CREE headlight, need identification

Mr Floppy

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Can anyone identify this head lamp?:
http://www.jaycar.com.au/products_uploaded/productLarge_11292.jpg

Its marketed as:
Weatherproof 130 Lumen CREE® Head Torch

• Output: Hi - 130 lumens
Lo - 80 lumens
• Requires 3 x AAA batteries

Thats about it. No other name on it. Other than "made in china", theres no other bit of information that is useful from it.

I could just buy it and see I guess.
 

nzbazza

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Probably junk

I saw the same headlamp at Jaycar in NZ and wasn't overly impressed with the build quality although with fresh batteries it is bright. I suspect the quoted are bulb lumens so torch lumens are likely to be around 80lm and 55lm respectively. 3AAA delivering 130lm would equal an incredibly short runtime. Even the ""low"" level of 80lm I would think would be lucky to last 3-4hrs
 

Yucca Patrol

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There is really no good quality headlamp with a 3xAAA battery configuration that I know of.
 

mdocod

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That's pretty vague.

You're right, it is pretty vague.

The "probably" part wasn't specific enough, lol...

As has been indicated, there are a FEW 3xAAA headlamps worth turning your head for, but MOST of them, are garbage, and that pretty much applies to all 3AAA handhelds as well. Again, there are some gems in the rough, but the AAA platform does not make much sense to standardize on even if the headlamp or handheld is designed well. A single AA cell contains roughly the same juice as 3AAA cells, why waste the space even if it is a well built light?

If you don't know much about a light, but do know that it takes 3xAAA batteries, it is a valuable piece of information to know, that lights designed around this battery configuration are often designed as such in order to simplify the electronic requirements within the light itself. It's an "easy" shortcut that requires no regulation circuit to drive LEDs. Yes, there are a few out there that are exceptions to this rule, but then you have to ask "why 3xAAA when it could be 1xAA"...

Maybe I just hate AAA cells... hehe

Eric
 

SureAddicted

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Cool, thanks for the write up.
Seeing as your the GURU around here when it comes to circuitry/batteries you do have more knowledge on the subject than moi.
If there's one 3 AAA light I like, its mine...lol. :p
 

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