- 6000 Lumens – Super Bright
- Waterproof Head Torch
- 3 Modes of Brightness
- LED Lasts 100,000 Hours
-Tim Warner, Outdoor, Director of Testing
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A RECHARGEABLE HEADLAMP
When you’re determining how to choose a headlamp, there are a plethora of features you’ll encounter. As these features add up, so does the cost.
If you plan on using your rechargeable headlamp for a short amount of time during dawn or dusk, you may find the less expensive options suit you just fine. On the other hand, if you’re a long-distance backpacker who plans on doing a lot of night hiking, you’ll probably benefit from a more expensive headlamp.
RECHARGEABLE HEADLAMP WEIGHT
A few ounces may not seem to make a difference, that is until you’re carrying it on your head. How light or heavy your headlamp will be is all a matter of use and preference. If you’re looking to hike fast and light, a lighter option will be in your favor. For casual use, you’re likely to be wearing your headlamp less, so a heavier option that shines more brightly or lasts longer may be right for you.
AVERAGE RECHARGEABLE HEADLAMP RUNNING TIME
Do you plan on hiking at night for long distances? Or would you rather be back at the trailhead by dusk? Your hiking headlamp will be the light that guides you, so you’ll want to ensure you have ample light for the trek. The average running time of your light should be long enough to last you the length of your hike before needing to recharge.
HEADLAMP BEAM DISTANCE
Beam distance is relative to the use of your headlamp. A far beam distance can be useful in backcountry navigation. You can use it to scan your surroundings and find things off in the distance like trailheads. A short beam distance is more useful for rummaging through your pack or shining light on objects in your immediate area. A combination of both works best. However, keep in mind the further your beam goes, the faster it depletes the battery in max mode.
Most hiking headlamps come with a variety of modes that alter how bright your headlamp gets. This typically ranges from a high to dim setting. The maximum brightness you need your rechargeable headlamp to be will vary according to use.
For instance, if you plan on using your headlamp at dusk, you won’t need an incredibly bright light compared to hiking in pitch black. However, it’s good practice to plan ahead in case of an emergency. In this case, we recommend a rechargeable headlamp bright enough to handle the dark once the sun has gone down.
Nothing is more annoying than a hiking headlamp that needs constant readjustment. Before deciding on a hiking headlamp, make sure it fits comfortably and securely enough for the activity for which you’ll be using it.
HEADLAMP FEATURES EXPLAINED
Unit of measurement representing the brightness of light omitted. This will tell you how bright a hiking headlamp is.
Wide light that does not go a very long distance.
Focused light that can be used for long distances or rummaging through your pack.
RED NIGHT VISION
This is the best color to preserve our eyes at night because our eyes are less sensitive to red light. Red light also minimizes the attraction of pesky insects to your headlamp (and thus your head).
BLUE NIGHT VISION
Blue light helps see through fog as well as read maps at night while preserving vision.
GREEN NIGHT VISION
This is a popular light used in hunting because it doesn’t disturb wild animals and helps to preserve vision.
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