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Rated5out of5byRockJockMattfromWorthy of the praiseI have heard a lot over the past few years about Fenix lights in general being great lights, but pricey. After being fed up with my PrincetonTec Byte light battery issues I decided to get a new headlamp.
While I had high hopes for the Fenix HL30, I didn't expect to like it as much as the Byte which was smaller, lighter, and I liked the output power. The HL30, while bigger is not to big. I like the dual switch use versus the single.
I have four areas most would consider important. Size/wieght, durability, light output/control, and battery life. It does a great job in all ares after a couple months off and on use.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated2out of5byGreen MachinefromDon't get left in the dark!I had recently lost a Black Diamond Icon, I thought it would turn up, so I didn't want to spend the money to replace it.
I had grown accustomed to the 200 lumen output of the Icon, and saw the Fenix HL30 200lumen, and thought for the price it would be a ok value.
Upon receiving the Fenix, the packaging looked nice, but after opening it, some things began to sick out as poor design.
The battery cover is a very poor design, and barely stays on, or shut,I doubt this would stay water resistant under a drizzle, they mention aluminum construction, and as a metal fabricator, I was sold until, I needed to use it, which was sundown.
The real reason aluminum is used, is the LED is being pushed to the max, and needs it as a heat sink, it gets rather warm, and finally battery life in the highest setting, dies rather quickly, couldn't get me thru the evening with fresh batteries.
I was an owner of the 1st and original LED headlamp, the Princeton Tec Matrix, I've always been open to new products, companies innovations, but in this case I wouldn't recommend this.
If money is super tight, and you need a real bright headlamp, don't waste your money, I highly recommend, save up a few more bucks, and buy a trusted and reputable manufacturer. It is not a well made or designed product, if you think Energizer, or Coleman, make a good headlamp, then you have another piece of garbage to add to your list. I have seen plenty of people show up prepared to go into the wilderness with this junk.
Stick with Black Diamond, Princeton Tec, or Petzl you'll be glad you did, don't get left in the dark, literally. As a part time outfitter, and someone who uses a headlamp for work in his trades, this failed!
I need extended battery life, durable, tough design, and true water resistance, which the Fenix fails at!
Like the old adage, you get what you pay for.
I think this company has potential, but I would wait a year or 2, they popped up over night, based in China, with no real reputation. They have some good design elements in some of their product line, but mostly mimicking others, with miniscule improvements. Overpowering an LED my be brighter, but rapidly kills the life of the LED, and power consumption soars, which translates to heat, all of which this model does.
Inform yourself, you work too hard for your money to waste it. I was quite suprised by the reviews here, as I usually take, my fellow co/op's opinians as solid.
Thanks for reading, hope this helps, don't get left in the dark!
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated4out of5byGearmeisterfromMy top choice at presentAmazing brightness on high, extreme battery life on low and red light option make this my top choice headlamp at this time. Ability to accept lithium batteries makes it a good choice for winter use as well. Batteries are harder to change than my other three headlamps. Cradle/tilt mechanism doesn't exactly inspire confidence, but we shall see how it holds up. Not the lightest or least bulky, but it depends on what you are looking for. All-in-all, the pluses outweigh the minuses.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated5out of5byklmmicrofromGreat headlamp for home, camp and trail!I bought this headlamp for use in the field and at home. Around the house, this lamp works for most of the tasks I can think of performing. I have used it for typing or reading in bed. In the field, I have hiked trials with it. It has yet to disappoint me.
In Low and Medium mode, it provides enough light for most close-up tasks. The field of light provided by the lamp is wide enough to cover reading a large format magazine. For reading, Low is fine. For working at a desk, Medium works perfectly. There is no "dead-zone" to contend with, so moving the beam around is not necessary.
On High, it provides enough power to light up trails for about 20 feet. It does illuminate further, but my eyes do not seem to make much use of what is there beyond that. On Turbo the story changes a lot. I find that I can see for about 50 feet as if in daylight, though with a slightly whiter tint.
The other mode is Red light. It is about 10 lumens I think and it is enough for map reading and close-up tasks. The color if fine for lighting a keyboard without interfering with the monitor. Kind of a neat effect. The red light is a bit on the bright side to truly protect night vision, but it helps some I think.
The battery life seems to be true to the claims by Fenix. I was able to get about 2 hours from a set of fresh alkaline cells on Turbo. Carrying a couple of extra sets will get one through a whole night of hiking using Turbo.
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated4out of5byCanyonNavig8rfromBest in ClassI have been looking for the perfect integrated headlamp unit, and this is almost it. I have been a fan of Fenix flashlights for many years and have waited on this unit a long time. It is bright enough for night hiking, even in dangerous terrain like the Grand Canyon. The low and medium-low settings are both good for reading at night. I rarely need the brightest setting. It really is not a large unit, but of course I wish it was a bit smaller.I wish Fenix had designed it with the CR-123 batteries so it could have been smaller, and the batteries would match with my PD 32 flashlight. My only complaint is that when the batteries weaken, you lose the option for the highest setting. The red light mode is the best I have experienced in headlamps. I probably have at least 10 different headlamps, all good units, but this is by far the best I have found. It is a great unit and I was tempted to give it 5 stars, but alas it is not perfect...... just the best at the moment. I am hard to please!!
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated4out of5byGcollinfromSo far, So good.I bought this headlamp because I was impressed with its performance when I saw it in the store and because the price.
So far it's a great light, It may only have a IPX6 waterproof rating but I dropped it in a full sink of water and it was fine. It's really really bright and it's nice having several different lighting settings (not to mention the red LED).
Date published: 2012-10-21
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