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Mike Burdick
02-14-2015, 09:11 PM
Do you have a recommendation for a good quality headlamp. I'd like it to use AA batteries. Below is a typical picture of what I'm looking for...



http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512kWWrWZGL._AA160_.jpg

danlb
02-14-2015, 11:14 PM
I have a bunch of headlamps in my flashlight collection. I really like this one for quick jobs. The battery only lasts 2 hours when using the white LED, but that's enough for a lot of things. There is a flip up lens that converts it from a beam (good for seeing across the attic) to a flood (great for seeing a wide area). The red light is low power and will last a long time, OK for walking around.

http://www.rayovac.com/lights/outdoor-lights/led-1-watt-1aa-headlight.aspx

http://cdn.spectrumbrands.com/~/media/Rayovac/Images/Products/Lights/Outdoor/SE1WHLT.ashx?bc=white

Another popular choice is the Petzl brand headlamps. Expensive but those with a low power mode will last all day.

Dan

Doozer
02-14-2015, 11:19 PM
How about one that doesn't look DORKY!
Is there one that is good that clips on the brim of a baseball cap????
I bought one, an Energizer brand, was a total piece of crop.

--Doozer

danlb
02-15-2015, 12:12 AM
How about one that doesn't look DORKY!
Is there one that is good that clips on the brim of a baseball cap????
I bought one, an Energizer brand, was a total piece of crop.

--Doozer

I have several of those in my collection too. :) They all have a similar problem. To look good they have to be small and use expensive flat batteries that don't last long unless they are also very low light output. It takes a reflector or optics to give you any kind of focused beam, and that looks dorky to some. Looks cool to me.

Dan

gstprecision
02-15-2015, 07:49 AM
Check Fenix, extremely bright and light.

Fenixlight.com

Davidhcnc
02-15-2015, 08:02 AM
SILVA RANGER HEADLAMP, if available in your country.

RichTes
02-15-2015, 08:41 AM
I have a Brunton that has two additional compartments on the side of the strap that hold two AA each. Has worked fine.
Rich

garyhlucas
02-15-2015, 02:09 PM
I have a hat given me by a pump company with 4 LEDs built into the brim, and the batteries are in the band. I also have an Energizer similar to the first one pictured. It worked quite well when I worked 8 hours cutting the ends off of 1/2" SS bolts on a clarifier in a sewage plant starting at midnight.

flylo
02-15-2015, 05:55 PM
LingsFireŽ Cree XM-L T6 1200LM 3 Mode Zoomable LED Headlamp for Hiking Camping Hunting Night Riding Caving Expedition Powered by 3 x AA Battery (battery not included) (Black)
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I carry a $4 cree AA light that works great & foung a headband made for one that works fine. They light isn't centered as it sits abpve your ear.

JRouche
02-15-2015, 11:57 PM
How about one that doesn't look DORKY!
Is there one that is good that clips on the brim of a baseball cap????
I bought one, an Energizer brand, was a total piece of crop.

--Doozer

Are you kidding me Doozer. Anytime you strap a light to yer "Melon", (Baseball caps especially) is if you are a miner or a dork. We arent miners :)

Just so happens I bought an inexpensive one (Petzl) from amazon. Its ok, not as bright as I would like, but I also didn't buy the one with the extended battery pack. Three AAA batts, one big LED. Two levels of brightness. We shall see, its new, no word yet on likability.. JR

PStechPaul
02-16-2015, 04:21 AM
I bought a Coleman headlamp a while ago, and it works well enough, but it has a couple hundred microamps current drain when turned off, so the batteries are always dead when I want to use it after it's been sitting for a few weeks. I've had good luck buying from this Chinese company, but have no experience with their headlamps.

http://www.banggood.com/buy/Led-headlamp.html

This one looks like the Coleman, but it's only $4:

http://img.banggood.com/thumb/gallery/2014/liaohuijun/12/SKU090610/rgrfv(2).jpg

This one is $27:
http://img.banggood.com/thumb/gallery/2014/liaohuijun/10/SKU1009152BCD/fer(3).jpg

AD5MB
02-16-2015, 09:22 AM
I'm not a miner, but I work in mines. the whole industry uses Cree LEDs:

http://www.ledminingcaplamp.com/photo/pc4963305-underground_wireless_60hz_led_mining_cap_lamp_1w_c ree_sabs_csa_msha.jpg

this thing illuminates the face of a 1250 foot long tunnel from the portal. I use it as a driving light on my motorcycle, it works better than the bike headlight. It spends most of its time clipped to my T shirt, because I do electronics things in the tunnel. it is much more useful than a headlamp.

works for a whole ten hour shift. internal rechargeable batteries.

alanganes
02-16-2015, 10:26 AM
I'm not a miner, but I work in mines. the whole industry uses Cree LEDs:

http://www.ledminingcaplamp.com/photo/pc4963305-underground_wireless_60hz_led_mining_cap_lamp_1w_c ree_sabs_csa_msha.jpg

this thing illuminates the face of a 1250 foot long tunnel from the portal. I use it as a driving light on my motorcycle, it works better than the bike headlight. It spends most of its time clipped to my T shirt, because I do electronics things in the tunnel. it is much more useful than a headlamp.

works for a whole ten hour shift. internal rechargeable batteries.

