If you only need a basic light and don't care how fancy or bright, this minimalist headlamp will do the trick. With a built-in high lumen output that will brighten your entire environment, the brightest spotlight on the market will not disappoint. For those who need a brighter light, it is worth taking a lamp that weighs a few ounces more.
The Petzl Actik Core is a good choice for backpackers and outdoor adventurers who need a headlamp with fast charging and USB batteries. We tested two rechargeable headlights in 2019 (nine others we reviewed in previous runs of this guide), and we believe they are best suited for outdoor adventures. If you need something inexpensive to do chores or take your dog down the stairs or into the yard in the evening, an inexpensive headlamp is a very good option.
Petzl has been a leader in the innovation of headlights for years, and the Petzl Actik Core is a typical example of this. In short, it is a complete package with 450 lumens maximum brightness, long battery life, consistent performance (its burn-in time for headlights is twice as long as Peter Headlamp's to stay at the bright end), a weight of less than 3 ounces, and an easy-to-use interface. Many headlights come with rechargeable USB designs, but the ActiK core is our favorite.
The Fenix HL60R is the brightest on our list, but it is not unrivaled. The good news is that it manages to be well rounded, including five levels of brightness, a red light mode, a USB battery and a slim design.
We like the Claymores multi-sport utility, brightness levels and a larger battery, but it doesn't have a red mode that many people will find useful at night. This light has a few features that it lacks, such as a memory lock mode that we like, and is our top choice.
The Petzl Tactikka Core is a 450 lumen cordless spotlight with 3 LED lights, including floodlight, flash and red light mode. It comes with a rechargeable Petzl Core 1250 mAh Li-ion battery that can power up to 3 AAA batteries (not included).
Most standard LED headlights are powered by AAA batteries or rechargeable lithium-ion batteries housed in the main body of the bulb on the back belt. The headlamp listed above has a battery pack integrated into its light source, and a single headband or bracelet is all you need to wear it. Multistrap headlamps have a headband, which is required for heavier headlamps, and a remote-controlled battery pack that carries a separate light source connected to an external cable.
If you are planning a trail run or a hike at night, it is important to have a headlamp that tilts on the harness or bracket so that you have a direct floodlight spot on the ground in front of you. Choose a headgear that provides a wide, focused beam with one of three beam intensities, including a flash. The 330 can be adjusted by pulling the headband over the ears or clamping it backwards.
The first button on the headlight gives you the opportunity to illuminate an ultra-wide floodlight cone, rotate the bezel long enough to reach the point where the beam turns into a halo.
The LED light will help you get the job done no matter how busy the day is. Our headlamps stay in place and you can operate them in different lighting modes for different environments. It is best to operate a headlight that is designed to fit upside down and give you the brightest light. Fenix's headlights are designed to do just that.
If you need to light a campsite or hiking trail, make sure you have a shade lamp that you can rely on. Imagine, with this headlamp, you only need it for 10 minutes to use it, and then you run out of power and you need it again to work. With a running time of 3.4 hours and low tide, you can be sure that the light is on when you really need it.
The updated Black Diamond Spot 350 topped our 2012 list because it is reliable and bright enough to illuminate the path in most indoor and outdoor situations. It has 25% more lumens than the previous Spot 350, which represents a noticeable bump in brightness. Spot brightness is in memory mode, so reverts to the previous setting when you turn off the headlights.