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Yes, it is capable of 360 lumens, but only for 30 seconds! That's not a 360 Lumen headlamp - it's a 190 Lumen lamp with short burst capability to 360 in "Turbo Mode" which steps down in 30 seconds to avoid overheating. And yes, the lamp weighs in at 1 oz. And if you want to tie it to your head with a light string you won't add much to that. But it's likely that you want to use the headband which adds another .9 oz. 53 grams total or 1.9 oz. That really should be made clear to the consumer wanting to know what they are getting. That said - I don't think I could have chosen a better headlamp for lightweight backpacking. I have found the pattern of the beam to be just right for hiking after dark. Its 190 lumens is bright enough to have no trouble on the trail. At camp, the auxiliary white light casts a wider beam which provides helpful periphery light. It's a lower brightness, but adequate for cooking & camp chores. I use red light a lot to preserve night vision and the two bightness levels are very helpful. Lockout capability, flashing red light, and battery strength indication all add to the functionality. While I really like this headlamp for lightweight backpacking I can't excuse misleading marketing. The information provided is truthful, but what you aren't told makes what they do say misleading. They should specify that 360 lumens is only for 30 sec bursts and the weight doubles with the headband. They have a great product, they should be clear about the specs.
EDIT: Oct 2019 I've added an additional star. I'm not certain what the issue was before but after quite a few charge cycles, it has stopped discharging itself. I hope this doesn't happen again, but I waited nearly a year since it *stopped* discharging to update this review with confidence. And for the past year it's been a great and reliable light. I always carry a spare lamp that needs removable batteries as a backup when I can, but thus far it's never been needed. ________________________ Original Review: Aug 2018 This lamp is more than bright enough, incredibly intuitive in it's operation than most and it has everything I need.... Except a decent battery. The headlamp will often nearly discharge itself if left alone for a period of time. Bottom line is that you *must* charge this lamp immediately before you intend to use it to have a full charge or you may be out of luck. It's easy to charge, absolutely with just a simple USB micro connection of any type, but my lamp has to spend all of its time on or near a charger. You can't just throw this thing in a pack and have it be ready to go - it require power babysitting. It isn't a lamp I'd recommend stashing in a backpack or vehicle ready for use "sometime".
I love this lamp, it's truly light and bright, but power is a bit of an issue.
I am updating this review, and leaving old one below b/c as it turns out, the battery was not bad in my unit.
If you hold down both lights on this headlamps, you can inadvertently lock it. I guess this is a feature if you are backpacking and don't want the lights to turn on while packed away, but in general going thru all the control modes, they are way too complex for this little headlamp. There are too many lighting modes, and holding down on any button for too long can cause you to go into an SOS mode or some other random mode.
I would only dock half a star for that, b/c overall the headlamp works as intended, but also the AC adapter that I received with it fell apart. When I unplugged it from the wall, one of the metal receptors stuck in the wall outlet. It was actually very concerning b/c the outlet stopped working. I had to shut the breaker off in my home to pull the receptor out safely (pulling it out with your hands can create a path for electricity to ground and could be a potential electrocution hazard).
I just used another micro USB charger I have lying around for the time being.
This headlamp overall works well while actually running. Control modes for lights are annoying. AC Adapter cheaply made.
__________________ Out of the box this device worked fine. Roughly 3 months later, I noticed that the light wouldn't last as long as when i got this initially. Today, roughly 4 months after I bought the device, it does not hold a charge at all.
This headlamp is very impressive for its size. It's not as bright as my original Black Diamond Storm, but it's less than half the size and no need to carry batteries (I have a power bank in case I need to recharge). It seems to have a slightly wider main beam that doesn't reach/throw as far as Storm does. Both the red and the CRI "camping" LEDs are excellent and way better than the Storm- both cast a much wider and nicely diffused beam for campsite illumination. It's worth buying this light just for those two auxiliary LEDs and bring a stronger second headlamp or flashlight (I always carry backup lights anyway). Red LED always has 2 brightness levels. The only reason I give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because the buttons are rather small and very stiff and, as a result, hard to press (and probably even worse with gloves or say, cold/frozen hands). There's also no memory for the last selected brightness level which would be nice to have.
First of all temper your expectations. This is not a small sun, nor is it super tough. It’s a small plastic lightweight headlamp. For what I use a headlamp for; which is looking for stuff in my tent in the middle of the night , or looking for stuff in my car it does a excellent job. I like how the first tap of the light I’m not accidentally setting off a flash bang in the middle of the night blinding me. I also love the flood light capability by just holding down the on button. Though I’m starting to get used to the red light function to save my night vision. It’s ample enough to do what you need to. When I purchased this I was worried about the discharge that some of the other reviewers wrote about but either they fixed it or maybe they got defective ones but mine works fine and no issues with discharging when sitting in a climate controlled house. As a word of wisdom when you have a tiny lithium battery charge it slow don’t be putting your iPad wall charger thinking it will be charged in 3minutes. Though it will charge it will also heat your battery up and destroy its lifespan. I like the nu25 as long as you aren’t expecting functional 360 lumens as the burst mode is a joke or if your wanting a tank of a headlamp as it literally feels like your holding a tictac container on your forehead. I think it will suit most casual people fine. It is odd tho having a headband that’s just as heavy as the light itself.
I bought this headlamp to use on a thru hike. Overall, it was excellent. It charged quickly and held a charge well. I liked being able to charge off my battery pack and not have to carry spare AAAs. I night hiked several times and it provided sufficient light at a mid power setting and never died on me. I really appreciate the 2 brightness levels for the red light. I tend to use the dim red light around camp and the brighter one for hiking. Red doesn't interfere with your night vision like white does and is less blinding to those around you as well, so it's my go to. When the trail was more rugged I did occasionally have to switch to one of the brighter white light settings. I haven't tried it for trail running yet, so I'm curious how long it will last on a higher brightness setting. I never had an issue hiking in the rain with it. My only gripe is the strap. It's very heavy, doesn't stay tensioned well, and began to stretch out quickly. I'll soon be replacing it with shock cord to save weight and space in my pack.
Pretty impressed with this. It’s very bright, it’s very lightweight and the battery life is really good. I mounted it to my mtb helmet with sticky tape on the mount and leave it there all the time. No issues with extra weight from it. I have it 4 instead of five stars because it is supposed to be for outdoor rugged use but the buttons are hard to use with gloves. I wear nice fox racing MTBing gloves so they are not bulky and quality but it’s hard feel and push the power button. It’s just too small. However I would buy it again and recommend it despite this flaw since I don’t have to turn it on or off often.
The jury is out on how long the battery will actually last through multiple uses, however so far it's been pretty good. As detailed there are 3 light settings for the white light and the red light. I can't imagine using the "high" setting for either light for any length of time, if at all. As others have stated, the weight for the listed item is only for the light itself, not the headband. I'm not looking to shave ounces, so it doesn't bother me, but it may matter to others. -lightweight -water resistant (not water proof!) -easy to charge -quick to charge (3-4 hours after complete discharge)
Its rechargeable, and doesn't consume those AAA batteries everyone else likes to use. And the LED lights don't flicker in video feeds nor do they leak EM interference like a few other cheap head lamps. I had another rechargeable head lamp but you could see the red and white lights strobe in photos and camera feeds, making recording impossible. This model, does NOT do that! Finally.
Quality product, light and effective. Would like the delay when on ‘Turbo’ to be longer prior to dropping down to next setting (360 lumens short time on when selected then battery management soft/hard kicks in). Headband needs reflective material. Battery life (yrs) is unclear. Unit is completely sealed. Great product would recommend for price over all other head lamps on market (20181101).