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Bright and Versatile
on December 24, 2005
I find it hard to adjust most lights while wearing knit mittens. This light requires a simple button press.
I keep this in the trunk of my car. I use NiMH for economic reasons; for emergency backup, lithium (shelf life and extremely low leakage); for long outages, I keep a 36 pack of alkaline (inexpensive)
Positives (this headlamp)
Takes NiMH, Lithium and alkaline batteries.
Regulated light output.
When regulation stops, still produces weak light instead of no light.
Very bright spot and flood due to heat sinks.
Textured, dual switches, spot and flood, no need to cycle through spot to reach flood.
Good spot for distance work.
Decent spot for very bright close work (black floor tiles on dark gray cutting surface).
Spot not adjustable (less moving parts, spot to flood using knit mittens).
Good flood for close work.
Blink mode for working in traffic.
Battery meter/ 24 hour "Find Me" LED.
Dust and rain proof.
2500 mAh NiMH AA batteries widely available.
Lithium AA have long shelf life and low leakage.
Buckle doubles as battery pack, unlocking tool.
twelve hour from last press, auto shut off.
Negatives (this headlamp)
Heat sinks hard to scrub, avoid goo that does not just wash off.
Low flood too bright for reading white notepads.
Battery pack gasket prone to falling out first few battery changes.
Battery pack lock can be difficult to reinsert. When the lock is unlocked, it can disengage from the lock guard, allowing 360 degree rotation. This requires the user to notice the problem and correct the lock's position.
Positives (4AA LED headlamp)
Inexpensive alkaline AA batteries available worldwide at many merchants.
Decent run time on all modes.
Negatives (4AA LED headlamp)
Heavier compared to AAA headlamps.
Wire connecting lamp to batteries can snag on branches.
4AA LED headlamps have emission spectrum; close together light sources; light sources close to the eyes; which produce the worse shadows for depth perception.
Normal user Positives
Cannot turn on all five LEDs at once.
Turns on in highest light level currently supported by battery power. Activation in low mode means batteries are low.