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As you might have guessed, the claimed brightness of your headlamps is a lie. With three XM-Ls and two 18650s, there's a good chance you're getting around 1500 lumens. It's definitely going to have more output than any of the 3xAAA headlamps just because it has several large LEDs and about 8 times the battery capacity (assuming good, new 18650s).
New 18650s would improve performance, but you'd still have a very heavy, low-quality headlamp. Note that I recommend against using the onboard charging in a low-quality headlamp like this because improper charging of Li-ion batteries can cause a fire or explosion. The risk increases as the batteries age, so the fact that it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean you're safe.
Something like a Wowtac A2S might be good for you. I'd suggest neutral white for better color, but it doesn't seem to be offered on UK Amazon. Very low white is preferred over red for preserving night vision in the flashlight community, and the A2S has a 0.3 lumen mode.
The majority of people in the Cyclocross Berlin group use this light: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_23QWYTT26YNAE9BFPNX4
You can spend 10x this, but the Wowtac is very well respected.
You can just stuff the tent itself into your saddle bag. No need to keep it in its sack. Assuming you have your sleeping bag in the same pack you may want to think about a plastic bag or something to keep them separate in the event you need to pack up a wet tent. Packing the poles is the interesting part.
If you want to spend some money check out the Big Agnes bikepacking tents. They specifically have shorter poles the should fit in your frame bag. Otherwise any light/ultralight tent will basically work as long as you can stow the poles somewhere.
Depending on what kind of work your company does, I'd suggest watching how other operators do things. If you see someone doing something and you can't understand why, just ask. I had new drivers ask why or how I did X or Y and I was always happy to show them. Maybe 20% of the stuff I learned from my boss, the rest I learned from watching other people do things.
One thing to always remember: your load is your responsibility. It's your responsibility to hook up safely and properly. If someone wants to show you how to do it, insist on doing it yourself (after they have shown you how to do it) because if you hooked it up it's your problem. They don't have to tow that load down the road or deal with it if it falls off, you do.
I'm a big fan of cheaper flashlights that take 18650 batteries. They are compact, cheap, and the batteries are cheaper to replace when they eventually go bad. They can be had locally same day at most vape shops too, so keep that in mind. I have this exact headlamp and the original battery still works. The batter itself has a very sketchy micro USB charging port on it but it does work even if you charge it with a regular charger for 18650's. I also have two A1S flashlights from the same maker but those came without batteries at the time. They still work flawlessly.
Get good boots but don't spend a fortune on them. I get a year out of a pair of boots. I set a $150 price limit because i got the same life out of a $300 pair as I would with a $150 pair. Get one with a hard toe, steel or composite. The only boots I got any good life out of were some 10" Matterhorn with a metatarsal guard and they were nearly $300. Mets are overkill but so are podiatrists.
I haven’t been able to find a light that I can use with a face shield (and be able to instantly flip it up), instead I have the band zip tied around the accessory clips for things like earmuffs clip into. This allows me to move the light when I lift the face shield.
I measure a good light by build quality rather than just how bright it is. Don’t be that guy that walks around with one of those ridiculous ones that has like 7 different lights, different colored ones, etc. I do hydro-demolition so water resistance is paramount.
This is the one I’ve used for nearly two years:
It uses 18650 batteries which it includes one that you can charge by plugging a cable into the battery itself. What I also do to acquire more batteries dirt cheap is to order discontinued modem battery packs and crack them open to pull the cells out with. This gives you normally 3 batteries for about $1.75 depending on where you find them online.
The light also includes spare O-rings. The thing that I’ve had happen is the glass lens crack over getting hit with rocks. It still works fine, but at some point I’m sure water will get in. I have spares I keep on hand too.
For $300 you can buy ten (10) Wowtac A2S full package headlamps! From Amazon including USA shipping.
> Sofirn SP40
It actually costs around $40 here, still worth it? For comparison Amazon recommends "Wowtac® A2 Series" which is around $30
I would highly recommend the Wowtac A2s comes with a battery and charging solution produces 1050 lumens and only for $30 on amazon.
In for Wowtac A2S
Thanks, generous of you!
Edit: Changed the light after scrolling a bit here
Ah yes, the most desirable of giveaways. Time to roll the dice, GOOOOOOOO!
Thanks for all your contributions to this sub!
Thanks for the opportunity. I plan to use it for night hiking, bushcraft and reading at night (my lamp stopped working a long time ago).
this is the one for me!
I'd be down for a Wowtac A2S
Thanks for the giveaway! :)
How is this as a cheaper alternative?
Or am I better off getting the Zebra model lights?
>My tool of choice is the A2S 1000lm, throw with flood, comfortable, $30.
But what output do you usually use?
Thanks for the giveaway!
I'll go with the Wowtac A2S in neutral white. Don't need anything for myself at the moment, but this would make a good gift for somebody I know.
Wowtac A2S is a serviceable headlamp. It comes with an 18650 you can charge on a micro USB cable.
