zillah

Long Range headlamp with two modes flood and focus

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Dear Experts

What do you recommend for a headlamp that has a long range ( 300 m max ,,,more don't mind) and with two modes flood and focus ? obviously bright

Preferable LED but not must

Prices range up to $150 little bit more no issue.

Regards

 

I posted this thread on another forum to have second opinions for your experiences 

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Are you thinking headlights on your boat?

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Posted (edited)

Sorry forgot to mention that

I am thinking to wear it

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I would look at the LED Lenser range. I have a SEO7R. It is perfect for what i use it for. Beach and Boat Fishing. It's light weight, rainproof, easy to use (different modes and adjustable beam), rechargable with the option of putting in AAA batteries if you run out while you're out and don't have a charger. 

I also have a Petzl NEO that is slightly heavier but more comfortable with the head strap arrangement. I use the petzl Neo if im wearing it constantly without taking it off. I use the Led Lenser if i'm using it occasionally and putting it in my pocket in between. 

A few things to think about in detail and what your priorities really are.

What is your application and what are your prioities? Beach/Boat fishing, walking to fishing spots etc? If so then brighter/stronger isn't always better/necessary. The SEO7R is good for this application. Figure out how important weight/comfort are, the SEO7R is very light. 

Do you really need 300m range? Are you spotlighting/hunting/searching with it? If not then the power might be a hinderance, especially for your mates or for close range work. If you do need the range maybe look at the Led Lenser H14R.2. It's a bit heavier but has a full head harness. It is more than your budget (about $220) I have a friend that uses one hunting and likes it.

If your budget is 3.5 times what you stated you can look at the Led Lenser XEO19R. It has 300m range and all the gadgets. I have not seen one in real life.

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I hate using lights at night unless absolutely necessary. They ruin your night vision for ages and I hate it when others around me use them, including headlights on when launching or retrieving boats. IMO it’s better to get your eyes accustomed to the dark. More often than not the moon and stars are enough out on the water. Just sayin’. 😎

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Wow that's a nice detailed reply @Captain Spanner.... I have learnt a fair bit from that.

I find a headlamp useful loading the boat at night or hooking up the trailer etc. For that I use a Bunnings Energizer (<$10) head lamp... runs on 3 AAA batteries. Has 10W white LED and a 5W red LED mode to preserve night vision. Regarding range the 10W white LED would easily do 10-20m but I reckon it would still upset BAZ ( @Berleyguts )  even at 300m.   So can we count that as having 300m range?

Cheers Zoran

 

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1 hour ago, zmk1962 said:

Wow that's a nice detailed reply @Captain Spanner.... I have learnt a fair bit from that.

I find a headlamp useful loading the boat at night or hooking up the trailer etc. For that I use a Bunnings Energizer (<$10) head lamp... runs on 3 AAA batteries. Has 10W white LED and a 5W red LED mode to preserve night vision. Regarding range the 10W white LED would easily do 10-20m but I reckon it would still upset BAZ ( @Berleyguts )  even at 300m.   So can we count that as having 300m range?

Cheers Zoran

 

The 5w red LEDs sound like a good option for me. I could probably live with that! 😂 I was always taught as kid, when using torches, to keep them pointed down low and never up in people’s eyes. I’ve tried to stick to it.

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I must admit, I am not a huge fan of people who leave their headlights on when launching or retrieving, especially if you are trying to reverse your own boat, blind! 

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Headlights on at the ramp is the worst.   At times I wouldn’t mind a better reversing light on the car. 

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23 hours ago, Welster said:

Headlights on at the ramp is the worst.   At times I wouldn’t mind a better reversing light on the car.

When I traveled around Oz in 89 I hooked up a flood light on the back of the roof rack on the 4b via separate switch, very handy for reversing in tight places in the pitch black also found it useful when a car coming up from behind had there high beams on, a quick flick of the switch & they soon sorted there high beam. Might work similar at the ramp with the headlights 

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On 4/11/2019 at 3:53 PM, Berleyguts said:

I hate using lights at night unless absolutely necessary. They ruin your night vision for ages

A Bear Grils trick I once saw, is keep one eye closed while using the light source & after switching off the light open the eye that way ones good & the other eye soon adjusts

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18 minutes ago, 61 crusher said:

A Bear Grils trick I once saw, is keep one eye closed while using the light source & after switching off the light open the eye that way ones good & the other eye soon adjusts

Try tying a knot with one eye... 😉

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The Led Lenser SEO7R has a RED LED function. It's a few button presses to get into and out of that mode but that's no problem if that's the one you're mainly using. I avoid using the lights where possible but sometimes it's unavoidable or just easier to use it and readjust your eyes.

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Have a look at an Australian company called Wolf Eyes.  Top quality products for a reasonable price.  They have a rechargeable headlamp, with flood or spot light for around $140.  I've been using them for years and love them.  Worth a look.  Cheers..........

Dave

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Head torches/lamps aren't generally really designed to give '300 meters' of beam, there may be something out there but the size of the bezel that would be required wouldn't fit on your head or would be to cumbersome.

Also the amount of lumens to get their needs to be pretty high.

I have 4 or so headlamps & probably the best for the price is the Duracell 315 lumen, gets out to around 85 mtrs. For less than $30 from Bunnings its a good lamp for the price

To get out to 300mtrs you would need something like 500 to 750 lumens, Ive never heard of a headlamp that can produce that.

I do have 3 torches, 1 wolfeyes seal 750lm, 1 Olight 750lm & 1 Olight 1000lm, even though the Weyes & 750lm Olight are the same lunens the Olight has a larger bezel & give a much brighter & longer throw.

The 1000lm Olight gets me out to 500mtrs.

There is a forum called candlepower that could have some ideas for you on the headlamp.

 

Not sure what you application purpose is but if its for your boat maybe something like a lightforce HID lamp mounted somewhere would do the job, you could then probably see out to 800mtrs or more! 

 

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