Next Generation Workhorse! – NiteCore NU33 Headlamp Review

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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
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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