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Princeton Tec BYTE Headlamp

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2.50 / 5 (2 reviews)


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Steve Martell
( Steve )

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Eastern Washington
Princeton Tec BYTE Headlamp on 10/17/2010 10:35:41 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

Pros: Light weight (1.9 oz w/lithium vs. my EOS—3.7 oz w/lithium), plenty of light (in white) for most activities, Red and white LEDs, Easy battery changes, Low cost.

Cons: Red LED should have a narrower and brighter beam for night walking, switch not as easy to use/find in the dark, switch should default to ‘off’ after using light—vs. going through all the options, only one red LED setting and 2 white LED settings. SEE 2011 UPDATE @ BOTTOM.

I would gladly pay more for an upgraded version (Byte II?): More efficient and brighter LEDs, Narrower beam for the Red LED, a better switch design w/o increasing the weight.

Note: If you ever have to hike in fog/mist at night, red light is a must—white light will limit your view (a red LED is also more efficient than a red lens over a white LED).
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March 2011 UPDATE: Changed my rating from a 4 to a 2. Red LED way too underpowered and battery life is short. Much better (but a little heavier) is their Remix (white/red LED) headlamp. With the Remix you can actually night hike (on red) with it.

Edited by Steve on 11/27/2011 10:51:52 MST.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Princeton Tec Byte - Kid's priced at: $12.01 - $22.95
Princeton Tec EOS priced at: $33.74 - $44.99
Princeton Tec Remix priced at: $29.99 - $44.99
Timothy Murray
( timothymurray )
I like this headlamp but it let me down. on 03/28/2011 10:39:47 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I bought a P-Tech Byte - I like the weight and functionality but it let me down in the field. When the light gets low on battery life it starts strobing and will not turn off unless you take the batteries out and replace them. The red setting is virtually useless compared to the cheaper single LED Ray-O-Vac lamp my friend was using. Inconvenient to say the least.

Edited by timothymurray on 03/28/2011 10:45:29 MDT.

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