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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    the design looks a lot like this pelican:
    http://pelican.com/lights_detail_spe...?recordID=2670
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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Quote Originally Posted by crislight01 View Post
    the design looks a lot like this pelican:
    http://pelican.com/lights_detail_spe...?recordID=2670

    That unit does look like the one at Costco. However, the Pelican uses 3AAA not 3AA batteries. In addition, the Pelican 2670 has an output of only 22 lumens (versus the Rayovac's claimed 85 lumens), obviously a prior generation of LED.

    There isn't a lot of reason to have a rear battery pack for a 3AAA headlamp, as far as I can see. The Pelican unit would not run for very long, and the mass of straps, cables, and housing make it cumbersome to use.

    Costco's (item 185790) Rayovac headlamp (LUX3AAHDLT-B) sells for just under $16 plus tax. It appears to be the same as the headlamp on Rayovac's web site (http://www.rayovac.com/flashlight/lux3aahdlt-b.shtml), but the Costco packaging is silver/blue instead of silver/green.


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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Rear battery pack ==> wearing a hood keeps the batts warm in cold weather w/o using Li batts is perhaps what you meant by "There isn't a lot of reason" (implies that there is some reason, to my way of thinking and you're right if that's what you meant).

    other than that observation, i'm with you; 3xAAA is light enough to be up front.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Pretty impressive light. Having never seen this thread, I picked one up today for $14.50 plus tax. Seems to be a 3W Luxeon. Also blows away a Cree 1XAA I paid $15 for through Kaidomain that claims 60 Lumens. This headlamp seems to put out an entire order of magnitude more light though the beam is less disciplined than the Cree.

    What really impresses me is the build quality, the several levels of light, and most amazing is the color. Comparing it side by side with a fresh Wolf Eyes Explorer Cree 4 Level, the Cree washes things out but this thing seems more akin to natural sunlight. What that seemed to mean to my eyes was I could pick out more details like a moth on a distant fencepost with the headlamp I had not even noticed during my comparison. The same moth is very tough to distinguish with the Cree.

    Anyhow, not meaning to say this thing is going to win any awards in terms of perfection, but it's worth twice what I paid.

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    Default Steal of an LED headlamp at Costco for $15.

    Just picked up a "High Beam" head mounted 3W Luxeon light by Rayovac (I know, I know...). Claims 85 lumens, but when I compare it to my Wolf Eyes Explorer Cree with 170 lumens, frankly the Rayovac is startlingly bright. It is also a much more natural output, allowing better ability to pick out details like a moth on a distant fencepost that is much more difficult to spot with the brighter WE light. And it's also full of thoughtful details, weatherproof, has a separate rear red LED, has 4 levels of light output. Did I mention it was only $15?...

    Anyhow, thought the LED crowd should be aware of this one - Costco.


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    That sounds great! I think that would fit my needs and wants (and wallet) very well indeed!

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    Default Re: Steal of an LED headlamp at Costco for $15.

    I didn't see it on Friday. But I'll take a look at another CostCo this week. What batteries does it take? Maybe it can have the LED swapped.

    Bradley

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    Default Re: Steal of an LED headlamp at Costco for $15.

    WoW, thats a steal

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    Here's a thread with more talk about it.
    (Link removed, like threads merged - Thanks)
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    Default Re: Steal of an LED headlamp at Costco for $15.

    It is a 3XAA light. Truly an excellent deal. Flat out kicks butt in output, real world usability and construction.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Quote Originally Posted by ve7mdt View Post
    (he does not own anything above a 3W Luxeon)
    Considering that last year the 3w Lux was king, he's still pretty current.

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    Default Re: Steal of an LED headlamp at Costco for $15.

    saw that at costco yesterday too... in fresno cali...

    its a k2 luxeon... i'd wish it was just 2AA...
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    Yeah I saw that a couple of weeks ago and passed on it, figured I had blown the monthly flashlight budget on my Sam's HID.

    Guess I know what is up next month.....
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    Default Re: Steal of an LED headlamp at Costco for $15.

    This will make an awesome gift for a few friends that love camping. Thanks for the heads-up!

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    Default RayOVac Highbeam headlamp at Costco

    We do not usually have need for a headlamp unit. However, these RayOVac Highbeam headlamps were found at Costco at about $15.00 to $16.00. The price was too good to pass up on.

    It uses 3 AA batteries housed in a hard plastic container that is worn at the rear of the head strap. The plastic encased headlamp LED has four settings: High, Medium, Low, and a flashing “strobe” that is relatively slow and most likely intended as a signal. The rear housing has a rear facing red LED that is either steady or flashing.

    The high setting for the headlamp is very bright and the device will tilt downward with several click adjustments to apparently allow for illumination directly in front of a walking or bicycling path. The elastic strap goes around the “brim” of the head with a center support strap over the top center of the head. They are adjustable. The strap appears to be sturdy but I am not very familiar with elastic strap headbands.

