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Old 12-11-2013, 16:20   #1
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I have used the eveready headlamps for several years. Theu are useful for deckwork and reading in the cockpit at night. Their compact style is nice. I have problems with durabilty though, they only last a few months. I tried more expensive lights from REI but got even shorter life. Does anyone have a better brand and source?
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Old 12-11-2013, 16:41   #2
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No,but watching the thread cause I have the same question.
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Old 12-11-2013, 16:57   #3
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Eat more carrots
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Old 12-11-2013, 17:16   #4
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Petzl was the brand that defined the market sector Hmong hikers from what I remember from 25 years ago. Not cheap but worth the money if you can make it happen. A gQuick search on google or amazon should give you some good starting points.

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P.S. I would skip the carrots and buy one with a red LED setting for night use :-)
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I have used Petzl headlamps while kayaking with good results. The biggest problem I have had is they are too bright, so I wear the lamp ABOVE the brim of my cap. I did not use it full time only for a second or two if I needed to read a chart, etc...

How are yours failing on you???
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Old 12-11-2013, 17:31   #6
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I have used Petzl headlamps while kayaking with good results. The biggest problem I have had is they are too bright, so I wear the lamp ABOVE the brim of my cap. I did not use it full time only for a second or two if I needed to read a chart, etc...

How are yours failing on you???
Moisture gets in, not particularly water engress and the electrics give up. I found petzel too bulky in their past models. The eveready is a nice size and the three light selection is good but annoying to toggle through. The diamond from REI would come on at the last selected level but fell apart and no customer support for a pricey item. So far my best option is to buy enough everready and vacum bag spares for when they are not available in my travels
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The LED headlamp made and sold by photonlight is a workhorse and worth every penny! I purchased one of the first models over 10 years ago and it still works. They also make many other items with LED lights.

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Petzl was the brand that defined the market sector Hmong hikers from what I remember from 25 years ago.
OK, this one made me do a double take. The tribesmen from the mountains of Vietnam use Petzl lights when they're hiking? Then I realized it was a typo but it was still funny.
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Moisture gets in, not particularly water engress and the electrics give up. I found petzel too bulky in their past models. The eveready is a nice size and the three light selection is good but annoying to toggle through. The diamond from REI would come on at the last selected level but fell apart and no customer support for a pricey item. So far my best option is to buy enough everready and vacum bag spares for when they are not available in my travels

Check out the Petzl Tackktika, it is the new version of the one I have. Never thought they were that heavy, but some have accused me of thick-headedness so perhaps that developed my neck muscles .

When I had problems with the battery case on my GPS, I used to smear a thin layer of die-electric grease where the cover met the case. This enhanced the waterproof seal. That might help with the Everready ones you like.
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I use the coast HL7. Sure makes overhauling a diesel easy. Least wise in the lazzerette.

HL7 - LED Headlamps
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My wife and I have used Petzl headlamps regularly for 2 months a year for the last 7 years. I have to repair them periodically. Kapton tape or aluminum foil tape seems to work reasonably well. I also have one made by Princeton, which is a much better design. Billr
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The HL7 is water resistant. I wonder what a good rain would do to it, or salt spray.

The Princeton Tec ViZZ is waterproof to 1 meter.
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I buy the Brinkman's from Home Depot-- $5 apiece with red and white led's.
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On the Attainable Adventure Cruising website John Harries recommended the Fenix brand as the best headlamp he had found. I bought the H11 version which has a single Cree LED and is rated at 260 lumens on high setting. It is very bright but they also make the H15 with two Cree LEDs and rated at 500 lumens. I think that one would illuminate the top of your mast. The H11 lamp housing is metal while the frame that allows it to pivot up or down is plastic, I think. The unit runs on 4 AA batteries in a case attached to the back of the head strap. I use it frequently when working on stuff. The only issue I have had is that because of the weight it will fall off if you are more or less upside down.
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On the Attainable Adventure Cruising website John Harries recommended the Fenix brand as the best headlamp he had found. I bought the H11 version which has a single Cree LED and is rated at 260 lumens on high setting.
Red light?
Waterproof?
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