Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
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- One Triple Power LED, two Single Power white LEDs and two Single Power red LEDs emit up to 130 lumens (max setting with alkaline batteries)
- Red night vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through the white mode
- Sleek, low-profile design uses three Black Diamond AAA Rechargeable Batteries or standard alkaline or lithium batteries
- Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp
- Water resistant; Protected against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX 4)
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The Black Diamond Revolt is a powerful, versatile, rechargeable headlamp for climbing, hiking, camping or any other time you may find yourself out after dark. With 130 lumens of power, the Revolt easily spots anchors while you rappel in the dark; proximity lighting gives you a large area of light for hiking down the trail; and a dimming feature lets you choose just the right amount of light for the task at hand. A three-level power meter keeps you from ever being surprised by dead batteries and the Revolt can run on standard AAA batteries in addition to the included rechargeable batteries.
Color: Vibrant Orange
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The included batteries are a very high mAh rating for their size.
Pros, rechargeable and/or alkaline use.good build
I waited until it went on sale, bought one, loved it, and I just bought my second. Here's why:
1. Black Diamond makes quality headlamps. Some other companies do too, but I have found BD to be just consistently better. Good workmanship, good build quality (remember we're talking about plastic here) and very good performance specs on brightness, length of beam and battery life.
2. The ability to recharge your AAA batteries in a remote situation is great. So you can plug this BD ReVolt via USB cable into any portable USB battery, or a solar charger's USB port, or both, and not only recharge your ReVolt headlamp, but recharge additional AAA batteries that can then be used in other devices, or stored. Nice.
3. This ReVolt unit ships with both a set of alkaline batteries AND an included set of rechargeable batteries. Plus a charging USB cable. You can use that included USB cable with any wall charger or car 12V DC charger that you own(the charger itself is not included, just the USB cable).
4. There's a green LED light that comes on for 2 seconds when you first activate the headlamp to inform you that the batteries are sufficiently charged. When green changes to yellow or red, it's time to recharge.
5. Like the Storm and the Spot models, the ReVolt has a full dimmer range for both its spotlight and its area-flood settings. Hold the button down and the light will recycle from dimmest to brightest; just release when it hits the light level you want.
6. The stated spec's on this headlamp are reasonably accurate. All headlamp makers seem to exaggerate their claims to battery life, but BD does this much less than most, and BD headlamps come closer to actually delivering their promised performance spec's than most.
With any headlamp, you'll always get MUCH better performance (brightness, range and battery life) from an alkaline battery than from ANY rechargeable--that's just the tradeoff in being able to reuse a rechargeable. The difference can vary from 20% to 40%, in my experience. By the same token, you'll get much better performance with an expensive Lithium battery than either an alkaline or a rechargeable.
There's a little rubbery flap cover over the recharging port ( that hockey-stick-shaped grey piece to the left side in the Amazon photo). That prevents the ReVolt from being certified truly 'waterproof' like the Storm. I haven't had my ReVolt out in the rain yet.
If I knew I had a good chance of getting really wet, I would reach for the Storm first, and then the 'water-resistant' Spot, and I would try not to bring the ReVolt out in the rain, or out into water sports.
Thought: I would put some Scotch tape (or duct tape?) over that charging port flap to help secure it from both water and possible dust.
SUMMARY: Another great BD headlamp, with a recharge-your-AAA's option. When on sale for a few extra dollars more than a Spot, I think this is a solid buy. The ability to charge your AAA's in the ReVolt, then remove them for use in a different device, is really handy--much more versatile than only being able to recharge a built-in nonremovable battery that only powers a headlamp.
So if you are expecting to go off-grid for awhile, or want a prepping option for an extended power outage, the ReVolt has a lot to offer.
And now that the USB battery recharging option is available at this pricepoint, I expect to see it start appearing with other battery powered outdoors devices...weather radios and GPS, for instance. Should be interesting.
I haven't had these long enough to report on durability. But BD has a good reputation for honoring their warranty, and all my other BD headlamps have performed flawlessly for years. I do expect the charger to hold up, so we'll see.
I hope this review is helpful. I like my first ReVolt so much I bought a second (on sale). Money well spent. I'm satisfied, and no complaints. Happy trails, everybody.
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