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Brilliant good quality multi-use headlamp
on 14 November 2013
As somebody who has been regularly using these kind of headlights for over 20 years I am well aware of the need for a good one. I've been through loads over the years finding each next one is the best and this latest one is no exception.
In the box you will find. . .
- The Headlight with a rechargeable battery unit attached to it.
- Two 18650 3000mAh rechargeable batteries
- A two pin charging plug
- A 3 pin UK adapter for the charger
- A car charging cable
There are no instructions but it's self explanatory to be honest and simple to use.
I am really impressed with the overall build quality.
The lamp unit itself is very nicely finished in an anodized matt black and satin aluminium.
Upon easily screwing the satin finished crown off to access the insides there appears to be a ceramic reflector that has a very good reflective finish. The Cree LED was well fitted and there's plenty of room inside for heat dissipation because these lights can get very hot. Better dissipation means they will last longer. The light is tiltable through multiple angles and can be focused from a straight beam to a wide spot and everything inbetween. Very very handy indeed.
I had a quick look with a jewellers loupe at the LED emitter and it's definitely an XML which are brilliant.
The lamp is attached to an adjustable elasticated headband which has the battery power pack at the back so it sits on the back of the head. The battery unit clips shut tight and is solidly made. It feels like it's rubber coated too. Underneath this unit is the charging port which is covered by a rubber plug/protector. At the back of the battery unit is the power button.
I put a 'lick' of silicone around the seal of the battery unit just to double ensure there would be no water leaking in. Probably unnecessary but I want this light to last.
one click - Gives a full power beam of supposedly 1600 Lumens
two clicks - Appears to halve the beam power so around 800 Lumens?
three clicks- Gives a strobe effect at full power
So, this light seems to be (to me) well made, inside and out.
The light has three functions which are activated by pressing the clicker type button at the back.
- Full power
- Half power
I cannot 'prove' the Lumen power of this light but can compare it to a 200 Lumens really bright light I've had previously.
This is one powerful light!
On full it is literally blindingly powerful. It has a good centre-spot throw with a wide filter. I'd say It's good for around 150ft forward with brilliant visibility. To be honest on full belt I'd say it's too much for oncoming people unless it's pointed downwards at the floor. Something to be mindful of.
Half power (it may be less) is well sufficient for hiking/walking/night fishing, camping and map reading in darkness in my opinion. Still very good indeed but less harsh, still great visibility.
Again, the strobe effect is powerful and epileptic fit inducing. I personally would not use the strobe unless I was trying to attract attention in an emergency situation.
In use this is very comfortable on the head even over long periods, you sometimes forget you have it on! I've done a few night walks of around 7-10 miles and the light was spot on for the duration, no fading, flickering or anything.
For hiking and looking inside caves, nosing around woodland which is what I am into, this is brilliant. It has also survived a massive downpour of rain. Good stuff.
The charger fits into the battery unit snugly and has a red flashing LED whilst charging.
This light definitely has other uses. It's like a small halogen lamp! Perfect for camping or like myself to throw in your rucksack (there's no weight in it at all) if you go walking/hiking and you often come across caves/potholes/dense woodland and old disused tunnels. You could use this in work as a floodlight in dark situations/emergency lighting or to look inside your loft space/attic or any dark situation where you need free hands.
An amazing powerhouse headlight.
This headlight was kindly sent to me for review purposes by the manufacturer.