If you want to chance your arm, you can try getting a Skilhunt H03 off GearBest for about £30. This may incur customs charges.
Armytek, Zebralight etc are great but a pain to get in the UK.
I'd go with this
need a headlamp for mountain bikiing after my ride in the dark last night, need more lumens on the trail!
I'll go with the Wowtac A2S. Thanks for putting this on, here's to another 25,000 !
Wow, thanks for doing the giveaway!
My home country's Amazon only carries books but I'm pretty sure either the German or British Amazon would also ship here.
The Wowtac A2S I see a few people mentioning here looks like an interesting right-angle light. I think that'd be my first choice.
Wowtac A2S (Switzerland, we don't have an Amazon domain for our country) : https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506080109&sr=8-1&keywords=Wowtac+A2S+LED+Headlamp
I think it's safe to say that most people want an atactical or wowtac light ahaha :P
The Wowtac A2S is available on Amazon for $29.99
We always recommend against alkaline batteries. There are two major reasons. First, alkalines leak and ruin devices. Having a ruined flashlight because the battery leaked right when you need it is pretty terrible.
Second, the performance sucks. In my recent testing of the Thrunite T10 V2, a 1xAA light with a modest output of 175 lumens on high, it lost over 40% of its initial output with alkaline versus NiMH. The output continued to drop as the battery drained:
The Wowtac A2S is a go-to around here for its low price and included 18650 battery with USB charging port on the battery. You have enough time for shipping from China, so you could probably find a deal on the Skilhunt H03RC with onboard charging.
A bit easier for $56 on Amazon is the Rofis R3, which has onboard magnetic charging and a tiltable head. Both pocket clip and headband are included.
In your area keep an eye out for an event called "Stop the Bleed". It is a free event that teachings how to teat medical trauma. Other than that you can go to 2nd hand book shops and look for books related to prepping topics. Other cheap suggestions.
I've run out of time. Let me know if you have any questions.
Ha ,,,,, I just checked amazon canada and found this ,,,must be a special edition
https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH I use two of these with the strap removed, and the mouse zip tied to my handlebars and my helmet. Piercingly bright.
Weird-- I think I might have mixed it up with the A2 (550lm max), which is $20 USD on US Amazon, but the A2S (1050lm max) is still only $30 USD on both US Amazon and the official Wowtac store, although it doesn't seem to be available there right now.
Not sure what shipping to Canada is like, may be slow but it could end up being cheaper.
Thanks, I have a very similar headlamp but the one you recommended meets all of my requirements. One thing which isn't clear to be is why are some of the lights so small like the one I have and the Manker whereas other can be three times bigger and produce the same lumens? Do the larger ones tend to have longer battery life or something?
I recently ordered the headlamp at the link below, it uses an 18650 3400 mAh battery which I see is one that you recommended and the battery that comes with it has the added benefit of being able to be directly charged via a micro usb cable. The main reason why I wanted my secondary flashlight to be capable of using standard batteries is because of how universal they are, I plan on getting the best type for it- which I think is lithium rechargeable ones for performance and battery life. I may be wrong about this, but this is my current understanding of battery type. I do plan on using rechargeable batteries but I want the flexibility of using alkaline batteries if I have to in case I run into a situation where charging batteries is difficult like you said.
I came to suggest this as well. OP could remove the rubber mount and permanently attach it to his hard hat. This solution would work with most right angle style 18650 headlamps. If OP likes the price of the SP40 but needs a sublumen mode he could consider the Wowtac A2S. My choice would probably be a Lumintop HL3A because I REALLY like the SST20 4000k emitter option.
Here are some tips for a power outage.
Crank radio is OK, but they're mostly useless as flashlights and charging devices. Yes will work in a pinch, but blackouts usually don't last too long in most of the city and having some spare batteries is a lot easier than cranking the radio for hours on end. I've got one but have some spare batteries taped to the back (outside the device since Alkaline batteries are prone to leaking). If you're in an area where power is always slow to return, you may want to invest in a bigger power bank or small generator.
Get a real flashlight or a headlamp; you can buy cheap Energizer ones that will work well enough for moving around the house at night. Keep the alkaline batteries in a plastic bag taped to the outside of the flashlight so they don't leak. Or you can buy some Eneloop batteries (and a charger), the Eneloops hold their charge for years and don't leak like alkaline. You can hang the headlamp around your neck so you don't blind others when you talk to them. Some subs recommend the Wowtac A2S headlamp from Amazon, which has a 18650 batter capable of being charged by USB. It's a little heavy as a headlamp, but the ability to use it as a detached flashlight is nice.
Walking down stairs in the dark is pretty spooky... chemical snap lights on the landings can help if you're going up and down them frequently, and it's nice to have them in the hallway just to add some ambient light.
Battery powered candles are nice ambient light in the apartment. Headlamps and LED lanterns are usually bright white, so having soft light is nice. Having one in the bathroom is nice so you don't have to blind yourself with the headlamp.
