Flying at night can be a daunting task. Having both hands free to handle the workload during these tense situations is extremely important. This dual color headlamp puts the right type of light right where you need it without tying up your hands. Dual switches allow you to turn on just the white light, or just the red light. This means you donít have to scroll through different lights and ruin your night vision. Each color of light has a high and low setting to maximize battery life.
Uses 3AAA batteries (included)
OUTPUT POWER: 80 lumens (white)
BATTERY: use 3AAA
RUNTIME: approx. 4 hours
SIZE: 50 x 62.5 x 42mm
WEIGHT: 2.3 oz (without batteries)
Orange button controls CREE LED
Gray button controls red LEDs
ORANGE BUTTON: One Press: White High Brightness
Two Press: White Low Brightness
Three Press: White Off
GRAY BUTTON: One Press: 2 Red LED on
Two Pres: 4 Red LED on
Three Press: Red off
The head lamp is excellent. It provides adequate illumination in the red mode to read all the instruments on the panel. The white light is good for working on the plane on the ground in the dark.
Its nice to find a headlamp that allows you to choose either white or red light without having to toggle through settings to get there. All of the outdoor shops I looked through only had models where you had to cycle through modes to get through to the light you wanted. This either went through white light first, or you had to toggle through all power settings to get to the colour light setting you wanted... This is fine when outdoors but when you are flying at night having the bright mode white light come on, even for a moment, while getting to the red light will immediately kill your night vision. Not good. I am happy to report that this one you can toggle either white light or red light, depending on which button you click. You dont have to worry about killing your night vision with this one. I know this might seem like a silly requirement but you dont often leave your headlamp on once you get up to altitude and its nice to turn it off when trying to get your bearings out the windows. It can sit high enough on your head that you wont see it in your vision and it aims down almost 90 degrees so you can illuminate your lap while looking straight ahead. I have two gripes with this head lamp: 1) It does not memorize your last power setting. When you turn on either white or red light, one click is low, 2nd is high, 3rd is off..... I wish it wouldnt do that. Ive seen some outdoor ones where you hold the button to adjust brightness and it remembers it. Then its just 1 click on, 1 click off. 2) The red lights have 4 LEDs driving it, which result in a really weird looking pattern with a slanted bottom. The light is a bit awkward how it portrays outward. It works just fine, but when you look at it, its not just a blob of light, you can see the individual LEDs lighting the area up. If you dont have OCD like me, disregard this point and adjust the review to read 4.5 stars. Bottom line, its the best headlamp I was able to find that was aviation purposed and allowed me to toggle red light only without killing my night vision by going through white light modes. It also sells for a damned good price to boot.