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Best Cheap & Brightest LED Headlamp

Does anyone have any suggestions for the cheapest & brightest headlamps , using size 18650 batteries

and where to buy them ?

Your help and replies would be appreciated.

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Bunch of people on the forum have this:
D25L Rechargeable Headlamp 1000 Lumen 90 High CRI
https://sofirnlight.com/d25l-headlamp-lh351d-5000k-90-high-cri-p0192-s00...

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Yes, get one of the D25 from Sofirn – they have them in good LED selection.

The UI is a bit meh but if you want power for the price it’s hard to beat.

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zoulas wrote:
Bunch of people on the forum have this: D25L Rechargeable Headlamp 1000 Lumen 90 High CRI https://sofirnlight.com/d25l-headlamp-lh351d-5000k-90-high-cri-p0192-s00...

For this D25L are there any BLF reviews from users/owners ?

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202bigmike wrote:
zoulas wrote:
Bunch of people on the forum have this: D25L Rechargeable Headlamp 1000 Lumen 90 High CRI https://sofirnlight.com/d25l-headlamp-lh351d-5000k-90-high-cri-p0192-s00...

For this D25L are there any BLF reviews from users/owners ?

Not much to say about it, its a good cheap headlamp. Some like the band some don’t. Its not state of the art but better than decent.

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zoulas wrote:
Bunch of people on the forum have this: D25L Rechargeable Headlamp 1000 Lumen 90 High CRI https://sofirnlight.com/d25l-headlamp-lh351d-5000k-90-high-cri-p0192-s00...

I saw it very recently but I worried they may have green tint. Sofirn Sp40 with 5000K LH351D has very green tint.

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GhostJoe wrote:
zoulas wrote:
Bunch of people on the forum have this: D25L Rechargeable Headlamp 1000 Lumen 90 High CRI https://sofirnlight.com/d25l-headlamp-lh351d-5000k-90-high-cri-p0192-s00...

I saw it very recently but I worried they may have green tint. Sofirn Sp40 with 5000K LH351D has very green tint.

When you buy something so cheap, satisfaction can never be guaranteed, For working on a car or general purpose its fine. If I was a surgeon, I would never use it. I had an $100 Nitecore in the past and they were comparable. Does not say much for Nitecore.

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zoulas wrote:
GhostJoe wrote:
zoulas wrote:
Bunch of people on the forum have this: D25L Rechargeable Headlamp 1000 Lumen 90 High CRI https://sofirnlight.com/d25l-headlamp-lh351d-5000k-90-high-cri-p0192-s00...

I saw it very recently but I worried they may have green tint. Sofirn Sp40 with 5000K LH351D has very green tint.

When you buy something so cheap, satisfaction can never be guaranteed, For working on a car or general purpose its fine. If I was a surgeon, I would never use it. I had an $100 Nitecore in the past and they were comparable. Does not say much for Nitecore.

If you read the description of D25L you will see very likely Barry will release D25L with 4000K LH351D. I think it will be the same price and no need to worry about green tint.

My concern is that Sofirn probably changed their 5000K LH351D stock recently as my FC11 5000K also has green tint. I will stay away from their 5000K LH351D light for a while.

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LED’s with Green Tint . I don’t really care for that color. Facepalm My mistake I forgot to list in my OP is that I want

a cooler tint , closer towards the 6500K range and headlamps that can use both 18650 and 21700 batteries.

Maybe this additional bit of info will help in the replies. Thanks to all of you who have replied so far. Thumbs Up

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21700 complicates it a bit since the D10 and D25 are 18650 only. Boruit has some 21700 compatible models on Aliexpress though, but not the same form factor and a little more expensive. I have a D10 swapped to a sst40 5000k. Even with the stock driver i still get almost 1000 lumens out of it and good flood/throw.

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I just posted in another thread that the HD20 is on sale on Wurkkos’ site for 28.99 or 32.99 with battery. I’m not sure if that meets your definition of cheap, but it’s plenty bright, takes a 21700 or 18650. However it is 5000K and one of the two emitters is the LH351d which you’ve stated you don’t like. I still thought I’d throw it out there since afaik there aren’t a lot of good cheap 21700 headlamps.

