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Princeton Tec Remix

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Princeton Tec Remix headlamp

A very bright headlamp with multiple settings, but it didn't hold up to the humidity in South Florida.


  • strong beam
  • multiple settings


  • battery door seems flimsy
  • humidity problems

I have been through two of these. The first developed a problem after I used it on several kayak trips. It started turning itself on and then not turning on (or sometimes off) when I pressed the button. It seemed that the switch went bad. So to their credit, Princeton Tec replaced the lamp for free, no questions asked.

So, I was out on a camping trip in S. Florida with my new one, the humidity was high, and once again, the switch started acting funny. I couldn't get it to turn off so I had to take the batteries out. At that point, I decided it would serve the remainder of its life as my emergency and house headlamp (perhaps desert too?) because it just doesn't seem to hold up to wet or humid conditions.

It's too bad because the beam is the strongest I have ever owned. Perhaps Princeton Tec has or will improve on this design so that it is more durable.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $24

Good light...but see UPDATE.


  • Bright light
  • Compact
  • Spot/Flood options


  • Battery compartment latch

This is a good quality light. I like the powerful MAXBRIGHT spot light for night hiking. The 70 lumens really lights up the trail. The 3 LED flood light is also very bright for work around camp.

You can get the 3 flood light LED's in white, red, or green. I got the red, but think I would have liked the white better. The red is good for preserving your night vision inside the tent or when nature calls in the middle of the night. But, I prefer a more natural white light when working around camp.

I think it would have been a better idea to have 2 white LED's for high and 1 red LED for low instead of all 3 being the same color.

UPDATE 2013:

I really liked this light so I bought a second one about a year ago. This time I got one with the white LED's. Used it a few times on backpacking trips and around the house. Worked great. Well, I go to use it the other day and find the battery compartment latch is broken in half. There's no way to secure the latch, so the light is useless now.

Another reviewer mentioned that he thought the latch was cheap and would not last as long as the bulb. Well, he was right. My other Remix is still working fine so far, so this may have just been an isolated case with a faulty latch. 

I dropped my original rating by only half a star. We'll see how the other lasts.

Price Paid: $35

Just purchased the Princeton Tec Remix. The intended use is for hiking/backpacking and today's use was for installing a new sump pump in a crawl space. The lights and their functions are excellent and the Remix is light weight and comfortable.

3.5 Stars because, in opening the battery compartment, I felt the need to be EXTREMELY careful to keep from breaking the latch. Gave it a "Cheap" feel, and I instantly thought the latch will break before the bulbs burn out.

I would, however cautiously, recommend this to a friend.

Price Paid: $29.95

Bought these for my kids, a Boy Scout and a Cub Scout. They both love the range you get with the Max LED. They also think it's cool with the Red on a trail at night.

Not a bad price for a 70 Lumens headlamp. I put Lithium batteries in them and they are very bright and last forever.

Price Paid: $32

Have always been a fan of Princeton Tec Products.


  • Brightness
  • The red lamps
  • Adjustable


  • None that I have found yet

...and the Remix still blew me away. I own several Princeton Tec products, for a reason. I care about what I spend my money and I want something that A) Works. and B) Lasts. hence, Princeton Tec.

I use the Remix for jogging. You will just not find a brighter headlamp that is less cumbersome. You really will forget it's there, save for the bright light it emits. It has both white and red LED's that are adjustable in brightness. The button is easily accessible, changing batteries is, literally, a snap.

Like I said, I use it for jogging at night, but, during a recent power outage, it was indispensable. For the price, for any price, you're just not going to find a better headlamp.

Source: bought it new

Decent headlamp.


  • Good illumination
  • Fairly comfortable

Owned for a few years. Didn't do a ton of research, other than I didn't want to spend a ton on a headlamp for how little I use them.

This item has served me well. Solid illumination and pretty comfortable on the head. Light is adjustable up and down to help project beam (I especially like this when gathering small sticks). Easy to pack.

Have only replaced batteries once in 3-4 years and 7-8 nights of use. Happy with it.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25

Great lite for the price. In response to the gentleman who bought two units for his scouting sons, P. Tec, does not recommend using lithium batterys in this level of headlamp. It could cause premature lamp/LED failure. If i remember, tech support said the lamp light will have a blueish tint or haze when the lamp is on the way out, again, caused by the high end batteries.

Other than that issue, mine has been going strong in all kinds of weather and hasn't missed a beat


Price Paid: $30 to $35

i really love this lamp its extremely bright for nite hiking as well as a lower setting for da tent.l ove to use da red lite in da tent as well. it has a wide angle so all da trail can be seen, as well as da power to see down it for a long distance. gets 5 stars from me.

Price Paid: $20

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