Fenix HL30 Headlamp Review

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The Fenix HL30 Headlamp is a high intensity headlamp with dual light sources that is specially designed for the outdoors; camping, hiking, walking the dog at night, and even reading.

This headlamp has been available for sale at Amazon since at least September 2012. You'll find some of the best prices for all products, and this one in particular, by shopping online at Amazon.

You'll find this headlamp most useful if you spend time doing stuff outside at night (obviously). I know there are people who work in tight dark spaces - think attics, crawlspaces - who swear by this headlamp.

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The HL30 maxs out at 200 lumens. What can you do with 200 lumens? If you are a night time climber, 200 lumens is typically bright enough for you to see what you are doing. You will get about a hour and forty minutes of use at max brightness. In my humble opinion, 200 lumens is not bright enough for high speed sports like bicycling. You'll want a light that is in the 700+ lumen range for night riding. The next lower setting is 100 lumens which is plenty for night time walks and will burn for about four and a half hours. If you are camping in a tent and not moving around much, the 45 lumens setting provides enough light and lasts for over 10 hours that you can go for a long time without replacing or recharging the 2 AA batteries that are used by the HL30. Finally, the low setting of 4 lumens - good four about 6 days - is plenty of light for night time readings. The mode button on this headlamp will activate 4 brightness levels just explained. Additionally, there is a red light mode and SOS mode. When the light is on, pressing the mode button for one second will activate the red light mode. Holding the mode button down for three seconds will activate the SOS modes. Most headlights and flashlights with a SOS mode work in a similar fashion, you have to hold down some type of mode button for the longest amount of time to get the SOS feature to activate. I should also mention that the SOS mode burns at max lumens. If for some reason, you needed to burn the light in the SOS mode for an extended period of time, keep in mind the 1:40 burn time. You will likely get more out of it then that since the light is intermittent, but just be aware.

Some other really nice features you will find are ... waterproof to IPX-6 standards. For those that care, the IPX-6 standard requires no water seepage or failure under the following conditions: water sent through a 12.5 mm nozzle at a rate or 100 liters per minute at a pressure of 100kN per meter square for three minutes at a distance of three meters. Will you ever be in those conditions - no. However, this is just a standardized way of qualifying. Maybe a bit more than you wanted to know ... There are some brains to this headlight. What I mean is, when you turn off this headlight, the HL30 will "remember" your settings. I am fairly certain this uses some kind of flash memory to store this. But it is nice, because if you are turning your light on and off frequently you are likely to want to go back to the same settings. You can do that with the HL30.

Finally, the headlight is compact, lightweight, easy to carry and has a comfortable headlamp strap.

So, if you want to light up the night with a 200 lumen headlight, this is it. Get it while it is still available.

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