I use a headlamp A LOT. They’re worth their weight in gold for most forms of mechanical and automotive work, and a lot of maintenance and carpentry too.
Dimly lit places where you need both hands free abound in most of the work, and play that I do.
It’s also dark 1/2 to 3/4 of the day for a good 6 months out of the year here. I never go anywhere without a flashlight year round. But in the winter I never go without a headlamp as well. I really do get that much use from one in general, and I’ve found that 9 out of 10 emergencies/mishaps/adventures happen in the dark.
I decided after my moose hunting trip this year that I needed a newer, brighter headlamp. The one I have works great, and has for about 10 years now. It’s bright enough and has taken anything I’ve thrown at it.
But compared to what the other guys were using, it’s a candle to a locomotive! LEDs have progressed a lot in the last decade, and this light was the older style bubble LED lamps, the older tech when I got it.
On the highest mode out of three, it’s a good 50 lumens at the most. Enough for general work in pitch black, but at dusk it leaves a little to be desired. And sometimes more light is simply better in the deepest dark.
So, I did some digging, research, and browsing but didn’t really get anywhere.
Figured I’d post a thread @ the edc community forum soon, and ask for recamendations.
I never got that far.
In one guys thread a couple weeks later, he posted his new headlamp. Two friends started asking questions about it, both also looking for something new. Within a few days they’d ordered theirs. They both loved them.
3 glowing reviews, and a feature set I liked, I couldn’t go wrong, I went ahead and ordered it!
With my older Browning light;
The specs on the Thrunite TH20;
Firely mode 0.3 lumen
Infinity low; 1.6 lumens
Infinity high; 230 lumens
Turbo high on an alkaline or Ni-MH AA; 250 lumens
Turbo high on an lithium ion 14500 rechargeable “AA”; 520 lumens (!)
The light is aluminum housed, and runs on a single AA cell, or a rechargeable 14500 cell.
Now, you might be asking “what’s infinity mode?” Put simply, the light doesn’t have previously set brightness levels for normal use. It has one main mode, and an infinite adjustment within it. Lowest is 1.6 lum, highest is 230.
Press and hold the switch and it slowly ramps up through the range, simply stop at the level of light you want!
Operation is simple.
From Off, long press to get the firefly 0.3 lum mode. Regular press to turn off.
Also from Off, regular press goes to infinity mode, and the memory puts it at the last used brightness (so you don’t have to re-adjust it every time).
Long press in infinity mode ramps up till you stop. Next long press ramps down, and alternates every press. Regular press to turn it off.
Fast double click from any mode gets Turbo. Double click from turbo gets you SOS flash. Regular press to turn off.
I really like the infinite adjuster! I can get just the light I want, and it’s easy to go up or down. Sometimes preset modes are either too bright or too dim, depending on where you are, what reflects the light etc. This I can adjust easily, up or down as needed.
I gained some durability with aluminum over plastic (although the plastic has never been any trouble even in rough use, and extreme temperatures).
It turns out just slightly heavier than the other light, being AA and metal, but the other is 3 AAAs which are the same or more bulk, and it was bigger overall.. It evens out very well between them.
The Browning has a pad on the back for against the head, while the TH20 is rubber mounted, no pad, but just as comfortable.
The Browning has 3 click set angle adjustments. The TH20 is an infinite angle, set simply by rotating it in the rubber holder.
The Browning has a very “cool” light output, an blue tint. A tint that bothered me at first, but I got used to it, hadn’t really noticed it for years. The TH20 comes in either a warm, or cool tint emiter, your choice. I chose the warmer, more yellow, natural light tint, since I prefer not to have the blue tint whenever possible.
One big gain is the change to one battery. AAAs are easy to find in general, but if your scrounging them in an emergency finding three of them can be a pain. Most devices that take them only run two.
Finding a single AA on the other hand is relatively easy! They are more common, and like AAAs, most devices run on two of them.
Lots of subtle differences, but all gains.
I have the infinity mode set at about the same light level, or a little brighter than high on the Browning, which was my most used mode. I’d guess around 50 or 60 lumens… It’s a distinctive jump to Turbo, but dimmer than 100 lum.
