite expected set: a textured reflector with XM-L2 U2 and TIR optics with XP-G2 R5. It is quite common and time-tested pair. Fenix could placed XP-l HI + XP-G R3, as more modern . But a) Fenix R&D team denies modern technical decisions b) there would be no obvious difference with this pair.



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In the best (and for someone in the worst) traditions of Fenix. + Any user can understand this control right away. + Indication, albeit a primitive 4-segment indicator, but it starts easily, just a light “click” on any of the buttons in OFF. + there is a lock.

- there are no shortcuts for the minimum and maximum modes.


How the Fenix HM65R shines

Spotlight is cold, somewhere around 6000K. Good side light, quite decent (for the headlamp) throw and brightness in a turbo. Floodlight is significantly warmer. 5000K somewhere. Uniform light, quite a convenient thing for such purposes. Accordingly, Spot and Flood can be combined.

Here, the MID mode for each type of light manifests itself in a very balanced way, at a distance of about 7m, a good sidelight and a bright center. Immediately on the GIF you can estimate the difference in light distribution of both types of light.


There is no visible PWM flicker in any of the modes.

The charging current is very good.

Fenix HM65R has one serious thing that must be mentioned. Namely, there is stepdown in all modes. And if for Turbo-High this is completely logical and natural, then downer – it is surprising . For brightnesses like of 200-300 lumens it is logical to expect full stabilization. I don’t like it, but I’m not ready to say right away that it’s terribly bad – I see the logic of such a decision.

What I mean is that the human eye adapts, and in reality, the brightness of the HM65R, due to the slowness of this decline, is perceived as relatively as staying at the same level. Until some point, of course. And after this moment, you can rewind the modes again and turn them on at the same initial brightness.

+ Less battery drain when the brightness drops.
+ As I said, the brightness drops for a long time: 1 \ 2 hours for turbo \ high flood light and in many situations you turn off the light even before the brightness drops significantly. + If you wish, you can return to the same initial brightness when you feel that you still lack it. – after all, this is not full stabilization – since the eyes are already accustomed to a lower brightness, it can be uncomfortable for the eyes after “zeroing” and scrolling to the initial brightness. here, as I said – the brightness in a high spot falls for an hour. You can return to the same brightness 4 times.


High Flood gives a similar picture, the difference is only in runtime – here the drop is 2 hours.

Well, now how does it all look live. For various reasons, I did a review longer than usual, but this allowed me to take a maximum of photographs to illustrate the review.







In the video version of the review, of course, there are more clear examples of how the Fenix HM65R shines

p=. Overall impression

The Fenix HM65R is a rather controversial flashlight. Fenix implemented in it several good features like light selection and quick charging, the manufacturer added a controversial stepdown to this in all modes.

And here, as a person who used this flashlight for several days putdoor, I will answer two basic questions. Do I like this stepdown? No. Does it interfere with real use? No.

Of course, the maximum brightness here has more marketing roots – I can’t imagine the situation when you simultaneously need a fairly long-range (by the standards of the headlamp) light with a wide and bright side light. But the combination of bright hotspot and sidelight in the lower modes is very practical and convenient. In fact, stepdown is the only one controversial feature. I repeat, the logic of such a technical solution is also present, and lin real use this drop in brightness is significantly compensated by adaptation of night vision. With a high probability, at some point you simply will not see this stepdown. In all other, the flashlight is not bad, there are actually a lot of Cons in it. + Fenix quality + two separate lights + the ability to combine them + fast charge + light weight + capacious battery

- + simple UI
- -+ stepdown

Edited by: Lumeniac on 01/29/2021 - 03:55
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Very mediocore headlamp but the dual led design has huge potential with the right emitters and UI used.

Eg. the main emitter could be Cree 4000K 5D or 5000K 3A led with a frosted lens for regular usage, the smaller secondary a 660nm photo red emitter for preserving night vision or a 2000K Nichia E21A that does not influence melatonin secretion for nigh time use.

virence.com Nichia E21A sw30+sw40 Wizard Pro ; Skilhunt H03 XP-E2 660nm ; Wizard Pro E21A 2000K ; S2+ E21A sw40 d220 ; Sofrin C01R 660nm, Mf01 Mini Nichia 219B sw35+sw40

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@Narmattaru

Why does it drop in spot faster than in flood?
It is both 400 Lumen.
Can you post beamshots where you use both emitters please.

