Fenix HL30 Headlamp – 2018 Edition

Rated 4.70 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)

The upgraded Fenix HL30 2018 Edition headlamp features a wide-range flood light that fills your field of view with a maximum 300 lumens at a distance of 164 feet (50 meters). Dual switches operate the HL30 headlamp’s eight lighting modes including five brightness levels, red reading light, red flash and SOS. IP67 rated waterproof and dust proof, sweat channeling reflective headband and powered by readily-available AA batteries round out this lights features. The HL30 will soon be your go-to headlamp anywhere hands-free lighting is needed.

$61.00 $44.95

4.70 out of 5
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Max Lumens: 300
Modes: 8

Length: 2.5” (64mm)
Width: 2.0” (50mm)
Height: 1.5” (38mm)

Weight: 2.6 oz. (73.5g) excluding batteries

Batteries: Two AA Alkaline batteries (included)

Included: Two AA alkaline batteries and spare O-ring

Warranty: Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting USA

All parameters shown using the included alkaline batteries and may vary between headlamps, batteries and environments.

MODE Lumens
Impact Resistance
Eco 4 200h 20ft (6m) 10cd
Low 30 71h 52ft (16m) 64cd
Medium 70 41h 75ft (23m) 137cd
High 130 9h 115ft (35m) 306cd
Turbo 300 4h 30min 164ft (50m) 610cd
Red Light 1 170h 13ft (4m) 4cd
Red Flash 1 340h 13ft (4m) 4cd
SOS 30 142h 52ft (16m) 64cd
1m IP67, waterproof underwater to 1m, dust proof
Additional Features
  • Cree XP-G3 white LED, with lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Nichia red LED
  • Powered by two AA (Ni-MH/Alkaline) batteries
  • Dual switches for easy and fast operation
  • Lockout function prevents against accidental activation
  • Reverse polarity protection to protect form improper battery insertion
  • Made of quality aluminum alloy and plastics
Operating Instructions

General switch: controls ON/OFF, output selection and mode switching on General mode.
Functional switch: controls ON/OFF, output selection and mode switching on Functional mode.

General Mode
Press and hold the General switch for 0.5 seconds to turn on the lamp (Eco is factory default, no memory), with the lamp switched on, press any switch for 0.5 seconds to turn off the lamp.
Output Selection
With the lamp switched on, single click the General switch to cycle through Eco→Low→Med→High→Turbo.

Functional Mode
Press and hold the Functional switch for 0.5 seconds to turn on the lamp (Red is factory default, no memory), with the lamp switched on, press any switch for 0.5 seconds to turn off the lamp.
Output Selection
With the lamp switched on, single click the Functional switch to cycle through Red→SOS→Red Flash.

Mode Switching
With the lamp switched on General mode, single click the Functional switch to enter Functional mode; with the lamp switched on Functional mode, single click the General switch to enter General mode.

Lockout Function
Lock: with the lamp switched off, press any switch or simultaneously press the two switches for 3 seconds. Lamp will switch off and 4 2Hz blinks will indicate locked status.
Unlock: with the lamp switched off, simultaneously press the two switches for 3 seconds. The lamp will be unlocked and activated on Red after 4 2Hz blinks.
Locked Status
In locked status, clicking or pressing the headlamp will activate 4 2Hz blinks on Red to indicate locked status.

Battery Replacement

  1. Pull battery cover latch that is located between the switches to open the tail cap.
  2. Insert the batteries in accordance with the polarity marks.
  3. Replace the battery cap.

Headband Assembly
Notice: The headband is factory assembled by default.
Step 1: Attach the headband to the headlamp as shown (Pic 1), by first sliding the band down to the bottom of the slots. Then hook the top edge under the top slot.
Step 2: Adjust the headband by sliding the buckle to required length.

Usage and Maintenance

  • Disassembling the sealed head can cause damage to the headlamp and will void the warranty.
  • Fenix strongly recommends using quality rechargeable Ni-MH battery, alkaline battery will shorten the runtime with the lamp switched on high output.
  • Long-term use can result in O-ring wear. To maintain a proper water seal, replace the ring with an approved spare.
  • Periodic cleaning of the battery contacts improves the lamp’s performance as dirty contacts may cause the lamp to flicker, shine intermittently or even fail to illuminate for the following reasons:
    A: The batteries need replacing.
    Solution: Replace batteries (Ensure batteries are inserted according to the manufacturer’s specifications).
    B: The threads, PCB board contact or other contacts are dirty.
    Solution: Clean the contact points with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

If the above methods don’t work, please contact your authorized distributor.

The headlamp is a high-intensity lighting device capable of causing eye damage to the user or others. Avoid shining the lamp directly into anyone’s eyes.

Reviews (10)

10 reviews for Fenix HL30 Headlamp – 2018 Edition

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert (verified owner)

    Light distribution very even. Outstanding for electrical work in dark spaces.

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert M. (verified owner)


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  3. Rated 4 out of 5


    All good about this lamp, you can even use it on its lowest setting high on a mountain at night but yes one thing was missed by Fenix with this lamp : the hinge mechanism will move from its position, don’t even think running with this lamp. I feel upset about this.

