Head lamp advice.

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  1. Tom Black

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    Got a bear hunt in Idaho the end of May, looking for a good head lamp to use around camp. I know absolutely nothing about them. Thanks.
    Tom
     
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    I just bought a Petzl e+Litea few weeks ago and love it. It takes a coin battery, lasts for days on high power, has red and flashing lights, and weighs next to nothing.

    It is only 50 lumen on high but I find that'd plenty for around the camp.
     
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    I like the suggestion @travis.winegar made. My complaints with my last head lamp for around camp were. To bright to look at another person without blinding them. No red light feature and two AA's that made it heavy. It sounds like his suggestion has all those covered.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Right now Moosejaw has the Petzl e-Lite at the cheapest with shipping.
     
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    I just purchased a Princeton Tec Vizz Professional series . Not for gram counters but it has a dimmer feature by hold down the power button . And it's 225 blinding lumens of circuited led on high , it also has a red light setting .
     
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    I have nothing but good things to say about Petzl lights. I currently use an Active Core light that is light, incredibly bright, and rechargeable. I use it around home and on the trails pretty often.

    My wife uses a Petzl Tikkina, which was much cheaper, but she is very happy with it. We night hike once every other month or so which is a pretty good test of a headlamp.
     
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    I have the Black Diamond Spot. It doesn’t totally suck socks but can’t think of a reason to recommend it. So, don’t get that.
     
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    I can only add that my choice is to get one that can run on Lithium Battery's, which most do now.
    They last longer, work better when cold and if forgotten in your light for a few years,
    they won't corrode and weld themselves to your light.
    I also like a single AA for my head light.
    Lithium AA.
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    Lithium AAA
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    They cost a bit more so probably not for the kids to play with, but would work well for a Bear Hunt.
    Good Luck.
     
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    Your typical coin battery, like the CR2032 used by the Petzl I recommended, are lithium and have the added advantage of being super light.
     
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    Petzl definitely makes a good headlamp. I prefer AAA for batteries.
     
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    Have to agree here. The extra wide beam will light up an entire campsite really easily.

    Mine has seen 1,000's of hours of use.
     
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    I now have 2 that run on AA and have been looking at 1 that runs on 18650
    Very solid lights
     
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    I have to say that the new black diamond spot 325 is a freakin home run of a headlamp. White flood, spot, red flood and spot, dimmable, lockable, flashing modes, turns back on to last setting, one tap max brightness, over 600 hours in low, over 300 hours on high. Uses 3 aaa.

    Freaking awesome. I have alot of headlamps and this is now the only one i use.
     
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    I use head lamps all the time in pretty extreme low temperatures. My son got me the Petzl Tikka XP for Christmas and it’s performed well. It’s got more features than I really need, but it’s perfect for outdoor use in the perpetual Alaska winter darkness trying to fix or adjust machinery. My other one I’ve used for a couple of years is the Black Diamond Spot headlamp. It has a lot of the same features as the Petzl but is less expensive. If your in a tent, you’ll probably just need something around 100 lumens. If you get something adjustable, then you should be set. The black diamond spot is about $32 on Amazon, and I couldn’t see the need to spend any more than that.
     
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    I'll likely replace my Black Diamond Spot with a Petxl eLite.
     
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    I have two headlamps, a Black Diamond Spot and a Petzl Tikkina.
    I consider both of them to be pretty good, but I like the Black Diamond a little bit more because it has a battery level indicator on it. It gets used very often, so it is nice knowing that I'm not charging off into the darkness with a weak battery.
     
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    I have cheap headlamps from Walmart. They run on 3AAA and last a long time. I have an Energizer, which has red, blue, and several layers of brightness. Some other kinds too, but I think that most I paid was less than $20.00. I use only Rayovac batteries and during the winter months I use my headlight at least a couple of hours a day.

    I would highly recommend these. :)
     
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    I have a Fenix headlamp that runs on one AA battery. It's in a sturdy aluminum case.

    I like it except that it turns on in the brightest setting rather than the dimmest. That's the only thing I wish was different.
     
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    I love my Black Diamonds. I'm not sure what model it is but it has a dimming wide angle and spotlight, as well as the red light function and strobe. The band adjustment also stays secure and doesn't get loose after a while.
     
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    I've used Petzl lamps in the past, but last year I bought a Nitecore NU25. Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2PmIiWY

    I like it because it has a nice wide spread, and has a rechargeable battery with USB charger. I keep it in my truck. It has a separate red light as well, to maintain your night vision. It is very small and lightweight.

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