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head lamp options, help?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Scott17818, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Nov 6, 2019 at 6:57 PM
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    Scott17818

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    so on my last trip my headlamp decided to die (plastic tab that locks in selected light tilt angle.. so now its either dead on, or aiming at my forhead..)

    looking for another/replacement. preferably something USB rechargeable, or takes AA/AAA batteries that I can get rechargeables for.. so far only candidate I kind of liked for the red light ability was the Petzel hybrids, with their ability to use either 3 AAA's or the Petzel CORE lithium packs that can be charged directly from a micro USB cable.. they run about $60 for one with the CORE battery..

    ANY OTHER CANDIDATES? the price limit for me is under $100 for the unit, and battery pack. thanks, figured you guys would have more experience..
     
  2. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM
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    I like Petzel for reliability and simplicity, but not sure how this is Tacoma related, there's hunting threads.
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:02 PM
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    Black diamond is my favorite but it drains battery real fast but super bright. Usually have to changed battery every time i go camping. "reload"
     
  4. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:03 PM
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    I use a Bushnell TRKR, it take 3 AA batteries, has white, red and blood tracking (UV) lights and is only $12. Ive had mine for about 5 years and its gotten beaten up pretty good by my son.
     
  5. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:05 PM
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    I'm good with posting in this thread. Change is good.

    I like the Coast headlamps.
     
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  6. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:07 PM
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    this is why when looking at specs the petzel listed 60 hours on high.. I was kind of impressed.. my HP7R flashlight with the litium cell can only go for about 7 hours on high.. just want something reliable, and sturdy (kinda rough on my gear, rechargeable is nice because i carry a battery pack with me to charge my tablet, and phone when not driving, and charge the battery pack when I drive (looking for a better one that charges full in less than 3 hours off 12v, or the 120 bed outlet, not a fan of goal zero stuff (too pricey, and heavy)... should also mention I am night blind, I can only see ok in full moon at night, but not very well, so lighting is important to me.
     
  7. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:09 PM
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  8. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM
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    I have the COAST HP7R, and HP8R flashlights... love them, used and abused the hell out of them at work smashed off cell doors, dropped from heights of aroun 6-8 ft onto concrete.. used as a kubaton for training. still works great.. and I love the recharge feature..
     
  9. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:11 PM
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    whats the runtime on CR123, and the lithium large cell?
     
  10. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:13 PM
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  11. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:15 PM
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    I dont mind that, but I would like to have the red light option, was a bit more pleasant when speaking to others in a group, and not blinding each other..
     
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  13. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:16 PM
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    Red caps are cheap.
     
  14. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:37 PM
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    After rolling my ankle in a cave due to a shit light, I have a fenix HP30. Roll over to r/flashlight on Reddit and dig in. I believe there's a zebralight that's pretty popular. By once cry once.
     
  16. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:47 PM
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    There’s 6 output settings but it sure is nice to have the super bright ones even though you don’t use them all that often
     
  19. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:55 PM
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    I have a couple Black Diamond Storms. Tough, bright and reliable. Believe the rechargeable version is the ReVolt.
     
  20. Nov 6, 2019 at 7:57 PM
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    my HP8R puts out 700lumens, great for changing tires in the spread flood mode. and for vehicle inspections, but a headlamp is indispensible.. I'd rather spend a bit more for something I can trust to work everytime.. thats why I look for advice, and read a LOT of reviews.. lots of unscrupulous companies out that hyping their own products that are crap...
     
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