I was reading about people fiddling with low luminosity headlamps. I collect flashlights as a hobby, so here's my advice.
List of links for you if you want to decide for yourself:
List of beam shots for nearly every even remotely popular flashlight on the market: https://www.taschenl...penliste.53366/
Flashlight subreddit (very active): https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/
Flashlight harness: https://www.aliexpre....21e54c4d3VM8LG
My suggestion: Armytek Wizard Pro v3 usb chargable (10/6/18 update: I suggest reviewing the TH30 now as well, but it is new so quality over time isn't assured)
Cool or warm is your preference. Cool is marginally more lumens and I find it better for searching. Be careful as there is v2, v3 (without pro), non rechargable. In reality you want high CRI rating, but for headlamps, it doesn't get better than this at time of writing. You can find this for $60 on sale in some places.
- 2300 lumens
- Headband included
- Magnetic tail cap so you can stick it to something metal and have it shine
- Usb chargable
- Water resistant
- High drain and incredibly bright, will last 2-3 hours if you don't have it on turbo
- Gets hot, but not like burn-your-hair hot
If you need to go out longer, you want more batteries and a proper charger. However, there are a lot of fake high drain batteries, and there are a lot of chargers that both won't take normal AA or AAA rechargable or won't support high drain *or* won't support button/non button config.
- Samsung 30q's for batteries. If you search around you can find them for $5 apiece. Super standard, very reliable. Button top is more reliable if you have other flashlights, but if you don't, flat top will work fine with the pro v3. Button top might run you $1 more apiece.
- Nitecore D2/D4 are reliable chargers, support hi drain, AA and AAA rechargable and isn't too pricy.
There are alternative options out there, but for the average person this is what you needa know. If you want a hand held option, Emisar D4 is 4k+ lumens. I don't suggest this though, because even with higher lumens, a headlamp is much less taxing in terms of letting your eyes adjust to things- shadow angles don't change so your eyes will see contrast from queens running around much easier.
Just wanted to put this information out there
Want to update this thread with a few recent developments. I'll keep it short.
The current brightest single 18650 light is the Emisar D4.
Link here: https://intl-outdoor...ight-p-921.html
Beam shot (~3.8k lumens)
There are a few other stores that also sell them.
Flashlight harness that nurbs uses is here: https://www.aliexpre....21e54c4d3VM8LG
If you can't find it, on aliexpress it's listed as "Head Strap Mount Headband Black Head Strap Mount Headband Holder Fixed Strap For 18650 battery flashlight diameter 20-25mm torch"
There's also a new 'best' headlamp. I haven't tested it, but it has a lot of very good reviews and is generally accepted as better due to improved LED technology
ThruNite TH30 Super Bright Rechargeable Headlamp
I don't have any available beamshots for this but it's up there.
The next upcoming is going to be coming out this month or next, here:
Edited by soulsynapse, October 6 2018 - 1:03 PM.