Everlite Solar LED Headlamp EL8

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Two thumbs up to this light! It is a necessity for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $40

Two thumbs up to this light! It is a necessity for those going on multi-day trips where conventional batteries wont last. It has excellent beam projection with a wide field of illumination and the adjustable headband never rubs you wrong. The solar panel can even charge your cell phone and GPS unit, however only one item can be charged at a time.

The only drawback would be if you hike in low light areas for extended periods of time, such as dense forest or in times of overcast.

Manufacturer's Description

The world’s first solar powered LED headlamp capable of charging your hand held electronic devices. The EL8 Headlamp takes six hours of solar charging to provide 12+ hours of bright white LED lighting. The Mini monocrystalline solar panel recharges NiMH batteries inside the headlamp.

Charge your headlamp with the small solar panel (2.5 x 4.5 inches); 7 hours of sunlight provides a full charge so the LED light runs all night long; small and lightweight parts, lamp weighs 3 oz; solar panel weighs 3 oz; comfortable headband strap with snap-in mount and hinged angle adjustment; bright white LED light provides good visibility up to 40 feet distance

Sequencing pushbutton switch for various LED operating modes: full brightness up to 12 hours, photocell mode turns on LEDs only in darkness, half brightness up to 24 hours, emergency blinking mode up to 24 hours; charge cell phones, iPods, cameras, etc. by plugging in optional accessories

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Stop carrying around a bunch of extra batteries and start using the power of the sun to light up the night with the Everlite Solar headlamp. 6 hrs. of direct sunlight on the included solar panel fully charges the headlamp's rechargeable lithium ion battery, enabling you to run the light all through the night. Solar panel attaches easily to the outside of a backpack or tent to charge the headlamp battery while you're on the go. Choose between 3 headlamp brightness levels and a strobe setting to meet your lighting needs; a fully charged battery powers the light for 12 hrs. on full brightness. Half brightness and strobe modes have 24 hr. runtimes on a fully charged battery; photocell mode turns the LEDs on only when it's dark outside. 5 bright white LEDs throw light up to 60 ft. on full brightness mode. Charge indicator light for the lithium ion battery lets you keep track of available power. Adjustable headband strap with snap-on hinge mount lets you adjust the angle of the beam. Purchase the 12V DC converter or the USB converter (both sold separately) to use the solar panel and headlamp to charge your cell phone, MP3 player or GPS device.


Tired of running out of juice in your headlamp three days into a weeklong trip? Thanks to an integrated solar panel, the Everlite Solar Headlamp banishes those pesky disposable batteries forever. This headlamp comes with a 2.5 x 4.5-inch solar panel that quickly charges the small lithium ion battery; six hours in the sun = 12 hours on high and up to 24 hours on low or flash modes. The solar charger also hooks up to cell phones, GPS, iPods and other electronics using Everlite's converter cables (sold separately). At only 5 ounces for the headlamp and panel, the Everlite Solar Headlamp is the obvious choice for extended trips and light-and-fast endeavors.

- Backcountry.com

Everlite Solar LED Headlamp EL8


The Everlite Solar LED Headlamp EL8 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen October 15, 2009 at REI.

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