If you’ve already read our blog post on picking out a headlamp, you probably have a good idea of the key features you need. (If not, go read it! We’ll wait.)
In today’s blog, we’re going deep into the heart of NITECORE’s headlamp lineup so you can understand the differences between models and find exactly what you need whether you’re camping, running, working, preparing or anything else in between.
NITECORE NU Series Headlamps
Lightweight for active users
The NITECORE NU Series is where you’ll find our lightest and most compact headlamps. Built-for the movers and shakers in the world, the NU series has options ideal for running, cycling, hiking and exploring.
Some of the more robust NU headlamps offer multiple output types such as red or high CRI beams. For campers, red output is indispensable for maintaining night vision or searching through gear without disturbing a tent mate. And high CRI? For up-close reading and working, you can’t beat the color and detail rendering from these sunlight-like LEDs.
Built-in Battery & Charging
Powering the NU series is simple and convenient. Built-in batteries with USB charging ports give you plenty of options for power such as AC adapters, laptops, power banks and solar panels.
Top Picks in the NU Series
NITECORE NU32 Headlamp
Why we love it: The NU32 provides one of the best balances between size and performance with its 550 lumen primary white output and secondary red/high CRI outputs packed into a comfortable body you can wear for hours.
Who needs one: Outdoor enthusiasts, campers, photographers/videographers, hobbyists/crafters, cyclists
NITECORE NU20 Headlamp
Why we love it: The NU20 is both feather light and easy to use making it a great option for those of you who just need a white output.
Who needs one: Runners, joggers, ultralight backpackers, children, preppers
NITECORE HC Series Headlamps
Brightest outputs for professional-grade performance
If you need a headlamp for work or just want the very best and brightest NITECORE offers, the HC headlamp series offers some of the most robust and high performance headlamps around at a price that won’t break your wallet. From the HC33’s ultra bright 1800 lumen output to the HC65 with three output options, darkness doesn’t stand a chance against the HC series.
Removable, li-ion batteries for extended runtimes
As much as we love the simplicity and ease of the NU series’ built-in batteries, you’ll want something with a larger, replaceable battery to get the brightest outputs and longest runtimes. Plus, the ability to swap out spent batteries for a fresh set of backups means you aren’t limited by the capacity of an internal cell.
The HC series solves this issue by using powerful 18650 li-ion cells which can be charged externally (and on several models, in the headlamp itself!) and allow for the outputs professional users like yourself demand.
Top Picks in the HC Series
NITECORE HC65 Headlamp
Why we love it: This headlamp, simply put, has it all. 1000 lumen primary output? Check. Secondary red and high CRI? Check. Built-in charging? Check. Removable battery? Check, check check.
Who needs one: Mechanics, hunters, military, industrial/construction workers
NITECORE HC33 Headlamp
Why we love it: Not only the HC33 the brightest headlamp NITECORE offers, but this L-angle headlamp can quickly be converted to a handheld torch. Powered by a single 18650 battery, the HC33 is also one of the slimmest options in the HC series and extremely comfortable for extended wear.
Who needs one: Campers, explorers, runners, cavers
NITECORE EH Series Headlamps
For professional users working in dangerous environments, the EH series offers two intrinsically-safe options ideal for mining, petroleum workers and other high risk industry workers.
Compare NITECORE Headlamps
Below is a side-by-side comparison of all our NITECORE headlamps so you can quickly compare models based on several key features.
|Model||LED||Max Brightness||Max Throw||Battery Type||Built-in Charging?||Special Outputs||Waterproof rating||Dimensions||Weight|
|NU10||5x CREE LEDS||160 lm||38 yd||Built-in 900mAh li-ion||Y||Red (13 lm)||IP66||2.38”x1.38”x1.15”||2.29 oz|
|NU20||CREE XP-G2 LED||360 lm||87 yd||Built-in 600mAh li-ion||Y||—||IPX7||2.18”x1.29”x0.82”||1.66 oz|
|NU25||CREE XP-G2 S3 LED||360 lm||88 yd||Built-in 610mAh li-ion||Y||Red (13 lm);
high CRI (20 lm)
|NU30||CREE XP-G2 S3 LED||400 lm||132 yd||Built-in 1800mAh li-ion||Y||Red (19 lm);
high CRI (35 lm)
|NU32||CREE XP-G2 S3 LED||550 lm||136 yd||Built-in 1800mAh li-ion||Y||Red (9 lm);
high CRI (19 lm)
|HC30*||CREE XM-L2 U2 LED||1000 lm||177 yd||1x 18650 or 2x CR123A||N||—||IPX8||3.86”x0.95”||1.42 oz
|HC33||CREE XHP35 HD LED||1800 lm||204 yd||1x 18650 >8A output||N||—||IP68||4.15”x1”||1.81 oz
|HC60*||CREE XM-L2 U2 LED||1000 lm||128 yd||1x 18650 or 2x CR123A||Y||—||IPX7||3.11”x0.73”x1.06”||3.47 oz
|HC65||CREE XM-L2 U2 LED||1000 lm||120 yd||1x 18650 or 2x CR123A||Y||Red (11 lm);
high CRI (26 lm)
|HC70||CREE XM-L2 U2 LED||1000 lm||199 yd||2x 18650 or 4x CR123A
(external battery case)
(head unit only)
* Also available in neutral white for a warmer beam than traditional cool white LEDs