Apr 3, 2020 at 10:09 pm #3639568BPL Moderator TeamAdmin
@bplApr 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm #3639656
Thanks for the review. I’d be curious if it can really go for 40 hours at it’s lowest setting. I’ve tested the NiteCore Bindi and it went several hours past its 50-hour spec and the NiteCore Tube went many hours past its 48-hour spec, although at reduced output.
I can see how that head strap would be unusually comfortable and low-profile. I usually want my light at my waist or in the my hand for hiking. Would there be a way to rig it to a waistband or pants waist? It seemed less versatile that most headlamps in that usage.Apr 4, 2020 at 7:08 pm #3639705
Also thanks for the review. Is the Biolite 200 really that much more comfortable and stable for backpacking (vs running)?
I wear a headlamp around my neck for several reasons unrelated to comfort:
- Doesn’t blind other people when I look at them
- Offset lighting improves shadows and depth perception
- Hats and headlamps often don’t play well together
- Light points where my chest points, instead of where my constantly-moving head points (sometimes that’s an advantage)
Tip: If you want any headlamp to point up while around your neck, turn the whole thing upside down before you put it on. Been doing that since the 1980s, thought everyone knew that trick by now.
— RexApr 5, 2020 at 8:38 am #3639758David UBPL Member
Thaks for the review. I have been eyeing this one.
Any idea as to how the battery life compares to the 330 version?Apr 5, 2020 at 10:14 am #3639778Christopher CBPL Member
You beat me to the punch…. never even understood why manufacturers bother with a tilt up, or why Biolite didn’t just tell this reviewer to turn it upside down when he called. Maybe they were more interested in touting how comfortable it is?
The simple solutions are usually best…Apr 5, 2020 at 1:58 pm #3639833
Does anyone ever use strobe mode? I really dislike have strobe (or SOS) in the rotation of modes.
I guess I could see having that on your butt while road-biking or road-running, but you can also just use a $1 trick-or-treat blinky light for that.Apr 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm #3639851Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay AreaApr 5, 2020 at 5:13 pm #3639891Apr 5, 2020 at 8:31 pm #3639930
“The perfect backpacking headlamp is NOT the Nitecore NU25”
Simplicity and reliability are very important, too.
— RexApr 5, 2020 at 8:39 pm #3639932
Another headlamp tip:
An upside down headlamp on your head, pointed at the ceiling of your shelter, provides ambient lighting with several advantages. Won’t get covered by stuff vs. laying it down. Easier than attaching it overhead and avoids noggin bonking. And you don’t need to buy a new tent with a special headlamp pocket :-)
— RexApr 6, 2020 at 10:19 am #3639970Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
I like the nitecore nu20 with the shock cord diy strap. No strobe, no red, no fussApr 11, 2020 at 6:54 pm #3640990Cliff FBPL Member
I’d like to hear some info on the ability of the ‘on switch’ to NOT turn itself on in a pack . I know a headlight can be packed to avoid that but what about the idea of preventing the problem by good design?Apr 12, 2020 at 11:17 am #3641051Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
can’t answer for the Biolite. With NiteCore: NU20 case covers the switch when in the “neutral” position. The NU25 is electronic. Hold both button down locks. Have to hold both buttons down for a second to unlock. Never had it turn on accidentally.
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