by CallMeJIMfromGreat light, good battery lifeI needed a new headlamp for camping and hunting trips. The red light option is great for dark conditions when you don't want to blind yourself or your friends with a bright white beam in your/their eyes. The ability to dim the white light settings is an awesome perk, too. The rechargeable batteries are by far the best I've had in a headlamp, no complaints with them so far (after ~20 recharges, still running strong). There is a newer model coming soon, but this ReVolt is the real deal.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 4out of5
by SportWankerfromBright Light!Excellent with the alkaline batteries supplied. Haven't gotten a chance to see what the battery life is with the proprietary batteries supplied by BD. Have heard that the proprietary batteries have a very short life.
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated 3out of5
by MattCrofromReVolt HeadlampMy only issue I have with this headlamp is that the touch on/off button at the top is too sensitive. When hiking, I have found that it turns itself on in my pack. I now attach it to one of my shoulder straps to avoid it turning on and waisting battery. I would not buy this product again.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 2out of5
by JerseyHighlanderfromMany better lights on the marketMade the mistake of falling for the hype of the "Bright, Powerful Beam", problem is, since it isn't power regulated, the extreme brightness is only there when the batteries are brand new. The peak voltage in the batteries only last minutes and from there on the brightness is falling off more and more.
The headband is definitely the worst among the four other lights I own, constantly needing to readjust and can't wait to get it off after an hour.
Construction & design is not for long term durability, it's made cheaply.
Again, among all the lights I own, [Petzl, Princeton Tec, BD], the on/off button is the worst and nearly impossible to find/use with gloves on.
I've always loved my Petzl & Princeton Tec headlamps, but figured I'd try something new, taken in by the marketing & myriad bells & whistles. Won't get fooloed again.
Date published: 2012-12-09
Rated 2out of5
by rayjay8492fromNot As Advertised!The promised battery life of 70 hours on Alkaline batteries is a joke. The light output is not regulated, so it starts dimming with 1 hour of use. After 8 to 10 hours the light is so dim that it is not useable in most environments. The packaging makes appear that you 110 lumens for 70 hours. Just not true.
Date published: 2013-02-01
Rated 5out of5
by Joe the Rock kidfromSo far the best!There are so many features that you can control the light to your specification. You are in control of the light whatever you want to adjust your settings. This is my favorite product of all products.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 1out of5
by Geeks vs. WildfromWARNING! Can't recharge your own AAA'sThis is my 3th attempt to post this review. It keeps getting removed.
This review focuses only on the batteries and recharging of the batteries.
Having had a bad experience with a black diamond headlamp in the past, we thought we would NEVER again buy one. But when (NameRemoved) Magazine's "Gear Guide 2013" made the Revolt one of its' "Editor's Choice Award" winners, stating on page 30 and I quote, "The housing also serves as a dock for other NiMH rechargeable batteries, so you can use the headlamp to juice up all your rechargeable AAA's", we were sold. The rei website did show revolt documentation stating only revolt batteries could be recharged, but
it looks like this documentation has been removed. Having been told the same thing by many other battery charges, who want to encourage you to use only their batteries, we went with (NameRemoved) Magazines word and bought the revolt anyway. (NameRemoved) to our is dappointment was wrong, so you must take the tester reviews of (NameRemoved) with skepticism.
Here's how the revolt recharging really works:
1. Should you attempt to charge your non-revolt AAA's, the charger will blink red, (like many other chargers). Don't assume the blinking will turn to green, (again like many other chargers) it won't ever turn green because the blinking red is an error to let you know it has detected non-revolt batteries.
2. The Revolt headlamp is more expensive because of the recharge function.
3. The Revolt batteries aren't better than other NiMH's, so the primary reason to buy them is to recharge them with your headlamp. If one can use another charger to charge revolts is not something we tested.
4. The price for the revolt batteries is the same as other brands, at least for now.
5. Should you want to buy new revolt batteries for your headlamp you will get stuck with an extra one, as they come in boxes of four, despite the headlamp needing only three. (Sure use the extra one for your other gadgets).
6. The revolt batteries are only available via the rei website as opposed to the rei store, so be sure to buy them ahead of time.
If you are still reading this review, you may be asking yourself, despite the above, "why such a low rating". Any company, or product that goes out of its' way to hold one hostage to their technology is not a company we support and just for that they get a 1 rating, because 0 is not available, besides there are better headlamp products available on the market.
Date published: 2013-09-22
Rated 2out of5
by trojan98fromIt's ok...I got this for my birthday for summer camp last year and it worked great! The only downside is the battery life. I've used both the rechargeable batteries and regular and it guzzles them like crazy. Last night I turned it on to get a midnight snack and the batteries were already out. I hadn't even touched it for about 2 months. As a thesis, don't get this lamp if you're looking for an energy efficient headlamp.
Date published: 2014-03-29
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