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Gelert Wind Up Headlight

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Brand: Gelert / Type: Head Light

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      28.02.2013 20:07
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      Very good, but not for cycling

      The gelert hands free torch is a little wind up torch that comes with a clip and a headband that you can wear. I got mine pretty cheap (less than a tenner if I remember correctly), although it was on special offer.

      Anyway, the way this works is that the light detaches from the headband via a sort of slotting motion. Then a crank handle sort of folds out of the base of the light. I like the way the whole torch is "coated" in rubber, it makes it more comfortable to hold, and makes it feel more robust as well. This is used to charge an internal battery to power 3 led lights at the front of the torch.

      Anyway, the torch has also got a button on top, which you press to cycle through the modes (1 LED light on, all 3 LED lights on, or all LED lights on but with a flash). Its very simple to use really.

      The light is not "brilliantly" bright, certainly not as bright as other headlamps etc I have used. And another thing letting it down as a true cycling light is the fact that the light needs winding up every 15 minutes or so. But really you want to wind up before that as the led's start going dim. As a result, you will mostly just use the flashing feature if you are using it on a bike. Or at least, I did. Also the light is not "brilliantly" bright. You can see about as far as 3 arm lengths clearing in the dark, which is pretty good, and useful for seeing the handlebars, but I certainly wouldn't go down an unlit road with only this headlamp.

      Overall, this is a pretty handy thing, but I am just unsure it is fully suitable for bike use, which it is marketed for. I use mine more for other things now, like little jobs in the dark, camping, when the lights go out, that sort of thing. Here having a short battery life is not that much of an issue, but having a ind up over battery power is a big bonus. Also I found that the headstrap was a bit fiddly to fit on a helmet, but much easier without, and as I like to cycle with a helmet, it made this very fiddly. Overall then I give this headlamp a 4/5. Its well made, and very useful, just not very good for cycling... which is what it is kind of sold for!


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