Headtorch

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Headtorch

Postby Iamspartacus » Wed 12 May, 2021 12:52 pm

Hi,

I lost my headtorch yesterday on Hinchenbrook and need to get a new one before main range weekend after this.

What's the best? A bit of googling says the nitecore nu25 is the one to go for.

All advice gratefully accepted and thanks in advance.

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Re: Headtorch

Postby Lamont » Wed 12 May, 2021 1:53 pm

Pure simple elegance:
NU20.
Need red lights: NU25.
Needed for constant cold weather, might need to look elsewhere?
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Re: Headtorch

Postby stry » Wed 12 May, 2021 1:59 pm

In principle, I agree, but I have reservations about the short run times, and the service life of the built in battery.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby icefest » Wed 12 May, 2021 7:59 pm

The good:
* Light
* Cheap
* easily rechargeable

The bad
* not waterproof
* limited recharging
* Not that bright (okay for walking, not enough to rogaine or ride a mountain bike)
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Re: Headtorch

Postby icefest » Wed 12 May, 2021 7:59 pm

I personally use a zebralight, as it's more correlated to my use style.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby stry » Wed 12 May, 2021 10:01 pm

icefest wrote:I personally use a zebralight, as it's more correlated to my use style.


Ditto. Heavier than the NU20 but the characteristics and performance are better suited to my needs.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby crollsurf » Thu 13 May, 2021 3:21 pm

What Lamont said. Dont get the NU25 unless you need the Red Light because I was always pressing the red light button instead of the white. Errr

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Re: Headtorch

Postby Biggles » Thu 13 May, 2021 3:51 pm

Well you couldn't get a more attractive and enticing place to lose your headlamp. I've lost a few torches and especially headlamps over the 45 years I have been walking, cycling and generally touring, second only to losing those damned small (very small!) Swiss army "toolkits". I have several (4 I think) of these nifty little lamps now; not cheap considering their size, and take up and weigh next to nothing:

https://www.paddypallin.com.au/petzl-e- ... dlamp.html
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Re: Headtorch

Postby Ms_Mudd » Thu 13 May, 2021 4:12 pm

I haven't used the NU20, but am very satisfied with the performance of the NU25, don't use the red light function much myself, so if purchasing again would go to NU20 option as others have suggested.
The 25 weighs nothing with shock cord mod and I have found battery life to be better than advertised. I can walk at night with the light only on the 2nd press in most scenarios. The Nitecore buttons are much simpler than anything I have used before too ie.Petzl and Black Diamond.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby stry » Thu 13 May, 2021 4:35 pm

Biggles wrote:Well you couldn't get a more attractive and enticing place to lose your headlamp. I've lost a few torches and especially headlamps over the 45 years I have been walking, cycling and generally touring, second only to losing those damned small (very small!) Swiss army "toolkits". I have several (4 I think) of these nifty little lamps now; not cheap considering their size, and take up and weigh next to nothing:

https://www.paddypallin.com.au/petzl-e- ... dlamp.html


I also like these, but only as a backup or for unexpected needs. I have a couple, mainly because after being unable to find the first for several months, I bought a replacement.

You know the rest. :lol:

Worth noting that they do have a degree of waterproofness.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby Bill P » Thu 13 May, 2021 7:50 pm

Hi Andy

I need more landscape pictures!, or else I will recommend an Eveready 3AAA Kmart headtorch!
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Re: Headtorch

Postby mikeRsyd » Mon 17 May, 2021 4:13 pm

Nu25 has a cree led flood light which is quite nice for around camp. I like this light for hiking and edc but not for fishing. If your in Sydney you get them over the counter at ryda on Parramatta road. No affiliation.

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Re: Headtorch

Postby Tino B » Wed 19 May, 2021 1:02 am

As others have said, NU25 with UL headband a la Litesmith - just buy one here in Aus without the UL headband and make the UL headband with some shock cord.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby Iamspartacus » Thu 01 Jul, 2021 3:38 pm

Hi all,

I got the NU25 a couple of months ago and have now had the opportunity to use it quite a bit.

It's lite and bright.

The USB charging is simple. Not sure how long the batteries will last, we'll see.

Probably not as bright as my old BD (which was heavier with 3 x AA), but still fine for night trail finding.

Overall I find the NU25 does the job and I'd buy another if I lost this one.

Of course I can't help but compare all headtorches to the old Petzl's with the 9V batteries. And based on that benchmark all the new ones are great (remember the spare bulb in the back,and that little bit of sandpaper to clean up the contacts?).

Thanks for your advice.

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Re: Headtorch

Postby CBee » Thu 01 Jul, 2021 3:41 pm

NU25 used it under constant rain in night time with no problems (thanks God). USB charging essential.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby Petew » Fri 02 Jul, 2021 3:16 pm

My favourite feature of the NU25 is its lowest light setting. Great for fumbling around in the middle of the night (for a pee, trying to find your pillow) without disturbing your tent mate.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby GregG » Fri 02 Jul, 2021 4:58 pm

Iamspartacus wrote:
"Of course I can't help but compare all headtorches to the old Petzl's with the 9V batteries. And based on that benchmark all the new ones are great (remember the spare bulb in the back,and that little bit of sandpaper to clean up the contacts?"


That is a blast from the past Spartacus and yes, the old Petzl might just be the benchmark for all subsequent UL headtorches. I still have my original Petzl which I bought early '90s after being stuck out below Tarros Ladder all night because the feeble beam from my two dollar Coles special just wasn't up to it. That clunker of a 4.5v battery, 3LR12, had an alleged run time of 17 hrs (tell 'em their dreaming) and weighed 163 gms, from memory they were fairly expensive too. And yes, the clip for a spare bulb was a great idea, given their high rate of failure. That said, using the Petzl was was a quantum leap forward over trying to hold a 2D cell torch in ones teeth in the dark and rain while battling up a cliff. The good old days eh?
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Re: Headtorch

Postby Petew » Sat 03 Jul, 2021 6:59 am

Petal Zoom. I loved that headtorch.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby GregG » Sat 03 Jul, 2021 3:56 pm

Haha, I just realised that in the picture you can see a blown bulb. Typical.
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Re: Headtorch

Postby icefest » Tue 06 Jul, 2021 3:47 pm

Remember when the halogen bulbs came out for them?
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