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- 40 lumens max. 1 oz with batteries (included)
- Selected by Outside Magazine for Summer Buyers' Guide
- Backpack safe switch. Integrated hat clip
- Night vision: Red LEDs come on first to save your eyes
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The FireFly Multi-Function Headlamp is the lightest and brightest on the market. It weighs just 1 oz with batteries! and produces up to 40 lumens of bright white light. The FireFly has many great features and functions... Backpack Safe Switch: this prevents the light from accidentally turning on in your pack. Hold the switch for 1.2 seconds to turn on initially.... Night Vision Saver: the red LEDs come on first! There's no point trying to use night vision if you have to cycle through white lights first.... Integrated Hat Clip: simply pop the straps off and clip on your hat.... Multi-Mode: high, low, red, and flashing.... IPX6 Water Resistant.... Long Life: 30-36 hrs burn time on high! Runs on 2 CR2032 batteries which are included. Perfect for runners, hikers, backpackers, to keep in the car for an emergency.
The FireFly is also available in black and orange (separate product listings). All Bright Medic products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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LIGHT BEAM: The red lights give a nice, even spread - unlike many headlamps, where the light is concentrated in a bright little circle. However, the Bright Medic still gave plenty of light for me to comfortably read in my tent. I saw almost no difference between the high and low white light settings, but that's fine for me; there was still enough light to effectively see a good 20-30 yards ahead.
DESIGN: If the light has been on one setting for 2 minutes or more, the single button will switch it straight to off - so you don't have to cycle through all the white lights and kill your night vision. The thing is very low-profile; I managed to fall asleep with it still on my head and didn't even notice. Of course, it uses CR2032 (aka standard watch batteries), which way less than 0.1 oz each, so you can keep a month's worth in your pack with very little penalty.
I wouldn't be doing any of that if the thing just turned on and worked. But:
1) two batteries were enclosed, with no indication as to whether both need to be inserted.
2) when I inserted one battery, I saw that there was no room for another. Okay. Before I closed the lid, I saw the two red LEDs flash for a moment. That told me that the battery was good, I suppose.
3) I closed the lid (with one battery inside) and pressed the switch. Nothing. I pressed and held it (because the label said it was "backpack safe," so I assumed I had to hold). Nothing happened. I checked the lid: it was closed as tightly and as evenly as it could. No problems. And no light.
I emailed orders@[their dot com] and received this automatic reply: "Bright Medic customer service responds to emails on Monday and Thursday of each week." That was even more of a shock than the need to go to a website for directions for turning on a flashlight. BUT: All is well that ends well. Despite what the automatic message said, that same Friday night I received an email with apologies and directions. It turned out that both batteries had to be inserted, and that there was extra room inside the cover that accommodated the second battery if you shook the battery into place so that it had a chance to go into the space designed for it in the cover. Then the light turned on and proved to be as light and comfortable as advertised, and all lighting modes are now working, so I have no more complaints. I am changing my rating from 1 star to 4. I would have given it 5 starts if one of the pieces of paper that were in the packaging and had plenty of blank space said something about inserting both batteries and not being discouraged by the tight space--you just have to make sure the second battery sits right in the center as you close the lid--then there's enough room for both batteries.
I do wish the high beam was a tad brighter. The claimed 30 hours on high is great if true (haven't tested yet), but I would prefer a 20 hour high beam with a brighter light.
I bought this for $25. Not a terrible price but there are other headlamps out there like this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0120RIWUK/ that are half the price and close to the same thing. The VITCHELO is basically the same light but with a wide strap and the light settings are different (it's a tad heavier too with the bigger strap). It's a lot brighter but the battery dies like three times faster. If you need a light for night hiking I would choose the Vitchelo over the Firefly. But if you just need a basic light to find your way around camp, the Firefly is perfect. I own both lights but will likely use the firefly more as I don't typically night hike.