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My other half bought two of these from a garage when he saw them on special offer at 2 for £10 which was pretty much half the rrp. We keep one in the car in case there is a break down or we have to stop at night for an emergency toilet stop for my daughter and the other one we have in the house for when we have to go to the end of the garden in winter to empty the bins into the main dustbin, we have also taken these on a camping trip as back up to our main head torches which are far more powerful however as a back up in emergencies these do fine.
The torch comes with 3 AAA batteries and you are supposed to get about 30 hours of illumination, given that ours are on and off all the time in short bursts I have no idea how much burn time we have been getting with them. The range of light is pretty good, I would say that I get about 15 to 20 metres of very good illumination and some light penetrates about another ten to fifteen meters to make it easy to identify shapes and obstacles at a distance. You can switch down to a half power setting which is ideal for when in a tent or other enclosed space or if you are cooking and do not want to blind those around you while camping, this half power is more than enough light to read under as well.
The one thing I did notice about this torch is that the headband is pretty basic and could be more comfortable, for short periods of time it is fine but I would not want to do a long night hike wearing this torch. It is light enough however it also does not look very robust and would not be something I would trust if doing some extreme hiking in the mountains. It is a little fiddly fitting the three batteries into the casing and the insides do not look very robust so care is needed.
It is also important to note that teh casing is not waterproof, then again I guess you get what you pay for and considering the really cheap price you have to accept that a head tortch like this will have its limitations, however for domestic use when you want both hands free and need illumination and for dog walkers it would be ideal.
This review is of the Energizer 3 LED head torch/light.
WHY DID I BUY IT?
I bought the Energizer 3 LED headlight for three reasons:-
1. To enable me to walk my two dogs in the darker nights safely and still see where I am going.
2. To use when I am out jogging in the evening.
3. To replace a different make which was chewed by the dogs.
WHERE DID I BUY IT AND COST?
I bought mine in a Wilko shop for just under £10 in last month. It is currently on Amazon for £12-£14 and on Ebay for around £7-£12.
It is important to note however that there are various models of these head torches such as the pro and advanced which are more expensive.
THE PRODUCT AND WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY?
The torch comes in a cardboard packet with the product on display, useful as you can immediately see if the torch part is damaged before you buy and also three AAA batteries.
The LED head torch has twenty lumens, lasts up to 30 hours and gives a seeing distance of 32 metres.
The torch part is attached to a elasticised headband and the torch itself has a full power and half power mode along with a flip down option to angle where the light goes.
SO OUT ON THE ROAD - HOW DOES IT STAND UP?
HEADBAND - The headband is soft and elasticised, but also has the option of an adjustable clip to tighten if you wish. You can shorten this quite a bit so it would fit a young child's head. Black and grey with the "Energizer" name printed on it. It is comfortable and feels secure against my head /hair and has not slipped down my face even when jogging. Easy to clean with a damp cloth should you need to.
Where the torch part rests against your forehead is a soft sponge backing to the plastic of the actual torch. This too is comfortable much more than I thought and so far has left me with no red indents to my head!
THE TORCH - To start with you have to put the batteries in. Now this I did find a little tricky the bit that rests against your forehead comes off so you can insert the batteries, I found it quite hard to prize apart and snap back down but I guess you don't need to do it that often and at least it is secure. I have to say inside the battery section did look a little cheap, I was expecting it to look sturdy even in there for Energizer branding. The batteries they supply you with are not rechargeable but I see no reason why you could not use them in the torch and I am going to try this when these run out.
The flip bit is easy as pie, just flip! No button or catch it's on a hinge and stays where you want it to as well. I find this most useful when jogging as I angle it to see where my feet are going and it gives me enough light to see it someone is coming too.
Moving on to the lights. At first glance they look a bit like a robots eyes, goggle looking around the main then two big round circles and one smaller in the middle. Above this is the switch, easily glides across to one side for full power and the other side for half power - how simple is that indicated on the top with small dots one bigger than the other. Off in the middle.
