Built from impact-resistant and waterproof aluminum with a flexible polymer strap mount, the HC65 feels reassuringly tough. The 1,000-lumen turbo mode cuts through darkness, but a variety of low-output modes make this headlamp just as effective for close-up tasks. Unscrewing the switch end of the body reveals a built-in micro-USB port for easy recharging; a blue LED blinks to indicate battery level or charging status.
We’re seriously impressed by the level of features and build quality at this price.
IPX8 waterproof to 2-meter immersion, impact-resistant to 1 meter
Heaviest of the 12 headlamps Full-presses of the switch produce a reassuring click, but half-presses require just a light touch. We question the long-term durability of this control scheme. Cap must be removed to access USB port, and could easily be misplaced
CLAIMED MAX BRIGHTNESS
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WEIGHT WITH BATTERIES
BATTERY TYPE Rechargeable 18650 (one, included) or CR123A (two, not included)
OUTPUT MODES Spot turbo, high, medium, low, ultralow, strobe, SOS, or flashing; white flood light; red constant-on or flashing