Over the last 30 or so years, I have used and tested a lot of equipment and gadgets in the outdoors. More often than not, most consumer grade gadgetry and kit either barely meets my expentations or fails to meet them at all. Advertising and marketing departments for many outdoor equipment companies love to promise us the world, but often fail to deliver upon that promise, so whenever I come across a piece of equipment that genuinelly impresses me or exceeds my expectations, I get excited. That’s why I wanted to tell you about the DanForce Rechargeable Head Lamp.
I spend a lot of time in the outdoors and a large portion of that time is in the dark. It’s a given that most people know the value of having a reliable headlamp with them when they are camping or hiking. Yes, lanterns and flashlights are great, but a head light allows you to keep both hands free which sometimes is what you need.
So, what impresses me about this gadget?
1. To start with it’s rechargeable. It has a USB port that fits the same size as most Samsung devices. If you already carry that charging cord, that is one less cord to pack. That also means that I don’t have to worry about carrying extra batteries with me. I can plug it into my solar charger which I always carry with me and I have a never ending supply of power for it as long as the sun is shining.
2. It’s bright! Most headlamps have between 150 – 300 lumens. The DanForce produces 1080. It’s like having a spotlight on your head.
3. It’s adjustable: Not only does it have 4 settings to adjust the brightness, but you can also focus the light beam as narrow or as wide as you need. You can also adjust the focal point up and down so you can point the beam as far in front of you as needed.
4. All weather capability: The DanForce is designed to operate in extreme conditions.It is designed to operate reliably in extreme heat or cold. The DanForce can handle rain, snow, ice or even dry dusty enviroments. l I can attest to its watertight abilities because I accidently dropped it the water where it was completely submerged and it continued to function as though nothing had happened.
5. Battery Life: Over the course of a weekend trip, I used the headlamp at various settings for about 6 hours and never had to recharge. Extra Lithium-ion batteries are available through DanForce which means that in extreme situations when you need light for a long period of time. You can recharge one set while using the other.
6. Strap adjustability: The design of the head straps is adjustable so that you can wear it directly on your head, or over a hat.
8. Lifetime Warranty: The DanForce comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with it, they were cheerefully refund your money.
9. Price: At only $29.97, It is not overpriced.
The DanForce weighs about 10.6 ounces, so it is a little heavier than most headlamps and is a little more bulkier, for those who are looking for extreme light weight, this may not be the light for you, but if weight is not an issue, it is fantastic.
It’s not very often that a piece of gear truly impresses me, but the DanForce has. If you are in the market for a new headlamp, give it look. You will undoubtebly be impressed too.
Find your headwaters.