Why We Chose The Nitecore HC65: Durable, extremely bright and highly functional
This head torch and its corresponding portable battery pack managed to pick up a major outdoor industry award last year so it’s been an item we’ve been looking forward to testing out. Now we’ve finally got round to using it, we can see why it was awarded. This thing is super tough, ultra bright and very reliable. It’s got a real built-to-last feel about it.
Who Is The Nitecore HC65 For?
In all honesty, it looks and feels like the kind of thing that would be most at home on the helmet of a Navy Seal operative. Still, it’s aimed at hikers and campers and we can certainly see it having bucket loads of appeal to partakers of such activities. That being said, coming in at 122g with the battery in, this thing might be on the heavy side for the gram-counting backpackers out there.
With its housing made from an aero-grade aluminium alloy that has a military grade hard-anodised finish, this thing is basically as tough as head torches come. It’s also rated at IPX8 in terms of waterproofness which means it’s submersible to 2 metres.
The button for turning it on and off and cycling through functions is located on one of its sides and the side is unscrewed when you want to add or remove its battery.
The battery that comes with it is much bigger than your run of the mill AA Duracell. It’s a removable and rechargeable Nitecore NL1834 3400mAh protected cell though you can actually use any 18650 battery with this or you could use 2 x CR123 or RCR123 batteries. In other words, it can run off batteries that you’ll find in most supermarkets.
“There are a number of different modes here, more than you get on most other head torches in fact.”
The included headband has a typical around-the-head strap and then one over-the-top one. That top strap can be removed, however you wouldn’t have a particularly reliable hold, even despite the amount of adjustment potential you get.
Handily, the housing can be tilted up or down to allow for 180 degree pivoting and it will hold in its position securely without shifting as well.
There are a number of different modes here, more than you get on most other head torches in fact. First up there are three different lights: the main bulb, the auxiliary red light and an auxiliary white light for short range illumination.