Thursday, December 1, 2022

Next Generation Workhorse! - NiteCore NU33 Headlamp Review

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

Primary White
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
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

Features :
Reflective headband
USB-C Charging 
15% smaller than the NU32
Power indicator 
Lockout mode 
Integrated battery

Review Pros :
Good number of modes
Plenty of Illumination 
Good battery performance
Good overall mode Runtimes
Good Spacing between modes 
Battery life indicator
USB-C Charging
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 

Summary :
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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