User Review: Black Diamond Spot (2011 version)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: On sale for $29.95
1) Purchased on sale at REI in 2011.
2) Purchased due to high ratings in a magazine.
3) Only used for camping, backpacking and in the tent, or when answering the call of nature. It is more than adequate for those purposes.
4) I can't speculate on its use for other types of activities.
Yes, I would recommend it particularly since the current model has a higher lumen output, although I have not used that version. I am happy with this one.
- 2 types of light, 1 BRIGHT spotlight, 2 smaller LED's for area light
- Main LED is very bright - 75 lumens
- Dimmer feature for white LED's
- 2 red LEDs for preserving night vision, with Strobe setting. Can turn on Red light without cycling through all settings.
- Relatively lightweight considering it uses 3, AAA batteries
- Lock feature to prevent accidently turning on lamp
- Red LED's have strobe feature
- Several colors to choose from
- Red LEDs are dimmer than expected
CAVEAT: The Spot that I have is the model sold prior to the model currently on the market. The lumen levels for each LED type are lower than the currently selling version, but are more than required. In light of that...pun intended, I am very pleased overall with this headlamp.
I backpack and camp with my scout troop, and this product does everything I want with the exception of the output from the Red LED's. I was very disappointed at the low brightness level. I had expected more considering the white LED output is phenomenal. It was not until I used it while camping that I realized the red LED output was far from satisfactory. I have a less expensive but heavier model from EverReady that has red LEDs that far outperform the brightness of the red LED's on the Spot.
Beyond that, I could not be more pleased. The distance the high setting illuminates objects is far more than adequate for what I do. However, if I were participating in an activity that consumes distance faster than walking, such as bicycling at night, I would have no qualms about using this headlamp.
I have used both NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries with no noticeable loss of brightness. But, I would guess that the possibility exists that rechargeable batteries may not produce the brightness of alkalines, and might be the reason that my red LED's are not as bright as I believe they should be.
I appreciate the fact the Spot has multiple modes for brightness. Each type of LED has its use. And the lock-out feature is great. I don't have to remember to remove a battery from it to prevent it from accidentally turning on when not needed and running down the batteries.