Using my torch I tend to use the half power mostly especially when jogging as there is still some street light also.
Full power I save for when I am out with the dogs and we are going across fields or where there are no street lights and both give me plenty of ground coverage to see where I am going and what is coming.
The torch is not waterproof which is a bit of a shame as I would like to be able to use it in wet weather.
The only other thing is that if you have long hair like me you will find it difficult to where with a high pony tail, but it is fine with a low one.
My mum is well known within our family for buying some weird and wonderful presents for us at Christmas and for our birthdays. For my last birthday I received this Energizer head torch from her which she got for me hoping that I would wear it if I was out cycling in the dark, as she still worries about me even though I'm 33 years of age!!
To be fair the torch has been a great gift, and I have used it lots of times now, for all sorts of things, such as working in the loft, looking for the cat at night, working under my car (changing the brakes, oil and filter change etc), and more recently when we had a sudden power cut a few weeks ago, I strapped it my head until the power came back on.
The Energizer head torch basically consists of an adjustable elasticised strap, covered in a comfy fabric which sits around the head. At the front of the strap there is a plastic base plate which is padded to the side which sits against the forehead.
At the front of the base plate is the chunky torch itself, and this torch contains 3 LED's (two white and one red) as opposed to standard bulbs that you tend to find in torches. The LED's are low power, and as such they do not drain the battery anywhere near as much as standard bulbs would. In fact Energizer state that the batteries (3 X AAA which are included in the pack!) will last for 50 hours, which is very good going, and based on that, I would be surprised If I ever get to the stage where my batteries fail. Also the LED's will never need replacing unlike a common torch bulb. The torch is quite bulky and heavy duty, probably somewhat to do with the fact that it has to contain the 3 AAA batteries within the back of the unit.
At the top of the torch unit there is a plastic switch which has the following three different positions:
~~~~~ My view on the head torch from Energizer ~~~~~
This torch is a great little gadget, and as I mentioned above it is amazing just how often it gets used. There are so many little fiddly jobs that require a torch, but also 2 hands are needed to complete the job, and this is where the head torch works so well. The whole unit feels well made, and yet it is lightweight, and easy to wear. The strap does fit very well to the head, and it is comfortable enough to wear for a long duration.
Directing the torch beam does take a little bit of practice, as you need to aim your forehead in the direction that you need the beam to aim at, and not just move your eyes around. The best technique that I have found is to pretend that your whole face and head and eyes are the torch, and so you need to point the face, head and eyes directly in the required direction at all times, which might look a little strange, but does tend to do the job. The torch itself also has a swivel head on it which means that you can aim it in the correct direction, and then have your head facing a different way if required.
Another plus to the torch is that it is weatherproof making it ideal for the outdoors especially for something like erecting a tent in the dark on a wet night (or searching for the cat under neighbors cars!).
I do not know how much my mum paid for mine, (I have no doubt that she will have picked it up for a right bargain), but they are currently retailing at Amazon for £10:99 and considering this includes the 3 required energizer batteries that will give 50 hours of light, then this seems to be a great deal.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
I received this as a present early last year, and at first I was a little sceptical as to if I would actually use it. When I was doing DIY etc, I was always balancing torches etc in some precarious position to get the light to focus on the right spot. But then I gave this a try, and I've got to say that it is perhaps one of the best gadgets that I have ever had in my toolkit, and for only just over £10.
But what is so fabulous about this torch? Well, it is basically a small battery powered light unit that you wear on your forehead. The unit is then held in position with a stylish elasticised head strap which is basically one size fits all. The unit itself is effectively 2 parts. You have the padded base plate, which is the bit that sits against your forehead, and you have the torch bit which is connected by a swivel, allowing you to point the light exactly where you want it to be.
The light unit itself is quite ingenious in that it uses the lower powered LED lights - 6 in total (4 white and 2 red). The white LEDs can be switched to operate only the inner 2 (for a spot beam), the other 2 (for a flood beam) or all 4 on (for maximum output). On top of these, you also have the 2 red LEDs which are ideal to use in darkness or at night when you want to maintain your night vision.
