Black Diamond Storm Head Lamp
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- One Quad Power LED, two Single Power white LEDs and two Single Power red LEDs emit 160 lumens (max setting)
- Power Tap technology allows fast and simple transitioning between full and dimmed power in distance or proximity modes
- Red night-vision mode has proximity and strobe settings and activates without cycling through the white mode
- Sleek, low profile design uses four AAA batteries and three-level power meter shows battery life
- Settings include: full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode
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|Light Source Type||LED|
|Package Height||1.9 x 4.3 x 4.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.15 pounds|
Equipped with a fully waterproof construction and an incredibly bright 160 lumens, the Black Diamond Storm is our powerful, all-conditions headlamp. Now featuring our Power Tap Technology, the Storm allows for quick, on-the-fly brightness adjustment with just a finger tap to the side of its touch-sensitive housing. The Storm features a bright, precise beam for after-dark route-finding, as well as proximity, strobe, dimming and red night vision modes to accommodate any lighting needs. An intuitive lock mode also keeps the light from accidentally turning on when stored in your pack or pocket.
Color: Matte Black
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[UPDATE #1: After a few months]
After using it for a 5+ night fishing trips, I'm really starting to like this headlamp despite it arriving with a nick on the bottom of it. I purchased this specifically to use for when I go night fishing and this has served me well.
Prior to purchasing the BD Storm headlamp, I owned a $3 cheapo china headlamp from eBay. It was good enough for home use or if I was tying a knot 12-inches from my face, but it wasn't very ideal for climbing up and down the jetties I normally fish. It basically didn't project enough.
The next headlamp I purchased was from Amazon, WorthTrust CREE XML T6 LED Headlight Headlamp Torch Flashlight 1600lm + 2 x Rechargeable 18650 Battery, Waterproof Design, This headlamp was super bright and would project the light very far. The only problem was that it wasn't waterproof, didn't have a night vision mode, and was super heavy. For night fishing, I prefer to have my headlamp on my head the whole time regardless if I use it or not. Lightweight and comfort is almost as important to me as brightness.
A week after I bought the WorthTrust headlamp, I purchased the BD Storm since it was their waterproof version. I figured I would drop it in the water someday so it's worth the extra few dollars.
BRIGHTNESS: It's definitely brighter than my $3 headlamp, but significantly dimmer than the WorthTrust headlamp I purchased before this. It's bright enough for me to see 40+ feet away, but I wouldn't say it's super clear. Anything within 20-30ft is very clear which is good enough for me. If I really need to see 50+ feet away, I'll use my cree flashlight. I'm primarily using this headlamp for night fishing and its range is enough for it.
The night vision could be a little brighter. When I use it while fishing, I can't see anything, but I'm sure it's not designed for that, but it would be nice.
COMFORT: It's pretty comfortable. Easy to adjust to straps and once it's on, I don't really notice it. Adjusting the angle is a little tough, but I suppose I have to break that in? I mean, I've only adjusted once or twice ever.
FEATURES: I really like the lock button and their "on-the-fly brightness adjustment" that you can just tap with your finger. I can easily go from brightest to dimmest with a quick tap. Ideally for me, I would be able to turn it off and on with a tap. The lock button does what it's supposed to. It locks to keep it from accidentally going off and draining the batteries while in storage. Very useful for anybody who's had that happen to them.
[UPDATE #2 - Two Years Later]
So it's been about two years since I bought this and I finally broke it. I was being careless and I overtighten the locking screw which created a small hairline crack that would prevent me from loosening the locking screw. I was pretty bummed because I've used this headlamp nearly every weekend. I've used it for night fishing, hiking, camping and just straight exploring. It was even useful when working on home repairs under the sink and what not.
Aside from the damaged screw, the headlamp shined bright and the buttons all worked.
WARRANTY CLAIM: Black Diamond offers a lifetime warranty on it's headlamps and while I knew the damaged locking screw was my fault, I still wanted to see if I could get this covered under their warranty. After contacting and submitting a claim with photos, the company approved my claim within a few business days. Today, I just received my new Black Diamond Storm. It's new, not refurbished and didn't have to send back my original. I've got to say that I am definitely a lifetime Black Diamond customer.
Would I recommend this product? Most Definitely.
This head lamp has a lot of features. I found the main light to be very bright--considerably brighter than any other head lamp I've owned. It has a second set of white lights that are more subdued. It also has red lights, which provide just enough light to see the trail without causing night blindness. All sets of lights include a flashing mode. The brightness for each set of lights can be set with any degree of granularity, and it includes a Power Tap feature where you can switch between the current brightness setting and full brightness by simply touching the side of the unit.
I've always used the red light for hiking with my other head lamps, but I actually seemed to prefer the subdued white lights. I might need some more time to decide for sure.
There is a rubber seal around the battery compartment to prevent water from getting in, but perhaps it was over tightened at the factory and I had trouble opening it. Because I didn't want to break anything, I actually called Black Diamond to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I eventually got it opened but not after marking it slightly from prying it with a screwdriver.
Fully loaded with 4 AAA batteries, this unit seemed a bit heavy. And while my other head lamps are curved to fit my forehead, the back of this lamp is nearly flat! The result is that it put a pressure on my forehead, which became uncomfortable and even a bit painful after prolonged use. I had to shift it around to different points, and it seemed to even give me a bit of a headache. The weight also meant that the light would bounce slightly when doing small jumps. I think this unit requires a more advanced and lighter batter arrangement.
This light has a lot of features, but they are basically controlled by a single button. This means there are operations that require clicks, double clicks, triple clicks, holding for 3 seconds, holding for 6 seconds, holding when the light is off, and holding when the light is on. I was able to figure it out, but it was a bit confusing.
Also, the Power Tap feature is kind of cool. But it is difficult to find the exact point where you need to tap while it is on your head. It could use some shaping at that location so that it could more easily be found by feeling the unit. Personally, I think a second button would be better than just touching the side of the unit.