Quality and Bright LED head torch not sure on what brand to go towards?

http://fishwrecked.com/forum/head-torches

Dear folks

The thread above is  7 years old

Wondering what head torch you guys would use while night fishing/hiking ?

I am thinking about a LED head lamp hat has has two modes wide spread light and strong bright focus point.

However not too sure on what brand to go towards.

Bought 2 from ebay for $28 = total $56 and YEEEES they killed two pairs of genuin Panasonic NCR 18650GA reachargable batteries each pair cost me $20 total $40

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/RECHARGEABLE-13000LM-BORUIT-B22-XM-L2-2-XPE-LED-HEADLAMP-HEADLIGHT-SOS-LAMP/302277989609?epid=738387348&hash=item46612c14e9:g:ynwAAOSwC1FbtNKH:rk:1:pf:0

Therefore I want to buy something that I can trust ,,,,happy to spend above $100,,,,one time payment it will be forgotton

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 i have a couple of good

Wed, 2019-01-16 17:39

 i have a couple of good ones. but for a decent one i got from bunnings for around $25 that runs on AAA size Arlec . 

 another i use when netting that runs with 4 x AA which is Korr lighting. usually get 2 or 3 nights out of the batteries. on special at bcf was around $50. cant remember the lumens tho . 

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 Been in the same spot before

Wed, 2019-01-16 17:40

 Been in the same spot before mate tried heaps of them 

i recomend LED Lenser had mine for years now , the only ones that actually last 

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Black Diamond

Wed, 2019-01-16 17:43

I gave up buying cheap head torches after I threw out the first 6 or so that failed.  I and family (wife and kids) have now been using Black Diamond head torches for years when camping (and we do a lot of camping).  They are not cheap, but handle rain and spray, have a variety of modes that give different light intensity (including red light for night vision) and last for ages on 4 x AAA batteries.   I use rechargeable AAAs.  There are different models available depending on how much you want to spend.  I bought ours onl;ine from Wild Earth and they were well priced and Wild Earth gives good service.  We buy a fair bit of camping gear through them.

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i have a petzl led head lamp

Wed, 2019-01-16 17:43

i have a petzl led head lamp that i got form a camping store (poss mainpeak, or kathmandu) years ago. think cost me about 70 bucks, but has lasted well, quite birght, and battery life is huge. very light weight as well. was in same boat, had a couple of bad ones and bit the bullet and spent a bit getting a good one, havent regretted it.

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 I got myself a Led Lenser -

Wed, 2019-01-16 17:49

 I got myself a Led Lenser - had it for years. And it did fall into the shore break once - still going with no corrosion!

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Led lenser all the way..

Wed, 2019-01-16 17:54

 mrs got me a new one for my bth day 

h14 r.2 !! 1200 lumen !  think she said

 350$ at bcf she got it snowy online

for $200 I'm pretty sure ! Had a early 

model !! Amazing!!  Chews up 4 AAs ! But she 

lights up with spot and spreader

beam ! Cheers pirate..

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Yep, plus 1 for the led

Wed, 2019-01-16 18:05

Yep, plus 1 for the led lensor. 

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Led Lenser

Wed, 2019-01-16 18:13

 Not cheap but they last, job done.

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Led lensor

Wed, 2019-01-16 19:15

 for sure had one crap out on me sent it back and fully covered by warranty.

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 LED Lenser.5 yr warranty,

Wed, 2019-01-16 19:35

 LED Lenser.
5 yr warranty, dont even need the receipt as they all have a serial number

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Check out Olight, very high

Wed, 2019-01-16 19:42

Check out Olight, very high quality and half the price of LED lenser with great warranty and customer service.

LED lenser is good, but over priced and I’ve been let down now by 2 of there torches and when you see what else you can get from other quality manufacturers for the same price as LED lenser it makes you wonder why so many people still by LED lenser. 

Also when you search through the US forums about the best quality torches, LED Lenser doesn’t even get a mention!

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>>LED Lenser.5 yr warranty,

Wed, 2019-01-16 19:52

 

((LED Lenser.5 yr warranty, dont even need the receipt as they all have a serial number))
You are right they did replace my P3 last week without receipt

((i have a couple of good ones. but for a decent one i got from bunnings for around $25 that runs on AAA size Arlec))
I have seen it other day when i was at Bunnings
 

((had a couple of bad ones and bit the bullet and spent a bit getting a good one, havent regretted it.))
Agree

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>>LED lenser is good, but

Wed, 2019-01-16 20:11

>>LED lenser is good, but over priced<<

Can you advise which model and approximate price ?

Thx

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LED Lenser

Wed, 2019-01-16 20:01

The ones with the rechargeable battery. Exxy but worth it 

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>>Check out Olight<<Thanks

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:12

>>Check out Olight<<

Thanks Paul for sharing

the one that my friend bought it from Olight Parramatta Rd Auburn NSW called : ThruNite TH30 for $100 and was recommended on USA forums.