Interesting. What is the digital readout for on this unit? Do you have a link to info on this model?

I have a Black Diamond "Gizmo" unit ( LINK (http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/headlamps-and-lanterns/gizmo-headlamp-BD620619_cfg.html#start=9) ) that my son got me as a gift. Uses 2 AAA's which are not my favorite for batteries, but is very lightweight and compact and seems to last forever on the lowest setting, while giving decent light on the high setting. Not a long throw light, but a good close-in flood light that is fine for navigating the woods or working on stuff in tight spaces. Inexpensive enough to have a few around as well.

And JR is correct, no avoiding the dork factor. Looking like a dork is just part of getting the job done sometimes...

Rosco-P
02-16-2015, 11:34 AM
This one is $27:
http://img.banggood.com/thumb/gallery/2014/liaohuijun/10/SKU1009152BCD/fer(3).jpg

Special "Gyno" model. Comes with 12v car adapter for emergency deliveries.



I'm not a miner, but I work in mines. the whole industry uses Cree LEDs:

This thing illuminates the face of a 1250 foot long tunnel from the portal. I use it as a driving light on my motorcycle, it works better than the bike headlight. It spends most of its time clipped to my T shirt, because I do electronics things in the tunnel. it is much more useful than a headlamp.

Works for a whole ten hour shift. internal rechargeable batteries.


What's the cost?

Black_Moons
02-16-2015, 11:30 PM
Id love to see an LED flashlight that used a single D cell. Or maybe two if it had too.
D cell = 16AH. Yes *16*
AA cell = 2AH. 1 D cell = 8 AA's!
AAA cell = 1AH.

Keep in mind that is at 1.5v, so if comparing against a lipo powered light, the lipo runs around 3.7v, or 2.4X more power per mAH.

danlb
02-16-2015, 11:41 PM
Id love to see an LED flashlight that used a single D cell. Or maybe two if it had too.
D cell = 16AH. Yes *16*
AA cell = 2AH. 1 D cell = 8 AA's!
AAA cell = 1AH.

Keep in mind that is at 1.5v, so if comparing against a lipo powered light, the lipo runs around 3.7v, or 2.4X more power per mAH.

I have a 3 D cell LED flashlight, circa 2001. It uses 20 (5mm) leds at around 20ma. I left it in the attic once, and it was still shining a week later when I figured out where I'd left it.

Of course, that 2 pound flashlight would be a bit much for a headlamp.

Dan

MichaelP
02-17-2015, 02:44 AM
Interesting. What is the digital readout for on this unit? Do you have a link to info on this model?
Here is what I found: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OOO6WM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A67FFQ1POP4BF

AD5MB
02-17-2015, 07:16 AM
What is the digital readout for on this unit? Do you have a link to info on this model?

state of charge, time, date; ~$45 - $135; search for Cree miners lamp on eBay

Kiwi
02-17-2015, 05:01 PM
Led lenser light on the head very good light long battery life

flametamer
02-18-2015, 02:27 PM
http://www.brightguy.com/find/what%5B0%5D=headlamps&battery_type%5B0%5D=AA/

I would recommend looking at headlamps that use CR123 batteries instead. Yes, they cost a little more(they are cheaper online) but they run brighter and last longer.

Dt

Black_Moons
02-18-2015, 02:50 PM
http://www.brightguy.com/find/what%5B0%5D=headlamps&battery_type%5B0%5D=AA/

I would recommend looking at headlamps that use CR123 batteries instead. Yes, they cost a little more(they are cheaper online) but they run brighter and last longer.

Dt
CR123 Typical capacity: 1500mAH (lithium non rechargable), 700mAH (Li–ion rechargeable)
Note thats at 3v and 3.5v respectively, so a CR123 gives 4.5WH while a AA gives 3WH, Not exactly a huge improvement
Checking on ebay I see lithium CR123's for $2.50 each while AA's iv bought locally for $0.30 each on a good deal, but 0.50 each is pretty common if you find a bargin store.

That said, you can likely get more peak current out of a CR123, but then I bet a D cell would still kick its ass given D cells are *16* AH for $1~ each.

Rosco-P
02-18-2015, 03:06 PM
That said, you can likely get more peak current out of a CR123, but then I bet a D cell would still kick its ass given D cells are *16* AH for $1~ each.

Button cells?? I'll pass on that.

Agreed!. A D cell headlamp would be kick ^ss for burn time, but a little heavy for a headlamp unless you revert to the old miners style that used 4 D cell in a belt battery pack.

RichTes
02-19-2015, 09:55 AM
There's a Fenix on sale now:

http://slickdeals.net/f/7674020-fenix-led-products-ld15-117-lumens-flashlight-20-hl21-97-lumens-headlamp-17-60-free-shipping?page=3&rpid=74392506#comments