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    Default Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    I just joined Search & Rescue and I need to buy a headlamp. I don't know much about headlamps and I thought i'd ask you pro's.

    What's a good LED head lamp that is bright and gets at least 4+ hours of battery time and does not cost more then $100.00?

    Thanks in advance for helping a newbie!!! Your valuable input could help save lives, thanks!

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Not an expert, but I have got headlamp from,

    Zebralight H600 US$89

    Spark ST6-460NW ard US$99

    But for your requirement of 4+ hrs, u may need spare batteries I believe.

    For H600 :-Light Output
    • High: H1 420Lm with 750Lm turbo in the first 3 min (2.3 hrs) or H2 170Lm (7 hrs) / 270Lm (4 hrs) / 420Lm (2.4 hrs) / 4Hz Strobe
    • Medium: M1 65Lm (18 hrs) or M2 21Lm (50 hrs)
    • Low: L1 2.8Lm (280 hrs) or L2 0.1Lm (80 days)
    • Runtimes are tested using Panasonic NCR18650 (2900mAH) batteries. Light output are out the front (OTF) values. All levels are current regulated.

      H600 have spot & H600F froasted lens model to choose from.

      For Spark ST6-500CW :-

      Super: 500lm/1.4hours
      Max: 320lm/2.5hours
      Med1: 150lm/8hours
      Med2: 50lm/28hours
      Low: 8lm/8days

      ST6 came with changeable clear & diffused lens.

      ST6 able to accept reverse battery polarity, meaning it doesn't matter u slide in the battery top or end first, it will just work, especially changing battery in a rush & dark area.
      Hope this help, or wait for some expert to chime in
    Last edited by iron potato; 05-03-2012 at 03:58 AM.
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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    The ZebraLight and Spark are nice headlamps, but they use 18650 Li-ion batteries. These require special chargers and special handling.

    If you just want to use regular AA batteries, I would look at the Princeton Tec Apex.

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Does it have to be a headlight?
    The Fenix headband + your choice of light is still a good system.

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Well known in Europe Scandinavian brand Silva: http://silva.se/all-gear

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Fenix hp11

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    I recently got the spark st6-500cw. I ran a test at work

    With the light on high (220 lumen) I got 4 hrs and 5 minutes on a 2600ma ultrafire battery. This was on a battery fresh out of the charger. 18650 batteries.

    It is easy to carry extra batteries along. 1 extra battery will get you all night...or a couple of batteries will let you run turbo for a long time too. The light runs on turbo with out overheating continuously...a great feature.

    Be aware the light seems more like 400 lumens....but this is partly because the light has a strong spill and a decent bright center area. You will still want a powerful flashlight along with a headlamp. We are talking bright light to 100 feet...and longer distance if it's real dark.

    This is a very good quality light. Just be aware the some of the longer high capacity batteries can be too tight a fit. The end cap has a strong spring in each end- and the longer batteries can put a bit of a strain on the battery end.

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Personally, I would look at something from either Black Diamond, Princeton Tec, or Silva. These are the lights used by experienced mountaineering people. The Apex is a good choice, I have the extreme model with the external battery pack. It is my preferred outdoors light, but it's a bit too much for everyday around the house use. For that I just ordered a BD Spot.

    I should ask...Do you want... No battery pack, battery pack on back of head, external battery pack?
    Do you need a flashing mode?
    Do you think you would want Red LEDs?
    Do you want to use AA, AAA, Lithiums, NiMh (rechargeable)

    Answering these questions should help us narrow the field.

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    What is the best value for money waterproof headlamp with red light under $40 USD?

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    I agree with Lighthouse_one (but I disagree with the use of ultrafires). I have no experience in Search and Rescue, but I've come to understand that in the business of S&R you need a light with lots of throw. I might save some money for a good flashlight. Also, you might want both your headlamp and flashlight to use same battery type. Do you already have a flashlight?

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Look into the Armytek Wizard and Tiara
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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    I've got the fenix hl55. It sells for less than 60.00, runs on an 18650 or 2 primaries, puts out 900 lumens on turbo. Very well built light and gets lots of use when snowblowing after dusk. The best part is it has a neutral white light. The turbo runs 30 sec then drops into last mode selected. In high mode it still is 450 lumens and runs 3.75 hrs. The other modes run 10hr, 30hr, and 150hr. Compared to what other HL are selling for this is a steal for a high quality light.
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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    Quote Originally Posted by CodyCash View Post
    Look into the Armytek Wizard and Tiara
    I would have recommended these lights too based on my experience in daily use, but I'm not sure what the OP is looking for. These headlamps are not throwers, so a throwier flashlight might be needed for S&R.

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    Default Re: Brightest LED Headlamp w/ good battery time?

    I think that Search and Rescue task needs to be broken down into a Search light and a Rescue light. A headlamp light will probably be used mostly for making preps to do the search and the actual rescue so hands are free. It can also be used for going to and from the search area. The Search part is probably going to be done with a much, much, brighter handheld light with a lot of throw vs the close quarters work that the rescue portion of the task probably requires.

    I use the Armytek Wizard Pro daily. Its beam is great for doing searches at a closer range, such as inside of a structure, a cave, or even in a place with dense foliage where distance isn't a factor. It has been very reliable and the brightness settings from dimmest to brightest have been very usable for different situations.

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