He lent me to use and light is very bright but I couldn't figure out an option for focus point.

I am using it in wide spread light

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Yeah mate the only downfall

Thu, 2019-01-17 07:11

Yeah mate the only downfall is that they don’t have the zoom function, from what I could see LED Lenser were one of the only quality brands that do the zoom lense. Apart from that the Olight are great.

https://www.olightstore.com.au/olight-h2r-nova-2300-lumen-rechargeable-led-headlamp-and-angle-torch/

 

This is the head torch i have, the H2R nova, crazy bright and long battery life, water proof upto 2m’s. 

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 Led lesser, h14r.2 if

Thu, 2019-01-17 07:15

 Led lesser, h14r.2 if brightness is the main factor or the mh10 if you want a light weight head lamp (still 600L and rechargeable)

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Thanks Paul I am using this

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:13

Thanks Paul

When my 2 ebys one got broekn on me I borrowed my freind ThruNite TH30 which is 3350 lumen and Olight Parramatta Rd Auburn NSW is the authorized distributor and it looks same as yours one.

My friend told me they sell it for $100 cash and $120 with invoice. 

https://www.brightnite.com.au/thrunite-th30-3350-lumens-rechargeable-headlamp.html

 

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Thanks Hutch>>Led lesser,

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:11

Thanks Hutch

>>Led lesser, h14r.2 if brightness is the main factor or the mh10 if you want a light weight head lamp (still 600L and rechargeable)?<<

Are you saying both of them produce same lumen and H14 R2 is brighter ?

 

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 The h14 is 1000 lumens, mh10

Thu, 2019-01-17 17:06

 The h14 is 1000 lumens, mh10 is 600.

Like pirate said, the h14 is the top model unless you want to spend big bucks and get the next model up.

The mh10 is still very bright and perfect for most fishing application while being lighter. It's a much newer model so newer technology. Not as bright as the h14 but it also has a zoomable beam

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 Battery life of the mh10 is

Thu, 2019-01-17 17:09

 Battery life of the mh10 is also roughly 4 times longer than that of the h14r (120hours vs 30)

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H14 !

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:20

 H14 mate way brighter you were 

asking best model ? Also what your

after spread and pencil beam

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Thanks pirate >>Also what

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:31

Thanks pirate

 

>>Also what your after spread and pencil beam<<

Yes H14 has it as you have mentioned earlier

 

>>H14 mate way brighter you were<<

Good to hear that

 

 

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 Led lenser or XTAR

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:44

 Led lenser or XTAR

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 Myself and my fishing mates

Fri, 2019-01-18 09:41

 Myself and my fishing mates have had the reverse experience to most of the above posts. I used to buy the expensive LED lenser head torches, found they produced a tonne of light but they had the durability of a worm on asphalt on a 40C day.  I think I went through 2 of these before I decided to go down the ebay route. 

I bought 2x eBay cheapo's 4 years ago - both still work to this day, with almost weekly use off the boat but mostly in the surf getting sprayed. I replaced the rechargable batteries in one about 2 years ago. Porduce more than enough light and at $25 you can't beat the value. Only downside is they are a bit heavier than the expensive lights, but I have a big boof head so no issue.

The 3 blokes I do most of my fishing with also all have the eBay specials and have never had an issue - brand we have been getting ins the Boruit. On a side note, my very bright Lenser head torches would produce bulk light but would catch a lot of mist in the surf so would only effectively illuminate a few meters past my face and then the crap in the air would impede my vision, never had that problem since switching over. Not sure if it is the lense on the light or the actual amount of light, just something i've noticed. 

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Zebralight and Fenix are good

Wed, 2019-01-23 09:39

 My favorite headlamp is a Zebralight H53, runs on AA batteries and has a nice flood beam. My second favorite is a Fenix HL23, another AA headlamp with a combo spread/spot beam.

 

There are 18650 versions from both manufacturers that are also very good. Olight and Thrunite are similar quality and have good products too.

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Led Lenser

Wed, 2019-01-23 10:15

 + 1 for LED Lenser

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Xeo 19r LED Lenser lights up

Wed, 2019-01-23 22:14

Xeo 19r LED Lenser lights up the whole backyard and having double lenses can go wide and spot at the same time :) 

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>>My favorite headlamp is a

Thu, 2019-01-24 15:54

>>My favorite headlamp is a Zebralight H53, runs on AA batteries and has a nice flood beam.<<

Does it have both modes : flood(spread) and post ?

 

 

>>Xeo 19r LED lenser>>

Around $300 plus wooo

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 I've got a high end led

Thu, 2019-01-24 21:22

 I've got a high end led lenser. SEO7R

It was expensive but it is Awesome! They are a great company. I broke it after I'd had it a couple of years and they just sent me another one. No receipt or hassles...

 

Mega powerful, light and rechargable. It was expensive though..

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