Rating: 8.1 / 10
Value for Money 1.7
Ease of use 1.5
Battery Life 1.6
Beam Quality 1.7
With so many headlamps currently available on the market we are spoilt for lighting choice when hiking. Over the past 15 months I have come to the realisation that there is no one perfect light and for me and this has meant I now have a two-lighting arsenal I work between. The Black Diamond ReVolt and the Petzl E+Lite. Which light I use will depend on the following questions:
If I plan on night hiking in an unfamiliar area and the trail is potentially questionable then my light of choice is the Black Diamond ReVolt.
My main reason for purchasing the revolt was as the name suggests, this headlamp comes with rechargable batteries and can be recharged with a battery pack, mains power, solar panel or just about any other options provided you can plug the USB cable into a power source. This headlamp can also be run on AAA batteries in addition to the included rechargeable batteries.
Battery life will vary depending on the mode you use with Black Diamond claiming a burn time between 80-300 hours depending on the lighting mode that type of battery. In real life, good quality light will be provided for about ten hours on ‘hi beam’ mode and longer when using the lower light options. For most people who use their torch in a lower power mode for 2-3 hours a night, the batteries are likely to last 3-4 nights quite comfortably between recharges. My wife used this light on a two-week trip late last year for about an hour/night and didn’t need to recharge at all. It’s also a great option for extended trips where you don’t want to carry extra batteries. For me I will top up the batteries at home using mains power and on an extended trip use a portable power pack if necessary.
This lamp also has a battery life indicator on the side of the headlamp that shows on start up so you will know how low your charge is getting as the trip goes on and when you need to recharge.
The light provided by this headlamp while not the brightest on the market is still pretty strong and for most people you will not need the ‘hi beam’ mode unless you are doing some serious night time way finding. Light most headlamps the torch angle is adjustable so you can ensure your beam is focused where you need it and you wont blind your fellow hikers. The beam is brighter when used with non-rechargeable batteries as is the case with just about any light. Black Diamond claim a high power beam of about 70 metres but at this distance the light is very weak at the furthest point.
The weight of this lamp is reasonably typical for a light running thee AAA batteries and while not overly heavy I do notice this when I switch from using my Petzl E+ Lite which is almost weightless at under 30 grams in weight.
I must admit the pressure switches, which the majority of headlamps now use, to be annoying particularly when you use more than one light. I usually forget the mode sequence when I swap to another light and have to remember how many seconds or how long to push to get my light choice.
There are cheaper an brighter options on the market however the Black Diamond ReVolt can best be classed as a good allrounder that does everything well and has an excellent battery life which is better than most other similar lights available. I have been very happy with this purchase and am happy to recommend this partially or those doing longer trips where battery life is an issue.
For me there is only one minor negative which is common to many light options on the market:
Great night hiking light for when battery availability is an issue. Can be easily recharged off a battery pack or solar panel
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Black Diamond ReVolt rechargeable headlamp
Black Diamond ReVolt rechargeable headlamp with the recharge cable plugged in. This light can be recharged through mains power with a mini USB, through solar panels or a battery pack. Great for those longer trips when accessing power is an issue