Mar 13, 2013 at 9:33 am #1300404
It's slightly luxury for lighting, but I thought I would mention it here for those who haven't seen it; the new BD Revolt headlamp has a built-in 3xAAA battery charger (via micro-USB). 3.4 oz without USB cable, spot / dual flood / red flood / strobe. I found it for $40 new on Ebay
It's not waterproof, but is IPX4; it's fine in the rain.
I haven't used it in the field yet, but it fits a niche for my all-USB electronics kit.
It also has the intuitive dimming controls I've found on other BD products; you just hold the button down until the dimmer smoothly reaches the level you want.Mar 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm #1965644
Thanks for the heads up. I am also going down the USB recharge route. (phone, Steripen Freedom, Petzl with Core battery, Power Chimp nut as solar AA/AAA charger and USB out charging using AA/AAA batteries).
One of the big issues with AA/AAA batteries are units that use 3 cells (SPOT 2, Petzl headlamps) rather than 2 which leads to taking a couple of additional rechargeables. Most chargers recharge in pairs only. The BD seems to solve this but I note that they sell their rechargeable batteries in packs of 4!Mar 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm #1968055
just Justin WhitsonMember
Yeah, saw this recently as well. I think i may get it not for my normal hiking, backpacking gear system, but for my reserve, possible crap hit the fan and/or long term travel box since i have a decent Solar charger/battery system that using USB plugs. With a few Sanyo rechargeable batteries in there, should have a decent lighting system for awhile if need be.Mar 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm #1970992
I have it. I like it so far, because i can charge it off my Powermonkey adventurer, and or my minigorilla battery bank. It also can charge batteries for other things for me once its own are done if im not mistaken. As far as beam quality and longevity of the battery ill have to test it in the field more, I used it this winter and it was in the middle of a somewhat blizzard couldn't see 10 feet really in front of you.Nov 22, 2014 at 3:28 am #2151142
@dmusasheLocale: Pacific Northwest
Has anyone used the newer (2014) version of the Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp? Looks like they made a few slight changes compared to the 2013 model (slightly higher output, slightly longer battery life, slightly different white LEDs, possibly different dimmer user interface?).
I too am looking to make a totally USB powered electronics kit for backpacking. I was going to get two Bosavi headlamps for my wife and I, but if I get a ReVolt, my wife could keep using her trusty Petzl Tikka2 and I could charge her AAA batteries when need be with the ReVolt.
Seems like a decent system as long as the ReVolt actually works as advertised…Nov 22, 2014 at 4:37 am #2151145
@bleanLocale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
I am looking for advice. My recharge needs are:
* Single AA battery (Zebralight)
* USB out (SteriPen)
Is there a practical setup for this? If a pure USB (out) charger is a lot lighter I am willing to consider that plus spare battery for the Zebralight.
How long a trip does one have to take before such a setup is worthwhile?
–MVNov 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #2151190
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Let me know how your Revolts work.
I had difficulty getting mine 1) to charge from my SUV's USB port and 2) holding a charge for any meaningful amount of time. It seemed that after 30 or 40 minutes of use the batteries died
This is my 2nd bad experience with a rechargeable battery powered product from BD. I think I will avoid a third.
CheersNov 23, 2014 at 2:13 am #2151361
@dmusasheLocale: Pacific Northwest
Hmmm. Well that's disconcerting. Maybe I will steer clear for the moment.
I sure wish Bosavi's weren't so expensive!
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