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Headlamp Fans - What do you use? 116

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Headlamp Fans - What do you use?
« on: September 03, 2019, 02:18:33 AM »
Several years ago, my (now ex) girlfriend and I started camping almost anytime we had time off to go. One thing is certain, a headlamp is a handy tool. Having both hands free is awesome and being able to have focused light when working on something is a boon to any operation.

She and I bought fairly cheap Energizer headlamps from Walmart that have a high and low power setting. The high setting does a pretty decent job lighting up the area, and the low setting can be used all night.

I have become a huge fan of headlamps and was curious if others use a headlamp and what kind you use. For me, a couple of power settings are sufficient. I have had some in the past that required me to click through the power settings endlessly to find the setting I needed...I would rather not have to do that.

Anyway, any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.
Full Member Posts: 212 Did you know Uranus has 22 moons?!?
Re: Headlamp Fans - What do you use?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2019, 02:30:35 AM »
Oops...actually, the headlamp I use is an Ozark Trail...not Enegizer.
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Re: Headlamp Fans - What do you use?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2019, 04:21:08 AM »
I've had a Nitecore NU20 for about two years and it's been pretty great for my purposes.

For around $30 you get good battery life (USB rechargeable), a few brightness settings, and SOS/flashing beacon in an extremely compact and lightweight package. It also comes in several colors if that's important to you.

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Re: Headlamp Fans - What do you use?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2019, 04:24:32 AM »
Yea, having both hands free and a light automatically pointing at whatever you're looking at is pretty handy.  The only downside in my experience is that it is easy to forget you have it on, and accidentally shine it in the face(s) of your companion(s).


Fenix HL30 2018 Edition is what I'm currently using.  Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it so far.

Likes:  Reasonable size & weight, tilt adjustment, flood beam (way better than spot for a headlamp, IMHO), lockout function, uses easy-to-find AA batteries (I've been running mine on long-lasting, cold-resistant disposable lithiums), IP67 rating, high/turbo modes quite bright, low/eco modes provide long run times

Dislikes:  Some extraneous modes/functions that I don't really use, including all of the red LED modes.  (The good news is that I don't have to cycle through them every time thanks to the two-switch interface.)
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Re: Headlamp Fans - What do you
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 05:28:17 AM »
I use something a little diff, since all I used to wear are baseball hats and I saw those 5led lamps that clip on under the brim I was in love, but then I found these,
A Panther Vision Lighted Baseball Hat 48-Lumen LED Cap

The Lighted Hats combine Patented Ultra Bright LEDtechnology with a premium ball cap to provide you with the perfect hands free flashlight
Great for Home Improvement Projects, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Walking the Dog, Power Outages, Small Engine Repair, Harvest Time
Powerful 42 Lumen lights concealed under the brim
Easy on/off switch under the brim
2 of the LEDs are angled down at 25 degrees to light up where your hands are for close up tasks
2 LEDs are aimed forward to light the distance up to 42 feet away
4 CR2032 Coin Cell batteries hidden in the band provide up to 9 hours of life and are replaceable
Hand Washable
Limited Lifetime Warrenty to give you peace of mind

I want to do a little custom work but other projects have been holding me off,,
JR

"The-Mad-Plumbarian" The Punisher Of Pipes!!! JR
No Life Club Posts: 4,235
Re: Headlamp Fans - What do you use?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 06:46:58 AM »
Several years ago, my (now ex) girlfriend and I started camping almost anytime we had time off to go. One thing is certain, a headlamp is a handy tool. Having both hands free is awesome and being able to have focused light when working on something is a boon to any operation.

She and I bought fairly cheap Energizer headlamps from Walmart that have a high and low power setting. The high setting does a pretty decent job lighting up the area, and the low setting can be used all night.

I have become a huge fan of headlamps and was curious if others use a headlamp and what kind you use. For me, a couple of power settings are sufficient. I have had some in the past that required me to click through the power settings endlessly to find the setting I needed...I would rather not have to do that.

Anyway, any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

I use a few of them on a regular basis, usually on short hikes in late evening, night photography or doing repair.

My absolute favorite is the Petzl Zipka, no hand band to flop around, and very easy to store.  The one I use is of an older version, where there is a very distinct click before it turns on.  But more modern ones have light touch switch which totally suck(it might turn on itself if not careful), a common problem for many models across board, so definitely check them out before purchase.

Another one is Fenix HL15, which uses 2AAA.  I like it due to its lighter weight, and easy to find battery.

Personally, I am more geared towards AAA powered headlamps, but YMMV.  One good way to find reliable and good headlamp is to find thru hikers forum and read up on their gear report.  Those folks use it day in and out, and anything that could survive a thru hike is probably good reliable outdoor gear to use.
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Re: Headlamp Fans - What do you use?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 04:20:01 PM »
I have a Olight H1R and a Led Lenser H7
The Olight is nice that it can double as a flashlight.
But the Led Lenser is my favourite, it has adjustable angle, flood pattern/zoom and you can adjust the lumen output with a small wheel on the battery compartment :tu:

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