Snow Peak Snow Miner Headlamp

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Weight 2.3 oz / 65 g (without batteries)
Material poly-carbonate, high-modulus nylon fiber , silicone resin, ABS, and rubber
Dimensions 2.2 in x 2 in
Lantern Type LED
Lighting Hours 140 hr on Low, 55 hr on High, 250 hr on Strobe
Brightness 80 Lumens (ANSI) (High), 8 Lumens (Low)
Power Source 3 AAA batteries (included)



Excellent but lacks a red light. Sticking with our…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45


Excellent but lacks a red light.


  • Double duty headlamp, tent light


  • No red light

Sticking with our early morning (before sunrise) walking routine, we have been using the SNOW PEAK "SNOW MINER" headlamps and they are pretty dorky looking, but are extremely well designed and serve a dual purpose.

This is the only headlamp that I found that was BOTH a headlamp and a tent/camp lantern.

There is a large 1.5" diameter silicone globe on the front of the headlamp, push the dome in to collapse it and you get a focused spotlight that easily throws a beam well out in front of you (claims 40 meters).

But squeeze the dome and restore it to its dome shape and the spot light turns into a soft glowing area light that will light your tent. A couple of these will light a small campsite. The light in this mode is easily bright enough to read a book by, and is diffused enough so that you don't go spot blind. It eliminates the need for a compact flashlight in the pack as it serves multi duties. One of the 2 adjustment clips on the headband includes an integrated hanging hook, so you can hang if from a rope, branch, etc.

It also has HIGH - LOW - STROBE capabilities. The single silicone encased button controls all functions. Push once for HIGH and again for OFF; push quickly TWICE for low and again for OFF. Push quickly 3 times and the warning strobe starts with a claimed 200 hour flash time. While on HI (80 lumens) and claims to burn for 55 hours with 3 (included) alkaline AAA batteries. Also, if you have it in HIGH mode you can push and hold the button and it will slowly DIM the bulb allowing you to control the brightness, release at the desired brightness and it stays at that setting until you turn it off.

The integrated hinge allows you to angle the headlamp down and it has several (5) secure click stops so you can adjust it to project the beam exactly where you want it.

There is no RED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHT functionality so this is probably NOT a good headlamp for setting traps, hunting, etc. It is, however, an extremely good light for backpacking. IT WOULD BE A PERFECT LIGHT IF IT OFFERED A RED LIGHT FOR PRESERVING NIGHT VISION. Still its a great light. Works in a tent or at a campsite as an area light with the silicone dome popped open, works as a headlamp with it popped in

At 3.6 ounces on my scale (with batteries installed) it's not the very lightest unit, but it's plenty lightweight. I can see why this won the BACKPACKER Magazine Award for best headlamp. Again, great backpacking/camping headlamp, probably not a great hunting/trapping headlamp.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Snow Peak's Snow Miner Headlamp page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp/LanternThe Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp/Lantern is the perfect solution for all your lighting problems in the great outdoors. This product can be used either as a headlamp or as a lantern thereby being multi-purpose. With the silicone focusing the lens over the LED, the headlamp can be used to view a wider range of things in concentrated or diffused light, as per your requirement. With a burn time of 55 hours on High power, it is long-lasting even on those extensive hikes. A diameter of 2.2 in. and a width of 2 in. makes it easy and convenient to store. At 2.3 oz. (without batteries) it hardly increases the overall weight of your personal effects. The Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp/Lantern is a must-have on every trip into the wild!

- SunnySports

Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp is a unique headlamp that converts into a hanging lantern, perfect in the tent and around camp. Easily remove the lens to spread ambient light 180 degrees. 80 lumen brightness is plenty powerful for night hiking. A silicon dome focuses the light in headlamp mode and diffuses it in lamp mode. A hook nested in the headband won't bother you while wearing it but makes hanging it in a tent easy. Four different settings go from high to low, strobe to variable dim. Glove friendly design so its easy to use in cold weather. A small red warning light lets you know when the batteries are getting low. Another ingenious design from Snow Peak, the Snow Miner lantern is a must have for all campers. Light output: 80 lumens high, 8 lumens low. Dimension: 2.2 in diameter by 2 in wide. lantern type: LED. Burn time: 140 hours on low, 55 hours on high, 250 hours on strobe. Power: 3 AAA batteries. Weight: 2.3 oz (65 g). IPx4 Water resistance rating

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

The SnowMiner from Snow Peak offers an innovative high quality headlamp that easily transforms into a hanging lantern. Use it to light up the trail or your tent. The SnowMiners smart and patent pending design allows the lens to be easily removed with a single hand, converting to an amazing ambient light spanning 180 degrees. The multi-function, sleek design, and long battery life are all included with the SnowMiner.


Why buy a headlamp and a lantern when you could get one gadget that does it all? The Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp/Lantern switches easily from a bright headlamp to a lantern with soft, diffused light.