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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Diamond Spot 130 Headlamp - So much to like - including the price!!, December 18, 2013
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Where to begin - well, how about the fact that I was able to get a high quality 130 lumen headlamp for $29.99? These retail for $39.99, but an Amazon price drop to $29.99 got my attention and I bought two!! I own a few headlamps, including the predecessor to this - the Spot 90. The Spot 90 is also a darn good headlamp, and I paid the same for it as this newer version.

So what are the differences between the Spot 130 and the Spot 90?
-- How about an additional 40 lumens of light!! And you can really tell the difference between the two.
-- When you power on the Spot 130 it defaults to the high intensity beam. To get to the low power beam, you have to push the button twice rapidly. When the Spot 90 is powered up you randomly get low or high power, depending on which mode it was on the last time you were using it. If the 90 does not power up in the mode you want, you have to press once for off, then once more to turn it back on for the correct mode. I like the new 130 defaulting to high intensity beam - most of the time it is the mode I want. On the Spot 90, it is annoying to potentially have to press it three times to get it there - obviously someone at Black Diamond agrees!
-- The hinge system on the new Spot 130 seems to be beefed up and more substantial - on the Spot 90 it just seemed to loose.

Comapring tee Spot 130 to the Petzl line of headlamps from a cost perspective - consider the Petzl XP 2 retails for $59.99 and gives you about 80 lumens of light. And to surpass the output of the Spot 130 in the Petzl lineup, you are going to shell out $89.99. Petzls are FINE lights, I own 4 of them of different types, but with the price / per lumen and the quality level of the Black Diamond Spots, my last four headlamp purchases have been the Black Diamonds.

Here is what I like about the Spot 130:
-- The quality - these lamps are well built, and built every bit as good as a Petzl. My Spot 90 is over a year old, has seen heavy use and looks like new.
-- The large on / off button - although still not perfect with gloves on, it is easy to operate and does not require too much pressure and fumbling around! The Petzls I own have a smaller button, and sometimes it takes just the right pressure to turn it on, and can be a little harder to locate instantly.
-- The fact it has a red / night light mode - I like to do astronomy, and this is invaluable to maintain night vision!
-- The head band - good adjustability, comfortable.

I am still trying to find out what I don't like about the Spot's - for the price, it is hard to find anything wrong with this headlamp. I guess maybe three levels of brightness instead of just two - high and low.

I use my Spot 90 (and now will use the 130) for MANY uses, including:
-- first, for night bike riding. We have a handle bar mounted Cygolite for the main light source, and the Spots for the head lamp. When you are riding, and turn your head to the side of the trail to look, you want to be able to see what you are looking at. Handle bar lamps always point straight ahead...
-- Camping - of course... when there are no city lights, a bright headlamp is a must!
-- Daily chores around the house - my 50 yr old eyes constantly need a back up when doing virtually every chore. I always have one close by, for even the simple chores of more light to read fine print, etc. An invaluable tool, and have made my flashlights obsolete!

From a technical spec perspective, the Spot 90 and Spot 130 are very similar:
-- Both weigh 3.2 grams;
-- Both have a rated burn time of 50 hours on TriplePower LED, 200 hours on SinglePower LED;
-- Both have a rated distance of 75m on TriplePower LED, 15m on SinglePower LED;
-- Both run on 3 AAA batteries, both have a 2 LED red light mode
-- One has 130 lumens, the other 90 lumens max output

Now I will see how these pass the test of time, and how they hold up!! I will update the review later if there is anything of consequence to report...

Thanks for reading!!
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2014 8:16:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2014 8:18:22 PM PST
Bill King says:
here are the burn times taken from the blackdiamond's own website:

Spot 90:

Tech Specs
Weight With Batteries : 90 g, 3.2 oz
Lumens : 90
Max Burn Time 50 hours= (TriplePower LED);200 hours (SinglePower LEDs) <===
Max Distances : 70 m (TriplePower LED); 15 m (2 SinglePower LEDs)
LED Type : 1 TriplePower, 4 SinglePower (2 white, 2 red)
Batteries : 3 AAA included
IPX Rating : 4

spot 130:

Tech Specs

LED Type : 1 TriplePower, 4 SinglePower (2 white, 2 red)
Weight With Batteries : 90 g (3.2 oz)
Max Burn Time50 hours (TriplePower LED)200 hours (SinglePower LEDs) <==
Lumens : 130
IPX Rating : 4
Batteries : 3 AAA (included)
Max Distances : 75 m (TriplePower LED) 15 m (2 SinglePower LEDs)
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