Best headlamp under $50

Erik88

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I'm new here but I love flashlights. What headlamp would you all recommend for under $50? If it helps I plan on using it for camping.
 

zare34

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I use coast Led Lenser , 7497 headlamp. Puts out about 170 lumens at full power
and is dim-able . Also the beam is adjustable from a flood to spot. It runs on 3 AAA
batteries.
 

robostudent5000

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if you want to just use alkalines, I think the Princeton Tec EOS is your best bet under $50. it has a nice, smooth beam that's great for the outdoors. it's reliable, is regulated, and has reasonable runtimes on alkalines. should be able to find the latest 70 lumen model for around $35 on brightguy.com.

if you want to use 123s, there aren't that many options for under $50. Streamlight Argo HP uses 2 123s, is built like a tank, and costs about $30, but the beam's tiny hotspot limits its usefulness. Princeton Tec Remix Pro uses a single 123 and costs about $50, but if you're gonna spend $50 for a Remix Pro, you might as well spend $14 more and get a Zebra H31w. the Zebra is very nice and very versatile
 

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I think the Black Diamond Spot which is $40 at REI is fine for camping. If you want an even flood with no hotspot (and therefore no throw) it may not be for you but it's what I use for most things outdoors (hiking, climbing,camping). It runs on 3 AAA's.
 

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Zebralight has the H31w on sale now for $49 with free shipping. Best deal on a great single cell HL anywhere. It's already neutral too, so no need to mod it for best outdoor depth perception.
 
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srfreddy

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Zebralight has the H31w on sale now for $49 with free shipping. Best deal on a great single cell HL anywhere. It's already neutral too, so no need to mod it for best outdoor depth perception.

Yes, thats why I asked. Very good headlamp. The H31Fw throws less, but is better for camp,and hiking in general if you carry a throw light.
 

Blindasabat

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I like the EOS, but would like it better if it was not 3AAA and came on low first instead of high. Every turn on is a triple click to get to low. I still have mine and use it often because it have upgraded it to high CRI SSC P4 and a medium optic - a combination perfect for camping, but I see 3AAA as a less reliable or convenient power source. But thankfully it is not PWM, the downfall of many cheap HLs with low levels. The EOS is a great first 'good' HL with repectable performance and CPF cred.
Definitely the EOS. I love this headlamp... it is technically extremely well-executed and also a joy to use.
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I like the EOS, but would like it better if it was not 3AAA and came on low first instead of high. Every turn on is a triple click to get to low. I still have mine and use it often because it have upgraded it to high CRI SSC P4 and a medium optic - a combination perfect for camping, but I see 3AAA as a less reliable or convenient power source. But thankfully it is not PWM, the downfall of many cheap HLs with low levels. The EOS is a great first 'good' HL with repectable performance and CPF cred.
I don't mind the 3AAA aspect too much. What I like about the EOS, you nailed it: excellent regulation, good performance, no PWM (a big issue for me) and well-balanced for the outdoors. It's also been reliable and waterproof for me. I do agree that starting on high is a weak point on the EOS but the rest of it is so good I'm willing to forgive it.
 
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