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This powerful and rechargeable headlamp both packs…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $74.95
This powerful and rechargeable headlamp both packs a punch, and has efficient settings for the outdoors-person that wants a rechargeable device. This headlamp is ideal for first responders, night hikers, or anyone who wants a variety of power settings.
- Extremely powerful
- 5 Output settings/additional red light setting
- Neutral White LED illumination
- 160° Tilt for stationary use
- Durable aluminum housing
- No power lockout setting
- Not the lightest option
The Fenix HL60 headlamp is an excellent piece of gear that fits many criteria for the serious outdoors-person. The price point (I paid $75) is well worth justifying this piece of gear.
- Weight: 51g/5.25oz (with battery)
- 5 Output modes, plus red light mode
- Impact resistant to 1 meter
- Waterproof rated to 2 meters for 30 minutes/ IPX-8 rating
- Regulated output for constant brightness, regardless of battery charge
- Anti-reflective coating on lens, and body
- Included USB cable
- Included spare o-ring
The HL60R is easy to use, with one button to use for all functions. One quick press displays battery charge (>70%, 30-70%, <30%). The headlamp will also indicate a warning when the battery charge falls below 20% capacity.
The only overall complaint is that there isn’t a ‘lockout’ mode to prevent accidental activation. Note: a standard water bottle cap will perfectly fit over the control switch for storage.
The beam is vertically adjustable to 160°, which really helps for stationary lighting.
The headlamp has a typical elastic headband adjustment, and is included with a removable top headband strap for additional stability. Comfort is a noted plus, with its curved plastic.
Charging the headlamp is easy, with a Micro USB port that has an attached rubber plug to prevent dirt and debris from getting into the port. Charging the device from a depleted battery takes approximately four hours. The headlamp is included with a 2600 mAh 18650 Li-ion battery, which can also be switched with two disposable CR123 batteries, if desired.
Runtime, Beam Distance, and Brightness
Fenix boasts a 381 foot/127 yard maximum range, which is estimated to be correct during testing when operating the headlamp in its ‘turbo’ mode at 950 lumens. The neutral white Creon LED is also warm, without the cold blue illumination frequently found with other LED bulbs.
- Turbo- 950 Lumens/48 minute runtime
- High- 400 Lumens/3 hour runtime
- Mid- 150 Lumens/10 hour runtime
- Low- 50 Lumens/29 hour runtime
- Eco- 5 Lumens/100 hour runtime
- Red- 1 Lumen/100 hour runtime
The Fenix HL60R headlamp has been tested from summer 2017 to November 2017, and has shown no faults, defects, or concerns outside of its specifications. Normal use has shown it to be extremely durable, due to its type III hard-anodized aluminum construction. Battery operation/lifespan appears to function as designed. This headlamp has been used in rain, fog, and temperatures ranging from approximately 25°F-90°F.
Fenix has successfully made a versatile, bright headlamp that keeps you from heading to the store for replacement batteries after every backpacking trip. If you’re looking for a new night-hiking companion, the Fenix HL60R might just be it!