Looking for a budget headlamp for camping

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Looking for a budget headlamp for camping
Hi alll?I’ve been gone a while but o am back asking for some feedback on a decent headlamp when I go deer hunting.iam looking for a decent flooderbalong with somenthrow my max would be30.00usd o don’t mind if I have to run 2to 3 18650 s I would a decent runtime say 2.00 hrs where to began .intially o was looking at the buroiut but ian open to suggestions max and a minimum of 100 lumens I can change led drivers but I need a starting point of.

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Skillhunt H02 can be found under $30 and they’re the best budget headlamp in my opinion. The H03 is a bit more compact with higher output, can be found for ~34. The best part is that you can easily swap the emitter with the tint of your choice.

The Xtar H3 is a bit more expensive and has active thermal regulation, but i like the Skillhunt build quality more.

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Do you have slink so o can look into it?

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light junkie wrote:
Do you have slink so o can look into it?

H03 on sale at GB for 31.99:

Code: L2U4S
http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_391921.html

The NW on my H03 was excellent, the tint was almost like nichia 5000k 80cri. Maybe I got from the better tint batch.

Review:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48215

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Skillhunt H03 really does everything you could ever want a headlamp to do .After owning 3 zebralights and considering myself a zebralight-a-holic, I found the only thing lacking in my collection was an 18650 headlamp .(not that I really needed another headlamp). Smile I can only say I was very impressed .It is easily one of my favorite purchases.Not sure anyone has ever been critical of this light .It seems universally well loved. Was going to suggest the Manker AAA because it’s tiny, cute,comes in colors and is cheap” 20$”.But if you’re looking for multiple 1650’s I’m guessing a AAA light is out .:P
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Skillhunt H03. Ask M4DM4X for a coupon code

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$10 or under – Boruit RJ-02
$20 – Wowtac A2
$30 – Skilhunt H03

Own them all and I think they are the best at each dollar level.

(Although that Zanfire looks like it could be a competitor depending on the price)

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I like the crelant ch10 out of all my headlamps

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Thanks guys you all have me a lot of good feedback and options.

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Not that I need another Headlamp, I ordered the Skillhunt H03 with the discount code in neutral white. Everybody raves about it so I said, why not?

Will, thanks for posting the code Smile

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will34 wrote:
The H03 is a bit more compact with higher output, can be found for ~34. The best part is that you can easily swap the emitter with the tint of your choice.

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I have purchased many h03’s and they are all heavily glued and very difficult to open. Has this changed as of late?

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halolily17 wrote:
If you are Looking for a budget headlamp for camping, i will suggest you Classical Super Brightness Aluminum Head Lamp efficiency reflector, gold plating spring never rust; Using CREE XP-G2 R5 LED, and 3AAA battery. only 2.52 inches in length, H20 delivers max 380-lumen output. Beautiful patent appearance design with compact size .Is really suitable for camping and i hope my suggestion will help you

could someone delete this spam account, all his posts are about his Headlamp advertisements

the NW H03 sometimes drop below 30$ with coupon

or if you want to spend 40 the Nitecore HC60 is a good light
coupon HC60GIFT

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LightRider wrote:
will34 wrote:
The H03 is a bit more compact with higher output, can be found for ~34. The best part is that you can easily swap the emitter with the tint of your choice.

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I have purchased many h03’s and they are all heavily glued and very difficult to open. Has this changed as of late?

Glue on the front SS bezel or the battery tube? I’m not sure about the battery tube I believe it was glued, but for a LED swap in the H03Rs (reflector version) it can be easily disassembled with a torx driver, it goes SS bezel-glass-oring-reflector. MCPCB secured with screws.

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Reading this thread I started thinking I finally need an 18650 headlamp. Keep other suggestions coming, guys, if there are any

Just for a moment... Okay I may stay a little longer

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will34 wrote:
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will34 wrote:
The H03 is a bit more compact with higher output, can be found for ~34. The best part is that you can easily swap the emitter with the tint of your choice.

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I have purchased many h03’s and they are all heavily glued and very difficult to open. Has this changed as of late?

Glue on the front SS bezel or the battery tube? I’m not sure about the battery tube I believe it was glued, but for a LED swap in the H03Rs (reflector version) it can be easily disassembled with a torx driver, it goes SS bezel-glass-oring-reflector. MCPCB secured with screws.

Ahh… it never occurred to me that the mcpcb would fit through the bezel opening. So you are right. Smile

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I just did a week on the Appalachian Trail backpacking with my wife. We each had a Boruit RJ02 and an Astrolux A01. The A01 was on a lanyard around our neck and was very handy when rolling out of a hammock for nocturnal relief trips. The RJ02 was perfect for evening use when finishing up tasks after dark prior to bed. Since it has ramping, you can adjust the level of light that you want. It also has a USB charger input, since I had a USB charger battery pack with me to charge the cell phone for GPS, I could charge the headlights if needed. We did not use the headlights much, since we were quite tired at the end of the day, and did not need to charge them.

I loaded the A01’s with fresh Energizer Lithium AAA primaries before departure and carried a couple spares, which we also did not need. The A01 works very well as a ‘mouth mounted’ light; tongue, teeth, and lips work together to keep it aimed exactly where you need it. The ‘next mode memory’ UI is not stellar, but it’s an inconvenience rather than a deal breaker.

The best (light related) part of the trip was when the wife asked me where the lights came from and how much they were, and I could honestly tell her: ‘Less than ten bucks each’ and ‘My flashlight forum buddies told me about them.’

When we take our kids camping, I put A01’s in low mode as a nightlight on a wrist length lanyard, ring knotted to the main tent zipper pull and/or in the gear loft.

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If the light is not available then why post? Is an expected release date soon?
It is a pity

Zanflare wrote:
Zanflare F5 headlamp flashlight will be a good choice, which runs with 1*18650 battery, it’s a pity it haven’t come to market now

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I bought two of the Wowtac headlamps based on this review by vestureofblood .
They function really well for the price .

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jch10400 wrote:
$10 or under – Boruit RJ-02

Yep, I got a few of these, and the nice part is that I can swap out the standard 20mm TIR lens with anything from 5° to 90°, whatever I have in “inventory”. Flood, throw, anything in-between…

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Paul321 wrote:
If the light is not available then why post? Is an expected release date soon?
It is a pity
Zanflare wrote:
Zanflare F5 headlamp flashlight will be a good choice, which runs with 1*18650 battery, it’s a pity it haven’t come to market now

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