CE Tech headlamp (2x 5mm white, 1x 5mm red LED - 3xAAA) - Quick Overview, with Video

selfbuilt

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Saw these at a local Home Depot here in Canada - 2-pack of 2 white/1 red LED headlamps - for only $5.

For that price, I thought I'd give them a try. :whistle:

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From left to right: 1xAAA Duraloop, CE Tech headlamp, Petzl Tikka XP 2, Petzl Tikka XP, Zebralight SC30.

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That last pic shows the feature I was most impressed with - you can angle the head down to suit your needs. The hinge has ridges, so the light stays firmly angled at about 6-7 different possible stops. :thumbsup:

Here's a few shots with the LEDs illuminated:

Red:

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White:

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And a lower exposure:

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Here's a video showing my handling of the units:



Video was recorded in 720p, but YouTube defaults to 360p. Once the video is running, you can click on the 360p icon in the lower right-hand corner, and select the higher 480p to 720p options, or even run full-screen.

Some random thoughts:

The lights come with actual alkaline batteries. When I saw the Eveready labels, I was thinking they'd be the much lower energy-density cells - carbon-zinc "general purpose" or zinc-chloride "heavy duty". But verifying the model number, those are actual alkalines (i.e. zinc–manganese dioxide). In my quick inpomptu testing, they did about as well as my usual Duracell alkalines. :thumbsup:

The headband is basic, but it is adjustable and does have decent elastic properties. There is even a soft pad at the base the headlamp unit, which should ease pressure on your forehead.

As previously mentioned, the front of the unit is angle-adjustable, and you can position the head down to suit your needs. The hinge stops were firm enough that the light stayed firmly angled during my simple head-shake testing. :twak:

Output on red is quite reasonable (constant output), and the dual-white output is surprisingly bright (for the price, that is ;)). The white mode is definitely brighter than a couple of typical coin squeeze lights.

The reported ANSI FL-1 specs on the packaging are reasonable (i.e. 8 lumens, 20hr runtime to 10%, etc). My lightbox reports initial activation of ~11 estimated lumens. And no, I do not plan to do runtimes! :rolleyes:

There seems to be a number of possible bundles of these on display at Home Depot right now (i.e. some include multiples of AA or AAA-based multi-5mm handhelds, etc.). Given the apparent quality, I went back to pick up more to hand out as stocking-stuffers this Xmas. :santa:

Anyway, that's about it - I don't plan to do any detailed testing, just thought you might find the info useful. Please see the video for more detailed commentary on the lights. :wave:
 
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Re: CE Tech headlamp (2x 5mm white LED, 1x 5mm red LED) - Quick Overview, with Video

cool. thanks for the review selfbuilt. it's nice to know that there is an affirmative answer to whether any sub $5 headlamps are good enough to gift, which was a question asked in another thread.
 

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Re: CE Tech headlamp (2x 5mm white LED, 1x 5mm red LED) - Quick Overview, with Video

Thanks selfbuilt!

Does it look like these would survive a rain drizzle?

Also, is the red led constant? I remember reading on one of the headlamp packages, that the red was for "flashing signal." It'd be awesome if they were constant instead.

(sorry, can't view YT right now)
 

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cool. thanks for the review selfbuilt. it's nice to know that there is an affirmative answer to whether any sub $5 headlamps are good enough to gift, which was a question asked in another thread.
I would say they are reasonable for gifting ... and special bonus, there's a built-in backup if you gift the whole blister-sealed 2-pack. ;)

Does it look like these would survive a rain drizzle?
There is no o-ring around battery compartment (and the packaging says "dry location use only") - but I would expect these would be fine for a brief period in a light drizzle.

Also, is the red led constant? I remember reading on one of the headlamp packages, that the red was for "flashing signal." It'd be awesome if they were constant instead.
Yes, the red is constant on. :thumbsup: One of my big gripes with most inexpensive headlamps that use red LEDs is they are often blink-only. :shakehead
 

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Great find! I think I will pick a few up for gifting. I know people expect me to give out lights (I did quite a few years ago) so this is a fun little stocking stuffer.
 

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If I could find lights like these locally at those prices I'd buy a bunch as give-aways. Here in Australia they would probably cost 3 or 4 times as much, which is why I buy almost all my lights on-line.
 

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If I could find lights like these locally at those prices I'd buy a bunch as give-aways. Here in Australia they would probably cost 3 or 4 times as much, which is why I buy almost all my lights on-line.
Likewise hear in Canada (well, maybe twice as much :rolleyes:) - which is why I was surprised to find them so cheaply in a big-box store.

Interestingly, I note they are not available for online purchase. The website lists other bundles of these headlamps with additional handhelds, but I didn't see any displays of them in my local stores (and again, also not available for sale online). :shrug:
 

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Thanks for the great review!

I have had good luck (on similar energizer headlamps) with bead-blasting the plastic lens to spread the beam about double and eliminate the beam artifacts. This mod makes these little 5mm type inexpensive headlamps much better for close-up work. (Of course spraying the lens with frosted glass spray would also work.)
 

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If I could find lights like these locally at those prices I'd buy a bunch as give-aways. Here in Australia they would probably cost 3 or 4 times as much, which is why I buy almost all my lights on-line.

Greg, not sure how much the postage would be but if you want, I'd be more than happy to go buy a bunch, take 'em out of packaging, and mail them to you. PM me with your email if you'd like.
 

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I would say they are reasonable for gifting ... and special bonus, there's a built-in backup if you gift the whole blister-sealed 2-pack. ;)


There is no o-ring around battery compartment (and the packaging says "dry location use only") - but I would expect these would be fine for a brief period in a light drizzle.


Yes, the red is constant on. :thumbsup: One of my big gripes with most inexpensive headlamps that use red LEDs is they are often blink-only. :shakehead


Very cool!! Is there a blinky mode option too?
 
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