Best Headlamps of 2020

Last updated on February 12th, 2020 at 06:53 pm

This list of best headlamps of 2020 has been put together for you if you are planning to blend your next outdoor adventure with overnight camping, night hiking, fishing, or other nighttime activity.

Seriously, the led lighting available today in headlamp gear is crazy bright, super lightweight and compact. There are so many out there it becomes confusing so I have put together this list knowing there is a good quality headlamp for all situations.

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Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Headlamps.

Weight.

Extremely important is the weight of the headlamp, it is not something you want to be heavy, hauling a heavy object on your head will prove to be a problem that potentially ruins the whole adventure.

Being outdoors, particularly at night awakens the senses and you will need to concentrate on what you are doing. You will be able to focus more on the task at hand, or the environment around you if you are not struggling with a brick sitting on your head.

Rechargeable or Not.

The convenience and reliability of being able to recharge a battery virtually anywhere eliminates the need to worry about the fact you may run out of battery power. Being on a trail in the dark requires equipment that does not fail, we need to have back up or fully charged batteries.

They can be kept fully charged daily, so there is no chance of a flat battery on a dark night fishing at the lake. If you are caving or maybe night fishing, the last thing we need is a flat battery.

They all are different and depending on the brightness of the LED and the length of time you need it on will determine the battery life.

Brightness.

Depending on where and how you are going to use the headlamp determines to a big extent what lumen power you require to undertake the task. Some of the LED lightings are incredibly bright, however, be sure to match this with your power supply as some led headlamps produce tens of thousand lumens output.

This output can really chew through the power quickly and leave a battery drained within 3-4 hours. Besides which most camping adventures 300-500 lumens would be ample. More doesn’t always equal better, you never look 500 feet in front of you when your walking in darkness anyway.

Comfort.

This is also an area of high importance, carrying an uncomfortable headlamp around will really play on your mind. There is nothing more annoying than having a headlamp that sits uncomfortably on your head if it’s baulky.          Maybe the battery section is hard and hurts the back of your head.

Could be a buckle that rubs a bit, maybe a strap that has a sharp edge, no matter, it must be comfortable as it will drive you nuts if the thing is ill-fitting, has inconsistencies in the manufacture, or is simply poorly designed, choose carefully with this feature in mind

Cost Comparison.

There is quite a bit of difference in price between the different makes and models and this is understandable. Some have all the bells and whistles, while others are simply a small single spotlight.

Choose one depending on your requirements and what level of performance and reliability you require.

There are some very cheap very lightweight models that are most suitable for small children if they are playing games around the campsite. On the other end there are all sorts of very expensive headlamps for hiking, climbing or caving. Be sure to research whether they are even worth it.

Beam and Safety.

First the beam, they range from a single LED spotlight beam that is used to focus on a particular area or object usually at a distance. Floodlight beam which reaches out in a wider circle and encompasses a bigger area usually closer to you.

Strobe light, which flicker/pulse between on and off generally used for safety and security. Red LEDs sometimes used in an emergency in strobe mode or they can be used for reading maps/books.

All these beams are available on some units if needed, they can also increase the weight and cost so if they are not required they may be a waste.

Determine your needs for the correct beam of light do you want a flood type for around the camp or a spot for distance and to see into the forest further to check out the animals.

Quality. 

If you are undertaking serious activities like caving or night fishing, you need to have trust in your equipment and this is the same with a headlamp.

Taking part in activities where equipment failure puts your life at risk, is no small matter and should be given serious consideration and research.

Good quality is sometimes hard to get, but it usually is a far superior product if it is well made by a reputable company, the quality of the headlamp is an important factor to consider and not to be taken lightly if you are needing light where dangerous scenarios could arise.

1. Cobiz Brightest 6000 Rechargeable Headlamp 

My initial thoughts: I like the Cobiz for many reasons but one that stands out is the adjustable strap over the head is very good, it fits over a hard hat and then readjusted can then easily fit over the head of a child.

The strap does not slide all over the place but sits quite firmly in place. A lot of these stretchy strap type headlamps have a tendency to move quite a lot, but not this one. 

It is one of the better headlamps that we have looked at, a super-bright light and being rechargeable, the lack of buying batteries will save you a lot of money in the long run.

The overall construction is quite good, the housings of the light are aluminum construction and the components used are quite sturdy.

