Any quick search on Ebay or Google today will show you that the market for headtorch’s is flooded with cheap bad quality products. The ads often promise things such as 1000 lumen power rating etc etc. But what the heck is a lumen anyway?
The definition for a lumen is: “the SI unit of luminous flux, equal to the amount of light emitted per second in a unit solid angle of one steradian from a uniform source of one candela.”
If you can’t make heads or tails of that… It essentially means how bright the light is.
Why all the fuss about brightness?
In the world of the outdoors, a good headtorch can significantly improve your experience at night.
For example, taking a midnight jog. The difference between being able to see 5 meters in front of you with your $15 headtorch you bought off Ebay compared to being able to see 100 meters with a top of the line beauty can make all the difference when it comes to enjoyment. Not to mention avoiding rocks and other hazards….
I made the decision to buy a decent quality branded headtorch to do a few adventure races with. The torch I ended up going with was the LED Lenser H14.2.
The LED Lenser H14.2. provides excellent illumination with its ability to beam out 350 lumens of light over a distance of 100+meters. However, this power comes at the expense of weight. The LED Lenser H14.2. is quite bulky and heavy and it does strain your neck if you wear it for long periods of time. One design factor which helps reduce this strain is the ability to detach the battery pack from the headband, once detached the battery pack can be placed in a backpack and the torch will continue to function perfectly. The battery pack remains connected to the torch by a cable.
The battery life is quite good and I haven’t run out of battery once yet. However, this is probably due to the type of batteries I have been using in the torch. It’s worth spending a little more on batteries that will last longer.
Another feature of the torch which I loved is the ability to focus the beam. By simply twisting the light the beam expands or narrows, this is useful when you want different types of light for different situations.
The cost of the LED Lenser H14.2. isn’t super expensive, However, I paid about $100 for the LED Lenser H14.2. This sounds expensive when compared to a cheap $15 torch. However, you are paying for quality.
LEDLenser is a German company and offer 5-year warranties on the majority of their products.
I would recommend the LED Lenser H14.2. to anyone seeking a powerful headtorch. However, probably stay away if you have neck problems due to the weight of the torch.
I give it a rating of 7.5/10