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thelostjockey - on 15 Nov 2018

Evening UKC, I am after a head torch and have no real preconceived ideas.

I usually prefer the battery pack at the back of the head. I would like a USB rechargeable head torch. The number of lumens would be important. Any suggestions and/or places to buy one?

Thank you for your time.

 

EdS - on 15 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

Phaethon or Scurion

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Ridge - on 15 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

What do you mean by waterproof? Something you can go out in torrential rain in or something you can submerge to a given depth?

girlymonkey - on 16 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

I'm currently looking at Fenix. It has a boost function of 1000 lumens! Waterproof and battery at the back

thelostjockey - on 17 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

Thanks for your ideas. By waterproof, I mean something to cope with an afternoon of driving rain. Thanks for your time.

olddirtydoggy - on 17 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

It doesn't really fit your brief but a simple Petzl Actik works for me. I used the previous Petzl Tikka for years and liked it because it lit up the floor in front of me. I've used them in winter and driving rain.

Petzl have a USB rechargeable battery option called the Core which might work for you.

kevin stephens - on 17 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

I'm very happy with this

https://www.alpkit.com/products/prism

 

thelostjockey - on 18 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

Very kind of you, thank you for your suggestions.

Martin Hore - on 18 Nov 2018
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

> It doesn't really fit your brief but a simple Petzl Actik works for me. I used the previous Petzl Tikka for years and liked it because it lit up the floor in front of me. I've used them in winter and driving rain.

> Petzl have a USB rechargeable battery option called the Core which might work for you.

I've recently bought a Petzl Actik Core (also to replace a lost Tikka) I'm pleased with it so far but not tried it in the rain. It claims to be weather resistant but it clearly isn't waterproof. The battery compartment clicks together without properly sealing the gap. 

Has anyone had problems with this in the rain?

Martin

wercat on 18 Nov 2018
In reply to thelostjockey:

Has anyone tried the new LED replacement bulbs for the incredibly durable and weatherproof old style ZOOMs?

 

I only ask as I got dozens of good Alkaline batteries suitable for these  torches  for almost nothing recently!

olddirtydoggy - on 18 Nov 2018
In reply to Martin Hore:

It's been in proper driving rain and snow for me and held up. If you're travelling solo regularly I guess it could be a concern getting caught out but I usually travel in a pack or with my wife so we'd hope between us at least one would be able to function for 2.

Martin Hore - on 18 Nov 2018
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Many thanks. I'll be trying it out on a few mountain days this winter. I don't seek out bad weather in darkness deliberately these days but it will probably happen at some point.

Martin


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