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You know the feeling, you have to do something which involves using a torch, which sounds easy enough, but then you find that you need both your hands to get the job done properly. This is where you spend most of your time trying to balance the torch on your shoulder, trapping it with your chin, with your eyes stretching at such an angle to see what you're meant to be doing that you are soon suffering from eye strain.
So what do you do? Ask a friend to hold your torch? What happens if you don't have a friend at hand? Or maybe you have no friends to begin with.
So, the question again is what do you do?
And believe it or not, the answer to what some may deem as one of life's unanswered questions is simple indeed, so simple that once you know it you'll be kicking yourself, probably falling over if you try to kick yourself too hard, (or was that just me?)
The answer is to get your hands on a torch that can not only be used hands free but can also be aimed at exactly what you are looking at.
This special torch is in fact called a head torch, of which there are many of these head torches out there for sale, some good, some bad and some ugly. But it is the first of that list of torches that I wish to tell you about here. It is a head torch that I have had the pleasure of using for quite some time now, in many different aspects of my life, both work and pleasure. This torch is the LED Lenser H7 head torch.
* Firstly, what does this torch look like..?
The torch itself looks like any normal torch, well, the head of any normal torch anyway, so it's a sort of torch without the handle. This is the lens which is then attached to a black strap that has what looks like a black plastic box tied to the back end.
That's what it looks like really.
When you take a closer look it has a few more things about it, such as on the left side, as you look at the bulb, there is a wire that comes from the lens and strongs itself to the strap all the way into the plastic box.
Then, when you actually take a closer look at this plastic box you soon realise that it is in fact a battery container that is capable of housing 3 AAA batteries, which is needed to get the power to the lens.
* How do we use it then..?
Basically you just put the strap onto your head, flick on the torch and away you go.
The torch itself is attached to a strap which goes around your head. And before you start thinking about the fact that everyone's heads are different sizes, let me tell you that this strap is actually adjustable so that it fits most peoples head, unless you have a head the size of an elephants rear end, then you are stuck.
But the strap is very comfortably to wear, even if you end up wearing it for quite some time.
So to use it you simply have to adjust the head strap until it feels comfortable on your head, then you place it onto you head as you would a cap, or a hat.
You then want to get the light working, which is a matter of flicking the switch on the battery pack, and there you go, you have lightened up your life. Or the room you're in anyway.
The strap is not the only thing that is adjustable, the torch light is too. The torches head can be adjusted up to an angle of 90° which comes in handy when you need to beam to look downwards as you are looking forwards, maybe when you're hiking at night and want to watch out for things that someone's pet dog ahs left behind.
Plus, the light itself offers not only a set beam of bright light, it also allows you to actually dim the brightness in case you don't want things to be a bright as that. Then there's the opportunity of going from spot light to flood light, which sounds technical but means that it can be adjusted from a small spot of light to a wide light that floods a wider range.
* What about its power..?
You get the power from the three AAA batteries that are in the pack on the back of the strap.
It offers up to 140 lumens of light, yes, lumens, it is a word, I saw it on the box... lumens... I guess it's something like light bulbs being in watts, maybe it was Mr Lumens that put his name to this sort of brightness range?
Anyway, 160 lumens of light, supposedly giving over 150 metres of a good quality light beam, widening towards the end.
For the record I have not actually measured the distance but it does brighten up a vast area around and in front of where I am so that I can clearly see everything around me.
As I said, it does need 3 AA batteries in order to get the bulbs lit up, and these batteries can last for some time, they claim up to 75 hours, although this depends on the batteries themselves and the length of time the light is on. I don't recommend using those batteries that you get in the pound shop as I tried them in this and they went flat quicker than a car tyre crossing over a road paved in broken glass. Go for good quality rechargeable batteries or those one that have the copper coloured top, (I don't mean that fool on the radio with the glasses? The one that married her off the Doctor Who series with Christopher Eccleston).
* Do you get anything else apart from the torch..?
Yes, you do. You also get the three batteries that you need to use the torch, plus, you also get a case to carry everything in.
Although, I do have to say that the case is pretty small, in fact, it is so small that I struggled to get the torch into the thing, which was pretty annoying. But, as I hate to be beaten, especially by an old bag, I checked out on line about the best way to put this torch into the bag and the best answer I got in return was to put the battery in the case first then shove the rest into the bag.
And it worked, first time, although it was still a bit of a struggle, but I was left with the torch inside the case that it was supposed to be housed in to protect it from the out elements.
* And what do I think of this then..?
I've used this for many things, home DIY tasks such as when I have my head stuck under sink, inside s cupboard, or just in those darker areas. I've also used it for bike riding when I have been out later in the day. The light sits lovely on my head and the beam lights up everything I am looking at ahead of me so that I can see anything in my path. And this torch has never let me down.
Although to be honest, I do have to say, that when I first looked at the thing my eyes went straight to the battery pack, which is in the centre of the strap, or on the back when it is on your head. The size of the pack looked like it could be pretty uncomfortable when it was strapped to my head, maybe digging into my delicate skull, causing me some discomfort and irritation, maybe brain damage of some level, (maybe).
But once I'd tried it on, adjusting the strap so that it sat firmly on my head, I found that I could not feel the pack at all really, although I knew it was there.
The strap itself is made of a semi-stretchy material so that it goes easily over my head then sits gently in place, and the plastic clasps are strong enough to take a lot of hassles without snapping to pieces on the first touch. This combination make me feel more confident when I put this on and take it off, knowing that this is not going to break any time soon, falling off my head and into some strange looking liquid that could be radioactive, (the wife's cooking again is she..?)