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  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zachary K. (verified owner)

    Extremely bright on the highest setting. The battery lasts very long and the headband is comfortable for extended wear.

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  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Short version: Great light, solid construction, very few cons, lots of pros.

    Long version: A little bit of background on me. I work as a volunteer EMT in a rather large rural/suburban town, I’ve been associated with Boy Scouts and have been camping for the past decade. I bought this light a little over 5 years ago. This review will focus on everything I’ve experienced since then. If Fenix has made any improvements since then I can’t speak to them but I will give a detailed review on the light that I purchased and recieved.

    Background: Normally when I’m camping I’ll run with both a headlamp and some sort of flashlight (typically Maglite but I alternate it with Fenix). I see different advantages for each type of light. Mostly I’ll use the headlamp because I need my hands free but every now and then I need a hand help light.
    I’ve been using this light regularly once or twice a month for the past 5 years during 1-3 night camping trips and once a year during our week long trip at summer camp. This light has been through every element present in the North East as well as all of the temperatures we get.

    Construction: I bought this light with the over the head band as well as the circumferential band found on all headlamps. So far it’s held up to being stuffed in every single pocket I have, rain, snow, sleet, hail, hot, cold, humid and dry climates. My only issue with the band is that every time i take it off it loosens itself. Honestly I don’t care about this because chances are I’ll be going between a hood and my bare head or I’ll have a hat on so I have to adjust it anyway. When I have the light on my head I have never had a problem with it slipping off or needing to re adjust it unless I’m sprinting across a field.
    The light housing itself is quite robust for a headlamp. With the batteries in it is a little heavier than some of the lighter weight headlamps Fenix and other brands make but it doesn’t cause me any fatigue or soreness from wearing it for long periods of time. As mentioned above it’s survived all elements I’ve thrown at it. I’ve dropped it more times than I can count on every surface imaginable and it keeps coming back for more. The batteries are not coming out by mistake. If you want to take them out it is a conscious effort on your part. Not to say that it is particularly difficult to remove the batteries, it just won’t happen by accident. The waterproofing of this light is remarkable. I’ve seen videos of people running it under water and while I’ve never done that I have brought mine through torrential downpours and I’ve never had a concern for the light. You will have to do some minor maintenance on the light though. I have taken the o-ring off and coated it with Vaseline every so often just to keep the seal and if you drop it in mud I would recommend gently cleaning it.

    Light: For a headlamp I think over 200 lumens is fantastic. I normally use the low for reading, medium for general use and if I’m ever looking for something I go straight to Burst. Since I run the light off of common AA batteries instead of rechargeable I do notice the light bumps itself down a level in brightness sooner than if I was using high cap. rechargeables. Usually fresh AA’s will last me a couple of trips but quite honestly it depends on your usage of the light for how long it lasts. I always bring spare batteries with me along with a secondary light so for those time when I do run out of charge.
    The red light is fantastic for looking at stuff when I get up at 3am. I have temporarily blinded myself by forgetting I left the light on burst and then turning it on while pointing it at a piece of paper.
    I have never had a reason to use the flash/SOS mode of the light but I can imagine that if anyone is near you they’ll spot you, the output on this light is quite substantial.

    Overall I would highly recommend this light to anyone looking for a durable and useful headlamp. Of course, depending on your individual needs this may or may not be the right light for you. While the cost is a little over something you would pay for a Black Diamond or a Coleman, the quality is well worth the money. The view range of the spot on this light is fantastic and I have yet to want another headlamp. When I do need another headlamp I will be coming back to Fenix for the purchase.

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  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great light.
    Survived for 5 years in the U.S. Marine inf. Still going strong.

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  7. Rated 3 out of 5

    Shane (verified owner)

    This head lamp performs well but gets really hot fast and shuts down. I learned this during a power shut down wile installing a breaker in a piece of switch gear. On the lower settings it runs constant and is very floody. Over all very happy but would prefer something that will just drain batteries and stay on until dead. Will continue searching!

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  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Headlamp doctor

    If your looking for a flood proximity headlamp look no further, over the years I have collected many lamps from manufacturers claiming they have the best lamp, some come close but most fail, now finally a manufacturer ( Fenix HL30 ) delivers the goods ! everything Fenix claims about this headlamp is true ! everything about this light is outstanding, the build, the user interface, the output run times, the lumen selection, the mode spacings, you will be impressed if you know your head lamps, I am so impressed I purchased two !

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  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very nice head torch. Light, solidly built, good range of output power on the white LED, and very useful red LED too for protecting night vision. The smooth light pattern is excellent, means you don’t have to turn head to see peripheral objects. The aluminium alloy section probably helps to dissipate heat from the white LED, which will help to maximize output.

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  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron Bird

    I’ve been looking for a good headlamp for a long.. Long time. I have purchased at least 7 different types of headlamps. When I saw this one from fenix, I thought I would give this one a try. WOW . Was I surprised at the brightness on the high setting. And it has a very good light spread ( flood light). There is a bright light in the center and it gradually spreads evenally in all directions. And there are no dark rings or distortion in any of the light pattern. This is the BEST headlight that I have ever had. I’m seriously thinking about getting another one for backup. If your thinking about getting a good headlamp, you will be very happy with this one. I am one happy customer. Thanks Fenix for a good product.

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