OK, you won’t find these in the stores (yet), but it’s worth waiting for them to be shipped from China if you want a quality, hands-free, view of that long attic.
This one cost around $25 from Amazon (Sold by LeTour LED Market). It is operated by a single button on the top of the central lamp unit, which offers four modes. The central lamp only, the two outside lamps, the central and the two outside lamps together and all the lamps strobing in an annoying “now you see it now you don’t” fashion. ( I don’t know why so many of these headlamps have this function)
The headlamp is powered by two Lithium-ION rechargeable batteries and comes with a mains charger and an in-car charger, which makes it handy for charging in -between inspections. The batteries are 18650-3.75 volt batteries that each provide 3,000 mAh and will run you out at $20 each if you buy them from the Source. This makes it more economical to buy a new headlamp rather than two batteries!
The Lamp unit has a ratcheted head giving vertical movement to allow comfortable adjustment, but the battery pack at the rear of the lamp is largish and if not properly adjusted can be anywhere between annoying and painful.
The lamps are “rain proof” but I didn’t want to test them underwater until I had a second one, just in case. They are not ANSI tested.
As for the lighting capability, as expected with a possible full-on 3 x T6 Cree lamps, the depth and penetration of the lighting was impressive. In my standard semi-dark basement looking into the 3-metre deep closet, the central lamp transpired to be rather impressive.
With an adjustable lens, I could adjust the lamp from floodlight (on the right) to spotlight (on the left).
The beam was so powerful, that even at 6 metres away I could see the definition of the Cree LAMP at the other end of the closet.
The outside lamps on their own were a bit disappointing, as they didn’t seem to offer much light to the sides and seemed to be focused towards the centre, not offering much more light than some lesser headlamps. (Left) All three lamps together didn’t appear to offer much more light than the central lamp on its own. (Right)
The weight of this lamp was 10.5 ounces, which is getting up there. (It’s about the weight of three average apples). That said, the weight is nicely balanced between the lamp at the front and the battery pack at the rear, so you only have 1 1/2 apples stuck to your forehead.
The batteries last around 4 hours for a single lamp before any appreciable drop-off in lamp output. With all three lamps on this goes down rapidly. The rechargeable batteries take around 4 hours to reload from scratch.
There is no ANSI impact testing of these lamps, but I dropped them (twice) while unpacking them with no great effect. Again, I don’t expect to go around banging my head on a brick wall (while still wearing the lamp). Overall, I’m quite impressed with this lamp. A little disappointed that, for the battery drain, I’m not getting three times the light with all three Cree-T6 lamps on, but it certainly helps with attic and crawlspace inspections.
LeTour Cree-T6 headlamp - A guy buy for the money
- Light output - 8/108/10
- Ease of Use - 9/109/10
- Battery (Type and lifespan) - 7/107/10
- Size and Weight - 7/107/10
- Value (Price & Running costs) - 8.5/108.5/10
- Beam width & distance - 7/107/10
- Impact resistance - 5/105/10
- Water resistance - 3/103/10