If you use your headlamp a lot you might find yourself going through batteries rather quickly. Some can go for hundreds of hours on low power settings, but others will eat through a fresh set of batteries in just a few hours on the high settings. So rather than spend a fortune on an endless supply of new batteries, it can be easier to just get a rechargeable headlamp that has its own battery. A rechargeable battery might not last quite as long, but you wont have to constantly buy new batteries.
Rechargeable HeadlampFind out what to look for when reviewing rechargeable headlamps.
- Battery Life – One of the disadvantages of using a rechargeable battery rather than a constant supply of fresh new batteries is that you don’t get as much battery life. So pay close attention to what the battery life of your prospective headlamp is, and whether it’s enough to get you through between recharges.
- Power Modes – Related to the point above, it can be easy to conserve power by utilizing a lower power setting, assuming that your headlamp has a different power mode. Most do, but some of the smaller, minimalist ones don’t, so just check to make sure that you can conserve power when you need to with a lower power setting.
Best Rechargeable HeadlampSome of the very best rechargeable headlamps.
- Petzl Tikka 2 Headlamp - This is actually the standard Tikka 2 headlamp with a CORE battery kit, which is rechargeable up to 300 times, after which you would need to get a new battery, or else you can switch to using regular AAA batteries. The headlamp itself puts out a maximum of 40 lumens, and has three different power settings. The battery will go for approximately 120 hours on the lowest setting. The battery is charged via USB, but also comes with a wall adapter.
- Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp - The Sprinter is a headlamp designed specifically for those who will be moving fast at night. The beam is focused in front of you, so that all the light goes to illuminating what's on the trail in front of you. On low power the battery will last a total of 64, and on high you get a very good 68 lumens, though only for 5 hours. The battery itself recharges in 6 hours.
- Petzl Ultra Headlamp - If you need something truly powerful, the Ultra is an ideal choice. It has a rather high price, but manages to put out 350 lumens on high power, which is enough to illuminate more than a hundred meters in front of you. It will only last 2 hours on that high setting, however, and 17 hours on the lower setting, so it's a good thing the batteries are rechargeable, or you would go through them rather quickly. The battery full recharges in 3 hours.