A Budget Headlamp if I've Seen One!

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A Budget Headlamp if I've Seen One!

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If you have a headlamp you think is an amazing budget deal please let us know about it!
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<20 is the amazon price at the moment.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072P1W1×6/

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Good video & thanks for the heads up. Thumbs Up
I’ll be using it as an angle head flashlight though…… don’t like the reflector being off to one side.
My OCD kicking in I guess……… Big Smile

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vestureofblood wrote:
If you have a headlamp you think is an amazing budget deal please let us know about it!

Hands-down, the Boruit RJ-02. <10bux (I got a few at 8bux a pop).

USB rechargeable (backlit switch glows grn/red), ramp up/down (with memory) when you press’n‘hold the switch. Doubleclick puts it into magic mode, ie, wave your hand in front of it and it turns on full-tilt (doesn’t remember its steady-state preset, unfortunately), and another wave turns it off. On, off, on, off… great fun. Big Smile

CW but not a bad color. Centered (not offset) emitter takes an easily-interchangeable standard 20mm TIR lens, so you can swap out for any beam from 5° to 90° or more. Or leave it out as a mule.

Cheap enough to get plenty of spares. Big Smile

‘Though the quality of the build is pretty decent, so needing spares doesn’t seem like a necessity. Threaded bits glide on/off smoothly. It seems pretty hefty in the hand. And it comes with a 2-strap headband! Big Smile

For <10bux, you can’t go wrong.

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great video bro!

gotta say tho: you apparently need to be checking the shed not the garden for varmints.

another great “flopping around slopping around dropping around” clip in there!

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Your video has a great shot of the clouds moving. Well done. Headlamp looks nice.

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Grabbed two. Thanks!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the heatsinking is good :) (EDIT: Chickened out and cancelled order. Not enough $$ to spare. New MTB is priority :D )

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The notches in the bezel hint that it may be removable. This would still be a good value after replacing the emitter with a neutral XP-L.

The low mode should be lower.

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Nice light. Nothing objectionable and a good price. How’s the modability? (driver and LED access)

My modded H03 headlamp is just about perfect for me. I replaced the driver with a FET driver with ramping FW that I can ramp up and down. The ability to go up or down in brightness is nice, not many stock lights can do it. This wowtac looks like a nice host so if it’s modable I might pick one up.

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264 wrote:
Your video has a great shot of the clouds moving. Well done. Headlamp looks nice.
Yep, the clouds did look great. I also loved the cows silhouetted up on top of the hill too. Wink

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leaftye wrote:
The notches in the bezel hint that it may be removable. This would still be a good value after replacing the emitter with a neutral XP-L.
Yeah, or you could just get the A2S version that already has the XP-L; if the tint suits you. Smile

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leaftye wrote:
The notches in the bezel hint that it may be removable. This would still be a good value after replacing the emitter with a neutral XP-L.
Yeah, or you could just get the A2S version that already has the XP-L; if the tint suits you. Smile

I’ve recently started hating cold tints since I tried out some LED headlights that were especially cold. The tint was only part of the problem. A horrible beam pattern was what really killed it for me, but it was so bad that the hate spilled over to cold tints. Now I don’t want anything over 5000K unless it’s a hardcore thrower, and even then I’d still prefer a neutral tint.

The low mode should be lower.

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Understood…… Big Smile

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Oops, I was referring to car headlights. Beam pattern always matters, and especially so when you depend on it to avoid driving your old vehicle into deer at high speeds.

The low mode should be lower.

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$19.99 complete with a battery that’s USB rechargeable. What a bargain!

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Other than Amazon is there anywhere else I can order this Wowtac headlamp from? Preferably China source.

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yeah nice vid
Edit, snipped, will not derail your thread, sorry, posted it here:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/55013

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RobertB wrote:
!{width:85%}http://i.imgur.com/BvRpzhP.jpg!

I did not notice that in the video…nice catch, Robert!
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I just received two of these lights . They are solid feeling , well functioning lights .
As a bonus , the pocket clip from my BLF A6 works well on this light . I suspect that any of the various clips made for the Convoy ‘S’ series lights will also fit .

Thanks for the heads up , vestureofblood .

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Sigh- just bought a Boruit RJ-02 based on this thread, seems perfect for running at night. I seem to be buying something flashlight related about once a week or so now, wife is starting to complain, if only she knew how much is still en-route….

Beam me up!

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Sigh- ……. I seem to be buying something flashlight related about once a week or so now, wife is starting to complain, if only she knew how much is still en-route….

