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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Very bright! But batteries die quickly.
on January 19, 2013
I have used this headlamp quite a bit now. I love how bright it is, which is basically a car headlamp on your head. Night turns to day when using this thing! Another neat feature is that it is able to focus to the point where you can see the LED array inside the headlamp, which is extremely bright. The reason I am giving this headlamp 3 out of 5 stars is simply for battery life. I generally use Energizer lithium ultimate AAA batteries in this thing, and they last around 8 hrs. After 8 hrs the amount of light given off by this thing diminishes rapidly until it basically is just glowing. I know that 300 lumens is really bright, but most of the time I have been using it at the lower setting. On my last trip I knew I would be doing a fair amount of night hiking in the early morning hours, so I only used it on the low setting. After one night and one morning, I had to replace the lithium batteries due to it not producing enough light! I love the high output, but this headlamp is seriously inefficient if Energizer lithium ultimates are only lasting around 8hrs on the low setting... I think this headlamp will be used primarily for car camping, as I can't afford the cost of batteries for this thing if I am going to be hiking around in the dark.