Hi guys, I am looking for a decent headlight for occasional use and would welcome any recommendations you might have please? I am looking for something of decent quality that is relatively light in weight and that has a decent light output.
Two models I have read about that seem to fit the bill are the Petzl Tikka XP2 (apparently discontinued but still available if you search around) and the Black Diamond Spot headlight. Both of these have good write ups. I am looking for something up to around the £50 mark.
Incidentally, I have read with interest that the manufacturers of the vast majoritory of headlights go on to make claims on the packaging of run times that are highly misleading to say the least. They will quote a max lumen brightness or beam distance and by the side of this put a max run or burn time.
What they conveniently neglect to mention is that the when the maximum burn/ run time is measured, the headlight might only be giving out little more than candle light!.... Hence the appearance of a massively long burn time. In reality the actual burn time at maximum light output might be, as in the case of either of the above, less than a tenth of that stated or even less.. Ie 5-6 hours from 3 AAA batteries, when a max burn / run time of 70 hours or more has been stated.
Indeed the maximum beam distance measured is usually done within 1 minute of fitting brand new batteries...Beam distance degrades rapidly with battery life and can be down by 30% after just a couple of hours of use. The manufacturers having taken measurements that conform to an "agreed" set of specifications then appear to have become inventive with the way this information is displayed and all done without actually breaking the law regarding false advertising.
Rant over.... Recommendations would be greatly appreciated guys.
looking at the Petzl Tikka XP2, they are pretty hard to track down as they are apparently now discontinued, I have found a very good price online if anyone is looking for one. Try joe brown shops, they have them reduced to £29 from £45 ... As long as you don't mind the colour being orange! Postage is free on orders of £30 plus. So you could also order a £2 SPORK ( a cross between a spoon and a fork, to get the free postage)
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