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I have a couple of the D25S models. SST 40 emitter is nice & White.
I have Nitecores & other brands too.
For the money this one would be hard to beat IMO. I like it a lot. My “go to” headlamp at this point…..

The headband is the weakest point, but it is not that bad. It works just fine. ✅

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For the cheapest and brightest 18650 headlamp, I would still go with the Boruit D10 Headlamp. BLF review here: Boruit Headlamp Review D10 (aka. EHL0628) – King of the Budget Headlamps?

For less than $15 (BORUiT D10 XM-L2 LED Headlamp) and includes USB charging and a decent UI, it’s a bargain!

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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I like the Boruit D10 as well.

I got the one with a neutral tint.

I prefer warm white, but the Boruit D10 neutral white is very nice.

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darosk wrote:
Yes, get one of the D25 from Sofirn – they have them in good LED selection.

The UI is a bit meh but if you want power for the price it’s hard to beat.


For a headlamp, a fancy UI would make no sense IMHO. When I use one it is to free both hands up while working on something, the more simple the UI the better. D25S or D25L are not going to impress anyone, but they are just super useful for very little cash.
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These two suggested headlamps are about the same price-$15. Are there any known outright comparisons
between the Boruit D10 XM-L2 and the Sofirn D25-S dual SST40 , as to which of these two is the better ?
They are in the right price range—Cheap ! Forget the use of 18650 & 21700 batteries , just 18650 is OK

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The Sofirn comes with a battery and is a bit more floody, plus battery life will be reduced. If you care about modding, the D25 is far less moddable than the D10. Otherwise both are good.

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Sirstinky wrote:
The Sofirn comes with a battery and is a bit more floody, plus battery life will be reduced. If you care about modding, the D25 is far less moddable than the D10. Otherwise both are good.

Oh , the Sofirn is floody. Do you have any idea of how much throw the D10 has ?
Which one has the cooler color ?

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sarge12 wrote:
darosk wrote:
Yes, get one of the D25 from Sofirn – they have them in good LED selection.

The UI is a bit meh but if you want power for the price it’s hard to beat.


For a headlamp, a fancy UI would make no sense IMHO. When I use one it is to free both hands up while working on something, the more simple the UI the better. D25S or D25L are not going to impress anyone, but they are just super useful for very little cash.

No, my main issue is double click goes to strobe. Why? Who needs shortcut to strobe on a headlamp? I would say the majority would highly prefer 2C -> Turbo/High. Makes no sense to have strobe on such an easily accessible shortcut.

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Are there anymore suggestions about what cheap & bright headlamps are available and where to buy them Question

I’m looking for the 6500K (CW) color—No green tints please. Any zoomies out there ?

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I vote for D25 Sofirn. I also don’t like strobe in headlamps. The bottom line is know your UI. I know better than to double click this light so it’s not a problem.

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Tinman wrote:
I vote for D25 Sofirn. I also don’t like strobe in headlamps. The bottom line is know your UI. I know better than to double click this light so it’s not a problem.
i second the D25. As I stated earlier I have a couple of the D25S. I could not be more pleased. And at the price it is a NOBRAINER to me.
Nice White light… no green.
Comes complete with battery also. What ia not to like??
Go for it…. ✅

Oh yeah, as far as being concerned about the UI.. that is WASTED worry. It is simple & straight forward. I have NEVER EVEN ONE TIME gone into strobe modeby accident.

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Tinman wrote:
I vote for D25 Sofirn. I also don’t like strobe in headlamps. The bottom line is know your UI. I know better than to double click this light so it’s not a problem.

