Published on July 21st, 2013 | by Greg0
Flashlights And Headlamps From Nextorch
There are lots of reasons to let a little more light into your life. Whether it’s for emergencies, or for outdoors use while hiking, biking, or camping, a battery-powered light source is a handy thing to have on many occasions. We’ve been testing out three different models, from Nextorch.
The Nextorch K3 is the most traditional of the set- an LED penlight, small, lightweight, and ultra-portable. The most important numbers when evaluating a light are the lumens and the battery life, and the figures on the K3 are pretty solid- 180 lumens with a run-time of 26 minutes, or 25 lumens for 38 hours. The build quality is good, with a matte textured body for easy gripping, and an easy-to-find button for control. There are four modes, and it remembers which you want. Powered by two AAA batteries, it’s an excellent option for anyone in need of a sleek, small light. Available for around $36.
The headlamps that we tested came in two different flavors- the Eco Star is a fairly basic version that comes in several colors, and is IPX-4 splashproof and very lightweight. We barely noticed that we had it on, and the strap adjusts quickly and is comfortable. There’s a cute glow-in-the-dark label so you can find it even when the lights are off. Two white LEDs and one red one mean you can setup flashing S.O.S. or warning indicators, and get plenty of attention when on a bike or motorcycle. A pair of AAA batteries last over 100 hours at the lowest brightness setting, and the max output is 30 lumens. We prefer the Princeton Tec Viz for biking, since the larger button is easier to use.
For those in need of something brighter and a bit more rugged, the heavier but much more powerful Viker Star is the most serious headlamp that we’ve tried. We liked the separate battery pack to hold three AA batteries, which balances weight nicely. The lamp can swivel in multiple directions, and the beam can extend to 120 meters away thanks to the 140 lumen output. The headband is reinforced and comfortable enough that we can imagine wearing it on a climb or hike, and it stays put when properly adjusted. It looks professional- black is the only color option- and the only awkward part of the extra cable going to the battery pack, which can get in the way sometimes. With a runtime of 120 hours at the lowest setting, the Viker Star will last through the longest journey, and costs only about $35 online and in stores.