  • A little adjustment here and there and this headlamp with fit any member of the team.
  • An indicator light on the charger will tell you when it’s charging or fully charged.
  • It is our top choice in this lineup for an all-round headlamp

It has a waterproof wire and a waterproof switch, so you don’t have to worry about spills or sudden showers when you use your LED headlight in soggy conditions. Don’t worry about bringing batteries as you will not need them, being rechargeable makes this a very convenient and enjoyable headlamp.

This is one of the more practical headlamps for camping so do yourself a favor and visit my in-depth review here Cobiz Rechargeable Headlamp.

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2. Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

My initial thoughts: This is a favorite headlamp for many outdoors people, even more, it’s a genuine headlamp for the more serious adventurer. It’s great for camping and hiking, however, at over 10 ounces it is a little heavy.

It’s also hardy and strong with its features designed to give the best experience. This headlamp will go the distance with you and take whatever you throw at it.

You are going to have clear brightness throughout your camping and hiking adventures as the Black Diamond Icon puts out good bright light making it one of the most powerful lights in their range. One major negative for me is the fact it is not rechargeable.

  • Good strong sturdy light, capable and reliable.
  • 500 lumens of light
  • Using good quality batteries should give you around 6-8 hrs run time.
  • It is also weatherproof making it suitable for use during rainy seasons or if accidentally submerged in water.

It’s versatile for any adventures and protects your night vision, it comes with a removable battery pack and brightness memory, which comes in handy when you are monitoring the power usage.

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3. Petzl Actik Core Headlamp

 My initial thoughts: This is an impressive headlamp designed to suit various outdoor activities such as camping, climbing, and biking. Its battery lasts quite a while you should get several hours of good consistent light.

Easily recharge using the USB cable. Also with this type of headlamp, there is nothing much to worry about as it can also use standard AAA batteries. so there is always a backup of power

It has a lightweight total of around 3 ounces, which will not be a problem in most circumstances, it should sit comfortably on your head and not cause any issues.

  • Combined bright output with its mixed beam makes it ideal for outdoor activities like camping hiking and fishing.
  • The rechargeable tactical headlamp produces 350 lumens of bright light.
  • Rechargeable + AAA batteries equal lots of conveniences.

The headlamp comes with a core battery that is rechargeable via standard USB port. The core battery retails for around $26 just by itself and besides that, in this package you receive 3 x AAA Batteries, 1 x wall USB adapter, and 1 USB car adapter, so this is quite a good overall offer and is high on our list. I have done a review of this excellent  Actik Core Headlamp here.

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4. Coast FL85 Headlamp 

 My initial thoughts: You do not have to look anymore for a headlamp after an experience with Coast FL85. The brightness from its beam would beat a lot of lights. This particular model comes with 540 lumens max light output with over 12 hours of runtime.

You can also get a 615 lumens model, however, for normal conditions inside a typical summer campsite you won’t really use all the power you can get.

Shape the Flashlight beam from flood to spot by simply twisting the head of the flashlight. The high mode lights up a long distance and you can also get sufficient lighting with a lower mode to save power.

For those looking to save their pennies then this is also another headlamp for you as it comes with a relatively lower price, for the standard of light you get.

  • You are able to focus the light easily on any spot by using its focusing ring.
  • Very bright and good looking light

The FL85 is a well-built quality headlamp from a company who take pride in producing good solid products, this headlamp is lightweight at just over 4 ounces but tough enough to take a knock and still perform with satisfaction. While I think this is a good headlamp it is hard to pay the asking price for a non-rechargeable light.

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5. Black Diamond Spot

My initial thoughts: This is one of the classic headlamps designed with quality and price in mind. The housing is hypersensitive and can allow instant adjustments on brightness.

You only have to tap the side to swap from dim to full brightness, closer to long-distance focus. This is one of the better non-rechargeable headlamps

It has a range of options for lighting, which includes red night vision LED suitable for camping, softer proximity LED and power LED. The main Led emits 300 lumen which is very good brightness. Very lightweight so it’s very easy to wear, it also has an IPX 8 rating which means it can be submerged under 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. 

  • This Black Diamond is less than 4 ounces in weight.
  • Well made reliable brand, plus its got the goods, bright light, and quality build.

