As many are aware of, my go to headlamp for countless years has been the NiteCore NU32; it’s a workhorse, performs well, but wasn’t perfect.
The NU33 headlamp builds upon the overall design of the NU32 and corrects the issues that it had.
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Includes : Headlamp, USB-C Charging Cable, Headband
Output : 3 Modes : Primary White flood, Auxiliary White throw and Red
MODE OUTPUT RUNTIME
Turbo 700 lumens 4 hr
High 200 lumens 9 hr
Mid 60 lumens 38 hr
SOS 700 lumens
Beacon 700 lumens
Auxiliary White Light
MODE OUTPUT RUNTIME
Low 50 lumens 47 hr
UltraLow. 6 lumens 147 hr
Auxiliary Red Light
MODE OUTPUT RUNTIME
Constant-On 13 lumens 26hr
Slow Flashing 13 lumens 50hr
Max Lumens : 700 Max
Max Throw : 147 yards Max
Max Runtime 147 hours
Spread : 100°
Battery : 2,000mAh li-ion
Materials : aluminum body, Plastic back, rubber buttons
Dimensions : L-2.45" x W-1.81" x H-1.4"
Weight : 3.3oz with strap
IPX Rating : IP66
Dust-tight and protected against strong jets of water. Not capable of immersion
Impact resistance to 3.2ft
Price : $50
15% smaller than the NU32
Review Pros :
Good number of modes
Plenty of Illumination
Good battery performance
Good overall mode Runtimes
Good Spacing between modes
Battery life indicator
Fast Charging - 1.5 hours
Excellent charging port cover - the NU32 cover absolutely sucked and barely worked
Not heavy but still solid feeling
Easy to operate
Good button sensation even with medium thickness gloves
Review Cons :
Head strap comes loose over time
Non-removable battery may be a con for some
Lack of a dimming option for the red mode - it’s bright which I like but there are times when a lower setting would be beneficial
After running this headlamp for the last couple of weeks I have to say that I really like it. It doesn’t have any glaring problems, the performance is good, the weight is good and the price is also good.
To be honest, after reviewing the terrible NiteCore UT27 I wasn’t sure that I would take a look another one of their headlamps….seriously, that headlamp was absolutely terrible but being that I liked the NU32 so much I gambled on this one and I’m pleasantly surprised.
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