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HL30 Fenix Headlamp

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)
Fenix HL30 features the BROAD BEAM SYSTEM™ for pure light from side-to-side and top-to-bottom.  In camp, hobby or work situations, HL30 illuminates the entire scene with unmatched clarity and consistency.  On trail, snow or road, this 2 AA headlamp reaches deep for safer navigation.  The integrated red light protects night vision while making map reading easy even under adverse conditions.  Now, the darkest night is no match for 230 lumens at a value-conscious price.

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Max Lumens: 230
Modes: 6
Specifications

Size:
Length: 2.8″ (70mm)
Width: 1.9″ (47.5mm)
Height: 1.5″ (37.5mm)

Weight: 3.1 oz. (86.6g) weight excluding batteries

Batteries: Two 1.5V AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) batteries

Included: Top headband, spare O-ring, 2 AA alkaline batteries

Warranty: Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting US

ANSI FL-1 RATING
MODE Lumens
OUTPUT
LUMENS
Runtime
MAXIMUM
RUNTIME
Distance
MAXIMUM
DISTANCE
Intensity
MAXIMUM
INTENSITY
Impact Resistance
IMPACT
RESISTANCE
Waterproof
WATERPROOF
Low 4 160h
Medium 50 14h
High 140 3h 30m
Burst 230 2h
167ft (40m) 665cd 1m IPX-6
Additional Features
  • Cree XP-G (R5) LED and Nichia red light (Nichia) LED, with a lifespan of 50,000 hours respectively
  • Uses two 1.5V AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) batteries
  • Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness
  • Fast, convenient dual-button switch
  • Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation
  • Made from durable aluminum alloy and performance plastic
Customer Photos

Pike Family using the HL30 in Moab, Utah

Reviews (6)

6 reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John

    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.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacob

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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 !

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan

    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.

  6. 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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