Yeah, I know there have been a lot of flashlight threads lately, but I can't resist. This thing seems to be da bomb. I'm saving my pennies, since it has both a xenon and 5 led lights, for a wide variety of power levels, and what looks to be an excellent headband - the cheap strap I use now doesn't keep my light steady.
Anyone have experience with this one? Anyone know of a cheaper equivalent? Someone mentioned a similar Rayovac model but I couldn't find it anywhere.
quote:Product Description: The Petzl Myo 5 Headlamp features dual light sources: a Xenon halogen bulb and 5 LEDs (hence the 5 in name). The Myo 5 is intended for demanding users whose needs alternate between long-range lighting (100m Xenon halogen) and extended battery life (15m LEDs). The rotating bezel switch allows easy selection between the 3 LED brightness settings or distance vision with the Xenon halogen. In this way, the user can customize the lighting level to the activity. Ideal for mountaineers, adventure racers, or anyone moving quickly under variable lighting conditions. The 3 LED settings are as such: Optimum for walking and general use; Maximum for climbing or moving quickly on technical ground; and Economy for reading maps and setting up camp. When the batteries are almost completely discharged, the system switches to reserve power mode, providing proximity lighting and greatly extending burn time.
Bulb Type: Xenon halogen + 5 LEDs Power Source: 4 AA alkaline batteries (included) Headband Type: Elastic Battery Location: Rear Burn Time: [Xenon halogen] 4h, [LEDs] depends on setting / 4 AA batteries
Scotsman, the site you linked to for the Rayovac does indeed have some inexpensive chargers that can work on AAA's, AA, C, or D, that they didn't have before the holiday season! There are more options now than just a week or two ago.
I bought the Rayovac at Walmart yesterday, it was only $13. I also bought one of those Forever flashlights at JC Penney, I guess the advent of shorter days makes me desire more light.
The Rayovac seems ok, although I forgot to get AAA batteries and had to steal some temporarily from the tv remote control, so only tried it briefly. It has two red LEDs, one white, and one krypton bulb. Some have criticized it for having red LEDS instead of three white ones, but I've heard the red ones won't startle deer if you are hunting at night, so that might be good.
The Forever Flashlight is one of those kind you shake up to charge a capacitor rather than a battery, which means it can last a lifetime if the shaking doesn't wreck things internally. It powers an LED. The light is a bit on the weak side compared to another LED flashlight I have, but it would be enough to find your way to the bathroom or read a book during a blackout. It was on sale for about $16.