Insanely Bright Headlamp – Buy Different Batteries.
[/column]The lamp is ridiculously bright, which is why I bought it. I use it on the dim setting most of the time because the bright setting washes out colors so badly I can’t see any contrast. I use the bright setting for distances, like when I’m scanning the yard for critters before I let the dogs out. I would use this riding a bike at night except that it’s annoyingly bright for oncoming cars.
It’s a bulky, heavy lamp – the thick elastic strap helps but my wife refuses to use this because it hurts her neck. I have no neck, so the weight doesn’t bother me. The lamp’s distance from the front of my head has been a problem a couple times, but really it’s not much worse than my already gigantic Cro-magnon forehead. The plastic that actually makes contact with your forehead is a little rough, so slap some moleskin or duct tape on there and it’s good to go. The red LED on the back side is worthless, as are the batteries and charger it ships with.
So why did I give it 4 stars? Because it’s a massively bright headlamp for $10 that, with the right batteries (do your research and see the Panasonic 18650s), lasts forever.