Get Yourself a Pair of the Brightest Headlamps
Picture this; you live in the countryside, and it is pitch dark as it is wont to be on most nights. You hear a ruffling in the woods, but it is too dark to see anything. The headlight at your backyard can only reach so far before the light dims. How do you tell whether those are raccoons trying your patience or it is a large animal seeking to establish its territory right in your backyard?
Now the dogs are barking furiously, and you wish you had the brightest headlamp you could get at the shops, just to establish the cause of the ruckus. Unfortunately, you don’t, but then your dogs are courageous enough to venture out with you.
In as much as the animal may eventually find a way to avoid bargaining with ferocious canines, you will need to look into that flashlight if you hope to have a pair of extra eyes at night.
Top 5 Best & Brightest Headlamps Reviews 2018
Flexible, small, light
Bright, light, 3 modes
Lightest, brightest, 5 modes
Rotatable, waterproof, heatproof
Sturdy headband, bright
How Do You Use A Headlamp?
Headlamps differ from flashlights in one major way; they are worn on the head so that you can have the use of both hands.
A few scenarios will require you to have a headlamp, but mostly if you are the outdoor kind. Trekking in the woods? You will certainly need some light if you hope to keep going after the sun has set. A headlamp is great because it is hands-free, it's like having a flashlight for your head. Biking in the wild? Better bring a headlamp along for when the sun goes to sleep. These headlamps are also great for hunting and fishing out early in the mornings or late at night.
Backpackers are another lot that finds a lot of use for this gear (I should know this; I am one). Most of the times, you do not know what to expect in the place that you are bravely going, except what you read online. Having the best led headlamp saves you madness you were not ready for (like power just going off the moment you check into a remote hotel).
If you are the kind that loves to run in the dark, a bright shining headlamp lights the way without needing you to hold it. They types that we are about to review below are excellent at saving the battery while lighting your way as optimally as you would prefer. Imagine a headlamp that doesn’t need your manual operation to increase or decrease light? Yes, that is what we are about to look at.
1. Lighting EVER Headlamps - flexible, small, light
The first thing we noticed about this headlamp was the weight. It is feather-light at 113g.
It has a flexible band so that children and adults alike can wear it and be comfortable. The two adjustable buckles have a maximum circumference of 21.6in/55cm and a minimum of 13.7in/35cm.
You can stretch it further if you wish for it to cover a larger circumference. The band is comfortable and elastic so that you can wear it over hats and caps.
It looks good, which is a bonus seeing that aesthetics would not be a deal breaker. It is weatherproof, with an IP44 rating. With this rating, it can withstand splashing from all angles. It is not ideal for submersion, but then again that is not very important when you are only doing a hike or trek.
The beam from this headlamp will shine as far as 20 feet on its brightest setting. The beam will be broad enough to cover your running and working space. It contains a red LED light for night running and visibility when on the road with other users. The two red LEDs flash all through as long as you are using the headlamp. However, you can intentionally turn them off, especially if you are only reading and not running out in the dark.
The 18 white LED lights make this headlamp the ideal camp gear. It illuminates far and wide, its splash of white being visible from a distance.
One of the most impressive things about the lighting is that you can adjust it to your liking. You can reduce the beam and spotlight from the settings to fit what you are doing. Thanks to this ability, you can use it for reading on your Kindle as well as outdoors for running and adventures.
Functionality. It is ideal for
- Walking or running in darkness.
- Riding a bike in the dark.
- Reading a book or cooking in the dark.
- Working on your car.
2. GRDE Headlamps - bright, light, 3 modes
This headlamp is a looker with a band that looks as sturdy as it is. It is black and black, with a padded interior that makes it comfortable for extended wear. You can wear it on your head, waist, or even place it on the table.
It weighs 4.8 ounces, which makes it ideal for running, biking, and other activities that do not need an extra load. This headlamp uses rechargeable batteries, 3.7V 18650, which will run according to your utilization.
There is nothing on the lighting to warn you that the battery is low, and so you may want to ensure that you charge it whenever the light dims. The batteries need up to 6 hours to charge, during which time it would be safe to leave the headlamp undisturbed.
The package comes with two batteries, so all you will need to do is charge it and be set.
It has an IPX 4 rating that prevents it from crashing when splashed from all angles. This headlamp will survive torrential rains when you get unlucky with nature.
The GRDE Zoomable has three light modes. These three modes include, high output, low output, and strobe. They are ideal for reading, riding, and even cooking in the campsite. You can adjust the light to suit your needs at the
One is the red LED that blinks to keep you visible from a distance. The second is the white LED that keeps it brighter than all other flashlights in its price category. 1,800 lumens is the distance that you cover with this headlamp. Only a handful on the market can measure up to this distance.
This headlamp not only does well out there on the campsite and trails, but it also works well indoors. You can adjust the light to read, cook work under the sink or on your car, and pretty much any space that needs lighting.
3. Shining Buddy Headlamps - lightest, brightest, 5 modes
This headlamp catches your attention immediately for one thing; being one of the lightest at only 2.6oz. That is super impressive for a lamp with its capability. Over a thousand reviewers share these sentiments.
