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Fenix HL18R USB Rechargeable Headlamp - AAA Compatible - DISCONTINUED

$73.00 $54.95

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Product Overview

The HL18R is a compact USB rechargeable headlamp with extreme versatility. It features two separate beam options (spot and flood), six different lighting levels (plus SOS), and allows you the unique ability to use multiple options to power the headlamp. The simple operating system can quickly get you into utilizing the soft neutral beam that magnifies natural colors with a simple click of the button. The headlamp can blast a max output of 400 lumens and reach runtimes of up to 150 hours. If you find yourself in a situation when you can’t recharge the included 1300mAh battery, then you can simply pop-in three of your favorite AAA batteries to operate the light.
All of this is built into a ultra-light 2.8 ounce (80 gram) body being held in place by a remarkably comfortable headband with reflective strips and anti-slip design. This headlamp is the answer for your trainings in the early morning and late evening when the day needs extended; when chasing the fire flies won’t wait; or when that tent needs to be put up before your head can lay down. Count on the versatile design of the Fenix HL18R to be there for you.


Max Lumens: 400
Max Beam Distance: 249 feet (76 meters)
Max Runtime: 150 hours
Lighting Modes: 4 brightness levels on spotlight, 2 brightness levels on floodlight, and SOS
Bulb Type: Cree XP-G3 warm white and Everlight 2835 white light
Size: Length: 2.27” (57.7mm) Width: 1.67” (42.3mm) Height: 1.46” (37mm)
Weight: 2.8 oz. (79.5g) including battery, headband & holder
Battery: Included 1300 mAh Li-polymer battery pack, headlamp is also compatible with 3 AAA batteries
Included: ARB-LP-1300 Li-polymer battery pack, headband and charging cable
Warranty: Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting USA

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Additional Features of the Fenix HL18R

  • Cree XP-G3 warm white and Everlight 2835 white light, with lifespan of 50,000 hours.
  • 1300 mAh Li-polymer battery pack, compatible with 3 AAA Ni-MH/Alkaline batteries.
  • Ultralow standby current 1μA, reduces battery leakage with inserted dry cell.
  • Lockout function.
  • Dual switches for easy and fast operation.
  • Four spotlight plus two floodlight output levels.
  • Micro USB charging port, 5V/1A.
  • Battery level indication.
  • Spot beam angle of 13°, flood beam angle of 84°.
  • 60° tilt mechanism directs the beam where needed.
  • IP66 rated protection.
  • Made of quality plastics and aluminum, three times injection molding process saves O-ring.
Fenix HL18R USB Rechargeable Headlamp - AAA Compatible - DISCONTINUED specs chart


Fenix HL18R USB Rechargeable Headlamp - AAA Compatible - DISCONTINUED runtime chart


Spotlight switch: for on/off, mode switching, lockout function and output selection on spotlight mode. 

Floodlight switch : for on/off, mode switching, lockout function and output selection on floodlight mode.



Press and hold either of the two switches to turn on/off the lamp. Low output level is selected by default.


Mode Switching

With the light switched on, single click either of the two switches to reach the corresponding mode.


Output Selection

Spotlight mode: Single click the spotlight switch to cycle through Low→Med→High→Turbo. 

Floodlight mode: Single click the floodlight switch to cycle through Low→High→SOS.


Lockout Function

Lock: With the lamp switched off, press and hold either of the two switches, or simultaneously press the two switches for 3 seconds, the lamp will blink twice to indicate locked status. 


Unlock: With the lamp locked, simultaneously press the two switches for 3 seconds, the lamp will be activated with 3 one-second blinks and activated on Low of floodlight mode. 


In locked status, clicking or pressing the switches will activate 3 one second blinks to indicate locked status.



Uncover the anti-dust cap and plug the Micro USB side of the charging cable into the charging port of the lamp. The four constant-on indicators shows the lamp is fully charged. The normal charging time is about 2.5 hours with the lamp being switched off. 


Note: The headlamp can only be used on Low output when charging.


Battery Level Indication

The indicators will display the battery status for 3 seconds each time when the lamp is switched on. 

With the lamp switched off, single click either switch to check the battery status, single click once again and the lamp will go out immediately, or without any operation the status will last for 3 seconds. There will be no response with the lamp locked. 

  • Four lights on: saturated, 100% - 81%
  • Three lights on: sufficient, 80% - 61%
  • Two lights on: poor, 60% - 41%
  • One light on: critical, 40% - 21%
  • One light flashes: 20% - 0%

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.

Overheat Protection

The light will accumulate a lot of heat when used on Turbo output level for extended periods. The light will automatically step down by a few lumens to reduce temperature.


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 batteries.  Alkaline batteries will shorten the runtime with the lamp switched on high output.


This light is a high-intensity lighting device capable of damage to the user or others. Avoid shining the light into anyone’s eyes.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews
Kenny Bee
HL18R review

Works well and light weight. Great for camping. I wouldn't use it for trails at night as it is not as bright as I thought it would be. Rechargable battery does not last as described. Got it in one of their bundle sale deals and probably would not recommend buying it at 50+$ as my energizer wallyworld el-cheapo does everything this one does at 10$ and has a red light option.

If the battery was not holding a charge as expected, I would contact our warranty department to discuss with them. They can be reached at 888-775-9996 ext 1. or via email at warranty@fenixlighting.com

dereck monroe

Good light. Like the color temp. Unfortunately they sent the wrong product the first time around and it was lost during transit before being delivered late to the persons birthday whom I bought it for.

alex lukomskiy

Works fine except I don't know how they got the battery life ratings so wrong. At max setting, it definitely doesn't last 8.5 hrs on the included battery. Maybe 3-4 hours. Kind of annoying because I bought it specifically for the long rated battery life.

Jay Chua

I love the yellow white spotlight! It's easy for your eyes to read.

Sheila Hassett

I am very disappointed in this headlight. It did not meet my expectations. The light was not bright enough and it was a yellowish light, not a bright white. The only thing good about it was that is light weight. I have a mxl500 280 lumen headlamp which i absolutely love and would purchase now, but I can not find it anywhere for sale. I hope you are still making them.

Kit Loo

Nice, but haven't yet tried it.

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