Headlamp: Suitable for vehicle repair, as well as hiking, camping, canoes

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  1. cyberpriusII

    cyberpriusII Active Member

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    Long ago, my father gave me an old U.S. Forest Service headlamp that he used when he was a Forest Service firefighter decades ago.I think it was supposed to stay with the Forest Service, but, Oh, well.

    It looks pretty much like this one below. The battery case attaches to the belt at the waistline of fire pants and a wire leads from pants/case up to the hardhat on the head. Pretty nifty for the 1970s, I guess.

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    Problem is...

    My more modern PrincetonTec has died and I need a new light. When I bought the Princeton light, about 10 years ago, I used it for backcountry hiking, running, biking. In later years, it was pressed into service to repair cars, etc.

    Anyone use one that they like? While cash is always a consideration, I will do what I can to purchase a quality headlamp. Been looking at Streamlight and Black Diamond at the moment, with nods to PrincetonTec and Petzl, although I think Petzl are pretty overpriced.

    Water resistant is a must. Durable and at least 250 lumens. Thinking, actually a lot more than 250 would be nice.
    Kris
     
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    I've been happy for several years with a Petzl ... I no longer remember exactly why I chose it over those other competitors (all those names are familiar, I'm sure I was checking them out), but I'm ordinarily a bit of a skinflint, so if it was priced higher there must have been some reason I thought it was worth it.

    Of course the tech has probably changed so much since I bought mine that all the comparisons could be different now.

    -Chap
     
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    Would suggest REI source, but you'd pay a lot for 250 lumens there. How about ?



    If you want brighter, look at those with LiIon 18650 rechargeable

    Amazon.com: headlight 18650

    ...they all look pretty weird to me
     
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    Sorry, have not been able to get back on this site, with all the outages.

    I have decided to go the heavy-duty route. I have a cheap Energizer light that I think I either posted on here awhile back or someone else did, but it serves pretty well for some of my needs.

    The light below is a clone of my current light -- heavy, bulky, but super waterproof and 350 lumens. Plus it uses AA, which I have a lot of (Duracell ProCell).

    Princeton Tec Apex Industrial Headlamp - 5 x LEDs - 350 Lumens - Class I Div 2 - Includes 4 x AAs - Black or Orange

    The real deciding factor is that I can get it basically for free, thanks to some internet mumbo jumbo. And, no I cannot reveal the secret.

    Thanks to all for the responses.
    Kris
     
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    Free is good.

    Four of those AA cells mentioned have a similar amount of 'juice' as a current, good 18650 rechargeable LiIon. Which I didn't know until working it out.
     
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    Free is good.

    Four of those AA cells mentioned have a similar amount of 'juice' as a current, good 18650 rechargeable LiIon. Which I didn't know until working it out.
     
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    ETC(SS) The other One Percenter.....

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    Holy Carp....
    That's one expensive lamp (for us mere mortals who don't know the secret handshake.)

    I was going to climb onto this thread in search of an led light set for a bicycle that I just bought......but it's only a $500 bike and these lamps are a little too rich for my blood.
    No.
    I'm not ABOUT to buy anything made out of Lycra!!!!
    I just got the bike for aux transportation, and a desire to get in a little exercise.

    Entertaining the neighborhood will be just be a beneficial side effect.
     
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    I had one a grade below this one, broke the battery case and Lenser replaced it free with this H7R2. They are in Oregon and same warranty as Leatherman tools. I use mine a lot.

     
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    Pics or it didn't happen! :D
    You are going to model it for us, right?
     
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    Guess it did not happen. I don't have a smart phone and I lost my camera in a snow storm a few years ago!

    Actually have not received the lamp yet. It was supposed to have shipped and been here today, but as far as I can tell, it is taking a weekend in Reno.

    Kris, who actually LOVES not poking at a phone all day.
     
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    Please at least post a review of your experiences.
     
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