Black Diamond ReVolt
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59.99
This headlamp is bright, light and easy to use. You have the choice of either using NiMH batteries or alkaline. The rechargeable batteries are proprietary, so you must use Black Diamond branded NiMH batteries. The proprietary batteries lost my rating 1/2 star.
- Brightness (110 lumens with Alkaline batteries)
- Battery choice (MiMH or Alkaline)
- Proprietary NiMH batteries
- No wall plug for USB
- Not waterproof
A good headlamp is a must have in your kit. Nothing worse than taking more on a hike than you expected, reaching in your bag and finding your lamp is dead.
I bought this headlamp because I wanted the ability to use rechargeable batteries on longer treks with a power source to charge. I loved that I could carry a set or two of alkaline batteries as backup, but could simply charge these with a USB and power source (only USB is included).
It also has a lock that on the switch buttons. Hold it down to lock it and then you won't reach into your bag and grab it, only to find your gear bumped the button, lit the lamp and burnt the batteries.
This lights up the trail and if there are animals or reflectors in the distance, this headlamp will reflect them as far as about a quarter mile away! That will give you a heads up detecting those pesky bears and wolves staring you down further up the trail! You can hold the button down and decrease the brightness to match your use on a sliding scale to save batteries and get just the right amount of light for the job. You can dim it all the way down to 4 lumens! When you hold down the button it starts getting dimmer. Release and repress to begin getting brighter. That easy.
I have a pretty small head and this could get tight enough not to slide around on my forehead, yet easily enlarged for over a helmet. Certainly may not work for a small child but adults should be fine from pin head to Sasquatch with no worries!
If you are buying this because you want to depend on it's recharging capabilities, it charges in about four and a half hours, So you can hook it to your solar charger on your pack and, depending on the charger get a charge. OR you can toss some alkaline batteries in the pack for backup. Probably a good idea to do so. You get a good amount of time on charge depending on how you use it. I set it on bright and left it and it went out while I wasn't home, but at least had 45 hours on it nonstop.
- Knight vision low light
- Well designed button placement
- Quiet operation (tent mates appreciate most)
- Trickle Charges when fully charged if left plugged in
- Lock feature helps keep it from accidentally turning on if bumped in the pack.
- Fully variable brightness feature
- Only 90 Lumens if using the rechargeable batteries
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp is hailed as a 2013 Backpacker Editor's Choice award winner, with recognition from Trail Runner Magazine and National Geographic for similar awards. The power source versatility is truly remarkable. With the ability to use rechargeable batteries or standard alkaline batteries, the ReVolt is ready to take on any adventure.
If you're looking for a headlamp as versatile as you are, look no further. The Black Diamond ReVolt is a revolutionary rechargeable headlamp small enough to take anywhere and powerful enough for any situation.
Key Features of the Black Diamond ReVolt HeadlampTriple-power LED3 Black Diamond NiMH AAA Rechargeable BatteriesRed night vision modeBlack Diamond ReVolt HeadlampHeading outside during the night? The Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp provides light whenever and wherever you need it. Boasting of versatility, this headlamp gives you an option to use rechargeable or standard NiMH AAA batteries. For added convenience, you can easily charge the NiMH batteries without removing them from the headlamp by simply plugging it into a computer or solar charger via a USB cable. Now, you won't need to worry about your headlamp's batteries running out while you're spending the night outdoors. It has a triple-power LED that emits a 110-lumens bright light for up to 230 feet. It even has additional two white LEDs powers proximity mode and two red LEDs powers night vision mode to make sure that you'll have sufficient light while you're camping in the woods or roaming the streets at night. Amazingly, you can view the remaining battery life on this headlamp's three-level power meter display with locking mode that prevents accidental battery drainage. Also equipped with a full feature set and a weather-resistant housing, the Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp makes a great outdoor staple.
The sophisticated Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp has a bright, powerful beam that lights up the night, and it can operate on alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries (both are included). Pop the NiMH batteries in the ReVolt, connect the included micro USB cable and start charging from any USB power source, such as a solar panel, laptop or car power port. ReVolt also accepts non-rechargeable AAA batteries, so if you're on a mountain without a way to recharge, you can throw in your backup alkaline batteries and you're good to go. Headlamp features a TriplePower LED that outputs up to 110 lumens and throws a beam up to 70m when powered by AAA alkaline batteries. TriplePower LED outputs 90 lumens and illuminates objects up to 66m away when powered by AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries. 2 SinglePower white LEDs and 2 SinglePower red LEDs output 25 lumens and throw a beam up to 9m with alkaline batteries and 8m with NiMH batteries. Dimmer switch lets you choose the light output needed for the task at hand, from a blazing 110 lumens down to 4 lumens. Use the red LEDs to preserve night vision while hanging out at camp or making your way down the trail; red light mode activates without having to cycle through white mode. Use the strobe function to flash red or white light to signal for help. 3-level power meter shows how much battery life is remaining. Alkaline batteries provide up to 70 hrs. of use with the TriplePower LED on high and 300 hrs. with the TriplePower LED on low. NiMH batteries provide up to 12 hrs. of use with the TriplePower LED on high and 190 hrs. with the TriplePower LED on low. Recharge the NiMH batteries without removing them from the headlamp; simply plug the included USB cable into the headlamp and a USB power source. Lock mode prevents the Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp from accidentally being turned on while in your backpack.