Nitecore HC65 vs Fenix HL60R – A Comparison Guide

The Nitecore HC65 and the Fenix HL60R are two very similar but not so similar head torches from two extremely competent companies. Both head torches deliver approximately 1000 lumens (Fenix – 950 lumens, Nitecore 1000 lumens) giving enough brightness for most outdoor endeavours.

This review of the Nitecore HC65 and this one of the Fenix HL60R identify the areas both head torches are distinct from each other. For a quick summary of the more outstanding differences, see the comparison guide below.


Nitecore HC65 Head Torch Fenix HL60R Head Torch
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Lumen Output
High: 550 Lumens
Medium: 280 Lumens
Low: 80 Lumens
Turbo: 1000 Lumens
Minimum: 1 Lumen
Red: 11 Lumens
White: 26 Lumens

High: 400 Lumens
Medium: 150 Lumens
Low: 50 Lumens
Turbo: 950 Lumens
Minimum: 5 Lumens
Illumination Source 1 x LED 1 x LED 2 x Red LED
Estimated Runtime
High: 2.8 Hours
Medium: 4.8 Hours
Low: 16 Hours
Minimum: 800 Hours
Red: 20 Hours
Strobe (Red): 32 Hours
White: 25 Hours

High: 3 Hours
Medium: 10 Hours
Low: 29 Hours
Turbo: 0.75 Hour
Minimum (Red): 100 Hours
Battery Type 1 x 18650 1 x 18650 Lithium-Ion or
2 x CR123A Lithium
Dimensions W: 8.4 x H: 1.8 cm W: 87.0 x H: 46.0 x D: 51.0 mm
Weight 2.2 oz / 63 g 4.3 oz / 121 g
Water Resistance Waterproof to 2 m, IPX8 Waterproof to 2 m, IPX8
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