Black Diamond ReVolt

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This headlamp is bright, light, and easy to use. You…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59.99

Summary

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.

Pros

  • Brightness (110 lumens with Alkaline batteries)
  • Lightweight
  • Battery choice (MiMH or Alkaline)

Cons

  • 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.

Additional Pros:

  • Knight vision low light
  • Durable
  • 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

Additional Cons

  • Only 90 Lumens if using the rechargeable batteries

******Edit 3/14*******

I just want to add that i have just used this lamp after months without charging. (I had a backup but wanted to see if it had any juice at all after laying around say....5 months.) Amazingly it worked! I had it blasting out until the sun came up (2 hours) and no sign of failing! 

Don't depend on it, but it was a surprise that it was fully functional!

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Retailers' Descriptions

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. It marks a paradigm shift for versatility in a rechargeable headlamp, capable of being powered by rechargeable batteries, as well as standard alkaline batteries. The 110-lumen ReVolt runs off three Black Diamond NiMH AAA rechargeable batteries and recharges via a USB cable that can be plugged into anything from a computer to a solar charger. When recharging is not an option, the ReVolt accepts standard alkaline AAA batteries. Distance mode is powered by one TriplePower LED, two SinglePower LEDs power proximity mode and two SinglePower red LEDs power night vision mode. With a full feature set, including dimming, and a weather-resistant housing, the ReVolt is ready for nearly any mission.

- CampSaver.com

Offering convenient power options, the sleek, low-profile Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp lights your path with up to 110 lumens. It's the first USB-rechargeable headlamp to also run on AAA batteries.

- REI

Black 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.

- SunnySports

Recharge your Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp from a USB charger from your car or laptop. If you're in a pinch and can't recharge (a. k. a. camping), throw some some batteries in. Dial in the right amount of light with proximity and distance settings, or throw yourself a quick little camp rave with the strobe setting. An adjustable headband lets you throw it on over your helmet when you're out biking, and a tilt function gets you the right angle for seeing what's coming at you. The three-level power meter takes the guesswork out of how much juice you have left.

- Backcountry.com

On Sale. Free Shipping. Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp FEATURES of the Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp 1 TriplePower LED, 2 SinglePower white LEDs and 2 SinglePower red LEDs emit up to 110 lumens (max setting using alkaline batteries) Red night vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through white mode Sleek, low profile design uses 3 Black Diamond AAA Rechargeable Batteries or standard alkaline or lithium batteries Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for 3 seconds after switching on headlamp Protected against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX 4) SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp Led Type: 1 TriplePower / 2 SinglePower Max Lumens: 110 (alkaline), 90 (NiMH) / 25 (alkaline), 25 (NiMH) Max Distance(S) ON Highest Setting: 70 m (alkaline),66 m (NiMH) / 9 m (alkaline),8 m (NiMH) Max Distance(S) ON Lowest Setting: 11 m (alkaline),9 (NiMH) / 3.5 m (alkaline), 3.5 m (NiMH) Max Burntime(S) ON Highest Setting: 70 H (alkaline), 12 H (NiMH) / 22 H (alkaline), 10 (NiMH) Max Burntime(S) ON Lowest Setting: 300 H (alkaline), 190 H (NiMH) / 80 H (alkaline), 80 H (NiMH) Batteries: 3 AAA alkaline (included) / 3 AAA NiMH (included) Weight With Batteries: 3.4 oz (alkaline), 3.5 oz (NiMH) / (alkaline), 97 g, 100(NiMH) Case Pack Quantity: 10 Retail Package Dimension: 4.1 x 4.5 x 2in. / 10.5 x 11.5 x 5 cm

- Moosejaw