Easy Guide

Choose & Buy the best Headlamp


When you're setting up a tent at night, running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Most of the headlights today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source, as they are durable, energy-efficient and long-lasting.
So, How do you know what to buy? There are several main variables that differentiate headlamps. Here we review the top offers in avilable, based on your needs and wallet size.

Best Pick: Black Diamond Spot

If you're planning on a night activity, the Black Diamond Spot gives you the best features you may need (a very bright beam and long-lasting battery) and the least of the features you don't really need, for a very reasonable price. it is quite light in terms of weight and packable, as well as waterproof and dustproof. It also comes with a red LED to allow better night vision. A few extras are packed in, too, including a fully dimmable beam, a battery indicator light, and a way to lock the button so the light doesn't turn on in your bag by mistake.
Is it perfect? for sure no. but if you look at the other options in the market, it represents the best cost to gain ratio. The single on/off switch, which you also use to control all the other functions, is sometimes frustrating, and the light itself can sometime be less concentrated than needed (but honestly, if this is your focus you should select one of the more expensive options).

Best Price: Vitchelo V800

The Vitchelo V800 is not a known brand, therefore its very attractive price, but if you don't really care about that then this product offers a great solution for a bargain price. The separate buttons the V800 has for its red and white LEDs are very easy to operate, and present a unique advantage on other products.
This headlamp is bright, really easy to use, lightweight, and - as already said - very cheap.

Best Rechagable: Black Diamond Revolt

for those of you that hike or use this kind of headlights often, then having the option to recharge the light is very important. looking at the other options avilable, we believe that the Black Diamond ReVolt is the most reliable option, with the best light quality and ray length. Also, it can operate on AAAs battery if the rechargeable battery happens to die with no USB outlet near, a feature that most other rechargeable headlamps do not have.

Best light quality: Coast FL75 Dual Color

This product is the best when it comes to light quality. It has both a red LED and a white one, with a different button for each, so switching between modes is really easy and quick.
This light is very bright (405-lumen), and while most products with this powerful beam require hugh batteries that run-out very quickly,the FL75 runs on standart AAAs and can go for two hours on high and up to 12 hours on low, much longer than other products in this category.

Further reading

we invite you to check out our cool guides on How to read a Topographic Map to learn how to navigate and survive in the wild; and on How to choose the best Compass to complete your hiking set!

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