This is the first time I’ve attempted to review a headtorch so….. I’ve bought a couple of headtorches in the past but they were cheap and cheerful and not really cut out for my night time adventures in Queen Elizabeth county park, the light they put out not really up to the task of navigating root covered tracks and trails.
That’s all changed now as I think I’ve found one that suits my needs, the LED Lenser H7R2, in my opinion it’s a cracking unit at a great price, it has impressed me no end. It’s certainly a step up from my little Petzl in both lumens and features. You can control different levels of brightness, adjust beam width/throw, adjust the strobe function, and set up on of three modes, all of which is shown in the handy instruction video below. This is certainly a huge difference from my Petzl Tikkina with it’s low and ‘bright’ settings, bright being a rather wimpy 80 lumens which pales into insignificance when compared to the Lensers 250 Lumens on boost mode.
As you can see from the video, it has a rear mounted multi-function wheel to adjust the settings which also contains a couple of LEDs so that any running buddies behind you can see you ahead of them, not that I’m ever ahead of anyone, well not unless I’m being lapped that is! It’s a relatively lightweight unit weighing in at 164 grams, with its own rechargeable battery it’s light and portable. It can be recharged with a micro USB cable or alternatively can take 4 AA batteries as a back up if you need it to. It sits pretty securely on your head and its slimline profile doesn’t get caught up on things, it’s not a bulky unit at all. I was hesitant about purchasing it due to the power pack on the back, but it really doesn’t feel out of balance as it were.
I picked mine up for £34.99 including delivery from eBay, so it’s not a high end unit when it comes to price, more than reasonable if you ask me and a cracking little torch to boot. I’ll get some pictures of it at night in comparison with my Petzl so you can see the difference. The term night and day can really be used to describe the difference between these two units.
The LED Lenser® H7.2 Head Lamp is the result of a passion for perfection in hand-free lighting. This new version of the high performance classic, the H7, has been has been significantly re-engineered to provide superior comfort, better light distribution and improved performance. The careful selection and addition of one of the very latest CREE® LED Light Chip into this stunning new Head Lamp, together with a re-configured lens, enables the light to be both bright (250 lumens on Boost) and light up a much larger area than its predecessor.
As you would expect from LED Lenser®, the H7.2 features the patented spot to flood beam Advanced Focus System optics which are complimented by the enormously useful Smart Light Technology (SLT) options. SLT offers up to five light options (High Power, Low Power, Boost, Dim, Signal) spread over three pre-set light programs. These are all controlled by a clever new Dynamic Wheel Switch – a simple turn or click of which will deliver the option required. A Low Battery warning light, a transport lock to stop accidental battery discharge, upgraded light tilt mechanism and superior robust cabling are all welcome additions too.
The H7.2 is also a step up in comfort. The battery pack and light head compartment are both contoured to fit snuggly around any head shape. Additionally, the reverse of the light head compartment is lined with a skin-friendly PU-Foam which adapts itself to every user. The adjustable twin-forked headband design is so comfortable that users will forget they are wearing a head lamp at all.
Superior comfort, better light distribution and improved performance.
Energy efficient CREE Power+ LED Light Chip.
State-of-the-art, reliable German engineering.
Advanced Focus System Optics.
Smart Light Technology (SLT).
Multi-function Dynamic ‘wheel’ switch to control SLT options, dim option and light intensity of Power, Low Power and Boost options.
Lamp head pivots within 90° angle for directional light.
Robust cabling meaning areas exposed to strain toughened and more flexible.
Low battery message system.
Transport lock to prevent the light from being switched on by accident.
Ergonomic comfort design.
Recalibrated lens for wider light beam angle.
Corrosion resistant gold plated contacts for better conductivity.
Water and dust resistant to IPX54.
Power: 250 lumens max.
Run Time: up to 60 hours.
Beam Distance: up to 160m.
Weight: 164 grams.
Supplied with: Belt Hook and Duracell® Batteries (4xAAA).