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- Last updated: 27/07/2018
Even on summer evenings, shoot into dusk and you’ll soon find darkness descends far more quickly than expected; therefore, a headlamp is essential for paunching rabbits and/or making your way off your shoot safely. That nicely leads me in to say: check out this trio of very high-quality ‘lamps’ that’d suit any ‘night’ hunting situation.
First up, is the Fenix HL26R, which measures 65mm x 44mm x 37mm, weighs 86-grams and built to IP-66 weatherproofing standards. The ‘60-degree tilt’ aircraft grade aluminum casing holds a Cree XP-G2 R5 LED and Nichea White LEDs. The former offering 3x Spotlight, the latter 2x Flood modes – which incidentally have separate switches for operation but can’t be ‘run’ simultaneously. There’s also an SOS ‘flashing’ emergency mode, including low battery indicator and an internal aluminum heat dissipater. A ‘last mode memory’ for each beam setting is also an in-built feature. The powerful 450-Lumen ‘burst mode’ on main beam operates for one minute after activation, giving excellent punch to reach out to 100m when required. Powered by an integrally housed Li-poly battery, it charges via the USB to Micro USB charging cable supplied.
Run times are: Spotlight: Burst 450-Lumens (1-hour 30min) High: 130L (6-hours), Medium 70L (12-hours) and Low (25-hours). Floodlight Modes: High 40L (13-hours), Low 4L (100-hours) and SOS 40L (26-hours).
Next up, is the ‘unique’ HM50R; I use that term because it’s not ‘just’ a headlamp, due to you being able to remove the front light & battery casing from its silicone holder for use as a ‘standalone’ mini torch. Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminium, with a premium Type III hard anodised, antiabrasive finish it measures 67.5mm x 33mm x 28mm, weighs 63-gram (excluding battery) and conforms to IP-68 weatherproofing standards. The Cree XM-L2 U2 LED is powered by a single 16340 rechargeable lithium battery (supplied) and is charged via the USB to micro USB cable that also included. It can also be powered by a CR123A nonrechargeable lithium battery.
The single side switch controls four brightness levels up to a max output of 500-Lumens, which gives a beam distance of 80m. Outputs levels are tuned to offer the maximum run time, so the higher brightness levels will automatically reduce to a lower level to achieve this.
A last mode memory setting is an in-built feature plus battery level indicator.
Run times are: Turbo 500-Lumens (2.5-hours), High 130L (10-hours), mid 30L (24-hours), Low (4-hours).
Finally, is the Fenix HP25R. The front head casing measures 60mm x 54mm x 32.5mm and the battery casing 82.5mm x 50mm x 35mm – all weighing 183.5-gram excluding batteries. Manufactured using aircraft grade aluminum, the lamp unit houses a Cree XM-L2 U2 Spotlight LED and a Cree XP-G2 R5 Flood LED plus a small Red LED. The ‘Spotlight’ has four brightness settings, with the highest delivering an impressive 1000-Lumen beam out to 185m. The broad 90-degree floodlight beam also offers four brightness settings and individual switches control each; again, beams cannot be combined. Waterproof to IPX-6, it features a last mode memory circuit, plus battery level indicator.
It comes supplied with an 18650-rechargeable battery housed in the rear and a micro USB charging cable. It can also be powered by 2x CR123A non-rechargeable batteries.