Switching it on is so easy to do and, even though you can't see the switch when the thing is on your head, there's no hassles with finding it after you've done it once, remembering where the switch is.
The same goes for the 'dimmer' adjusting and even the 'tilting' of the lens itself, which is another bonus of this torch as it lets you do things like seeing the ground whilst you head is aiming forwards.
The other good thing about this is that it doesn't look that bad when it's on the head with it mainly black strap and plastic casings and the odd dash of red, although the red is mainly on the inside of the strap.
So the black on your head doesn't make you look like a complete idiot when you have it strapped to your head in crowded places.
* So, now for the price...
This adjustable head torch sells for about £30.00, which may sound a bit much for what is a torch but if you're a night bike rider, (Wasn't that a tv show?), pot holer, or just have a job that you need to lighten up but still need both you hands, then this is £30 well worth spending.
I have a lot of treasured items, potential heirlooms or "old junk", as my wife calls it stored away in the loft space. With nothing as advanced as an electric light up there, I have to make do with stumbling about with whatever torch I can find. Preferably one that hasn't been used as a light sabre by my 4 year old son and cast aside when the batteries have gone flat.
Well, not anymore folks! I have a new toy, I mean tool and it makes things a lot easier. Oh yes, I now have light source strapped firmly to my noggin, cutting a swathe through the darkness in whatever direction I choose to turn, trip or fall.
With the option of spot or beam and an integrated dimmer switch it's easily adapted to cope with all gloomy situations that need brightening up. It generates 160 lumens of light with a beam range of 528ft, which is more than enough for my loft.
It takes 3 x AAA batteries, which come supplied and should in theory allow for approx 70 hours of burn time. I'll be very impressed if it does.
The head strap is easy to adjust and very comfortable. The longest that I've worn mine is for 3 hours that I spent looking for a box that was "definitely" in the loft but turned up at the bottom of my wife's wardrobe! The plus side was that the head strap proved to be extremely comfortable indeed.
Although I purchased this for a specific purpose, I've also found it extremely helpful when working on the car and obviously can be utilised in any situation where you need to keep both hands free.
I'm really pleased with this head torch and don't regret paying £26.99 for mine, although that was in a sale. I've seen them on Amazon for around the £35 mark, so shopping around for a bargain is essential. A little pricey maybe but it's high quality and should last for quite a few years if you look after it.
5 stars as I just can't find fault in it.
Thanks for reading.
this is a very handly peice of kit the led is very bright ableing you to be able to see over a distance in the dark. as i do alot of walking and climbing on the devon moors its very usefull when walking in the dark and doesnt take up a lot of room when inside your bag.
As an avid hiking and potholer, I was happy to know that I could pick up this fantastic little head torch for under £40.
I bought this around a year ago when my other head-torch (and a lot more expensive, I may add), was damaged and made unusable on a hike. I decided that I'd purchase a fairly cheap torch to keep me going for a while, and I'm still using the torch to this day. The torch is 140 lumens, so this is very bright, especially when using in caves and other dark spaces. The torch is a single LED, however it is plenty bright enough to see clearly in dark open spaces. The beam can supposedly range to 528ft, however I believe that this is a slight exaggeration. Nonetheless, the light covers enough distance to be able to see clearly.
The head-strap is very customisable, and can be adjusted to fit your head size perfectly. If you are a fan of hiking like me, then you will know that comfort is vital for the duration of the trek.
The torch has some other nice little features. The light has a dimmer switch, so it can alternate between high and low intensity. This is useful when wanting to save some power in the 3 AAA batteries. The torch can also be swivelled slightly, which allows you to focus the direction of the light. This is a useful tool, however you'll probably find that turning your head is far easier.
Overall, this head torch is great. Useful for hikers, cavers or anything else you may do out in the dark.
its a good torch, powerful and good to take trekking- where i used mine, there are a few others on the market and they all are very similar. It was a good long life however its a bit bulkier than a lot of the others out there, but its a very practical use torch easy to turn it on and you just leave it on your head with different brightness levels. it is easy to put on and stays on your head easily if adjusted correctly. its a durable strong head torch, it didnt fall apart like some of the other competitors head torches. it was quite good at power saving however it was a pain to have to carry all the batteries around but it depends how you want to use the torches. Another bad point is at night when all the bugs are out, it only has a white light which attracts bugs but a lot had red on which doesnt.
I have been familier with LED Lenser torches before and I have always been impressed with the quality of their products. What drew me towards this Head Torch was when I work sometimes I work in small dark spaces and holding a torch in my mouth was not very convienant at all, so I got this torch. It is 140 lumens which I know is very bright especially when working up close to things but the great part about this torch is it has a dimmer pack on the back which I can use so objects are not to bright to look at.
The advantage about this torch being so bright is that i can also use it when I go out mountian biking either on the roads or in a forest.Normally you would think I bright torch would not last very long but as its only 1 LED giving out all that light the batteries last a very long time.
Well worth the buy
Model: LED Lenser 7497 H7 Head Torch / Category: LED Professional Torch / Versatile can also run on AAA batteries - 3 watt CREE LED chip - Output 140 Lumens - Advanced Focus System - spot to flood - Integrated dimmer switch - Adjustable lamp head within 90 degrees - Fully adjustable head straps - Durable nylon pouch included Burn Time : Up to 75 hours Effective Range : 0 - 528 feet / Dimensions : Adjustable to head size Weight : 117gms Power Supply : 3 x AAA alkaline batteries included