I needed enough light to cycle in the dark as well as for hiking / camping.
After reading good reviews, I went with the Nitecore NU25 headlamp.
I like it. Comfortable, adjustable headband.
Four settings for white light. Three for red.
In addition, a three second press of the white light sets off the well known ••• – – – ••• Morse code sequence.
- rechargeable with micro-USB (from battery or solar if necessary)
- maximum output of 360 lumens
- max. Beam Distance 81 m
- indicator reports remaining battery power
- lockout to prevent accidental activation
Headlamps have turned on accidentally during transport in the past. That won’t happen when you lock out this one.
It will work while charging from a portable battery, if needed for many hours.
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Here are other recommended headlamps in 2020.
The NU 25’s main limitations are its short battery life (in our testing, the NU’s burn time was much shorter than listed) and the fact that it’s hard to keep the light from shining in your camping partner’s eyes due to its wide beam pattern.