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I was never really into headlamps, I had a cheap 4 buck special from Sportsman’s Guide that was pretty much worthless. Then I came across VOB’s video of this light and did a 180, bought the headlamp, tried it on – comfortable, works great! Now I’m praying for a snowstorm (haven’t used the snowblower in two years),a power outage, anything so that I can put it through its paces.

Thanks VOB!!

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I’ve got three cheapo headlights, the forehead “Richard” type, and two smaller 3x AAA lights. Two main issues; comfortable to wear, and suitable for the task. The head dongle type have too much wiggle to suit me if my head is moving, too much momentum and leverage by sticking out. The other comfort issue is weight, I don’t care for weight on the front of my head, vs battery in the back or wired to a pocket or belt. Minor comfort issue is sweat management, some make it worse, some make it better.

For a lot of uses any headlight works well maybe replacing or supplementing 3 or 4 fixed lights. Headlights with a small red LED are great for giving just enough light to safely walk in the dark without disturbing others or losing night vision.

My current go to headlamp is one of the cheap, $5 shipped type of 3x AAA, 5 mode (red, hi, med, low, stb). Feels cheap, not remotely water resistant, a bit bulky with battery up front, headstrap what you would expect for the price, but works well enough I am not motivated to upgrade.

Still a bit dim

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Matt,

Great Video as always!

2 questions if you can find out from your contact @ Wowtac; Will there be a Neutral White version available of this A2 as they have in the A2s version?
And can they run a special discount for purchase of 2 or more for gifting?
Or any further discount as this headlamp has been at the $19.99 price point since it came out.

I own the A1 and A1s and love them both, so this headlamp has been on my radar for quite some time, just need a reason to push the launch button:)
Thanks!
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I’ve been using the WOWTAC A2 for five months now and it has been performing flawlessly .
I bought two of them , one for me , one for my wife . The UI is easy for a novice to figure out , and I am beginning to like the built-in micro USB charging batteries .

My favorite headlamp so far .

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bibihang wrote:
Other than Amazon is there anywhere else I can order this Wowtac headlamp from? Preferably China source.

Same question here. Any other source for this headlamp?

Since I’m literally across the globe, shipping would likely cost more than the item…

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jacktheclipper wrote:
I just received two of these lights . They are solid feeling , well functioning lights .
As a bonus , the pocket clip from my BLF A6 works well on this light . I suspect that any of the various clips made for the Convoy ‘S’ series lights will also fit .

Thanks for the heads up , vestureofblood .

I am considering this A2S headlamp but I’d like to figure out a pocket clip for it first…I’ve seen multiple comments on different flashlight clips that will work but are these clips available for purchase separately or does a person have to buy a donor flashlight to get the clip?

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notanotherhobby wrote:
jacktheclipper wrote:
I just received two of these lights . They are solid feeling , well functioning lights .
As a bonus , the pocket clip from my BLF A6 works well on this light . I suspect that any of the various clips made for the Convoy ‘S’ series lights will also fit .

Thanks for the heads up , vestureofblood .

I am considering this A2S headlamp but I’d like to figure out a pocket clip for it first…I’ve seen multiple comments on different flashlight clips that will work but are these clips available for purchase separately or does a person have to buy a donor flashlight to get the clip?

thanks

Just pulled a Convoy S2+ clip off of my BLF A6 and it fits nicely on my WowTac A2. These clips are cheap and available separately for purchase. I’ve bought at least 8 of these from Simon.

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slimkango wrote:
notanotherhobby wrote:
jacktheclipper wrote:
I just received two of these lights . They are solid feeling , well functioning lights .
As a bonus , the pocket clip from my BLF A6 works well on this light . I suspect that any of the various clips made for the Convoy ‘S’ series lights will also fit .

Thanks for the heads up , vestureofblood .

I am considering this A2S headlamp but I’d like to figure out a pocket clip for it first…I’ve seen multiple comments on different flashlight clips that will work but are these clips available for purchase separately or does a person have to buy a donor flashlight to get the clip?

thanks

Just pulled a Convoy S2+ clip off of my BLF A6 and it fits nicely on my WowTac A2. These clips are cheap and available separately for purchase. I’ve bought at least 8 of these from Simon.

thank you for the help.

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good vid/review, watched your giggles one a few weeks ago, you do great work! not sure if this would help as it may extend your tube too far, but you can get a pvc end cap and short piece of tube, drill a hole in the center of the end cap and you can get those right angle lights situated better in your set up.

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Can you remove the light from the plastic housing and use it as a normal flashlight?

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Map wrote:
Can you remove the light from the plastic housing and use it as a normal flashlight?

Yes you can. You can even use a pocket clip from other flashlights (see posts above)

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