The best headlamps for hunting and fishing — waterproof

Nitecore HC33

The Nitecore HC33 headlamp is an «all-rounder» that can be removed from the head mount and used as a regular corner flashlight. The Cree LED used in it is capable of creating a flow of up to 1800 lumens, but only in “turbo mode” — the flashlight heats up and drains the battery very much. Therefore, the standard «powerful» mode limits the flow to 780 lumens, increasing the operating time on a fully charged 18650 battery by a factor of three — up to one and a half hours.

The end cover of the flashlight is magnetic, allowing it to be mounted at different angles on steel bases — for example, when working with a car on an open hood. Also included is a clip that allows you to attach a flashlight to a pocket or backpack strap.

There is no built-in charging — the removed battery is supposed to be charged on an external charger or replaced with a spare one. It is not included in the kit, so if you are not already using 18650 lithium-ion batteries somewhere, you will have to buy it.

The degree of dust and moisture protection is IP68: the manufacturer does not in vain position the headlamp as intended for hunting and tourism, it is not afraid of getting into the water.

Main advantages:

  • Versatility
  • Good dust and moisture protection
  • Using a standard replacement 18650 battery
Minuses:
  • No beam focus
  • No charger included

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I bought a flashlight precisely because of its versatility — even hang it on your forehead, even on a backpack, even stick it somewhere with a magnet.

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Fenix ​​HM50R v.2.0

The “second generation” of the HM50R flashlight is interesting both for its versatility and “indestructibility”: the flashlight is not purely a headlamp, but removable from a strap attachment, it can be used as a manual or desktop if necessary (the second use is even more convenient due to the fact that light travels at right angles to the cylindrical part of the body). IP68 dust and moisture protection will allow you to not only get caught in the rain with this flashlight, but also dive to a moderate depth, if necessary.

The design provides not only an indication of the remaining charge using a two-color indicator, but also reliable protection against overheating — with such a compact case, taking into account the use of a fairly “hot” LED at the maximum mode, this is not the last thing. In case of overheating, the flashlight does not turn off completely, but reduces the brightness, allowing the LED and the body to cool. The battery can be recharged directly in the flashlight, and using a modern type-C connector.

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Main advantages:

  • Can be used as a handheld flashlight
  • Compactness and minimum weight (despite the fact that the case is metal and the battery is replaceable)
  • Charging via built-in port
  • Excellent dust and moisture protection
Minuses:
  • Using a 16340 battery, less capacious and more expensive (in terms of milliamp-hours per ruble), in contrast to the massive 18650

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The flashlight is really light, the head does not strain a single gram. Holds water, has already been tested by a couple of accidental baths.

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Nitecore HC65M

Continuing our review of the best Nitecore HC65M headlamps. This flashlight is really specific — its mount is really a head mount, but not designed for a headband, but for use in conjunction with the front mount of Western ballistic helmets. However, it is precisely because of this that the flashlight has become popular among airsoft fans, especially since its “tactical” purpose is fully justified, if you look at how well it is built. If we recall that clones of “foreign” helmets from the well-known Chinese site are also used by lovers of climbing caves and dungeons (because they don’t need “military” strength, but this one will also protect against a hit by a random stone, plus the lantern mount is a “bonus” ”), then this headlamp can really be considered popular in more or less wide circles, despite the lack of a conventional mount.

And do not forget that the HC65M v2 is already starting to go on sale: in the new version, the design has been changed (all three LEDs are under a common tempered glass), the luminous flux of the main LED has been increased to 1750 lumens (alas, with a drop in autonomy to 30 minutes — complete the battery is the same, at 3400 mAh), and charging is now carried out through a modern type-C connector. So, if you are interested in this flashlight, it is worth spending more time «wool» online stores: the new version also has its advantages. At the same time, if necessary, it can also shine at the level of the old one, if you switch the mode.

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Main advantages:

  • Excellent dust and moisture protection
  • Rechargeable without removing the battery
  • Using the most common lithium-ion battery size
  • High capacity battery included
Minuses:
  • Specific helmet mount

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

On the Chinese clone Ops-Core is attached perfectly. The light is bright. If necessary, easily muffled to a minimum. Strength tested — literally hitting his head against a brick, it happened once.

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The best battery powered headlamps

Petzl Tactikka+

The Petzl brand, named by the French caver Fernand Petzl in honor of himself, is well known to fans of climbing mountains and caves. However, today we will talk about only one aspect of its range — yes, it produces lanterns that are not cheap, but interesting. The Petzl Tactikka+ is one of the lightest headlamps available, weighing just 85 grams. It works as standard on three AAA batteries, although it also supports the use of the branded (which is not surprising for Petzl) CORE battery, which, however, costs almost two and a half thousand in the official dealer’s store.