This headlamp has a brightness memory that allows you to turn the light on and off at a chosen brightness without reverting back to full power, this is an outstanding feature as some headlamps take forever to sort out the switching.  This is one very good headlamp and certainly is up there in the top 5 on this list.

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6. Petzl NAO+ Performance Headlamp 

My initial thoughts: If you feel the urge to go for a super-powerful headlamp, then Petzl NAO+ is for you. This type of headlamp uses technology to adjust brightness and distance of focus depending on the position of the object you are focusing on.

To make it better, you are able to configure it to your phone app, which enables you to check on power levels and settings on lights.

If you are a technology lover, you won’t be able to get enough of this Petzl NAO+. Rechargeable battery with a recharge via the USB port, plus a charge indicator, has a wide light for close up illumination and focused light for more long-distance lighting.

  • With all the smart technology a lot of things could stop working rendering the headlamp inoperable.
  • A high tech device that delivers a huge amount of light.

This is a high tech light and I’m not sure I want a whizbang you-beaut gadget that has got lots going on and more things that can go wrong. It weighs in at a moderate 6.5 ounces but I think I might keep it simple and stick with a more traditional headlamp, and rely on a proven headlamp that I know won’t let me down.

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7. Fenix HP25R

My initial thoughts: It has two LEDs dedicated to different purposes. One is a spotlight with a powerful beam while the other one is a floodlight. You can also switch them on together to give the maximum output.

More emphasis on bright light compromises the battery life of the headlamp and its weight. The weight of this headlamp sits in the mid-range approximately 6.5 ounces which is quite lightweight really.

However, it chews through the battery power, giving only a couple hours on high.

  • Fenix HP25R is suitable if you are looking for cycling light.
  • A nice headlamp is good all-around a little expensive but good light.

If you would like some more information on this very good headlamp, check out my review. Fenix hp 25 this is a nice package and contains good value for money.

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8. Foxelli USB Rechargeable Headlamp

My initial thoughts: The Foxelli is high tech, a rechargeable headlamp, which was designed exclusively for sports enthusiasts as we as everyday users, who tend to find themselves in complex environments.

Available in two colors, white and black, the Foxelli USB-Rechargeable headlamp. The Foxelli MX500 is also water and impact-resistant, which makes it suitable for some of the toughest conditions.

Moreover, this rechargeable headlamp has also been concocted with other important features such as a 90-degree tilting body.

Also a USB charging port, integrated battery level indicator, and a rubberized power button.

  • If you want bright this may be the one for you.
  • Lots of good features.
  • It can deliver up to 100 hours of light on a single charge.

With a rating of IPX7, the Foxelli can withstand exposure to water, submerged in up to 3 feet and for up to 30 minutes. Key features, available in two colors: white and black

Features two isolated lithium-ion battery pack USB rechargeable Integrated battery level indicator. Movable lamp housing, and a plastic light diffuser and lots more one of my favorites.

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9. Vitchelo V800 Headlamp 

My initial thoughts: As one of the most powerful headlamps on the market, The Vitchelo V800 sports two separate buttons, which control the red and white LED’s, a feature that is rarely seen on many headlamps.

Moreover, the Vitchelo V800 also gives users the ability to select between floodlight or spotlight set. The dimming and boosting function allows users to either preserve the battery or bring the V800 to maximum brightness.

The design also includes a lockout function, which prevents accidental powering on of the device, when it is not in use.

The AAA batteries can power up the device for up to 120 hours, though many variables will affect the battery life.

  • The Vitchelo runs on 3 AAA batteries.
  • Vitchelo V800 claims it has the ability of illuminating people and objects up to 110 yards away.
  • Cheap and has some good features.

The Vitchelo V800 water-resistant rating stands at IPX6, which means that the Vitchelo V800 is protected from heavy sprays and high pressure of water. Key Features Water resistant with a rating of IPX6 Comes with three premium AAA Duracell batteries Features extremely bright headlamps Red light option available.

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10. Black Diamond Revolt

My initial thoughts: The Black Diamond Revolt is an excellent rechargeable headlamp that allows users to load up the device with either lithium or alkaline batteries.

This feature makes the Black Diamond ideal for users who may be planning on traveling to regions that have no access to electricity like the countryside for quite some time.

What makes this headlamp a great choice is that models which accept non-rechargeable batteries such as the Lenser SEO or Petzl are quite expensive and clunky when compared to the Revolt. Moreover, this headlamp can be easily configured to suit the task at hand plus it is very compact.

