Long gone are the days when we had to rely on candles and lanterns to illuminate our path. Today, we live in an era when light is at the tip of our fingers, literally. Every phone has a flashlight feature, which can be beneficial in a wide range of scenarios, but not when you need some serious illumination. Flashlights are still king, but there are also headlamps – handy gadgets that are still extremely underrated. Headlamps can be used for a wide range of purposes and have a number of practical advantages.
However, not all headlamps are made equal, which is the case for every lighting source. Some boast a ton of features while others do the bare minimum. Depending on your personal needs and preferences, your choice of headlamp will vary. Some models like the LED Lenser H14.2 offer a ton of illumination, which makes them ideal for aid rescuers, expeditions and ambitious hikers. Plus, the LED Lenser H14.2 can be powered using a wide range of batteries, including AA Alkaline, AA NiCadand Li-ion.
Some of the features the LED Lenser H14.2 offers include morse/tactical task sequence signaling, a boost that makes it shine extremely bright for a short time, a dimmed mode, blink mode that emits light pulses in regular intervals, an S.O.S function, a defense strobe and much more. Additionally, this headlamp incorporates an advanced focus system that combines the strengths of a reflector and a lens, whereas other headlamps have either a reflector or a lens.
This high-end headlamp is, of course, more expensive than the more basic models, so if you need one that offers the bare minimum, this one is probably not the one for you and you should look for a model within your budget range. There are some models that may include some features from the H14.2 but exclude others, so decide what matters to you and what doesn’t and shop accordingly.
Regardless of which headlamp you end up picking, you can rest assured you’ll have decent illumination when camping or hiking, when performing home repairs, or when finding your way during power outages. What makes headlamps so desirable is mostly the fact that you have a source of illumination that doesn’t occupy your hands, which allows you to do whatever it is you need to do. You can easily start a campfire, or set up your tent during night time with no issues whatsoever. Or, you can hike and run on your local trail during the night without fearing that you’ll trip or that someone is following you.