The flashlight is assembled on three LEDs with the traditional distribution of roles: «far» and «near» light of white LEDs, dim constant or intermittent red burning. Naturally, there is also a power adjustment — as a result, in economy mode, the flashlight can «pull out» up to 160 hours (with a light flux of 6 lumens) or only two — but at 350 lumens.

All control of the flashlight is on one button, which is easily accessible even when wearing gloves. Three colors are offered: camouflage, reminiscent of cartoons, black or desert.

The protection level of the flashlight is average — IPX4. Simply put, it can withstand direct splashes, but nothing more. In any case, as an option for buying a headlamp is very interesting: it does not tie the user to expensive proprietary batteries, it is comfortable and easy to wear, and at the same time it is quite bright and reliable.

Main advantages:

  • Two LEDs with different brightness and beam width
  • Light weight
  • Splash protection
  • 5 year warranty
  • Possibility of attaching to a helmet without a strap
Minuses:
  • Yes in general and no in particular

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The flashlight is light, does not press and does not go astray with sudden movements of the head, it switches conveniently. At the same time, Petzl is not so expensive.

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Petzl Tikka

If some Finnish accent was felt in the name of the previous model, then here it is already quite obvious (“tikka” in Finnish, by the way, means “woodpecker”). We don’t know where this name came from, but in many ways the “woodpecker” is similar to the “tactical woodpecker” — the flashlight is also very light (82 grams), has a built-in compartment for three AAA batteries or a branded CORE battery. However, it is no longer assembled in France, but in Malaysia, and does not have a “long-range” mode: its LEDs are designed for a wide beam, and the “farthest” mode with a brightness of 300 lumens gives a “range” of only 65 meters (Tactikka + for comparison — up to 90 meters). The level of water protection they have is the same — IPX4.

Unlike the “tactical woodpecker”, the “regular” colors are deliberately bright, and even with luminescent inserts — this makes it easier to find a flashlight in the dark. So, if you don’t really need «range» or «tactical» coloring, then the cheaper Tikka will become even more interesting than Tactikka +.

Main advantages:

  • Comfort and light weight
  • Good brightness for the size
Minuses:
  • Average «range» of the beam

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The flashlight is very convenient in operation, you practically don’t notice it on your head, and by itself it doesn’t cling to anything.

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Petzl Pixa 3

This headlamp, one might say, is “special purpose” — it was certified for explosion protection (ATEX: Zone 2/22 — short work in an environment of explosive gases, as well as in conditions of accumulation of explosive dust), equipped with a regular helmet mount, and even the control was optimized for glove — not with a button, but with a large rotary selector. Well, it remains to turn on the Stakhanovites group in the player and go cut coal with overfulfillment of the plan.

Seriously though, the flashlight, powered by two AA batteries, is capable of delivering up to 100 lumens in the «high beam» mode (range — up to 80 meters with an autonomy of 3.5 hours on a standard set of batteries), 60 lumens in the «for movement» mode (60 meters. 6 hours of operation) with the combined operation of both LEDs (in this case, the «long-range» LED is limited in brightness), or shine only with a «dipped» light with a wide beam — in this case it will give out its 20 lumens for more than a day. A “backup” mode is also provided, in which, with discharged batteries, the flashlight can work for another ten hours, with light limited to 10 lumens.

The strength of the case is on the level: the flashlight can withstand a load of 80 kg (test of the “step on me” type) and a fall from a height of two meters onto a concrete floor. Dust and moisture protection — according to the IP67 standard. A curious feature of the mount is that it has a “transport” mode, when the glass turns towards the headband and thus is protected from accidental damage. Also, the mount, which can be easily detached from the headband, can be used as a floor or tabletop platform.

Main advantages:

  • Strength
  • Good dust and moisture protection
  • Hazardous Environment Certification
Minuses:
  • Orientation to work in confined spaces — in the open air, the «dipped» light may lack the width of the light beam

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The company does not knit brooms: the flashlight is of high quality and truly professional.

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OSRAM LEDinspect HEADLAMP 300

Yes, the German company, founded over 100 years ago, is not only one of the largest players in the field of automotive lighting: it also produces good headlamps. The model presented by us in the rating (according to the manufacturer, designed to repair all the same cars) is a single-diode flashlight with a remote occipital battery pack that uses three AA batteries and produces 300 lumens in full power mode (2-3 hours of operation) . A reduced brightness mode is provided — the luminous flux is reduced to 60 lumens, which allows you to count on 10 hours of operation. The degree of dust and moisture protection is moderate — IP64.

Since the flashlight has only two modes of operation, provided by a single LED. It is less versatile than models that have separate high and low beam LEDs. However, for its intended purpose — as an assistant in the repair — he copes more than. And let’s not argue — in terms of workmanship and reliability, we will not find fault.

Main advantages:

  • Decent autonomy at maximum brightness
  • Reliability
  • Remote battery pack, unloading the forehead
Minuses:
  • One LED for both modes

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I traveled in the glove box for a long time, but once it really came in handy when the car got on the road at night. Even at reduced brightness, you can work fine.