Now I mentioned the lower powered LEDs. Basically you now see a lot of torches using the LED system rather than a standard bulb. The reason is that an LED draws less power from a battery than a standard bulb, meaning that your batteries will last longer, giving you more use from your torch. By putting combinations of LEDs together you can get the same (or better) light output than from a standard bulb, yet still maintain a lower power consumption overall. The power for this torch is 3 x AAA batteries and the claim is that they should last for about 50 hours with this torch. Now I can't vouch for that personally because I've only had the torch about 14 months, and the original batteries are still going strong, even though it does get regular use.
Additional factors worth noting? The light unit is weatherproof, making ideal to use outside in the rain, for example, changing a wheel on your car or when out camping. It is also very light weight making it comfortable to wear. I know that I have worn it for hour or so durations doing work in the loft and it has never given me any problems. Overall, the build quality is excellent, which you would expect from an Energizer product.
To balance the review, what about the negative points? Well to be honest, I can't really find anything negative about this torch specifically. The only thing that I suppose is worth mentioning is that it can take some practise to get the light from the torch to point exactly where you want it. It's not a fault of the torch, it's just that when you are doing some DIY work, you may tend to find that move your eyes a lot, but only move your head a little, and since the light shines where you point your head (since it is on your forehead), it may not always be shining where you are looking. So you sort of develop a technique to move both your eyes and your head in unison to ensure that the light shines exactly where you are looking. As I said, it's not a fault of the torch, it's just a case of getting use to using a head torch in general.
In summary, this is an excellent torch and a very useful gadget to have, and at only £10, it's not going to break the bank. I now have one in the car for emergencies, as well as in my toolkit for general DIY. So I can easily highly recommend this torch.
Energizer Headlight LED Head Torch
My husband picked up The Energizer headlight LED head torch in B&Q on a bit of a whim, we'd recently moved home from a city centre flat to a house in the country. We were doing a quick stock up on some tools and essentials that we might need now that we had the space and DIY projects that would need attention in the new house. As it turns out this Energizer headlight LED head torch has been one of the most used and useful DIY items that we have owned.
The battery life is pretty good, after about a year of regular use it has finally dimmed enough that the batteries have required changing. According to the manufacturers the torch will last for about 50 hours on 3 x AAA batteries (the first set of which was included with the torch). Realistically, I have no idea to whether ours lasted the full 50 hours, but it did do about a year's worth of faithful service where it was used rather often. Also being as this uses LED lights they should work perfectly and never need replaced during the duration of the head torches life, so one less thing to worry about.
Even after a year's worth of use the head band is still in relatively good shape and is still elastic enough to sit firmly or comfortably when in use. One of the small touches that this head torch has is a soft, padded cushion like area attached to where the head torch will sit against the skin of your head. Whenever I have been using this it always feels comfortable to wear and really the only downside is that the band messes with my hair, but I don't think that is a problem that can be helped. It is also worth mentioning that the headband is fully adjustable and even fits my smaller head securely.
The light itself is built so that it is attached to the headband and support with a swivelling joint. This allows you to angle the light where you want it to go. I have been grateful of this on more than one occasion when a head torch comes in handy, but you don't want to be stuck in one painful position craning your neck to get the light exactly where you want it. The torch can swivel nearly 180 degrees and the joint is quite sturdy so it should stay at the angle you need it to.
Importantly as well as being functional, comfortable and practical to wear this torch also works well as a torch. It has 4 LED lights which can give a wider beam or a more focused light depending upon what you require it to do. The lights are easy to switch on with big buttons that are situated on top, so you never need to take this off when it is in use. Although this is a head torch I have and do use it as a handheld torch on a semi regular basis, especially when I take the dog for a walk at night. It is so light weight and easily wrapped round my wrist that it is ideal when you don't want to drag something heavier along.
