The Fenix HL60R USB Rechargeable 950 Lumen Headlamp

This past Christmas, my lovely wife gave me a Fenix HL60R headlamp. At some point, she must have heard me cursing at my old BlackDiamond one. I thought I might as well post a short gear review here for anyone who might be considering this headlamp. So, here’s a quick little rundown of my first impressions, as well as the product specs. Also, when I get a chance, I’ll run the headlamp through a bit of a torture test and post the results here. Alright, lets jump in!

My First Impressions of the Fenix HL60R

As this is my first Fenix Headlamp, I cannot compare it to any other in the HL series. I can, however, offer my initial take on the HL60R lamp itself. Honestly, my first thought was that the headlamp is quite large, and it is. The length from end to end is 3.4″. The overall length isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just the first thing I noticed when I opened the box. It all makes sense when you consider that the headlamp holds one single, 2-11/16″ 2600mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery, or two CR123A batteries.

After reading the instructions, I tapped the power button once and determined that the battery was in need of a charge based on the intermittent white and red flashing of the LEDs. I plugged the headlamp into my laptop and let it do its thing. I’m not sure exactly how long it took to finish charging, although the light wasn’t entirely dead, to begin with, perhaps that would be a better measure. Once I noticed that the two red LEDs had stopped flashing, I knew the charge was complete. And, since it was still daytime, the first test I did was in a pitch-black room.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I want to use my headlamp, I don’t want to have to press a crazy button combination to access all the settings. I’m happy to report that the Fenix HL60R is simplicity at its best. One press and hold of the button for one second will turn the headlamp on to its last mode. Then, each tap of the button will cycle through the six preset light modes. Finally, to power the lamp off, just press and hold the button for one second, the light will shut off while saving the last used brightness level.

The headlamp has five brightness levels and one red light setting, all accessible from the single selector switch. At the lowest setting or the Red light mode, the lamp puts out 1 lumen and is enough to read a map or see anything in your hands. The Eco mode produces 5 lumens of neutral white light and is adequate for any low lighting requirements, and can run for up to 100 hours. On the low setting, the lamp can put out 50 lumens with a runtime of 29 hours. Personally, I found the low setting to be ideal for most of my requirements. And, although the lamp has a medium and high mode, I found myself toggling between the low and turbo mode. On turbo, the headlamp puts out an impressive 950 lumens. (see the full list of settings below)

Pros

  • Cree XM-L2 T6 LED
  • Rugged and Lightweight Construction
  • Easy Operation
  • Rechargeable
  • Optimal Light Settings
  • IPX-8
  • Limited Lifetime Guarantee

Cons

  • Non-Focusable Beam (although more moving parts means lower IPX)
  • Produces a Fair Amount of Heat on Turbo
  • 48 Minutes at 950 Lumens (with original battery)

HL60R Specs and Features

The Fenix HL60R headlamp uses a Cree XM-L2 U2 neutral white LED which is capable of putting out a maximum of 950 lumens with a lifespan of 50,000 hours. When powered by the 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery, the HL60R packs enough power to light your way for up to 100 hours on a single charge (see chart below). The headlamp weighs only 121 grams or 4.3oz without the battery, or roughly 6oz with the battery included. Both the on/off/selector switch and the micro USB charging port is found on the same side, while the opposite side is the threaded battery cap. The light meets the ANSI IPX8 waterproof standard, which the manufacturer says will provide continuous use submerged at up to 2 meters underwater.

Specifications

OutputTurboHighMidLowEcoRed Light
Lumens9504001505051
Runtime48min3h10h29h100h100h
Distance/Meters1167646278
Intensity3396cd1430cd536cd179cd18cd
Specs as per FENIX

In closing

All in all, I’m quite impressed with the HL60R. I think for me, the low and turbo modes will be my go-to settings for most things. So, if you’ve been thinking about picking one of these headlamps, you can’t go wrong. I’d say my wife made a good choice with this one. Do you already have the Fenix HL60R? What are your thoughts on it? Would you recommend it to friends? Let us know in the comments below.

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