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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 14 October 2018 in Miscellaneous.

This is my public service announcement assuming I'm not the last person on the planet to learn of these high powered headlights. When shooting the Super Bloom in California last year, I found the well reviewed headlight I bought was way too dim to walk desert trails to get to a sunrise spot.

So, I started some serious research and came across a number of really bright and rather pricey headlights. This particular unit is a Nitecore HC30. It's powered by what looks like an oversized AA battery. The battery is an 18650 and is the same battery used by Tesla in at least some of its battery packs to power its automobiles. Several thousand cells are in each battery pack, of course.

In addition, the headlight has a very bright LED. Also, one button cycles through brightness levels so, it's easy to use. There are a number of other brands and units with different features but the simplicity of this one appealed to me.

We used our headlights after the sunset shoot on Mt. Rainier as well as on the trail up First Burroughs Mountain for sunrise. You can see every root and rock waiting to trip you up and still have your hands free for camera gear. I like it!

Sunrise from Sunrise
Mount Rainier National Park
Washington State, USA

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is certainly a good tool on the ground. Especially in the woods or in mountain ranges, it is good to see it in front of you.

14 Oct 2018 5:43am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Prêt pour une marche nocturne ou souterraine ?

14 Oct 2018 5:58am

@jpla: Yes, it's good for after sundown or before sunrise.

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

J'ai également ce type de lampe frontale avec pile surdimensionnée, bien pratique pour accéder à certains spots avant le lever du jour.
Bonne journée Steve

14 Oct 2018 6:39am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing and it is a great document based on serious research .

14 Oct 2018 7:38am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Some seriously good equipment Steve. Interesting information.

14 Oct 2018 7:43am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

It's very important to have the right equipment! Impressive!

14 Oct 2018 8:50am

Hiro from Mukoh Kyoto-pref., Japan

Bright is Great !

14 Oct 2018 8:55am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Pour rando de nuit avec la lune !.....

14 Oct 2018 9:59am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

c'est une belle recherche

14 Oct 2018 10:21am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

j'adore les marches nocturnes...necessaire accessoire !!:)

14 Oct 2018 11:43am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent testimonial, Steve. This is the type of opinion that truly matters; one from a photographer out in the field and using the product.

14 Oct 2018 1:05pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful capture of an excellent good.

14 Oct 2018 1:40pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Thanks for the review. It looks like a winner to me.

14 Oct 2018 1:41pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An interesting description of this excellent light. I’ll have to pursue this idea. My flashlights are only so so.

14 Oct 2018 1:43pm

keyou story from la roche sur yon, France

the light it's a life ,nice sunday

14 Oct 2018 3:32pm

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

nice to know :) i've got a quechua one from decathlon a local store here :)

14 Oct 2018 3:53pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Very useful for your nights expeditions ! Thanks for the description !

14 Oct 2018 4:06pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Une bien belle lampe et vue quelle iamge et ocmpo
merci et belle soirée

14 Oct 2018 5:22pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It looks like a great choice, especially when outside at night or very early in the morning. Great information!

14 Oct 2018 8:07pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

We have tried several brands of head lamps over time. This is good to know. Thanks for posting.

15 Oct 2018 1:35am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful colors & details!

15 Oct 2018 8:21am

Diana from Olympia, United States

A good buy and a good sale

15 Oct 2018 4:06pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

very intriguing and informative

15 Oct 2018 8:20pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Very useful information and a fine picture of this head lamp. :)

16 Oct 2018 9:08am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

I totally agree with Rick...Well said, sir!! What a great device here, too...

17 Oct 2018 12:50am