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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Southern Maine

    Default Headlamp Recommendations

    I'm looking for recommendations on BOTH rechargeable and normal headlamps. These are intend for general (non-tactical) use, but I am pretty rough on them. Could be used camping or shoveling the driveway, so could get wet. I don't mind paying for top end stuff if the quality/features make it worth it.

    I've had Petzls, Princeton Tecs, and Steamlights over the years, but mostly now have the cheap 3-AAA Energizer ones. Had/used a bunch overseas, and have lost, broken or given away most now. I know light technology has changes a bit in the last 10+ yrs. Just doing my research now and see what the Tribe has for advice.

    One that caught my attention was the Streamlight ProTac HL. Price point good; up to 1000 lumens; rechargeable, but also can take CR123's; water resistant and (somewhat) rugged.
    What do you guys have? Thanks, Jay
    We have to go in places no body would ever think of going into were it not for the necessities of war. ~ Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

    Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war. ~ Thucydides

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    I've got one of these that I like a lot for general use.

    It's "only" 365 lumens, but it can take CR123A or AA batteries (and you can use rechargables in either size), and it can be used in several modes.

  3. #3
    I have been very happy with a similar light. I use the Fenix HM50R. It has a built in micro usb port for the included rechargeable battery and if that runs out you can use regular CR123. It has 4 brightness levels from 4 to 400 lumens and a useful beam. It has been durable and reliable.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    The ones I have from Olight have worked out quite well. Their flashlights are also quite nice for everyday use around the house, when camping, and so forth.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Check out NiteCore’s offerings, they are rechargeable. Their handheld lights have been great, internal 18650’s that charge onboard via USB and can also be swapped out.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Been pretty happy using the Black Diamond - Storm for hiking etc.

    -White/Blue/Red/Green all with power settings
    -Runs off AAAs
    -No strap that runs over the top of the head so it packs smaller
    -Reasonable price

    -Can get warm after a few hours of use
    -Very faint hum on dimmer settings
    -No Strap that runs over the top of the head so occasionally needs readjusting

    Searched awhile before buying a headlamp. Wanted a good general purpose and outdoor headlight. Definitely happy with the Black Diamond Storm.

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