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Princeton Tec Quad

in Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps

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4.00 / 5 (2 reviews)

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eric blumensaadt
( 300winmag )
Princeton Tec Quad on 02/01/2007 12:09:43 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

The Princeton Tec Quad headlamp is a "medium-light" weight headlamp with 4 LEDs. It is a REGULATED headlamp and, as such, it can utilize lithium batteries for lighter weight, better cold function and longer life WITHOUT the danger of burning out the LED bulbs, as would happen on a non-regulated LED headlamp. Regulation on this headlamp works on the medium and low settings to prolong an even light output level.

The PT Quad is waterproof to 1 meter due to its O-ring seal.

All in all this is the lightest full feature regulated headlamp I know.
I hope to see a 1.5 oz. super bright 1 bulb LED regulated headlamp soon for UL backpacking.

Edited by 300winmag on 02/01/2007 12:10:31 MST.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Princeton Tec Quad priced at: $19.97 - $40.99
paul johnson
( pj )

LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
So close... on 03/05/2007 13:33:49 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5 a 5

Using my standard GBU categorization, we have...

The Good:
1. Bright light output on HIGH

2. Decent battery life on MED, and LOW

3. Nice packaging

4. Comfortable to wear (strap absorbs some sweat).

5. Good switch ergonomics.

6. Accepts Li batts.

The Bad:
1. Fair, at best, regulation - especially on HI (but decent on medium and lo). This "crab" is mitigated somewhat by the fact the Medium output is usually all that is necessary, even for some non-demanding path/trail walking.

The Ugly:
UGLY??? This is one pretty boy!!!

I'd love to give this headlamp a decimal rating of just shy of 4.5. It's really that good. The main reason why I don't give the Quad a 5 rating is its very poor constant current regulation on HIGH output mode, though use of Li AA batts greatly improves that deficiency, but at a cost. There are other implementations of regulation which are better, IMO, even with alkaline batts, hence my choice to not give the Quad a 5.

However, all that said, if regulation on HIGH output is not that important to you, then the Quad would be a solid 4.9 or 4.95 (it's that good, but all things can usually be improved).

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