- Product Dimensions: 2 x 8 x 6 inches ; 7.2 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
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- ASIN: B003F88740
- Item model number: CAPR22E
- Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
- Average Customer Review: 223 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,336 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Energizer Performance LED Cap Light (30 Lumens), Red
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- Bright white LED delivers 30 lumens
- 3 light modes: Red night vision/ Low/ High. White low/high and Red
- Attaches above the brim of a cap so light does not block vision
- Swivels 90 degree to point light where it's needed
- Compact & lightweight
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Energizer LED Cap Light, 30 lumens, Pivot Beam, 90 deg Beam, 74 mm Length, 22 mm Height, 53 mm Width, Includes: (2) AAA Alkaline Batteries
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While I stand by this review, LED technology is changing rapidly. At $24.95 this unit has become VERY pricey in comparison.
While this unit is smaller and more lightweight, I suggest checking out the Thorofire LED Cap Light Headlamp, which I've been using for the past year (biking) It uses 3-AAA batteries, is much brighter, and with focus capability, durable, at $9.99 is a REAL bargain. Check out the reviews. Happy New Year to all.
Mounts on top of hat brim with a sturdy metal spring clip passing thru the tilt bracket into lugs molded in the case body. Weighs 1.4 oz empty, 2.2 oz with 2 alkaline AAAs. Measures 2 7/8" L 2 1/8" W 1 ¼" T including bracket.
Pressing the top center-mounted switch activates 2 red LEDs which cast an 18" circle at your feet, widening to about 2' at 3 yd. Estimated useful range about 10 yd in pitch dark. Close in, bright enough to read a map or tie a hook. Another press, red goes out and the 3 white LEDs come on low. Press again for high power (only slightly brighter). Press again to off.
Test walk on a flat blacktop path at high power: Beam circle at your feet about 3' widens to about 5' at 4 yd. Bright enough close in for any task. My 60 year old eyes could distinguish shapes of individual leaves on the path at 10 yd, tree trunks beside the path at 30 yd. The eyes of two beaver I encountered shone out beyond 50 yd.
The beam convergence is close but not perfect. Lens flaws cause thin, irregular halos around the central bright spot where the beams converge. This could distract you from slight movements at the edge of the beam (say, the cat you're looking for) but IMO isn't a significant flaw considering the price. I suspect this is common to all these units.
The tilt bracket click-stops at 4 preset angles: Nearly straight down for close work, 2 for medium distance (10-25 ft depending on your cap tilt) or flat for straight out. IMO the tilting feature is invaluable and worth 2 1/2 stars alone. The clear, sealed lens piece extends about 1" out beyond your cap brim. The underside of the lens glows brightly, I found this distracting so I covered it with black tape (later replaced with several coats of black nail polish) This did not affect the beam coverage.
I thought AAA batteries might make this light too heavy on the front edge of a cap brim but I don't think so, unless you jog with a loose hatband ;-)> Still, you might tie a string from your hatband to the back of the horseshoe-shaped clip as insurance if you use it fishing with a slick cap brim.
Unlike some of the other cap lights featured on Amazon this one is serious. Its branded, and the light output is rated (30 lumens). Its compact enough to be carried as a pocket flashlight and also makes a decent task light. I have no data on battery life but it doesn't get hot so its likely pretty efficient. AAA alkalines are relatively cheap so this isn't a big issue IMO.
The top mount makes it vulnerable to brush and weather but it keeps the light out of your field of view and enables the valuable tilting feature. Its described as "weatherproof" but I didn't test it. I don't see the clip breakage problem reported with other cap lights happening with this one unless its handled roughly.
Pros: It lights; the switch is easy to feel while running; the light is bright, at least for an early-morning run; it uses AAA batteries so that one can use rechargeables.
Cons: It's principal flaw is that the light glares in one's eyes when it's on. That is, the clip is designed so that the light extends beyond the bill of a hat and, coupled with a bezel which reflects some light downward, creates a glare which makes it difficult to see anywhere other than the area lit by the light. Running early in the morning, having my vision diminished is a liability. In addition, the bezel and LED arrangement is such that the red light casts a very small and oddly-shaped spot about 10 feet in front of the user. The white lights cast a circle, again, about 10 feel in front of the runner, plus an irregular bit of light right at one's feet, which I find distracting. Attempting to tip the light so that the illuminated are is closer to where I'm running intensifies the glare issue noted above, making the adjustment function unusable, at least for me. Finally, the light is heavier than similar cap lights, likely because it uses AAA batteries, rather than the smaller and lighter CR2032 batteries.
The clip is very firm; it never feels like it is going to slip free from my hat's bill while running. The design of the metal clip would also allow it to work in a flat or curved hat bill. The ratcheting clip is also very firm, so you can point it down at the trail or straight ahead and it remains in the position you leave it in. Brightness is plenty adequate for running, with a few meters of very bright surrounding and reflective bounce for hundreds of meters ahead (I run out in the country, where it is otherwise true pitch dark otherwise).
The two white light settings are basically the same brightness, and the red light setting is a nice touch for preserving or recovering night vision (usually use this for post-run stretching before having to get back in my car to drive home from trail).
It doesn't have a rubber seal that protects the inside of the light (this would have been great if it was water resistant) and if you want to project light down when you are walking, it must be mounted on the top of the baseball cap exposing the light to the elements. I don't know if it would be great to use this LED light while you are jogging since it is a little on the heavy side (2.3 ounces with the batteries installed).
To change the batteries, pull out the 2 red tabs where it says open, lift up the red and silver clip 90 degrees and take your fingernail and separate the 2 black halves of the light.
I will update my review after I use it outdoors for hunting/fishing or on my bass boat at night. I think this will turn out to be a really great light for $13.66.