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  • PowerTap technology allows fast and simple transitioning between full and dimmed power in order to instantly increase illumination in distance or proximity modes
  • Red night vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through white modes; Red LEDs preserve night vision and reduce eye strain
  • 3-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp
  • Settings include: full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode
  • IPX8 waterproofing withstands submersions in over 1m of water for up to 30 minutes


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Best Use Backpacking
Bulb Type LED
Bulb Detail 1 TriplePower LED/1 SinglePower white LED/1 SinglePower red LED
Red Light Mode Yes
Beam Type Flood / Spot
Max Light Output (Lumens) 200 lumens
Light Output High: 200; low: 4 lumens
Max Beam Distance (m) 80 meters
Beam Distance High: 80; low: 16 meters
Brightness Levels Multiple/adjustable
Strobes 3
Average Run Time High: 50; low: 200 hours
Rechargeable No
Batteries 3 AAA
Dimensions 2.25 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches
Water-Resistance Rating IPX8
Weight With Batteries 3.2 ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Black Diamond Spot Headlamp 2016 vs Previous Model I've water damaged my two previous headlamps including the older version of the Spot headlamp which I was very happy with once I got in the habit of locking the on switch. I purchased the new version based on my previous experience with the Spot, my experience with Black Diamond in general and my desire for a "waterproof" headlamp. Getting to the batteries is 'way easier with the new model. Otherwise, I like the previous model more than this new one waterproofing notwithstanding. The main thing is that the lamps are not well recessed so glare to my fellow hikers is more bothersome. Still love the controls in spite of the other comments I see.
Date published: 2016-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Works fine, till you get it wet. Purchased this light because it said it was waterproof up to 1 meter. Got it wet once, and then didn't work. Opened the batteries, and there was water in there. When I returned it, we looked at a brand new one, and you can see into the battery compartment where the clasp is. No way this is waterproof! No rubber seal around batteries, and there is an opening to the compartment that lets water in. Bought the next model up, and it looks much better made. Haven't had it in water yet, but probably this week. In short, the light works fine, as long as you don't want something waterproof. (Although the single button control can be a little confusing)
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waterproof, Bright as bejeezes, and batteries last I got one of these for my trip to Greece to help rescue refugees. In and out of the water, I was able to see and light the way for other rescuers and the refugees. For hiking it's also been great. Things I like: long-hold lock protects the batteries from draining in my pack or pocket. Size and weight are great. Waterproof makes me not worry about falling in the water, or being out in the rain with it. I also love the red-light mode for in-tent in the middle of the night to find something without killing my night vision, or waking up my wife. Don't like: The tap-for-more-brightness feature didn't really work for me.
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it, but... This is a great headlamp overall. Very light, the headband is comfortable and the controls are intuitive. I really like the "lock" feature; it keeps the lamp from inadvertently turning on in your bag. Suggested improvements: It would be REALLY nice if the white light started at the lowest setting and then adjusted up to full bright from there... thus saving my night vision and the night vision of those around me. The red light does this. It would also be quite handy if it remembered the last white source used (flood or spot), instead of defaulting back to full-bright white spot every time... again, the red light behaves in this manner.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge improvement for running over previous version I got this as a replacement for the previous version Spot headlamp which served me very well for about 3 years. I was all around happy with it and was very surprised how improved the new version was. The battery compartment is much easier to open which is important if you are in an ultra and have to change batteries mid race. It's brighter. The design looks nicer and it has the soft rubber on the outside. The red LED is WAY brighter. The strap is reflective and adjusts easier. The previous version was always one of the brightest headlamps in night races and this version is even brighter. I have definitely noticed that I get more space from cars with this lamp than with the previous version. I really do not have anything bad to say about this headlamp.
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works great . . . 7 hours, not 50 This light is much lighter and easier to deal with. Bought it and used it on an ultra. The package says 50 hours at high power, however, it is more like 7. Started it about 5pm, just after sunset, and needed new batteries to keep the light levels up at midnight. I would give it 5 stars except the published time is so far off. I will still recommend this light to anyone. Just know that at high power, you will need some extra batteries.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too technical for serious outgear door I have through two of these. The first one was replaced by BD because of a redesign due to it draining batteries. The second one has proven no better and it eventually leaked newer batteries. But it's not just that issue. It's also the control. Relying on a single switch to do multi-functions I feel is problematic. How exactly to switch modes or dim or light up or switch lights when you just need the light to go on is a hassle. I see that this (2016) model also has a sensor on the side, which, though might be a slick convenience, could also be another technical complication IMO. YMMV. No thanks BD, I'm looking elsewhere so I can see what's going on.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continuous Improvement I just got the new black diamond spot (200 lumen) at REI and compared it to the 2014 (130 lumen) and the 2012 (90 lumen) versions. The form factor is significantly changed. It is more rectangular (streamlined) and you open it from the left side to install the batteries rather than from the bottom. The biggest performance improvement was in the red LED lighting. It is brighter that prior versions and casts red light over a wider area. BD has also made it more waterproof. It seem they merged the Storm model with the Spot and increased lighting output to 200 lumens.
Date published: 2016-03-22
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Is this headlamp's output regulated? Thanks.

Asked by: 2mj
Yes, the Spot 15 is regulated, but with a twist. When the battery starts to die, there will be a step down to a lower regulated power level (Black Diamond doesn't list what power level this is). Normal regulated lights will drop off quickly until they are out of power.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-29

How does the power meter indicate battery strength?

Asked by: jkj
The Spot headlamp has a 3-level power meter under the battery icon. After turning on the headlamp, the power meter will light up for about 3 seconds to indicate approximately how much battery power is left.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-26

Is it possible to angle this headlamp down at all? The photos look like it could be possible but I don't see it mentioned anywhere.

Asked by: bwalk
Yes, it's on a hinge.
Answered by: Billy Newport
Date published: 2017-06-08

lot of people say it's NOT waterproof, tho listing says it is... also noticed the description states "redesigned" wondering if they updated the model, maybe with a gasket in the battery compartment? or should i just skip the heartbreak and buy the storm?

Asked by: carlryan0321
The Storm headlamp provides additional waterproof protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-11

How do you change the batteries?

Asked by: SeattleHiker
On the side of the headlamp there is a tab. Pull this tab out and forward towards the front of the light while holding the back.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-09

Why is this the only place where I can find this model? I can't even find it on the Black Diamond webpage. (I ask cause I need international shipping)

Asked by: Tacohunter
The Spot 15 is an REI exclusive. We are unfortunately unable to ship Black Diamond products outside of the United States.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-20
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