When I looked at the now-classic NU-25 headlamp, I found it light, capable, and effective. A headlamp that works well for the myriad of chores needed for backpacking and some night hiking in a pinch.
However, it’s not meant for continuous night hiking or where you need much illumination. It does not last relatively long, either.
It’s good for what it is.
But if you need, or want, a longer battery life, another headlamp will fit your needs better.
And what headlamp may fit the bill? Another Nitecore headlamp, for sure. In this case? The NU43 headlamp.
“Flashlight Go,” an online store specializing in flashlights, provided the headlamp to me, and I tested it over the winter.
|LED||White Light, Red Light|
|Maximum Brightness||1400 lumens|
|Peak Beam Distance||142 yards|
|Peak Beam Intensity||3400 cd|
|Impact Resistance||2 m|
|Dimensions||L-3.14″x W-1.81″x H-1.73″|
WHITE LIGHT :
|Turbo||1400 Lumens||– –|
|High||600 Lumens||10 hr|
|Mid||300 Lumens||15 hr|
|Low||100 Lumens||29 hr|
|Ultralow||8 Lumens||165 hr|
|SOS||1400 Lumens||– –|
|Constant-ON||10 Lumens||66 hr|
|Slow Flashing||10 Lumens||90 hr|
What does all this mean in the real world?
It means it’s a bit heavier than the NU25, esp modified (4 oz vs. 1 oz) and bulkier, but it’s far brighter, has a more intense beam, and lasts longer. The light is also very weather resistant and sturdier seeming, too. As with all headlamps I use now, it’s rechargeable and uses an internal battery.
It works well for any situation where you need a long-lasting headlamp that will work well for long nights in winter, emergency use when the vehicle breaks down, car camping, or more technical aspects such as SAR use, climbing, or similar.
It’s telling that the mid-mode is about a third higher in the output of the NU25, with a much longer battery life of 15 hours vs. 5 hrs.
I found the Nitecore comfortable to wear, and the two-button setup makes it easy to switch between modes. It’s the simple RED LIGHT / WHITE LIGHT setup I prefer, but rather a one-button configuration for the light type of red vs. white and another button to set the brightness. Easy enough to use once you get used to this system. As a fantastic bonus, the USB-C input charges the headlamp much more efficiently.
The headlamp costs $60, but it is competitive for a headlamp with these features.
Overall and use case?
Unless you plan on deep winter backpacking and need a very long-lasting headlamp, this headlamp is overkill for most people’s needs. More technical pursuits will appreciate the relative lightweight compared to similar headlamps in the class, along with durability, brightness, and long-lasting battery life.
For my use, I certainly appreciate the duration of the battery time for those longer and earlier winter nights when Joan and I made camp on a jeep road somewhere before backpacking. And it makes an excellent headlamp to stash in the vehicle for emergencies. Though not cheap, it is not expensive compared to similar choices.
If you have similar needs, the NU43 by Nitecore continues its tradition of providing well-designed quality headlamps for a reasonable price.
Disclaimer – “Flashlight Go provided the headlamp for my review.