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i`d assume that`s due to different energy efficiency of LEDs

 

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There is special Finland only “superraptor” edition with some nice bonuses:
https://www.fenixvalaisimet.fi/Fenix_HM65R_SUPERRAPTOR_otsalamppu

No stepdown, better “daylight leds” (?), better reflectors (?) and 600 lumen mode. Maybe someone will review one so we can compare?

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perkele! havent heard about the model

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Is there someone from Finnland, Estland or Schweden who could buy this lamp for me and send it to Germany.
I will pay in advance.

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You could order it from here:
https://scandinavianoutdoor.com/fenix/gear/lighting/head-lamps/hm65r-sup...

It seems like they send to Germany.

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Are the threads anodized?

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No

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MoreLumens wrote:
You could order it from here:
https://scandinavianoutdoor.com/fenix/gear/lighting/head-lamps/hm65r-sup...

It seems like they send to Germany.

Thanks

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Non annodized threads is a bit of a fail

Cant mechanically lock out this light

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Fenix HM65R claims 22 hours at 400 lumen must be kidding.
The new Fenix HM61R have similar specs and same battery but Fenix claims 4 hours only at 400 lumens .

Fenix HM65R

Fenix HM61R

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And even if they claimed the Fenix HM65R had a 4 hr run time @400lm, they would still be 2.5 hrs short, as seen here:
Fenix HM65R 400lm Run Time

At least the Olight Peron is only off by 1hr in their 500lm/4hr run time claim.
Peron 500lm Run Time

Still doesn’t excuse them for removing the hand wave on/off function, of the Peron, without telling their customers, on release date.
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Sort of reminds me of Wall-E

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Thanks for the informative and useful review and beam shots!

will give this one a miss and keep waiting for a Noctigon / Emissar headlamp………

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@Narmattaru

You can easy take off the lamp from the plastic mount.

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Two days ago I bought Fenix HM65R. When I checked the battery level, one indicator light was on which shows that the battery level is %21-%40 according to Fenix operating instructions page. After trying different combination of lighting for a while the battery level dropped below %20, one indicator was flashing which means it’s almost empty.

So I started charging headlamp using my original Samsung phone charger . While getting charged three lights were on constantly and the fourth indicator was flashing as in this video: This situation didn’t change for 4 hours. After 4 hours four indicators were on constantly which means it full get charged.

It took 4 hours to fully charge even it’s said it takes two hours in its user manual and on its official web page. But what’s more interesting is that it started to get charged with three indicators on and one flashes constantly till it get fully charged. Why it didn’t act as it’s said on its official web page “In charging process, one indicator flashes: below 20%, one constant-on and one flashes: 21%-50%, two constant-on and one flashes: 51%-80%, three constant-on and one flashes: 81% – 95%, four constant-on: charging complete.”?

Is there anything wrong with my headlamp?

Another issue is that Is Fenix lying about run time of this headlamp hm65r? I thought so after reading BrightLight and 71k5’ threads and amazon.com reviews like “ 1,400 lumens for 2 hours, false and not true – reduces to lower lumen after 15 mins
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019
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Just got this in the mail 2 days ago. I was testing the 1,400 lumen stage on both of the lamps to see if it would last 2 hours as the website described. Didnt last 15 mins before the housing got too hot. I think there’s a fail switch that if it gets too hot than it has to drop to the lower lumen setting. I’m not sure if this is like for all high lumen head light or if its because the battery is right next to the housing causing it to be too hot. Either way, be aware of the 2 hour setting at 1,400 – not true. Also did it with full battery and same thing. I’m really disappointed, also fenix said they made this particular brand in China. Not impressed! Item was returned due to false advertising. I tried looking at the manual that came with it, nothing in there says that the mechanism in the housing would reset after 15 mins if it gets too hot. I understand it gets hot in there but if your going to mention that you can hold 1,400 lumens at 2 hours than you need to make sure you can do that with the correct housing to handle the heat. False adv.”.

If so I’ll return it.

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i cannot comment on charging (though 4 hours for full charge is normal). 

 

but, man, please take closer look at specs and promo pics. there should be warning that time in turbo include also time after stepdown. 

of course that is sort of cheating to promise 2 hours in turbo. there should be like 2mins+190 mins (BEFOER and AFTER stepdown)

but manufacturers always mention this in small letters somewhere below specs