Update; December 23 2017;
At first, when I first wrote this, I was running it on an Energizer Ni-MH rechargeable AA cell, the same voltage as a alkaline AA. Then the turbo was only 250 lumens. Honesty, enough light for 99.9% of anything, but to me it seemed rediculous to have capabilities I couldn’t use. And I just wanted more light. 😉
So I ordered a single Olight brand 14500 cell, and a simple USB charger also from Olight. Output on turbo is now extreme! And great if you need, or just want it. 🙂
Review of the battery and charger coming soon.
Overall, I’m extremely pleased. An excellent light, especially for its cost. I’d have paid a lot more for the quality, build, and features. This is only a $30 light!
Been a while. It’s either been a lot going on with no time to post, or I’ve been sick as hell(flu, twice through, laid out for 3 weeks, then almost gone, got too cold working, relapsed, and now running into 6 weeks total) and literally Nothing going on to post about.
Anyway, here is a random slew of pics from the last couple months.
Moon and Venus.
My first day out snowshoeing.
Recent knives used and the books I was reading that week.(for a forum thread)
Dads stainless handle Sabre jack knife that lives in the den, which is currently the reloading room.
Case hobo and an Alaskan cookbook
225 grain LWN (long wide nose) hard cast .41 caliber bullets I ordered from GTBullets. 100 lubed and sized for $13, even with $6 shipping, it’s almost cheaper than I could cast my own.. And is considering I can’t afford the mould right now! 😉
Cleaning up an old Schrade USA stockman, a 8OT , that a friend gave me last summer.
Knives and guns, notable pairs, (for a forum thread )
My Beretta. 45, that I’ve now amazingly had for 10.5 years! And the custom Andy Sharpe coffin fighter that it’s come to live with. I rarely ever carry one without the other.
My Mom’s Liberty Mustang .22 and Dad’s Case peanut.
Most sentimental pairing; my Ruger Security Six 357 mag. Which has belonged to both my older brothers, and my Dad before me. With Dad’s Western brand hunting knife.
New stuff, second week of March, my takes from the EDCC (edccommunity.com) passaround box.
Old style finned bomb shaped beads are a fad right now, had some shop time so I tried one. LOTS of work to get the rounded nose, and fins. Had to freehand the cutters on the curve, and lots of file work off the lathe. Too time intensive to make many of them, but I might still..
A slew of pocket dumps, in mostly cronological order, late Jan. to now.
On my knees in a sniw bank digging out firewood at 0F or 10F. Something like that. Proof that I wear my guns working, they’re not babied. (Much.. 😉 )
Simple day last week, hour or two after dark working on firewood. Headlamp and the bluetooth speaker did constant duty… I zip the speaker into a mid layer pocket, hit Google Play, usually Springsteen, and have music wherever I am while working.
Yesterday’s carry, 3-15-17, an outside day. been cooped up sick, wanted to get out and work for a while, puttered around with a few projects (most of which involved shoveling snow!).
Cousins. Both old used and worn, but great Schrade USA stockmans. Large 8OT, and medium 34OT.
My Titanium Eng1nerd Prangler (mash up of key dangler and pry bar) is getting some great coppery brass colored wear stripes in its anodizing. The things that swing and rub on it are brass and it sort of burnished onto the area as it rubs.
And, more of 3-15-17… got the sled out for a bit.And found out how out of practice I am… Was stuck a total of three times! Oi. Thankfully all within ~100 yards max from the house! God is good to me!
Most of you will remember that my most used carry item is a flashlight, far exceeding all others, even a knife.
Not surprising since it’s dark a LOT here in the winter, which is basically 7 months of the year, (3 hours and 40 min of daylight yesterday!) And add to that my work always has datk, dim, shadowed, odd little nooks and cranies to see into… and my eyes aren’t what they used to be, I seem to need more light in general these days.
Anyway, I need to fess up.
