Campers all around the world know that when your lighting system fails, you are left in the dark – literally!
I have been an avid camper for years now and have been searching for a decent camp lighting system that is both functional and that lasts.
LED lighting has taken the world by storm in the last decade and each day these brilliant little lights get better and better. But can you really get good quality headlamps cheap?
Over the years I have tried so many different headlamps, torches, flashlights, lanterns and all of them have ended up in the same place…. in the bin! Why? Because they just don’t seem to work as expected. Multi LED lights in a single unit – man they are bright in the store, but once you take them outside, all they seem to do is provide a glow that reaches a few metres in front of you. Great if you want to read a book in your tent, but if you are going for a walk, you can’t see a thing! And it is not just the “cheap” and “no-name” brands… I have tried so many and they all seem to be the same. And out of the better ones, they batteries seem to die after a couple of hours…. and if you drop one…. CRACK! Grrrr…. Frustrating!
So this time I thought I would to the “premium” section and take a look. All these nice looking torches and flashlights in the locked cabinet….. Most of the range I looked was priced anywhere from $29 for a small pen light to pretty much as much as you want to spend!
I zeroed in on the LED Lenser brand – I had read a little bit about them online, but didn’t really go into much detail on them. I started talking to the gentleman behind the counter and asked his recommendation – LED Lenser is what he suggested! I was looking for a headlamp that was small, light, bright and comfortable…. These guys range from about $49 up…. Not that extravagant, but as long as they were good quality, I was happy to try one. So I ended up buying the LED Lenser SEO 7R headlamp for $140 – I know what you are going to say – WOW, that’s expensive! – And I agree with you, but the guy in the shop assured me I would not be disappointed. He even told me I could return it if I didn’t like it! I had nothing to lose, so I bought it…..
The R in the model number stands for “Rechargeable”. The kit comes with 3 x AAA energiser batteries as well as the purpose built rechargeable battery as well as all the charging equipment you need – a wall charger and a USB cable. The USB cable means that you can use anything to recharge the battery – AC power, car, boat, portable phone charger and even solar chargers! Very versatile!
So how did this headlamp perform? Well, I will have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised – this headlamp is by far the absolute best one I have ever purchased – I guess I won’t be returning it! It is light, comfortable and weather resistant. It has 3 brightness settings from 20lm to 200lm, flashing signals as well as a red light to give you vision without attracting the bugs. The distance you get from this lamp is incredible and the clarity of the light is intense. The lens also has a focus function that allows you to go from a flood light to a spot light is a single twist!
Check out this video to see some of the LED Lenser range and functions in action
I compared this new LED Lenser headlamp with another expensive brand that a friend of mine has and I am sorry to say that he was disappointed with the output of his – I think he had LED envy for a moment!