It looked like Biglots has upgraded its $6 zong xing 50 lpw 1 watt to a cree 3 watt. At $10 for two, I couldn't pass it up. The head band even proudly says cree!
Alas, it appears to me that BigLots got scammed. The led doesn't look like any Cree I own. Kinda looks like an xpc knock off (which is not 3 watt). But not quite. (I cannot get good photo that isn't blurry yet of it.) The led is run at 270 ma with alkaline and 200 ma with nimh (no where near 3 watts). The nimh drive level is pretty dim. Comparing it (using alkaline) with my lux 1 Brinkman (the first led hl I liked, for lux.), it doesn't have as much throw, but probably more spill; and, the color makes the sickly lux 1 look warm (yikes!). Comparing it with the $13 home depot xpc rayovac: There is no comparison, the xpc is warmer and throwier (the xpc Rayovac even comes with an 8 hour/100 ma setting, useful for painting and comparable to the lux1, throw.)
What led is this? I don't think it can be considered better than the zhong zing. Probably, on par. It does have a low power white (very dim compared to 50 ma lows on the Defiant xpg) and a red. I think the low power led is run at about 100 ma (Why not eliminate these low power/low efficient leds and add that setting to the more efficient, high power emitter?). Also, I remember 2 years ago, the old $6 AAA (also sold at Homedepot) zongshing led head light was run at two non useful level for runtime: like, 430 MA and 230 on low, or such.
My recommendations is: If you need a cheap brick and mortor light now, buy the $17 Defiant xpg R3 (floody/neutral, but useful throw for for 4 hours with sanyos), or buy the Rayvac xpc $13 (warm/throwy) with very good throw for 1.5 hours and useful low for 8 hours. ... This biglots "cree" light is only good for kids (For camping, it may be better than the $2.50 1 AA, because of its high power led, in some instances.); and it would make a good gift for the non flashaholic that you wish to stay unenlightened (or you know their brain probably will never care if they see well indoors or outside at night). For example, my wife (who is no flashaholic) borrowed it for reading last night; I had to spend 10 minutes to find it this morning.
Still, my curiousity rages: what led is in this light? Thus, urge someone to buy two for $10, tell me what led this really is, and give it to someone you love who would be impressed with 2005!