Vango 1 W Red Eye Head Torch Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
1 W Red Eye Head Torch Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Vango says:"A super bright head torch that is equipped with great features. The optional 1W red light can preserve night vision once the eye has adapted to the darkness and provides discrete lighting. This waterproof head torch also has a pivoting head to adjust the angle of the beam and a high, low and flash setting which makes it an excellent head torch for differing needs."
Features to Note:
- 1 W - 100 lumens of light
- Water resistant
- Pivoting head
- 3 settings - high, low, flashing
- Optional 1W red light
- Uses 3 x AAA batteries (not supplied)
- Adjustable anti-slide head strap
Vango's 1W Red Eye torch is very light weight with one main LED giving a good, clean, bright light, two smaller LEDs as a lower power option plus two red LEDs.
There are two simple buttons on its top - one controlling the white light high/low power options and the second for the red light. (There's supposed to be a 'flashing' option but I've yet to establish how to get this to operate!) It does have three tilt options although I found I had to hold my head in a slightly odd position to read something (ie my OS map) I was holding so the third tilt position could do with being at a slightly bigger angle - however this wasn't a major issue. The battery compartment is readily accessible. All the controls are easy to use even when wearing gloves.
It comes with an easily adjustable strap (which could go over a helmet); I found it stayed in position well and was very comfortable when I was wearing it. It also fits easily into a jacket or backpack pocket.
The manufacturer claims that with the 3 AAA batteries, the bulb should last roughly 60 hours (on low power) - but it's not clear whether this is 60 hours of usable light or 60 hours to the point of extinction!. However this would suggest that there is a pretty reasonable amount of time of usable light. I will report back when I've had time to check this out. In any case, there is a useful battery indicator on the front.
If I had any criticism, it may be that the casing feels a little insubstantial - but then it is really light weight and that's also an important consideration for me.
Well priced, functional yet light weight - Vango's 1W Red Eye is a smashing little torch for general night time use whether you're walking or camping.
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