Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Gadget Bag: Trail Lights
Small flashlights have 1001 uses for an outdoor photographer in autumn
The HL21 is a lightweight, high-intensity, water-resistant headlamp powered by a single NiMH or alkaline AA battery. Its 90-lumen Cree XP-E LED (R2) features digitally regulated output to maintain a constant brightness, and it has a life span of 50,000 hours. The unit is made of high-quality plastic and premium Type II hard-anodized aluminum, and features a push-button switch. Dimensions are 2.6x1.3x1.9 inches, and it weighs 1.45 ounces (without battery). Estimated Street Price: $34.95.
A practical outdoor flashlight, the Fenix E21 is powered by two AA batteries. Its 50,000-hour Cree XP-E LED provides two power settings. Just twist the unit to switch between 48 lumens (battery duration 11 hours) and 150 lumens (battery duration 2 hours, 15 minutes). A tactical push button in the tail-cap turns the flashlight on and off. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum with knurled texture for a good grip, the E21 is waterproof to 2 meters. The flashlight is 6.5 inches long, 1 inch in diameter, and weighs 3.2 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $34.95.
Designed for easy one-handed operation, Pelican's 1910 LED is a new ultracompact flashlight that features a 39-lumen LED and is powered by a single (included) AAA alkaline battery, which is good for about an hour of operation. Operation is simple. Press the tail-cap button to switch on, press again to switch off; press gently for momentary-on. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, the 1910 is water-resistant. A handy belt clip is built into the unit. The flashlight is 3.6 inches long and weighs just one ounce without battery (1.4 ounces with). Estimated Street Price: $29.95.
The Remix headlamp features polycarbonate construction, an asymmetrical single-arm bracket, an easily accessible battery door and a large push-button switch. Three Ultrabright LEDs and one Maxbright LED let you choose between long-range spotting or close-range area light. Power is 100 lumens, and burn time (on three AAA batteries) is 200 hours (Ultrabright LEDs) or 28 hours (Maxbright LED). The unit measures 2.3x1 inches and weighs 2.9 ounces. Estimated Street Price: $30.95.
Princeton Tec Impact XL
A "traditional" design flashlight, the rugged, durable Impact XL features a Maxbright LED rated at 65 lumens and a rubber overmold for a good grip and shock- and impact-resistance. It's also waterproof. The Impact XL is powered by four AA batteries, with a rated burn time of 50 hours. Operation is simple; just twist the bezel to turn it on and off. Estimated Street Price: $29.95.
An ultracompact headlamp, the ZIPKA PLUS2 features one high-output white LED, one red LED and five lighting modes (three continuous, two blinking). A ZIP retractable cord system lets you wear the unit on your head or wrist. The high-output LED produces up to 50 lumens, and the unit can burn for up to 140 hours at economy setting. An electronic push-button switch provides simple operation. The ZIPKA PLUS2 operates on three AAA batteries (it comes with three alkalines; lithiums can be used for better performance in cold weather), and is IPX4 water-resistant. It weighs just 2.5 ounces with batteries. Estimated Street Price: $40.95.
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