  • I like the fact it uses rechargeable and ordinary batteries.
  • The Black Diamond Revolt is also lightweight and easy to use

The beam can be dim and broad for camp use, red for reading maps or bright for off-path navigation. Power trickle feature, Battery meter, Light dimming with proximity and distance mode.

Waterproof Casing, Lock Mode, Multi-use attachment, 4 light modes, proximity, distance, infrared and strobe. Uses 3 AAA rechargeable batteries, or standard alkaline or lithium batteries. Take a look at my  Black Diamond Review here

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11. Explortek Nite-Blazer

My initial thoughts: The Explortek Nite Blazer is a highly recommended headlamp, which has the ability to deliver up to 180 lumens, with claims it can cover the entire length of a football field, not very well I imagine.

However, the Explortek is extremely easy to use, once you get through the learning curve. Moreover, the Explortek Nite-Blazer features smart controls, which allows users to easily switch the device on and off.

Apart from being lightweight, the device is also versatile and waterproof. making it ideal for camping, reading, and bushwalking.

  • For easy adjustment, the headlamp comes with two separate buttons for the White and Red lights.
  • Cheap and reasonable quality for the price. Good Warranty.

Additionally, this versatile headlamp also comes with a lifetime warranty and a free hard case, which sports interior pockets for spare batteries. Key Features 2 light modes: Red and White Smart control Waterproof.

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12. Aennon LED Headlamp Flashlight

My initial thoughts: This is a great headlamp for both adults and kids great of an evening when you’re out camping running walking all night fishing. it is lightweight it’s comfortable there’s no real burden on your head.

Best of all it produces 30 Lumen of power and gives you a substantial amount of visibility. This sturdy and good-looking headlamp body tilts up to 90 degrees allowing you to focus light where you need it most.

You also have for light modes that ensure you get the exact level of brightness did you need on any subject by using just one single button control it comes with 3 AAA batteries it is a great gift for friends or family.

  • Cheap, useful but I don’t like using just batteries, I prefer rechargeable.
  • Keep both hands free with this headlamp, allows you to carry out other chores or tasks around the campsite.

This is a great all-round little headlamp for all members of the family and is a must-have on your next keeping adventure into the great outdoors it will add another dimension of safety and security to your nighttime activities very economical and a good choice.

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13. EverBrite Headlamps Flashlights 2-pack 

My initial thoughts: These lightweight headlamps are made with durable material, the main one being ABS which is resin one of five synthetic resins with impact resistance, heat resistance, and low-temperature resistance, so therefore very durable.

 It is super comfortable and has a safe basic quality elastic strap that fits different head sizes. You will almost forget you’re wearing it, and that means they are more than suitable for children.

It can be used in a broad range of situations and circumstances and camping hiking walking just a few of the activities that you can do with one of these lightweight lamps upon your head.

  • It’s a very good choice for young adventurers who head out during the night exploring and sightseeing.
  • These are really cheap and each family/group member can have one.

It gives a bright 150 lumens of bright beam the head swivels up to 45 degrees and supplies a wide range of illumination. 4 different light modes easily switch from high to low, it has two red lights as a safety feature.

They are adjustable and easy to use which makes them a good hardy small light for all the family. They come in a pack of two which makes them super cheap and a good starter.

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14. Ultra Bright CREE LED Headlamp

My initial thoughts: This basic 160 lumens headlamp has quick and easy control features it has two buttons so you can easily select one of 5 light settings. The full 160 lumens offer great illumination and perfect for a camping environment in the woods.

It will eliminate the risk of injury while walking and participating in nighttime activities. This headlamp comes with 3 AAA alkaline batteries and will supply enough power for a couple of nights exploring.

It looks good and is very comfortable and easy to wear with a head strap that is both stretchy and adjustable which means it’ll fit all adults and children.

  • It’s a slight stylish and sleek design all your friends and family will want to own one.
  • Cheap and good value for the children.
  • Don’t expect too much.

If you’re looking for a cheap comfortable adjustable headlamp for your next Camping Adventure, this is one that may get you through. It works very well and should perform well for the duration of your holiday.

Total weight with batteries included is just 2.6 ounces so it is not a burden to carry, 5 Lighting modes, white & red LEDs, adjustable strap, IPX6 Water Resistant, makes it sound like high quality but remember you sometimes only get what you pay for.

