Hi guys, I hope someone has some ideas for this little man.
I want to spend max 20 USD (shipping inc.) on a headlight. I’m in Europe, so usual chinese places preferred (if not p&p makes it difficult. I already own two, and i’m pretty happy with them, but i’m interested on a backup for those when hiking which i can use as main when climbing/bouldering in the park at night, so my difficult-to-fulfill requirements are:
-max 20 usd
-battery holder on the back (AAA)
-multiple mode/ low mode (normally my head is very close to the wall, so to bright lights blind me and offer no contrast).
-for the same reason zoom function would be desirable
-not picky about emitter (nothing fancy, anyway i’m not looking for anything over 80 lumens)
Does anyone have any idea? i’ve been researching, but i’d like to know opinions of people owning similar lamps.
The Alpkit is okay, but I dislike it because the main (bright) led is very throw-y and so puts a small spot with very little spill in front of you. When you’re on the 5mm leds, there’s a lot of spill down into the tops of my eyeglasses, which is annoying. It’s not regulated, as you’d expect in this price range.
On the plus side, it has a red led on the battery case that can be solid or blinking. And it’s pretty cheap, though probably not quite your $20 target after postage.
Only cheap AAA headlamps that I know of are 3xAAA zoomies with high, med(or low, depends how you look on it) and strobe.
Will definitely blind you if youre close to wall and the lights shining on its med, too much light might get reflected back towards your face.
That Fenix looks interested, but it will most likely cost alot since its Fenix.
Also, I wonder how high was the capacity of batteries that this thing was tested with?
Will that be doable to achieve their rated battery life with regular 900mAh NiMh rechargeable AAA battery?
Either way, I wish it was 70lm for at least an hour and 5 minutes in real life with 900mAh.
Lets see how this one turns out!
Looking at the ITP H1 again, beside form factor, it looks like its still better than Fenix runtime-wise, eh?
Pitty there is no way to get H1 for cheap outside USA.
BTW, Fenix site advertises this as having only 35min runtime on high(70lm), 2h 15min on medium(27lm)…
Nevermind, its with alkies…
well, still not decided but, as always, delighted to see how helpful you are.
The Alpkit looks promising, too bad it’s sold out. Do you think it might be a rebranded chinese one? The price seems lower than the usual petzl’s,… And the ITP, nice too, but out of my budget.
(Rayovac specs it at 22 lumens on high… either it’s a version different from the alpkit, or they’re just mistaken, as I’m sure the alpkit is brighter than that. Alpkit says 88 lumens, which isn’t too far off.)
i find it weird too… only 22 for a high mode? Too bad i can’t get that one here… but at least it seems to prove it’s a chinese “generic” one rebranded by different western companies. I’ll keep searching for the same model because it looks promising indeed.