3W Cree head torch - Aldi from 24th Aug - £7.99
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3W Cree head torch - Aldi from 24th Aug - £7.99

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Found 24th Aug 2014
Hands-free illumination from this powerful 3W head torch.

Dimmer and flashing mode
Zoom focus
Adjustable strap
Red light on rear

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Good deal, but if anyone wants a cheap head torch (nowhere near as good as this one) they sell them in Poundland, surprisingly for £1.

Anyone know how bright is a 3w cree bulb..? For example is a 9 led torch (say from Poundland) brighter or this..?

Super Noob

Anyone know how bright is a 3w cree bulb..? For example is a 9 led torch … Anyone know how bright is a 3w cree bulb..? For example is a 9 led torch (say from Poundland) brighter or this..?



This, by far...

Furious

Groovy

Lamp looks ok but do you really want a large battery pack pressing in the back of your head maybe ok if only intending to wear for short periods i have a small bright cree torch china import that cost £1.99 from amazon i'am sure there's a head strap that accommodates pocket torches.

This will be massively brighter than a poundland torch.

However, I'd be tempted to spend a little more and get a T6 one from ebay, which will be even brighter still - around 8w for a cheap one maybe.

As it has 'zoom focus' expect a flat beam pattern (I'm not 100%, but they normally are for this type), which means good for doing close up stuff, but may not be so good for cycling, walking etc where you may want to illuminate further away more - the ones with a bright centre 'hot spot' work very nicely for cycling where you want the centre of the path in the distance to get most of the light, so you're not blinded by the stuff closer to you.

The red bit on the rear does make these torches handy for cycling as it's "all you need" - and no hassle with removing them from the bike if you're locking it up at the shops etc (though you may get some funny looks if you don't remove them from your head, of course!)
Edited by: "_g_" 24th Aug 2014

any ideas if it takes AA or AAA batteries?
I am looking for AA one as AAA on power LED will not last long...

mrblubo

any ideas if it takes AA or AAA batteries? I am looking for AA one as … any ideas if it takes AA or AAA batteries? I am looking for AA one as AAA on power LED will not last long...



You'd be surprised... my LED lenser lasts quite a few hours on alkaline (hates rechargeables tho?!?!). Remember, LED uses much less power than the old Xenon bulbs so don't be too scared off by AAA

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mrblubo

any ideas if it takes AA or AAA batteries? I am looking for AA one as … any ideas if it takes AA or AAA batteries? I am looking for AA one as AAA on power LED will not last long...



It takes 3 AAA batteries

frakison

You'd be surprised... my LED lenser lasts quite a few hours on alkaline … You'd be surprised... my LED lenser lasts quite a few hours on alkaline (hates rechargeables tho?!?!). Remember, LED uses much less power than the old Xenon bulbs so don't be too scared off by AAA



I use rechargeable batteries and only lasts 1 hour on full blast than it goes darker but still lasts ages...

Cree LEDs are the better of the LEDs when it comes to torches. 3w but doesnt state how many lumens or avg distance. However my 3w small Cree LED op zulu torch does 30m.
Dont bother with supermarket led cheap torches, use them for a spare in the boot or in the house.

If it takes 'normal' batteries, I'd definitely look to one of the ebay T6 options - get one that comes with 2x lithium batteries and charger if yo don't already have lithium stuff.
The batteries won't be amazing in the grand scheme of things, but will likely give out more light for longer on a low power setting than this does on triple As.
You can get some better batteries at some point for likely 3x that run time - but you'll probably be paying at least £8 per battery in that case.

Banned

I bought 3 form pound shop. They both have them in

sofiasar

I bought 3 form pound shop. They both have them in

although cheap and will do the basic job of lightning an area the head lights from pound are no comparison to Cree led head torches.

Need a new Cree torch myself but a large battery pack and lack of over the head strap makes something like this not idea for running with. Anyone have any suggestions?

The battery pack is not large and has a soft silicon rubber cover where it contacts your head - it counterbalances the weight of the torch at the front. The beam is circular, not flat, and does indeed focus to a tight circular spot. The power switch gives three modes: full, half brightness and flashing to conserve battery life. I would think it is suitable for running (assuming you have a pair of ears), as the elastic head band fits over your ears.

Bought one of these as a back up. LED is as you would expect for a Cree but build seems a bit flimsy. The slider to focus the bulb wobbles a bit and the rubber battery cover is looser than premium brands like led lenser. Personally for running I prefer a flatter profile but you can't go wrong for the price.

Philbee

The battery pack is not large and has a soft silicon rubber cover where … The battery pack is not large and has a soft silicon rubber cover where it contacts your head - it counterbalances the weight of the torch at the front. The beam is circular, not flat, and does indeed focus to a tight circular spot. The power switch gives three modes: full, half brightness and flashing to conserve battery life. I would think it is suitable for running (assuming you have a pair of ears), as the elastic head band fits over your ears.



Personally prefer lights with over the head bands. Not just normal jogging when it is worn, hence the requirement of the band, plus this type do slide down and rub in the crease of the ear / head.

Says it's 180 lumens. it's bright.
100% - 50% - strobe.
has flood and zoom. the zoom projects the square type shape.
the thing that was wrong with mine was the zoom part was way too loose, so I took it off and put some electrical tape on to make it tighter and screwed the sliding thing back on.
it tilts at about 3 or 4 angles.
Edited by: "Gonz" 25th Aug 2014

simplyjimbo

Personally prefer lights with over the head bands. Not just normal … Personally prefer lights with over the head bands. Not just normal jogging when it is worn, hence the requirement of the band, plus this type do slide down and rub in the crease of the ear / head.


I've not had any problems with my T6 version that's a similar design.

I bought one of these, and I'm pretty impressed. Plan to use it for running and general mincing around.

Just bought this as been impressed with cree bulbs before for cycling. Nice and light weight. will be used for trail running. Highly recommended
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