It’s not a matter of just knowing UI – it’s _too easy _to accidentally double click. It’s literally 2 clicks. The bottom line is that strobe shouldn’t even be PART of a headlamp’s UI. If you’re in a group, like a hike or camp-site for example, an accidental activation can be extremely disorienting and negatively affect those in your party. That’s all good and fine if you, like you say, ‘know better’, but for me it takes huge marks off the light if you’re concerned with any type of group activity. Maybe this isn’t relevant to OP, maybe it is, but for me it’s a big enough issue to take note of.

Having said that, I still agree that it meets all the criteria that OP asked for. I’m just throwing out my own personal experience.

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darosk wrote:
Tinman wrote:
I vote for D25 Sofirn. I also don’t like strobe in headlamps. The bottom line is know your UI. I know better than to double click this light so it’s not a problem.

It’s not a matter of just knowing UI – it’s _too easy _to accidentally double click. It’s literally 2 clicks. The bottom line is that strobe shouldn’t even be PART of a headlamp’s UI. If you’re in a group, like a hike or camp-site for example, an accidental activation can be extremely disorienting and negatively affect those in your party. That’s all good and fine if you, like you say, ‘know better’, but for me it takes huge marks off the light if you’re concerned with any type of group activity. Maybe this isn’t relevant to OP, maybe it is, but for me it’s a big enough issue to take note of.

Having said that, I still agree that it meets all the criteria that OP asked for. I’m just throwing out my own personal experience.


To each their own, but for me the UI is of ZERO concern in a negative way.

I have two of the D25S models & have NEVER gone into Strobe mode by accident. Not one time.

And even “IF” I did… so what?? It would be for a fraction of a second. “To me”, this is of no concern.
Just my .02 on the matter. ✅

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A headlamp especially a small 18650 one will need an efficient buck driver to put out good sustainable lumens, and buck drivers aren’t cheap, sadly. Otherwise you’re going to top out at ~300-400 lumens (constant).
PL47G3 is meant to have buck driver, but it’s 21700 and not out yet.

I only like high CRI. Collection:

Fireflies NOV-MU 21 4500k E21A

Fireflies ROT66 219B SW45 D220

Fireflies E07 Copper 219B SW45k? (odd/higher lumen bin with lower r9 and higher cct?)

Fireflies E07 219B SW45k

Fireflies E07x Pro sst20 FA4 4000k (mail)

 

Varmint removal:

Convoy M21A C8 ver SST20 4000k (5a)

Convoy S2+ SST20 4000k  FB4 (3200ma)

Memes:

BLF GT94

Emisar D18 660nm SST20 (mail)

 

 

CRI test dump https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kcl_uOhgfpR4RSsa8F4b-UUVP9mkL6Cr...

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SP40 looks good to me. Good brightness, USB charging and is a duel light – headlamp and EDC torch and magnetic base
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy332YUxdeo

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Of the two headlamp suggestions made here , does anyone know which bright light , “D” models of

the Sofirn or Boruit come with the ZOOM feature ?

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I’m surprised no one mention Xanes? I found that Xanes has some nifty headlamps. They actually have quite a few selections.

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NeutralFan wrote:
For the cheapest and brightest 18650 headlamp, I would still go with the Boruit D10 Headlamp. BLF review here: Boruit Headlamp Review D10 (aka. EHL0628) – King of the Budget Headlamps?

For less than $15 (BORUiT D10 XM-L2 LED Headlamp) and includes USB charging and a decent UI, it’s a bargain!

In the aliexpress link , can anyone , please explain the differences between the Boruit D10 XM-L2
headlamps with the one & two LEDs in them ?—I’m obviously somehow missing something.

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The D10 is a single led, D25 is dual led. The AE D25 ones have fake XML2 in them, the Sofirn-branded D25S has sst40s (superior). The Boruit D10 and every clone all have fake XML2 in them. Other than the 1 vs 2 led and a different lens/reflector setup, the driver is the same for both. I prefer the D10 because it’s so good for upgrading whereas the D25 is limited.

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I think my Skillhunt H03 does a great job at half the price of a Zebralight. 8 levels and rated IPX8.
Around $40 for the new H04 series, more if you add charging but I have not issues removing the battery to charge it.
Three models with different spread.

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