/ OI NEWS/VIDEO: Petzl Nao: a new-generation head torch
Report now includes VIDEO.
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It would have to be an extremely modest "stack" of gear!
Looks interesting, Petzl have needed to up their game for a while.
> Looks interesting, Petzl have needed to up their game for a while.
I agree. For a long while there has been far more powerful headtorches by other manafacturers.
Yeah whatever, but all this gimmickry will count for nothing unless they have produced a battery container which allows the battery to be changed and the container properly closed in the dark while wearing gloves without dropping the batteries or having them fall out when you are a few metres up the next pitch. They havn't got that right since thr original zoom with the big plastic battery tub.
How would you propose they do that without making the battery housing enormous (like the original Zoom)?
> How would you propose they do that without making the battery housing enormous (like the original Zoom)?
Easy. By using a small version of the tub! (an upright plastic container you drop the batteries into vertically with a simple non-fiddly lid)
With good modern LEDs and high capacity batteries changing batteries on the go should be a rare event. I use a BD icon and although I carry spare batteries i've never swapped them while out on the hill because the lower power beam you get when the batteries are on there way out is normally enough to keep going with.
£135. You'd have to be an idiot. Now where's my Arcteryx blazer...
Will it break all the time like the myo I wonder?
On a long trip...A Gamma with me on the hill, a spare Gamma at base for use around the camp and for if the other packs up and a tiny little BD (extremely) lightweight one is always in my pack for emergencies.
> With good modern LEDs and high capacity batteries changing batteries on the go should be a rare event.
Maybe, but when it does happen it is usually because you are having an epic on a route in poor weather and you really do want a bright beam to see what is going on.
>"Now where's my Arcteryx blazer..."
Should one wear a cravat with that or can one "get away with" a Buff?
I notice it's been named after a (former) denizen of this parish.
Its advertised as a cavers lamp come multi activity.. I wouldn’t use it even as a backup. I like some Petzl lamps, find the ultrawide to be a bomber workhorse, same as the dou14 . Just my ten pence worth :O)
Nao looks very interesting. Only £10 more than a 220 lumen LED Lenser H14R that still uses NiMH batteries.
Not needed for walking and camping but if you want to be able to run downhill at race pace in the dark on rough ground £135 is cheaper than enough physio sessions to get over a sprained ankle :-)
A head torch with video? Sounds interesting, any idea what films are available?
If this works reliably then it's quite exciting. If it shits the bed after a day of use then not so much.
It all looks really nice and shiiinnneeeeee, something to show off but I'd still like to have control over the amount of light I want to use (without having to boot up a computer to change the settings).
All of the electronics fits inside the headband, with a battery pack on the back. It takes 3 AA batteries and with 2 approx 160deg wide angle LEDs sown into the head band, set one above each eye, gives brightness where ever you look, it also has a light sensor that turns the brightness down in, which is use full for caving/in a tent/or any close space. Lasts for 3 nights of 8 hours before it starts to dim. My friend uses one to cycle through the woods at night. Cost £15 for bits plus however much you want to spend on batteries.
Still working on waterproofing for very wet caving.
saw one the other day at a show.
very cool looking.
but as it took me 5mins to get it back on the styrofoam model head in the warmth of the room, i can imagine what it would be like with gloves, onto a shiny helmet, on a cramped ledge, in the cold, in failing light.
not small when it comes to carrying it either. already i find regular straps a pain in the ass (i use a zipka to minimize), this thing has a whole matrix of straps, coils and bungy to get tangled, caught and adjust.
for work stuff where you leave it attached maybe a good thing, but not for me.
you marketing these or going to Opensource the plans/circuit ?
With a battery life ranging from 4 and a half to 8 hours i wouldn't fancy being on a cold cramped ledge in failing light with only this torch for lighting purposes. Particularly as it may 'decide' you need full power on all the time meaning you pretty much have 4.5 hours to reach safety or else...
I am also working on overcoming the problem that if 2 people are wearing one each, they will sense each other and one will turn off, as if it were daytime.
The leds are rated at 70 lumens, but I run them at about 50 lumens each, this gives a slightly lower light out put and does not heat up the led, therefore does not waste battery power.
I have to order some more components and make some more of the newer design circuit.
If you are interested I could email you the circuit diagram, it is very simple, I buy all my components off ebay.
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