New Headlamps From Black Diamond, Petzl, and Brunton (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

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by Ken Knight | 2006-08-11 03:00:00-06

Every year I think the number of new headlamps that will be released will decrease and every year I am proven wrong. People love headlamps. There is probably a headlamp for every niche application, in most cases more than one. This has created an embarrassment of riches and the treasure trove has been expanded yet again at this year's show.

Petzl e+LITE

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The headlamp from Petzl that most caught our attention is the e+LITE.

Petzl has entered the arena of the less than one ounce headlamp with the e+LITE. Powered by two lithium coin 3V batteries this may be the lightest lamp with batteries on the market right now.

Features and Specifications

  • Weight: 27 grams.
  • Multiple light modes are controlled via a lever switch. Modes include low (1 LED) and high (3 LED) power setting with switchable red and white LED's.
  • Battery life of 3.5 hours (3 white LED's on high) to 70 hours (1 red LED on low).
  • Battery type: 2 lithium coin cell 3V batteries.
  • Light output is 16 lumens which is quite good.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond caught our attention with three new headlamps: the Icon, Gizmo, and Wiz. The Gizmo and Wiz target the very lightweight headlamp market and the Wiz further refines its target audience with a minimal feature set for children. While the new Icon expands the arena of high-power lamps with its 3-watt LED design.

The Icon

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Black Diamond's Icon headlamp

  • This 3-watt headlamp will become available November 1, 2006. The lamp can work with either 3 AA batteries or an optional 3.6-volt NiMh rechargeable battery. It has a rich feature set to appeal to those who need a high intensity light and those who can get by with much less illumination.

Features and Specifications

  • Weight: 4.1 ounces without batteries
  • Can run with either 3 AA batteries or on the optional 3.6-volt NiMh battery pack.
  • A single 3-watt LED is surrounded by 4 SuperBright white LEDs. Their are 3 brightness settings in two modes of operation plus a strobe.
  • A battery power meter calibrates to the type of batteries being used.

The Gizmo and the Wiz

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Black Diamond's Gizmo headlamp.

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Black Diamond's Wiz headlamp.

These two headlamps have somewhat similar features and could well appeal to a lot of the same people even though the Wiz has only 2 SuperBright LEDs compared to the Gizmo's 3.

Gizmo and Wiz Features and Specifications
  Gizmo Wiz
Weight (without batteries) 1.2 ounces 1.1 ounces
Bulbs: 3 SuperBright LEDs 2 SuperBright LEDs
Batteries 2 x AA batteries included 2 x AA batteries included
Light Modes 2 brightness settings 1 brightness setting plus an auto-shutoff feature that activates after one hour

Brunton

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The Brunton L5 headlamp.

This is a monster of a headlamp. The L5 sports a single 5-watt (yes five) LED that can be run in several different brightness modes. Even at the 5-watt mode Brunton claims a battery life of 15 hours. If you absolutely need an extremely bright headlamp that weighs 4 ounces without batteries than the L5, when it arrives later this year, is it.

Features and Specifications

  • Weight: 4 ounces without battery pack. I was not able to get a precise weight on this but expect it adds approximately another 4 ounces.
  • The lamp is powered by a single rechargeable 4.5 volt battery.
  • 3 brightness modes plus strobe.


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"New Headlamps From Black Diamond, Petzl, and Brunton (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Ken Knight. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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