When you are out camping at night, trail running at dusk or looking for something in the attic, you can’t beat the convince offered by a headlamp. Headlamps allow you to use both your hands, are capable of casting a longer beam and are more durable when compared to lanterns and flashlights.
Choosing the best headlamp
When looking for the best headlamp, it is important to look at the beam type, lumens, beam distance, run times, brightness levels, weight and a number of additional features before settling for one. Here are a number of headlights that may be perfect for your nighttime activities.
This reliable waterproof LED headlamp emits over 300 lumens and can easily be adjusted to suit the wearer’s needs. It is the best headlamp for most nighttime activities, including dawn patrols and all-night rappelling sessions. Apart from spotting anchors or trail cairns, the headlamp can be used for close range activities such as reading, cooking or sorting out gear. It has seven lighting modes, red night vision, strobe modes and dimming modes. As an added bonus feature, brightness memory allows a user to turn the head light to an on and off position at a previously chosen brightness without going back to full power.
This headlamp can help guide you through the deepest and darkest conditions. It allows you to choose between four levels of lighting. You can go for the low, medium, high or strobe setting. This will be highly dependent on the current environmental conditions you are in. Other features include the ability to rotate to a 90 degrees angle, an adjustable headband, waterproofing, durable wiring and a rechargeable battery. You can use the headlight for camping, hiking, caving and backpacking.
This is a 1200Mah Lithium rechargeable headlight that can give you up to 30 hours of light on a single charge. It takes around 4 hours for the headlamp to fully charge after it has gone flat. The water-resistant headlamp is specifically designed for sports enthusiasts and everyday users who may want to tackle a complex environment. It can tilt to a 90-degree angle and has a wide range of lighting modes. It features a 160 Lumen LED which has 2 separate buttons for white and red light. It is tough, durable and light and has an ergonomically designed elastic headband. At 2.4 ounces it is the best headlamp for professional runners and dawn exercise enthusiasts.
This is a comfortable lightweight headlamp that can provide up to 120 lumens of light. It comes in two versions, the X120R version which is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery and the X120 version that is powered by 3 AAA batteries. The X120R version can last up to 130 hours on a full charge while the X120 will last up to 160 hours. Both versions feature adjustments that allow custom fitting according to the wearer’s preferences. Rather than buttons the headlamp utilizes a dial to transition between a floodlight, spotlight and red night vision. The brightness can be adjusted from 0 to 120 lumens. The manufacturer offers a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase.
This 2600 mAh Lithium-Ion reachable headlamp is the best headlamp for challenging night time activities since it emits over 750 lumens. It is intelligent and can be programmed for optimal performance. You can pair the headlight with a smart device to determine how much burn time you have and adjust the headlights performance accordingly. REACTIVE LIGHTING technology allows the headlight to analyze wearers surrounding environment and adjust the brightness accordingly. The light sensors which are featured on the headlamp also help optimize battery usage and the beam pattern. Multiple light cones allow for close up vision and long distance vision.