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Metabo 657003000

The inexpensive headlamp from Metabo is heavy (260 grams), but has good weight distribution due to the fact that the battery container is placed on the back of the headband. The LED is single, with a lens that allows you to change the angle of the luminous flux, just like on conventional hand-held lanterns. However, even in the “widest” position, the beam is narrow — the flashlight is designed to illuminate a specific narrow area, this should be taken into account. The luminous flux is 160 lumens, a set of high-quality batteries lasts for up to 5 hours.

The flashlight bracket also allows you to adjust the tilt, but the fixation can be rather weak: a heavy “head” with a lens can knock down the adjustment when shaking your head. In general, the quality of the flashlight is average, but without frank «jambs» — in general, a typical «budget».

Main advantages:

  • Light angle adjustment
  • Reasonably comfortable headband
Minuses:
  • The lens slightly spoils the light distribution (the spot, according to the owners, resembles a kind of “donut” in brightness)

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

For a garage, a flashlight is normal, for example, if you poke around under the hood, it doesn’t eat batteries much, it shines brightly.

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The best rechargeable headlamps

Fenix ​​HP25R V2.0

Right now we have before us — the very case when the prefix «version 2.0» after the already familiar model index is not just for beauty. Compared to the first generation HP25R (by the way, it also had good scores in the last edition of our rating of the best headlamps), the new flashlight has changed a lot.

Having retained IP66 dust and moisture protection (alas, this is still not enough for a real “extreme”), the flashlight now uses new LEDs: Luminus SST40, Cree XP-G3 S4 (white high and low beam) and Everlight 2835 (low brightness red light). At the «far» now, the flashlight is able to give out not 1000 lumens, but all 1600 with a passport «range» of 290 meters and an operating time of up to 2 hours on a standard ARB-L21-5000 battery (the most common size, 18650). The maximum for the «dipped» light is 400 lumens with an autonomy of up to 8 hours, while the maximum range is reduced to 50 meters. The red LED can burn continuously for 400 hours — that’s more than two weeks.

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Main advantages:

  • Good combination of autonomy and brightness
  • Built-in charging via Type-C port
  • Using 18650 battery
  • Rugged design (double drop resistance compared to the previous generation)
Minuses:
  • High price

9.8
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Before that, I had experience with the old model. I already bought a new one myself — it shines really brighter and farther, and without tangible problems with heating even in summer.

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Phoenix HL12R

The compact and lightweight (73 g) Phoenix headlamp is assembled on a Cree XP-G2 LED, which allows it to produce up to 400 lumens of light, but, alas, with decent heat (you can feel it well on the front aluminum panel) and with a fast consumption battery charge (it will last a maximum of an hour). The flashlight automatically dims after a minute to prevent overheating. And, since the battery is made non-removable just for the sake of compactness and low weight (and the charging connector is hidden on the back of the case), you should still use the most economical modes possible (130, 70, 30 or 4 lumens).

There are two buttons on top, one switches the standard modes, the second activates the strobe and the SOS signal. «Turbo mode» you can turn on any of them, and simultaneously holding and holding both buttons will block them from accidental pressing.

In general, the flashlight turned out to be very interesting, but the impression is greatly spoiled by the non-removable battery, which, due to the location of the connector, cannot be charged “on the go” (for example, from a power bank). Therefore, we will inevitably cut the rating points for him.

Main advantages:

  • Compact and light weight
  • Powerful LED
  • Rugged and well-protected housing
Minuses:
  • Non-removable battery
  • Inconvenient location of the charging connector

9.4
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Convenient for hiking — takes up a minimum of space, weighs very little, and shines well.

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Pathfinder Smith

The Pathfinder headlamp is assembled on three LEDs, the most powerful of them, the central one, has manual focusing of the light flux, and the side ones are designed for “economical” illumination. Two 18650 batteries were chosen as a power source, which can be charged with complete chargers from a 220 V network or a car cigarette lighter. To prevent the flashlight from hanging forward, the batteries are installed in a separate compartment at the back of the headband.

The flashlight does not have any outstanding protection — the IP20 class directly hints that it is not “friendly” with water at all. So for home-garage use, it is suitable, but you should not take it with you into the aisle or hunting.

The batteries included in the kit typically in Chinese boast a declared capacity of as much as 4800 mAh, but, of course, you should not believe this — they cannot boast of either capacity or resource, so it’s easier to immediately replace them with high-quality and long-tested ones from LG or Samsung, since they are now inexpensive.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price
  • Good brightness
  • Using standard 18650 batteries
  • Network and car charger included
Minuses:
  • Average build quality
  • Low quality batteries

8.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

I use it in the garage for a long time, for its price the flashlight suits everyone. Unless the batteries have already been changed to «chocolates» from LG, they work much longer.

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