Headlamp Review 

 

If you’re currently stumbling in the dark, as you work, camp, or play, STOP, because that’s dangerous. Instead, read this four-headlamp reviewwhich looks at four of today’s headlamps, two GOFORWILD USB rechargeable models, one made by LuminoLite, and a Foxelli, which both operate on batteries. 

I’ll be comparing types of light beamsbrightness, comfort, and runtime. 

 

GOFORWILD G03002 v G03006 LED+COB (USB Rechargeable) 

Light Beams 

Are you nightcrawler who needs a detailed field of light close-bycamping out in the open, or are you trail-running at night? Could be you’re busy living the van life. Perhaps you work in crawlspaces where hands-free is a must. Maybe yourself, and your dog named Jam, need headlamps for trolling Alaska’s sunless winters because you both love the wildlife. 

Whatever your preferred nocturnal activity, there are many types of light beams to choose fromwhite, red, self-adjusting, focused point-lights, floods, or a combination of them all. It’s also useful to think about how your choice of headlamp will operate when things go wrong, before you climb into the night. 

GOFORWILD’s G03002 USB Rechargeable Headlamp is two-button, varied light mode sequence lamp, that includes white, strobe, and red-light options. After charging for about two hours, it lit up the darkness admirably, no matter what I was doing. Lights turn on and change, with a press of a button. The Light Control button is on the right, and the Sensor ON/OFF switch is on the left.  

It pales, however, in comparison to the modernity of its upgraded cousin, the G03006. This one wins because of its advanced LED+COB bulb technology, made to reduce glare. 

G03006: 5 out of 5   G03002: 4.5 out of 5  

 

Brightness  

G03002 is basic black, while its recent counterpartthe G03006has a bright, yellow face. Both sets of buttons were easy-tousewith grippy surfaces just the way I like, and a one-page User Manual was all the instruction one could possibly need. 

In both models, all light modes shone almost as brightly, reading a book tented at night, out for an evening hike, and for sweaty work behind the water heater. My only small concern about the G03006’s brightness lit up in Red light mode. Compared with the G03002, its red light amounted to little more than two pinpoints of actual light. 

Not what I’d call exceptionaland barely adequate for readingG0300features a pair of wider lightswhose light was more satisfying, by far. 

At night, harsh white light can create harmful stress on the eyes, which makes red light useful alternative for reading, or taking bathroom breaks, that won’t disturb your tent-mates after a long, hot day in the sun. G03002, wins. 

 G03002: 4.5 out of 5   G03006: 4 out of 5    

 

Comfort 

Each respectively weighing-in at 74 g, and 74.1 g, these GOFORWILD headlamps are evenly lightweight, and comfortable to wearoffering plenty of light distance. 

Each has dual button control, and programmable motion-sensor options, that allow activation with a wave, once the blue LED indicator light is triggered. I think, such ease-of-use factors enhance comfort, so big points for practical, motion-sensor activation. 

My one small peeve is the-wide band gets sweaty after a while, and in my opinion, it should be less obtrusive. After wearing each for few hours while getting stuff donefound them comparably stylish, and wearable, so it’s draw.  

Both get 4.5 out of 5  

 

Runtime 

I wondered if the updated bulb technology in the G03006 would run longer, but alas, the batteries are the same, making it difficult to find a big difference in runtime. 

GOFORWILD’s USB rechargeable headlamp options are powered by a built-in Li-Polymer battery (3.7V/1200mAh), that provides about 80% of maximum light intensity, for nearly 20 hours from both models. Another tie. 

G03006: 4.5 out of 5   G03002: 4.5 out of 5   

 

LuminoLite v Foxelli (Battery-powered) 

Light Beams 

Call this a lifestyle choice, if ever there was one. USB rechargeable, or Battery Power? GOFORWILD headlamps are USB rechargeable, but LuminoLite and Foxelli are powered by 3 AAA batteries, which are included. Both offer versatile, light solutions in whatever darkness you thrive. 

LuminoLite is an ultrabright, 160Lumen CREE LED Headlamp, offering 5 different lighting modes, White and Red LEDs, and IPX6-rated water resistance. But, as always, choose based on your specific needs and requirements, for best results. 

Although Foxelli, and LuminoLite offer the same number of light beam options, LuminoLite still wins because its light on each setting was dramatically richer, and more brilliant, with equally good light distance. 

Foxelli MX20: 4 out of 5   LuminoLite: 4.5 out of 5  

 

Brightness 

Although Foxelli MX20 stands-up with a slightly higher capacity for brightness, at 165 Lumens, it didn’t shine with the same intensity as the LuminoLite.  

I liked Foxelli’s stylish logo motif in its adjustable headband, and its similar set of CREE LED, and Red lights, that lit my way adequately, making it another awesome lightweight, water-resistant choice.  

Funny thing about brightness and Lumen (Lm) valueshigher values are meant to be brighter, but that wasn’t so in this test comparison. Despite the MX20’s higher Lumen value, my vote goes to LuminoLite, for brightness that far outshone Foxelli. 

LuminoLite: 4.5 out of 5  Foxelli MX20: 4 out of 5  

 

Comfort 

Each model in this comparison share the same 45-degree angle adjustment, which provides convenient directional control, allowing you to avoid unnecessarily blinding your trail mates. 

Foxelli is 3.2 ounces, with batteries, and single-button controlLuminoLite is 2.6, with two-buttons. I liked fewer buttons. 

Once you get used to a cast of LED lightbulbs riding on your head, both Foxelli, and LuminoLite were painlessly easy to operate, and nearly effortless to wear. I felt all of the adjustable headbands were wider, and heavier, than they should be. 

 Foxelli MX20: 4.5 out of 5   LuminoLite: 4 out of 5 

 

Runtime 

Whether you’re practicing the yogic TadasanaMountain Pose for strength and conditioning, or excavating last year’s junk from the garage rafters, reliable, uninterrupted lighting is importantFoxelli’s 40hour runtime narrowly beats LuminoLite, at 30 hours, which is too bad, because overall, LumnioLite was brighter at every turn. 

Foxelli MX20: 4.5 out of 5   LuminoLite: 4 out of 5  

 

VICTORY ROUND 

Though iseems costlier to purchase batteries, than it does to recharge them, consider that switching out a pair of cells is likely to be speedier, than a two-hour recharge. And then, what if your battery-powered lamps, as in this case, offer longer-lasting light, what do you do? 

I answer the headlamp replace it, or recharge it question this way: It depends on what I’m doing. Choice is good. 

It was a close run across categories, but in my opinion, for its brightness, runtime, comfort, and ease of use, the overall king torch in this headlamp bout must go to, GOFORWILD G030025 out of 5  . 

Enjoy the darkness! 

 

 

 

Lumens measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. Higher Lumen (Lm) value generally means a brighter light. (Department of Energy)  

ABS or Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is a common thermoplastic polymer typically used for injection molding applications. (plasticextrusiontech.net) 

 

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