The band is adjustable to fit on adults and children alike. It has padding for comfortable wearing, and it also lasts long, thanks to its elastic make.
It does not share the bright colors of most headlamps, but that is not an important aspect, now, is it? What is has that makes up for anything it could lack is weatherproof abilities and shock resistance. Yes, a fall will not harm this baby; neither will heavy rains hitting it from all directions.
Since we buy these flashlights for the light, let us look into it. This headlight has five modes: High beam, Low beam, White Strobe, Red Beam, and Red Flashing. The flashing light keeps you visible during rides or other nightly adventures, but it does not stay on its own. You would have one of the other beams on too for enough light. It has two separate switches for each of the colors; the white LED as well as the red LED.
How far can it shine? Up to 160 lumens. This is enough light for night walking, riding or running. It will also come in handy when working in the garage.
It comes with 3 AAA Duracell batteries, saving you the initial cost. The batteries are rechargeable and will last for more than 12 hours with continuous use. Intermittent use will stretch its battery life. The batteries will need about 6 hours of charging.
Perfect for reading in the dark, riding the bike at night, working on your car, and lighting up the tent.
4. InnoGear Grey Headlamps - rotatable, waterproof, heatproof
InnoGear is known for innovative items, and this headlamp is no different. The package comes with two 3.7v, 4400mAh batteries, and so you are saved the initial cost. These batteries will last you a hood while depending on usage.
Rechargeable batteries are both convenient and inconvenient for two reasons. Convenient because it saves you the constant costs, but inconvenient for the fact that you would have to carry a solar charger or power bank to keep it functional when leaving home for long.
It also comes with both a cable charger and a wall charger to keep it fully functional at all times. When fully charged, you can count on it to work continuously for a maximum 4 hours. Oh, and should your phone ran out of charge, the USB port on the light will help you charge it.
How can you use this headlight? In several ways including outdoor runs and walks, reading, working under the sink and in the garage, camping, and fishing.
5. InnoGear Orange Headlamps - sturdy headband, bright
For this headlight, InnoGear includes a wall charger for those outdoor expeditions such as fishing. It has an output of up to 5000 lumen, which is quite bright for the outdoors as well as indoor activities.
The two rechargeable batteries save you cost and serve you for a long time before requiring replacement. The company says that this headli9ght has a lifespan of 100,000 hours.
If you let the lamp light on continuously, the batteries will last a maximum 4 hours before dimming. They will need 6 hours to charge fully. Intermittent lighting will certainly keep then burning for longer.
It has four working modes: high, middle, low, and flashing. With a brilliance of 5,000 lumens, you can use this flashlight for fishing, riding the bike, running and walking in the dark, and working at home. The settings will allow you to adjust both the beam and spotlight to suit your needs at that time.
Is it flexible? Yes, at 90 degrees up and down. When you choose your angle, it stays put even with constant movement. The band is especially sturdy to hold ideally to the head. We like the padding that helps it sit comfortably on the head without hurting you.
What to Consider Before Buying a Headlamp
You will wear the headlamp on your head, and so the first thing you would want to ensure is that your flashlight is light enough prevent you from tiring. You can imagine negotiating a trail in the dark with a heavy bag on your back and a headlight that adds to your baggage.
In our experience, we find the ideal weight to be 300 grams. Anything in this range or lighter will work excellently.
Nature is unpredictable. As much as you may not be trekking under water, you would get caught in the rain. It is hard to imagine anything worse than being out in the dark, in heavy rains, and no flashlight. The ideal flashlight for trekking or hiking or any outdoor activity withstand rain and still function properly.
A headlight with an IPX 4 rating will withstand water flashing from all directions. If you take it even higher to IPX 7, you get a power headlight that can withstand water immersion for up to 30 minutes in 30 meters of water. A flashlight with this rating will even survive a washing machine (not that you need to take it that far).
- Battery Type
There are two types of headlamps; those that use removable batteries, and the rechargeable kind. The good thing about those with removable batteries is that you can always bring a bunch to keep them lit. Rechargeable batteries need a solar charger or a power bank, and so you will have extra weight on you.
If you prefer the rechargeable one, you may want to ensure that you can power it with ordinary batteries for when you need that. You can always buy a couple of AAAs or AAs on the road when you run out.
This has everything to do with the kind of light that your headlamp illuminates. Floodlight will cast a wide beam around you, without necessarily lighting very far. With this kind of setting, you can cook a meal; inspect a wound, and other activities that require proximity.
A spotlight is ideal for finding and marking trails. An ideal flashlight will light up to 100 meters, which is equal to a standard football field, but some ninjas will take it a notch higher; 150 meters. With this kind, the possibilities are endless.
A red-light, which we found in the various flashlights in this review, is quite remarkable. Why is that? If an accident happens and you need rescuing, it flashes and makes you visible from a distance. Also, it extends battery life when you do not need too much light. You can make it your default lighting and fare on with your trek.
Which One Do We Like Best?
We like them all equally, but we feel strongly about LE Headlamp LED. Why? Because of the four modes, the ability to set the light to your liking, and the adjustable band are great qualities in a headlamp.
That, and the fact that, in its category, it shines the brightest. The price is also unbeatable.