Princeton Tec Apex LED Headlamp
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- POWER 200 Lumens
- LAMP 4 Ultrabright LEDs, 1 Maxbright LED
- BURN TIME 72 hours (Maxbright high) - 150 Hours (5 mm LEDs low)
- BATTERIES 4 AA Alkaline, Lithium or NiHM Rechargeable
- WEIGHT 279 Grams
- UL RATING APPROVED Class I Division 2 Groups A, B, C & D Class II Division 2 Groups F & G
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|Package Height||2.4 x 5 x 7.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
Princeton Tec Apex Headlamp - The Apex Headlamp by Princeton Tec is the pinnacle of waterproof LED headlamp design, boasting up to 350 lumens of output. The brightest headlamp in their professional series, Apex has been a favorite of extreme outdoorsmen and cavers for years. The Apex incorporates a single Regulated Maxbright LED plus four Regulated Ultrabright LEDs. It is capable of a powerful spot beam or a bright flood, and two switches make changing modes intuitive. Proprietary heatsink technology allows the LEDs to burn brighter and longer. You'll be able to squeeze 72 to 200 (average 150) hours of light out of four AA alkaline batteries! The Apex is compatible with alkaline, lithium, and rechargeable batteries. When you need a light that is ideal at long and short distances and will light up your world, check out the Apex Headlamp by Princeton Tec.
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Top Customer Reviews
That used to be the Apex. I used one for years (the older 200 lumen model) and have been the cause of my girlfriend and several friends getting them as well after joining me on one too many after dark adventures.
Then my light started turning off randomly. I eventually figured out it caused when the wire leading into the battery was jiggled which obviously happens a lot while you’re using it.
I tried to contact Princeton Tec support and they were less than ideal to deal with. Contacting them to get an RMA took quite a while as emails were ignored and phone calls went to voicemail and were never returned until I’d tried over a series of weeks. I ended up (unwisely) buying a second Apex because the replacement was taking so long and I had to have something. They eventually got me a replacement and you’d think I’d be set for a while.
Unfortunately both of the new lamps have had significant issues. One has the same issue with turning off while the other has an issue with the button that controls the brightness not working consistently. So at best I have a lamp I can turn on full power either on spotlight or spread and *may* not randomly fail on me when I really need it.
Needless to say I don’t recommend these to anyone anymore and I’m really frustrated with Princeton Tec. I’m dreading dealing with the RMA process again and currently looking around for an equivalent light that meets my needs.
I've used the Black Diamond Icon which is has proven to be more reliable but the spotlight beam isn't focused enough for me.
There are four brightness settings, and the brightest one compares quite favorably to a good-quality four-cell flashlight. The least bright setting plenty good enough for walking on a dark trail on a moonless night, and will give (I'm guessing, now) about 20 hours on four AA batteries.
When you are in a low voltage situation, the light flashes four times to let you know, but you don't have to put in new batteries when the voltage drops below the regulated level. Instead, you can just use the light until it gets dimmer than you are comfortable with. Doing this will more than double your battery life, at the expense of brightness, of course.
This is an expensive light, but it probably the best one out there. You can experiment with a lot of cheap ones, or save money by buying the best in the first place.
I am currently using it for night time trail running. for that setting I am using the high setting 3 watt led. that lasts just under two hours on two AA batts. for running fire roads I use the high setting on the small LEDs and it works fine.
its only been used in dry weather thus far, so I cant comment on its waterproof qualities. the battery compartment seems to have a solid seal at the o-ring.
this is very well constructed and though it aint light, its comfortable to wear for a 1 1/2 hour run over a skull cap.
this is money well spent compared to the crap previously owned and discarded after failure. a thoughtful design and quality build.
the spot is bright enough that I might take it along on night bike rides as a backup if my main helmet light fails.
you wont bomb any trails with it but it will get you home at a decent pace.
addendum: after more than two years of use with three separate lights I have additional commentary. there is a design weakness with these lights, namely the hinge/plastic heat sink surround is prone to breakage if you should drop or knock the light head against anything. if it was just a tad beefier it would probably be OK, but dont handle this light after you just finished catching a greased pig, or insert your own lubricated-hands analogy...
I will note that the first time I broke this hinge Princeton Tec sent me a brand new light free of charge, so I still love them. now I have three to send back and will be curious what they will charge for repairs
Most Recent Customer Reviews
had for years (appx 3
camp hunt weather
great spotlight nice leds no worries
then it died💀
figured three years was...Read more