There is an item I religiously carry everyday in the fall through spring, basically once I gain a jacket to easily carry it, which coincides with Dark nights…
I’ve had that headlines for about 8 years now, and love it! I’d say it’s maybe 100 lumens on high with all three leds going. Not a lot, but it’s enough in the pitch black outside.
I’ve worn it working construction, doing yard work, shoveling, plowing, daily my Dane tasks like hauling groceries in, or getting firewood in. (Every evening for the past two weeks in fact!) It’s been worn snowmobiling, atving, hiking. It’s been used when I’m broke down, stuck. Or when others are broke down or stuck… It’s even been a room light during power outages. From fall 60F to record setting -65F it’s taken it all!
It really is a life saver, worth it’s weight in gold.
One of the greatest Christmas presents I’ve ever gotten. Mom got it for me that year after I asked for one. I wanted a Petzl, that’s what was available locally, so figured I’d get it… She ordered this from our favorite outfitter, Cabelas. I had deffinate reservations about the brand and led style, fjgured it a cheap off the wall item with a brand name slapped on it, would be dim and useless. Boy was I wrong!
Before I got it that Christmas, I figured I wouldn’t be getting one, so bought myself the Petzl…
I’ve used the Petzl maybe 4 times! The Browning is brighter, better modes. Ironically, mom ended up with the other one thus last winter when we had the big power outages.
It’s been basically bullet proof for the 8 years, still looks and works as new.
For most of the year, it’s, if not my most carried, most used item, it’s in the top two!
Mail call a couple days ago from my Secret Santa on edccommunity.com forums! A outdoors PSK(pocket survival kit) from Gerber, a nifty multitool spork, a waterproof gear case, and a freaking bright 2xaaa flashlight marked Bushnell.
THANKS SANTA! Whoever you are! 😆😎🙌👍👍✌👌
Yesterday’s EDC pocket dump from around town running errands. (Mostly buying hardware for the next step in ATV winch installation. 😆 )
And this was Thursdays’ carry for my ATV wiring adventure ☺;
And, the item that got the most use all day; Eagletac Ti lights Rock! Anyway, this one does!
(Can someone tell me; does this next line show up as smilies? ? )
The Case cutlery mini trapper and the Victorinox Spirit got a lot of use too, but not near what the flashlight did!
To go with my phone.
Bluetooth earbuds, and a solar panel back up battery/charger.
The earbuds were the second to cheapest thing on ebay… real scietific choice, right? 😉 For sub $10 shipped, I figured I couldn’t really go wrong. They work great too, fantastic range, and great sound. On’y issue I have is that the smallest of the three rubber tip sies is still a bit big. I’ll be stealing the ones I really like off of my Nook buds, hopefully they’ll fit the Bluedio speaker nubs..
I started to get a solar backup battery that I saw on Instagram… but googling for their site I found the same thing, same capacity etc somewhere esle for less than half the cost. No brainer 😉
I’d been wanting a backup for my woods trips, where I use the phone in GPS lock for mapping, distance tracking etc, and obviously for a camera. But GPS EATS battery power. A couple hours hiking can eat 75% of a full battery on GPS mapping. Dead phone for the rest of the day is a pain in the butt, especially if you actually do have signal, and might need it for emergency use.
So a backup battery to carry is a great idea; A solar charged one even better, theoretically giving infinate re-charges on extended trips away from power.
It charges by solar panel, or micro USB input, and has two USB outputs to charge two devices at the same time. So far so good, although I have yet to carge anything from it.
It charges by solar automatically, I find it laying randomly in the truck or at the house with the charge light on, even under artificial light! I even found that it will charge from the light of my BC10 flashlight!
The power loss has to be epic there, going from a LiFePO4 rechargable CR123 out at 320 lumens, into the solar panel and back into a battery… But I guess it is nice to know that at some point I could get device power from the light… maybe.(I doubt it honestly… I’d bet that the loss is so much that you could run the CR123 dead and not get enough power into the other battery to power on my cellphone. I’ll have to try it some time.)
Another nifty feature, a built in LED light;
Its not much, but in an emergency, when your going to backup poser supplies to begin with, ANY light source can be a God sent blessing!