- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.8 x 4.8 inches ; 5 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01LE9Z438
- Item model number: 620631
- Average Customer Review: 324 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,282 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
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- One Triple Power LED and 1 Double Power LED can combine to emit up to 300 lumens
- One Double Power Red LED for night vision has proximity and strobe settings
- low-profile design uses three Black Diamond AAA Rechargeable Batteries or standard alkaline or lithium batteries
- Programmable Brightness Memory gives you the option to set the light's brightness when first turned on
- Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp
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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.
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But regarding the batteries, I'm losing my faith in humanity that plenty of grown supposedly educated people can't figure out that you can use any other rechargeable AAA battery in this headlamp!
There is nothing unique or special about the Black Diamond batteries other than the fact that they had to trim back a bit of the shrink wrap covering the outside of the battery exposing the metal sides to work as a safety feature.
They do this a safety feature so some twit doesn't put regular non rechargeable batteries in his lamp and walk away with it on the charger which will of course subsequently burst and potentially burn up his car or house. The fact that so many people can't figure this out is evidence enough justifying Black Diamonds concerns.
If you want to use any non BD batteries all you have to do is trim off a little bit of the shrink wrap on your batteries exposing the metal (use your included battery as an example of how much to trim) so it will complete the charging circuit in the headlamp. You will notice that inside the battery compartment there is little metal contact that engages the side of each batter near the negative end (see photos I uploaded). This is the safety feature to prevent the charger from trying to charge a regular battery because it cannot make an electrical circuit as long as it is fully shrink wrapped.
The only difference between BD's batteries and other rechargeable is the fact that they are 1,000mah where most others are around 750-850mah. So that only means if your existing stockpile is 750mah that your lamp will not run as long before needing recharging. I had some old Energizers that have been sitting around for 7 years that I just put in there and they charged up and worked fine.
So please ignore all the same people who would give a 1 star rating to a book of matches because “they” still couldn't figure out how to start a fire with them!
Keep in mind that eventually every battery will fail! NiMH batteries can fail after sitting around for prolong periods of being totally discharged. And if you go out and buy the cheapest dollar store rechargeable batteries you can find, well you get what you pay for. So if the lamp rejects your batteries it’s not a problem with the lamp, its just saying it believes the battery is toast.
This lamp has a built in circuit to prevent over discharging of your batteries. IE it will shut down the lamp before totally discharging the battery. Many other devices will just run until the batteries are exhausted, then if you leave the batteries in that device it just sucks any remaining life out of the battery totally killing it.
However you may be able to "rehabilitate" your battery with an external charger first. If a battery is over-discharged the lamp may initially reject it, but if you have an external charger you can give it an initial charge then put it in your lamp where it will recognize it. READ the manual that came with your headlamp and understand the blinking lights and the color codes during charging.
Also the lamp will not "over" charge your battery. Once full it shuts down and will only give it a brief periodic trickle charge to maintain peak charge. Most standalone chargers will just keep trying to charge a fully charge battery and that is just as bad as over discharging. If you batteries are hot in the charger, they are full and being over charged. Older outlet style chargers were notorious for this and many still are.
So if you batteries are already old and crappy you may have to pick up a few new ones to start out with. But rest assured that you can use others instead of relying on the Black Diamonds. But for the price and the fact that the Black Diamond batt's are 1,000mah they are still a very good value!
There are a ton of rechargeables on Amazon, but many are advertised at a higher capacity than they really are. So you order what is marketed as a 1,000mah batter but in reality it may only be 850mah.
I have R/C hobby chargers that can measure how many amp hours I put back in a cell and the BD's are legitimate 1,000mah's.
Hope this helps all those who don't yet have the lamp and needed this info, and to those who already have it, but need others to do the heavy "mental" lifting, LOL.
NOW FOR THE REVIEW:
INCLUDED IN THE BOX: (3) Black Diamond rechargeable AAA batteries. (3) Energizer Lithium (regular) AAA batteries. (1) USB to micro USB charge cable for the headlamp. (1) ReVolt Headlamp. (1) Set of detailed folded instructions
FEATURES YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF: Out of the 4 light settings, 2 of these light settings are adjustable to any brightness level. The spot light (One large center white LED) goes from dim to very bright simply by holding the top button down and it will cycle from dim to bright back to dim and keep cycling brightness until you let go. Same goes for the Fill light (2 small white LED's). While on the fill light option just hold down the top button and let it cycle through dim to bright until you get the brightness you desire then let go. The only two lights that do not cycle are the strobe and red fill lights. The strobe is standard speed for bike riding at night. The Red fill light is for minimum light at camp without the brightness to disturb neighboring camp sites.
ANOTHER FEATURE I WAS UNAWARE OF: The light itself has 3 tilt down settings. When you are wearing the head lamp you have 3 tilt down settings in which the entire front head lamp clicks down and remains sturdy in position. (The lamp will not tilt by itself without you clicking it into place). The 3 tilt down positions seem to be perfectly aligned when you wear the headlamp as you would a bandana or other head wrap. When worn in this fashion (towards the middle of your forehead) the standard no tilt setting shines higher than line of sight. 1st setting down is straight forward at line of sight. 2nd setting down is just below line of sight, and 3rd setting down is more for walking around camp, cooking, and other activities where you need light to work in.
WHY I PURCHASED THE BLACK DIAMOND REVOLT HEADLAMP: As always I did extensive research by looking at all descriptions and about 1/4 of all the reviews at Amazon as well as my favorite backpacking review site outdoorgearlab.com. Outdoorgearlab had the most extensive reviews as well as brightness charts and batt usage times / weight comparisons etc with all the other top lights available. I immediately noticed the Black Diamond Revolt was one of the top 3 lights out there. Although this lamp had a medium spot light max distance of 60 yards (compared to the brightest black diamond at 120 yards), The Revolt headlamp retained the most sustained distance for the longest period of battery life. The brighter headlamps all fell short of the Revolt after just 2-3 hours of battery life (both rechargeable and alkaline battery tests). That said, The Revolt is a superior headlamp if you want max distance for max hours of use. Now having purchased this headlamp, I am more pleased seeing it in action. The variable dimming on the spot light and fill light was a huge added plus for me. Great headlamp. Love the light weight. Love the tilt down features. Love the rechargeable USB cable feature. This truly is one of the best headlamps out there.
As a backpacker, I had hoped for a better battery life, but I still chose this headlamp for the reasons that it is light, rechargeable yet still replaceable batteries, dimmable, red light mode (a must for me), and durable. Currently I am not aware of another headlamp that does all of those things as well as this one. However, I was really hoping for a solid 8-10 hours of use on high without noticeable loss of brightness.