The Fenix HL10 is an extremely light and highly adept headlamp. When attached to my climbing helmet or stuffed in a cargo pocket, I hardly knew it was there. With its small stature and light-weight, one might assume that it would feature a barely discernible light output, short run times, and questionable durability. However, this is not the case.

The light features three brightness levels: 3 lumens, 27 lumens, and 70 lumens. At the highest level, the HL10 can throw light out surprisingly far, while the lowest level is perfect for reading in the tent. With a new battery, the run time is 2 hours 5 minutes on the highest setting, although after about 30 minutes the brightness goes down to the second highest setting.


The light itself is housed in a durable metal casing that is waterproof to two meters and is the size of a Chapstick tube! While attached to the headband, the light (which is distributed in a 90° flood pattern) is adjustable 100° up and down so that you can disperse light to wherever it is needed.


  • Light
  • 70 lumens is really bright for such a small light
  • Durable
  • Light stands on its own (when removed from the headband)

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  • No ability to focus the light

Final Thoughts

The Fenix HL10 is designed as a backup headlamp. It is small, light, and easy to carry, but it can be used as a primary if you do not mind giving up the ability to focus. For chores around the camp or night hiking, this little torch is more than capable and well worth the money.

Tech Specs

Manufacturer: Fenix

Date available: Currently Available

Manufacturer’s Website:

MSRP: $29.95

Listed Weight: 45.2 grams w/out battery

Actual Weight: 47 grams

Warranty info: The standard manufacturer’s warranty is 24 months.  If you register your light, the factory warranty is extended to 30 months.

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