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    how light can you go on a headlamp, including battery weight, for a lamp that provides enough light for predawn and some night hiking and also has a red lamp option?
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    Nitecore NU25.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhjanes View Post
    Nitecore NU25.
    This and if you want it even lighter, you either order it from Litesmith with the bungee cord headband(.99-1oz). Or you can mod it yourself.
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    Mine is a Black Diamond of some kind. Weights under 2 OZ with 2 AAA cells. I can't find in on the REI site, so maybe replaced by a newer model. Wasn't too expensive as I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    Mine is a Black Diamond of some kind. Weights under 2 OZ with 2 AAA cells. I can't find in on the REI site, so maybe replaced by a newer model. Wasn't too expensive as I recall.
    Any chance you're talking about the Black Diamond Ion Headlamp?

    That's what I currently use. It's quoted at 1.9oz, used two AAA cells, has a max brightness of 100 lumens, and could usually be purchased for $15-$20. Unfortunately it's been discontinued and could be difficult to find.

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    I believe so. No label visible, but those are the specs.
    Quote Originally Posted by HooKooDooKu View Post
    Any chance you're talking about the Black Diamond Ion Headlamp?

    That's what I currently use. It's quoted at 1.9oz, used two AAA cells, has a max brightness of 100 lumens, and could usually be purchased for $15-$20. Unfortunately it's been discontinued and could be difficult to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    I believe so. No label visible, but those are the specs.
    There were two models...
    The 1st one used two silver touch sensitive sensors on the front and came with a pair of lithium batteries.
    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond.../dp/B00PUC8S48

    The 2nd one used a single push button on the top and came with a pair of alkaline batteries.
    https://www.rei.com/product/107917/b...d-ion-headlamp

    The easy way to tell the two apart is that both had a red LED, but the 1st one had both the white and red behind the same diffuser, the second one placed the red LED on the opposite side behind a second diffuser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HooKooDooKu View Post
    There were two models...
    The 1st one used two silver touch sensitive sensors on the front and came with a pair of lithium batteries.
    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond.../dp/B00PUC8S48

    The 2nd one used a single push button on the top and came with a pair of alkaline batteries.
    https://www.rei.com/product/107917/b...d-ion-headlamp

    The easy way to tell the two apart is that both had a red LED, but the 1st one had both the white and red behind the same diffuser, the second one placed the red LED on the opposite side behind a second diffuser.
    The second one is mine. I am very happy with it. Presumably there is a current, similar model.
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    That nitecore NU25 looks like a great option, but be aware, the specs on it are misleading, it is not 0.9 ounces, more like 1.9 ounces with the headband. Still, pretty darn UL for a versatile headlamp.

    Anyone have any actual experience with this headlamp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    That nitecore NU25 looks like a great option, but be aware, the specs on it are misleading, it is not 0.9 ounces, more like 1.9 ounces with the headband. Still, pretty darn UL for a versatile headlamp.

    Anyone have any actual experience with this headlamp?
    Yes, the Hiking Hammonds used it. They wrote a review and based on that, I bought one. Yes, I got it from the Litesmite site with the line mod to be lighter. It seems like a good light. Since most people are carrying a battery back up, you can recharge in the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhjanes View Post
    Yes, the Hiking Hammonds used it. They wrote a review and based on that, I bought one. Yes, I got it from the Litesmite site with the line mod to be lighter. It seems like a good light. Since most people are carrying a battery back up, you can recharge in the field.

    Hiking Hammonds blog > https://hikinghammonds.com/
    Thanks, perfect, just ordered one. My 10-year-old Mammut S lite has finally dies, it was my favorite UL lamp, 1.4oz with one single AA Lithium battery, only 30 lumens, but plenty for spring/summer hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    That nitecore NU25 looks like a great option, but be aware, the specs on it are misleading, it is not 0.9 ounces, more like 1.9 ounces with the headband. Still, pretty darn UL for a versatile headlamp.

    Anyone have any actual experience with this headlamp?
    I know you pulled the trigger already but yes, I have had one for a year or two after buying a NU-30 or 35 before that. I almost did the headband mod but decided I like the original headband more than the shock cord version. I have night hiked with it multiple times for 2-4 hours at a time, used it in camp and it lasts for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JC13 View Post
    I know you pulled the trigger already but yes, I have had one for a year or two after buying a NU-30 or 35 before that. I almost did the headband mod but decided I like the original headband more than the shock cord version. I have night hiked with it multiple times for 2-4 hours at a time, used it in camp and it lasts for a long time.
    Thanks... I did not get the shock-cord option, I've got a bunch of various thicknesses/lengths of shock cord, plan on modding it myself, then deciding on whether to save the additional 0.7 ounce or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    That nitecore NU25 looks like a great option, but be aware, the specs on it are misleading, it is not 0.9 ounces, more like 1.9 ounces with the headband. Still, pretty darn UL for a versatile headlamp.



    Anyone have any actual experience with this headlamp?
    Mine arrived today,weighs in at 1.2 oz with bungee head band.I like the lock out feature,3 white light settings,2 red light settings,and strobe feature in either color.Looks pretty solid and it supposedly holds a charge for about a year in storage.No idea what the actual life is in use but I always carry some sort of backup light anyway.

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    Any chance you're talking about the Black Diamond Ion Headlamp?


    i have one of these as well and it works really well once one gets used to the switch....

    not sure what mine weighs out at and i bought it at a discount REI sale for 6 bucks..

    figured i couldnt lose with that price and it has served me well for a couple of years now....

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    I have successfully used and hiked with a very small headlamp which uses a CR-123 battery or something like a quarter. I don't know what type it was, but it was bright enough, and even with a spare CR-123 on me it was much lighter that alternatives. I don't think I would knowingly go into a night hike with that (with a exception of perhaps a full moon traverse), but it did what it needed to do when I needed to hike at night.

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    Petzl E-lite.

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    hmmm... I have an Energizer with multiple settings and 3 batteries weighing in at 3.2oz. Guess I will keep this one for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyPincher View Post
    hmmm... I have an Energizer with multiple settings and 3 batteries weighing in at 3.2oz. Guess I will keep this one for now.
    I have used a few different versions of the store bought headlights. I started off with a 100 lumen energizer, found it not bright enough to identify some critters I encountered while night hiking (scary), then I bought a lowe's brand that was 200 lumens, but it likes to turn itself on inside my pack. My most recent one is another energizer. It's also in the 200 lumen range, but it has a feature I like...instead of cycling it through the different modes to turn it off, the next click turns it off (after it's been on for more than like 10 seconds) I like it a lot.
    After needing and not having a bright enough headlight, I don't know if I'll feel comfortable with an ultralight, not very bright headlight.

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    The Petzl eLite+ is another option.

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