What you’ll find here – The overall best headlamp, the best essentials headlamp, and the best budget headlamp. We review headlamps from the top headlamp brands like Petzel and Black Diamond as well as provide expert advice on how to figure out which headlamp is best for you.
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Max Lumens/Beam Distance:
50 lm./ 295 ft. (90 m.)
Battery life (low / high settings):
130 hrs. / 2hrs.
Rechargeable with the Petzl Core Battery.
Weight: 2.8 oz.
Pros: Rechargeable (you can use a rechargeable battery pack or you can use AAA batteries) , very bright, comfortable padding, 100% full brightness (brightness doesn’t dim as battery depletes), easy to use, locking angle feature (you can adjust the angle of the light beam), red light setting so your eyes stay adjusted to the darkness (better for star gazing).
Cons: Price is on the high end, only water resistant, not waterproof.
Bottom line: The Petzl Actik CORE is the best all-around headlamp. It’s high points are that is easy to use, is very bright no matter how low the battery is, and has a red light setting. This headlamp is has a beam that is both spot and flood light styles.
Top pick: Whether you’re camping and need to see the food your cooking to walking the dog in the evening, having a hands free light is awesome and an essential tool. This headlamp is the one we use out on our adventures and has become one of our favorite items in our top gear picks.