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Light your camp: Headlamps

No-frills headlamps that get the job done.

Light Your Camp is a series of reviews by Alan Kesselheim about lighting solutions for paddlers.

Petzl Actik Core Headlamp and Noctilight System
Weight – 2 oz. with batteries; 3 AAA batteries or Core recharge; $59.95. Noctilight case – 1 oz., zippered case with hanging strap/hook and belt loop; $19.95; www.petzl.com

The Actik headlamp is nice on its own, with a bright beam (350 lumens), multiple settings including red light, basic strap system with reflective pattern and emergency whistle, and either AAA batteries or a rechargeable Core battery. What makes this more interesting is coupling the headlamp with the Noctilight case and lantern setup, with a hanging strap that transforms the headlamp into a more diffused-light lantern that you can set on the table or hang in the tent to read by. The zippered Noctilight case doubles as a protective storage container for the headlamp when not in use, and the light can be turned on and off without having to open it. While the Noctilight is made for Petzl headlamps, many other headlamps will fit as well.

Petzl Actik Core Headlamp and Noctilight System<[/caption] Black Diamond Iota
Weighs less than 2 oz. with battery; 30 hour burn time; $39.95; www.blackdiamondequipment.com

Want a straight-ahead headlamp with dazzling, 150 lumen, 40 meter beam and rechargeable battery? This is it. No frills strap, very compact lightweight headlamp with dimmable light and lockable on/off switch. This is great for night walks, finding stuff in the duffle, and ease of operation. Sometimes simple is best.

[caption id="attachment_160550" align="alignnone" width="640"] Black Diamond Iota

Click the links below to read about more camp lighting solutions:

The Flashlights

Versatile flashlights for multipurpose use on camping trips.


The Lanterns

Diffuse lighting solutions to brighten up your campsite.


Light Your Camp: Home Page

Alan Kesselheim reviews nine lighting solutions for camping adventures.


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