A couple of USB power banks are good to have. A 10,000 mAh battery should fully charge your phone about 2-3 times, which may be enough for a short blackout.
A gas stove should still work in a blackout, though the electronic ignition might not, so having a long handled lighter can be useful. If you don't have a gas stove, then you may not be able to cook, which could make it harder to stay.
If you're in an elevator building on a high floor, you're going to be limited on how much you can come and go. If you've got a small or old dog, it may not be albe to make the trip up and down the stairs, so you might need to stay somewhere else.
Cell phones should work for a while until the cell towers run out of backup power. Make sure you get messages out to friends/relatives before you lose power. Make sure that important people can get in touch with each other so if you can only get one message out, the can pass it along to others.
Those are just some practical tips for getting through a blackout. For a health crisis or natural disaster, you'd have to listen to what the autorities say and have a plan and that everyone knows the plan.
These are so exciting, thank you parametrek! Linkylink
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WOWTAC a2s cw. perfect headlight for me salmon fishing
Thanks for the giveaway! WOWTAC A2S!
Thanks for doing this again.
Love that I found this sub, going on my second light now
Wowtac A2S Cool white.
Thanks for the consideration.
Your description has me a little confused, so I'll try to ask some specific questions in order to narrow it down:
Is this a right angle flashlight, like the WOWTAC A2s or the ArmyTek Wizard? These detach from a headband and shine perpendicular to how the battery is held.
Or do you mean that the flashlight itself is detachable from some form of base or battery pack? Does it recharge using a specific cable?
What battery type does your current flashlight take? Can you put regular batteries like AA or AAA's in there, or does it take bigger rechargeable Lithium Ion cells?
Does this light have one LED, or several? Does it have LEDs in different places on the light, like one of these zoomies?
If you can remember any branding about it, that would be very helpful. Also a general size/length would be good.
There is a chance that we may not be able to find it, but that doesn't mean all is lost. I have collated the list of all lights recommended by people here below; the Acebeam and Emisar lights are the only ones that can output a verified 3600+ lumens (for a short time), but the WOWTAC and Skilhunt lights are no slouches and are both well received around here (I have a Skilhunt on the way myself).
Pretty cool of you. https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1542639854&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=wowtac%2Bas2&th=1
My entry at 38k was for a
Nitecore nu25. Ended up buying it during a sale. I’m loving it...
Now for a different kind of headlamp.
Wowtac A2S LED Headlamp
If this is ok I would very much like a wowtac a2s! (https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542652491&sr=8-1&keywords=WOWTAC&th=1)
I love that you do this.
I've been wanting an 18650 headlamp for a while :)
Or the cheaper version if the shipping tips the scales, I don't have an Amazon account to log in to and check. Just looks like a handy toolbox light.
You are the coolest! https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1542639854&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=wowtac%2Bas2&th=1
Yey giveaway, thanks !
Thanks for the chance!
Thanks for the giveaway! I could really use a headlamp!
Thanks for doing a giveaway!
wowtac a2s neutral white pls! thank you!
Been interested in getting a quality headlamp for a while, you might save me the trouble!
Thank you and the community here!
Very limited lights in that price range ship to canada from amazon so i'd love: https://www.amazon.ca/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530583129&sr=8-1&keywords=wowtac+a2s
Wowtac baby! Thanks for doing this! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_CGXoBb2NBFJET
I’d go with the wowtac A2S :)
I live in the mountains and could put a bright flashlight to good use. I like this one:
Need a headlamp, sites looking good
Amazing and thank you! Good Luck everyone!
Awesome, THANK YOU!
Edit: NW would be appreciated.
Check out the Wowtac A2S. It can go for 4.5 hours on high and comes with a micro-usb rechargeable battery. (But it is a standard size battery and you can get spares easily.)
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Praying to the great God of randomness for this headlamp!: https://www.amazon.com/Wowtac-A2/dp/B071HW5XQH/?tag=parametrek-20&th=1
I need a headlamp! Thanks!
This is so great! Thank you for doing this!!!
Wow!!! So awesome of you to do this!!!
Wowtac A2S, so I don't trip when I run at night!
Wowtac A2S, :)
Hoping for my first headlamp!
Looking at a right angle flashlight for my next flashlight.
Edit: Amazon link because I'm poor at reading and comprehension.
I'll have to go with the Wowtac A2S, although the warm option doesn't seem to be available at the moment!
Wowtac A2s because I need a right angle headlamp:
Thanks for this!
I don't have a headlamp yet so this is probably next on my list https://www.amazon.de/Superheller-Stirnlampe-Helligkeiten-Stirnlampen-Kopfleuchten/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506076733&sr=8-1&keywords=Wowtac+A2S
Thanks! You the best!
Wowtac A2S https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_6eTXzbMD54530
260 comments but only 90 up votes? Common guys
As of writing this, 25000 chilean pesos are about 33 €, so I'm going for a headlamp:
I just got this one, I’m happy with it so far