The torch also has 2 red LED lights, which are better for using when you want to keep some sort of night vision. I actually bought one of these as a gift for my dad because he is an avid amateur astronomer and he wears this and uses the red lights when he needs to be able to see to adjust the telescope, or to drink his cup of tea without then having to reacustomise his eyes to the dark.
Personally, I think that this torch has worked out to be rather good value for money. I am almost positive that when we bought this it was around the £10 - £15 price range. For our money this has been useful on more than several occasions. Especially, when you are doing DIY jobs that require a torch but you also require the use of both of your hands. As I mentioned we bought ours from B&Q but I have since seen this available in a few different stores (even a well known supermarket) as well as online to buy. If you do fancy getting one of these they are pretty easy to track down.
I don't use this torch anywhere near as much as my husband does, but I still think that it deserves a full five out of five stars. I would also happily recommend this to anyone else as it is a handy little torch to have around the house. We have used it for doing DIY activities, walking the dog but we also leave it where it is easily found in case of a power cut. We also keep a spare one of these in the car, for those 'just in case' moments.
My other half's work occasionally involves some night-time surveying on various outdoor sites during which he has to hold a clip-board, having various forms to fill in, and presumably for this reason, for some time he's been quite keen on getting a head-torch.
Head torches - well, they're small torches attached to thick elastic that you wear round your forehead, much in the style of a John McEnroe circa 1980s head-band. Head torches; I think about the best you can say about them is that at least these days, now that LEDs can provide a relatively lightweight sources of illumination - at least these days, they don't generally need to have that extra front-to-back strap that goes over the crown of your head to keep them in place.
So these Energizer head torches were selling for about £7 on special offer, packeted up on a piece of cardboard with a set of three batteries, at the local Tesco.
"Do you want one?" my partner asked me eagerly, having bought one for himself.
Now, even allowing for the facts that firstly I don't like to be sexist, and secondly, that I've even known the odd female pot-holing enthusiast, I'd seriously doubt that there's a woman alive who's ever actually WANTED (as opposed to occasionally needed to use) a head-torch.
Funnily enough I once was sent out with £40 from the office collection to buy a 30th birthday present for a female co-worker who I liked, but didn't know particularly well.
"What about a head-torch!" my then (male) line manager enthused, in all seriousness. "I bet she'd LOVE one of them!"
I've noticed this phenomenon over and over again. The two above are just a couple of selected examples, of which I have more; because, for some reason, men really seem to like head torches and will come up with all sorts of excuses to get to go shopping for one.
Women - not so much.
So, the illumination from the Energizer head torch comes from a number (three?) of LED sources at the front; it's not obvious how many there are as over two of them are circular 'lens' effect insets that (presumably) magnify the light emitted. Like all LEDs these days, the bright white light produced is, if anything, too intense: you don't want to look directly into the light when it's switched on or you're in danger of frying your retinas. It's advertised as being a one watt head torch, but I don't really know what that translates to in terms of LED illumination as they use les power than conventional torch bulbs. It's easily enough to illuminate the ground around where you're walking, however.
The torch part is about two and a half inches long and maybe an inch and a half high; it's somewhat bulky front-to-back because it takes standard cell-type batteries but is fairly light-weight. The thick grey elastic head-band is easily robust enough to support the weight of the torch when it's worn on the head. The torch part has a soft, dense grey foam backing over the surface where it'll sit against the fore-head; presumably this is also a non-slip surface. It switches on via a sliding button on the top of the torch part. The middle setting is 'off' - to one side you have 'on and bright' and to the other position 'on and slightly dimmer'. I think having the 'off' position to one side would make the torch slightly easier to use, but that's a minor point.
You can pay pretty much anything you want for a head torch if you feel so inclined, as you can get proper 'high spec' bells and whistles ones from the outdoor shops. Given what head torches are, unless you actually NEED a head torch - in connection, say with some kind of sport or outdoor activity that is carried out in the dark (such as pot-holing, in which case you'll probably need a high-spec one that's shock-proof, water-proof, etc.), I would say you're better off buying an inexpensive £7 model like this Energizer one to see how you get on with that.