Head light recommendation

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech' started by Ally, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    In January I am away on a course in the Cairngorms a large part of which is navigation particularly in whiteouts, darkness and poor weather.

    I have an older Black diamond storm which has served me well but want to take a second head torch not a back up as such just an alternative I can take out and use for the same purpose in case of lose, damage etc.

    Ideally not a fortune and at least 300 lumin and water tight.
  2. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    I've just took a punt on the Wowtac A2S , can't remember who linked it on here earlier this year but its been sitting in my wish list till 5mins ago :)
    Seems very bright for the size of it (not that I'd need that light level, maybe for seakayaking or just maybe for the blimey factor :D), I like the idea of the battery having the charging port & at just under £27 could be what your looking for. No red or colored bulb if you need that, but have them on the other torch.
  3. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I only have one reply to headlight threads and it zebralight. Should be plenty of other threads if you search it. Ive used the same unit for years and its never let me down. Many on here use them
  4. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Yup, love my zebralight (maybe H52?). I've had it for maybe 6 years now though and thought I'd broke it last week when it wouldn't work... turns out the battery died. 2nd change since I got it but then I never use it for long.

    I've been eyeing a nitecore TIP though, would save carrying a spare battery and a little weight, plus I always wear a cap when hiking so easy to use as a head torch.
  5. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    My friend bought me a Nitecore NU30 without knowing that I had just that week bought a wowtac (probably because of same thread as @Padstowe).

    So now I have both :rolleyeses:.

    I far prefer the Nitecore. It's to 400 Lumens, does red light and only weighs 87g including battery and head elastic. Even better, its rechargeable from a regular USB cable without even removing the battery so if you're carrying a battery pack anyway, it's dead simple.

    The wowtac feels really heavy. With battery and head elastic it comes to 155g. it keeps switching itself on in my pack pocket. Perhaps there is a lock somewhere that I'm not aware of. probably. Now I turn the body casing to loosen the battery contact but that does not feel totally secure. If you do like the wowtac A2S and want that super-lumen it's worth knowing that although its usually sold in cool white but you can also get it in "soft white" if you look for it.
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  6. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    That Wowtac looks like a cheap Zebralight. The price will come in handy, as it's not that much to lose when it cuts out in a whiteout on the Cairngorm plateau and you then buy a proper Zebralight.

    Whiteouts aren't a problem with them..when turned on full, they melt the snow as it falls.
  7. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    For winter in Scotland it's definitely the Zebralight H600W (+ a spare cell & a backup e-lite). Rarely used it on full power other than route spotting, the Medium setting (60lm) is ample for 'normal' yomping.
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  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Zebralight here too.
    Spare battery in a cheap Chinese 'flashlight' with a diffuser on it so I can hang it in the tent for illumination.
    All interchangeable.
  9. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    The XTAR H3 Warboy is as bright as I think you'd ever need, but as it uses a 18650 battery it's 144g... is that lightweight?

    if you want lighter, and don't need 1000 lumens, how about the Thrunite TH20? It's only 101g (loaded) and runs on AA (or 14500 Li-ion if you want the max 5oo lumens). And you get change out of 26 quid... to buy lithium-ion batteries and a charger. Handy that if your Li-ions die, you can chuck in any old AA instead.

    Asking the same question on Budgetlightforum will get you lots of answers.
    You can focus those answers by screwing down your requirements a bit (max weight, minimum lumens, batter type, etc).

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