    Overall this appears to be a great headlamp at a great price but again I must confess to not much experience with headlamps. Will use these in the field when applicable and will advise…











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    Default Re: RayOVac Highbeam headlamp at Costco

    Nice pics... (just got mine a few days ago). Pretty narrow beam--and the 100%/50%/25% beam settings are not a big spread in power. So far, works very well.

    The main thread for the Rayovac/Costco headlamp is (link removed - threads merged, thanks Bill, Sigman)

    -Bill
    Last edited by Sigman; 07-25-2007 at 09:31 PM. Reason: Removed link & merged threads.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    In my review (post #11) above, I mentioned an anomaly in the switch where the first press to turn the light on did not do anything. That still has not changed.

    I went for a walk (probably more to use my headlamp than for the health benefits) last night. I was using low for about ten minutes. Then I decided to use high (for about 20 minutes) to test heat buildup. The air temperature was about 60 degrees. Very few signs of any warmth were detected in LED front housing.

    A new problem arose then. The switch sequence repeatedly became Off-High-Medium-Strobe-Off-High-Medium-Strobe... The Low setting had vanished!

    However, tonight the switch sequence is Off-Off-High-Medium-Low-Strobe-Off-Off-High-Medium-Low-Strobe...

    Obviously, I will have to watch for a thermal problem with the switch. I also will have to open the second unit and test that one, too.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    My headlamp switch also has some interesting behaviors too...

    It seems that if it has been off for awhile (much longer than a few seconds), it takes two clicks to turn on. And if it has been on for a few seconds--one click turns it off. If I cycle quickly, then it just goes through the modes Off-H-M-L-S-Off-H-M-L-S...

    I would guess that this is just a "non-linear" user interface (a good thing).

    Extra click required for "first on" to help prevent accidental turn on in pack--And a nice "use it a bit, and one click off" (starts single click on to High next click).

    I have not used it enough yet to see any other issues with heat.

    -Bill

    PS: Rear RED LED lamp switch appears to have no special modes (off-on-blink-off...)...

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    Oops...

    If a moderator would like to move this to the original thread that would be OK with me. I did a search but only came up with a thread about a multi color RayOVac headlamp...

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    I picked one up recently, but I think I might go back and grab one more before they sell out. Cant beat the price. And its plenty bright.

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    Default Re: RayOVac Highbeam headlamp at Costco

    It's exactly like the RR 3AA K2 Headlight sold at target but Costco is a lot cheaper. target sells it for $24.99 I remember.

    Good deal and good headlight. It is spot only, not much flood. Long runtime on low (> 16 hours). Get's really hot when run on max for 5 minutes or more.
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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Quote Originally Posted by crislight01 View Post
    the design looks a lot like this pelican:
    http://pelican.com/lights_detail_spe...?recordID=2670
    Looks like the same light is being sold by multiple brands. River Rock, Rayovac and Pelican.
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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    I have 2 of the River Rock versions. None of the Costcos near me in the northeast had any Ray-O-Vacs.

    I mounted the lights on bike helmets for my son and I. 3 black zipties secured the headlamps to the helmets like they were made for them! The focused beam is very well suited for riding on trails at night and the rear LED helps drivers to see you on the road. Even at $25 each, these lights are a great value especially if you use them for biking.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Quote Originally Posted by ltiu View Post
    Looks like the same light is being sold by multiple brands. River Rock, Rayovac and Pelican.
    yes must be a chinese made sold by multiple brands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BB View Post
    Nice pics... (just got mine a few days ago). Pretty narrow beam--and the 100%/50%/25% beam settings are not a big spread in power. So far, works very well.

    The main thread for the Rayovac/Costco headlamp is here.

    -Bill
    Bill, which Costco? They are not available in the East Bay yet.

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    Default Re: RayOVac Highbeam headlamp at Costco

    Mike,

    I think it was in the Foster City one--If not, it was in the South San Francisco one on EL Camino Real (in the tool/flashlight area)... I try and go by and check tomorrow and let you know if the FC still has them.

    You can also go to any Costco and have them check stock in nearby stores with the Item Number too.

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    Default Re: RayOVac Highbeam headlamp at Costco

    Checked--Foster City, SSF, and Redwood City--and only the Redwood City Costco showed stock (3PM 50 units). 4PM, two less (me), appear to have a around 40-45 on the floor in the tool/flashlight section.

    -Bill
    Last edited by BB; 07-25-2007 at 11:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BB View Post
    Checked--Foster City, SSF, and Redwood City--and only the Redwood City Costco showed stock (3PM 50 units). 4PM, two less ( me), appear to have a around 40-45 on the floor in the tool/flashlight section.

    -Bill
    Thanks. Vallejo and Tracy also has them. The other stores in the Bay Area should have them petty soon.

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    Default Re: RayOVac Highbeam headlamp at Costco

    dangit... wish they'd carry these at Sam's Clubs. We don't have a Costco in the entire state.
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    Default Re: Anyone know what the LED headlamp at Costco is? (possibly Rayovac brand)

    Merged like threads...
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