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15. LE 2PCS LED Headlamp

My initial thoughts: This pack of 2 led headlamps by Lightning Ever surprised us the most with its durability and performance level for a very low cost. It uses three x AAA batteries, these are included in the purchase.

This one is very suitable for the kids, for bushwalking or rummaging around the campsite, to and from the toilet or bathroom, and more than bright enough to read their favorite book. 

This is not a rechargeable headlamp,  They are perfect for all manner of children’s activities they are bright, not super bright but are compact and very user-friendly.

They are comfortable and with their lightweight, sit on the head quite easily. Just have a spare set of batteries and you will be set for a week or so.

  • Cheap and very affordable.
  • Once again don’t expect miracles and you may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Weighing 3.88 ounces this headlamp is perfect for basic use by anyone around the campsite.

It has three brightness modes and one red alert blinking mode, Head of the lamp is 90 degrees adjustable 4 oriented lighting with an IP rating of 44 means it is slightly weatherproof. With the price of these two headlamps being so cheap, you shouldn’t go without having them as part of your kit. 

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MY PICKS:

My Overall Favorite:                          Cobiz Brightest Rechargeable Headlamp

My Favorite non-Rechargeable:    Black Diamond Spot

My Favorite for the kids:                  Everbright Headlamps 2 pack

My favorite budget rechargeable:  Foxelli USB Rechargeable Headlamp

Buyers Guide and Advice, Just To Recap. 

Weight. You don’t want it too heavy, consider the weight of the headlamp prior to purchase as the last thing you need is a heap of weight sitting uncomfortably upon your head. It will be distressing, uncomfortable and will ruin your getaway.

Rechargeable or Not. Consider checking the battery capacity of the headlamp to ensure that it is going to satisfy your nighttime activities throughout your camping trip. Relying on AAA batteries can sometimes lead to failure at the worst possible time. Rechargeable batteries are my preferred option even though you will pay a higher price at purchase.

Brightness. The brightness or lumen power output ranges from a lowly 10’s lumens to be able to take a look inside the tent right up to several thousand lumens for night running or fishing.  Just remember the more bright the light the more power usage.

Comfort. One of the most important aspects of wearing a headlamp on your head is the comfort level. It must be comfortable on your outdoor adventures and sit on your head without distracting you by irritating lumps sharp edges or inconsistencies in manufacture.

Cost comparison. The amount spent on a good Headlamp doesn’t have to be huge if your only sitting around a campsite, one of the $10-20 lights will do the job just fine. However, if you’re a serious adventurer that relies on their equipment to achieve a high level of performance, then you need to open the wallet and spend good money on good gear. Pretty simple really.

Beam and Safety. The beam produced by a headlamp differs in that you can get a single spotlight beam, a more rounded floodlight beam, and also strobe lights that pulsate between on and off sometimes in different colors for safety. You need a good floodlight beam when your free camping.

Quality. The quality of the headlamp cannot be understated if you are undertaking serious activities like caving or night fishing. make sure the things to take camping are of good quality.

My Overall Opinion

Well, we hope this information will help with your search, the list above comprises those we see which as some of the best headlamps for camping and hiking.

Comfort is important, it will be a headache if it’s not comfortable. The cost, how much do you want to spend, not always a good idea to go for the cheapest sometimes we just have to pay a little more for peace of mind.

Brightness, do you want to read a book or see the length of a football field.

Do you like rechargeable headlamps? I do. Cost-saving and convenience make sense in the long run. Warranty is something that is part of any retail purchase and you need to satisfy yourself that you are covered by the supplier and they are trustworthy. 

We know there is a headlamp here for all occasions, do your research well and choose wisely.

If you have any more questions about the Best Headlamps Of 2020, I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments section below.

Remember, leave it cleaner than you found it, only footprints not rubbish

Thanks, Shane.

 

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1 thought on “Best Headlamps of 2020”

  1. Headlamps are really useful especially while riding bike, or walking at night. I was using one but recently it stopped working. This article has some great suggestions for headlamps. Out of all the lamps listed in this article I’m going to go with Coast FL85 Headlamp.

    I really like the style and the color of the Coast FL85 Headlamp. The price is affordable for me and I think the bright light will be really useful for me.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

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