BioLite HeadLamp: A New Take on an Explorer’s Staple
For serious expeditions in the dark, a headlamp is a must. Yet even as every other wearable has gotten high-tech upgrades, the headlamp has remained mostly the same: bulky and awkward, uncomfortable and often ugly.
The BioLite HeadLamp is a new kind of headlamp. Instead of protruding several inches, it sits almost flush with the forehead, while still beaming a light bright enough to facilitate any night-time or underground adventure. The makers call it 3D SlimFit construction, and it means that not only is the headlamp functional, it’s comfortable.
Unlike many a headlamp on the market today, it stays in place. That’s because the power source is located on the back of the band, not at the front with the light. Thus the unfortunate effect of gravity on your average headlamp is mitigated. The weight of the light and the power source is evenly distributed on the band, giving BioLite a relative weightlessness compared to the classic, front-heavy headlamp.
The BioLite HeadLamp features a light source 330 lumens bright, with a dimming option for when less light is needed. Red light preserves night-vision, and BioLite has a setting for that, too. The standard white light has two settings, flood and spot, to suit your needs. While you can’t take it swimming, you don’t have to fear rain or a slip at the stream – BioLite is splash-proof and its band is moisture-wicking. The lens can be tilted up or down.
The BioLite HeadLamp is charged via USB, so you can recharge conveniently on the go with a power bank or solar panel. Set to maximum brightness, it will last 3.5 hours. Set to minimum brightness, it will last a full 40 hours. Depending on the length of your expedition, you can conserve light accordingly.
At a mere 69 grams, this headlamp will never weigh you down, and with its sleek profile and choice of two colors (red and teal), it will satisfy most explorers’ aesthetic sense.