I Need a Head Lamp! Only the Best, Most rugged Will Do.

redvalkyrie

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I don't know if this is the appropriate forum to ask for recommendations for a head lamp but here goes...

I'm a diehard Malkoff guy as many of you know. However, there are plenty of times when I'm making repairs to the race cars on the side of the road, in the pits, or climbing around nasty places like attics in the blazing Oklahoma summer.

I won't be cave exploring--mostly working within one to five feet of my repair. I "think" I need a nice flood with a long runtime and a neutral color for color rendition--believe it or not but overly blue or green emitters can cause certain automotive chemicals to wash out color wise leaving me to touch, smell, and taste the offending liquid (taste is by far the best indicator of what a liquid is--sweet=antifreeze, oil tastes like oil, brake fluid = bitter, transmission and differential fluid has a pungent odor.)

The Zebralight head lamps have my interest. Are these things meant to take a beating? Any other recommendations spring to mind? A long battery life would be ideal and I have plenty of 18650s, AA Eneloops, CR123s, RCR123s.
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John
 

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Surefire is good of course but is not cheap. They have the Maximus I think there might be some for like $180 or so on the bay. They are 450 warm and 500 lumens cool tint but you don't want cool tint. They take 18650. I would say the most recommended.

Zebralight is good also never had any issues there are many threads here about it. Variety of battery sizes.

Streamlight is another good brand they have 3 different models.

I like Petzl a lot I like their Pixa series I have the Pixa 2 I use it with Eneloop is very good with short and medium range distances. Very tough light.
 
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Woods Walker

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It doesn't get much play but the Fenix HP12 is really put together well. Even has duel springs in the tube. Thick power cable and solid connectors.





 

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Nitecore HC60 Neutral White will do. That was my go to work light for electrical work, but I got it before the neutral white version came out. It fell off my hard hat while I was working on an 8 foot ladder a lot. It never failed. I got in a little trouble when it fell off and damaged the vinyl flooring though. On very hard drops, you may have to retire the battery or use it in lights with springs on both ends. On hard drops, the button top can dent in and then it won't work with the light. Also, it has to use button top protected cells to work. The reverse polarity protection prevents flat top cells from working in the light.
 

redvalkyrie

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Thank you for recommendations but I don't currently own a Nitecore product except for their charger. That works well. I was interested in the Zebralight because of the flood beam and warm to neutral colors from XHP35 and use of 18650 batteries
 

redvalkyrie

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The ability to remove the light from the headband is also quite nice. That said, The Fenix Store is only about a mile from me...maybe I should check it out.
 

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I am very happy with my Zebralight H600Fd and c MKIII's. They have the perfect all around beam profile, are very light, have plenty of modes, have great tints, have been very rugged so far, and you can choose your preferred temp(4000K or 5000K).
 

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Thank you for recommendations but I don't currently own a Nitecore product except for their charger. That works well. I was interested in the Zebralight because of the flood beam and warm to neutral colors from XHP35 and use of 18650 batteries

Maybe you can check the Fenix HL60R when you are visiting the Fenix store? I have one and use it around the stable and I am very happy with it. I can remove the headband and attach it on the tack of my horse.

There are different versions of the HL60R. The latest version has Cree U2 led. Hopefully Fenix will upgrade also some headlamps with XHP's in the future.
 

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..... The Fenix Store is only about a mile from me...maybe I should check it out.
That is very convenient. I have to purchase stuff online and then if I don't like it resell as there is no where to check things out ahead of time before purchasing.

Fenix has a couple of headlamps that are the IP68 rating. They are very reasonable. I picked up a couple of HL25 (Insider Sales discount) and they both had greenish tints. So I replaced the LEDs to my liking and that made a huge improvement towards my liking the headlamp. 3xAAA isn't my favorite but the price was right, so I tolerate it.
 

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Maybe you can check the Fenix HL60R when you are visiting the Fenix store? I have one and use it around the stable and I am very happy with it. I can remove the headband and attach it on the tack of my horse.

There are different versions of the HL60R. The latest version has Cree U2 led. Hopefully Fenix will upgrade also some headlamps with XHP's in the future.

It appears ppears that the HL60R has been discontinued and replaced with the HL55 or HP25R.
 

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That is very convenient. I have to purchase stuff online and then if I don't like it resell as there is no where to check things out ahead of time before purchasing.

It's both a blessing and a curse...but they do have excellent customer service. I'm sure if you had a question you could call your email them and they'd be happy to help. They're not going to push you towards a more expensive light if that's not what you need. They're also reachable via Facebook. Just send them an instant message. Really nice guys. It's "almost" a mom and pops store.
 

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I have two Zebralight headlamps, a AA model and a RCR model, and they both work perfectly. I use both of them daily for outdoor chores after coming home from work (chopping firewood, working in the shop, etc.). Although I do not abuse them, I do use them, and I have yet to have one fail. I really prefer the AA version, because it is light and it is really easy to have a spare or two in your pocket. If you run them on medium, they have a great runtime. On high, they run out pretty fast. I find thier medium setting is plenty of light for most tasks.

Of course, I always have a flashlight in my pocket for those situations in which you need to see further away.
 

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It appears ppears that the HL60R has been discontinued and replaced with the HL55 or HP25R.

Where did you hear this? The HL60R just came out late last year. The other two models you mentioned are older models. The HL60R looks like an ok headlamp and has built in charging but, it is pretty heavy compared to some of its competition and doesn't have any moonlight levels for late night tasks or reading.
 
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I just ordered a hl60r, I have been through many headlamps. I have a hl50 I just bought last week. I like it but wanted longer runtimes. I also had the maximus vision. I didn't like it at all. Tint and beam were nice but it was very heavy. Even heavier then the hl60r, the nonability to change out batteries on it I couldn't get used too. Plus the charging port cover would not stay in. The hl60r is ipx8 rated even if the charging port cover is off..I just hope it isn't too heavy. I got the sand yellow version btw.
 

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Let me know how you like it please. I'm interested in the beam tint--is it really neutral white or cool white? I really need something that is not overly blue. I can live with white and warmer colors but too much blue washes out automotive fluid colors.
 

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If it is anything like my hl50 the tint is nice. Neutral, I'd guess 4500k ish.
 

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I got an Acebeam h20 from vinh upgraded with driver vnx2 and a 219c.
it is bombproof. i've dropped it more than once >12 feet from a ladder onto the concrete and nothing happened. it didnt even flicker. still works great.
 
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