Best Head Torches in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 8, 2019
Do you need to light up your trail, find something in your basement or go camping? A headlamp will be useful in any unpredictable situation. Before making any rash decisions, consider looking into the best head torches that we've gathered here. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Maximum Light Output
Maximum Beam Distance
Lighting Modes
Capacity
Protection
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The model comes equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery, so you won't have to waste time and money replacing the batteries every few weeks. Plus, the battery lasts for up to 90 hours. The model's dual-orientation design means you cannot put the torch on the wrong way up. 

CONS

The headband is not comfortable long-term. 

OUR VERDICT

Ridgemonkey VRH300 is the best headtorch that we've looked at. The model is as rugged and robust as they come. It is much more practical than pretty much any other prospect on the market today. The model's 150-metre maximum beam distance makes the 'torch especially suitable for fishing and hunting. 

detailed parameters
Maximum Light Output

200 lumens 

Maximum Beam Distance

Up to 150 metres

Lighting Modes

5 (low and medium green light, low beam, medium beam, high beam)

Capacity

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 90 hours)

USB charging cable included

Protection

Adjustable beam angle, weatherproof housing, elastic headband

Weight

~250 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The headtorch comes fitted with a digital dimmer that will let you dim down the light output to any brightness level from 120 lumens to 5 lumens. The company's advanced optics make it possible to seamlessly alter the light beam between flood (near illumination) to spot (distance illumination), all whilst still delivering clean uniform light with no dark spots.

CONS

There are only two lighting modes. 

OUR VERDICT

Ledlenser H3.2 LED Head Lamp will let you thrive in any environment. The model is powerful and efficient. The three supplied AAA batteries will last for up to 60 hours. There are also three additional replacement batteries included in the package.

detailed parameters
Maximum Light Output

120 lumens

Maximum Beam Distance

Up to 100 metres

Lighting Modes

2 (low beam, high beam)

Capacity

3 x "AAA" batteries (up to 60 hours)

Protection

Adjustable beam angle, adjustable focus, weatherproof housing, elastic headband

Weight

132 g

Warranty

7 years (registration required)

PROS

The 60-degree adjustable headlamp base lets you focus the light where you need it most. The IPX4 weatherproof housing makes the headtorch immune against moisture and dust, so you'll be able to use the 'torch under any weather conditions. The optics are resistant to shocks and vibrations, meaning you won't have to be too gentle with this headlamp. 

CONS

The batteries are somewhat tiresome to replace. 

OUR VERDICT

OMERIL 650942 is almost too affordable. The headtorch's specs are ridiculous considering the ~7-quid price tag. The model is equally suitable for night reading, repairing work, caving, and other outdoor activities. The elastic band makes the headtorch equally comfortable for kids and adults. 

detailed parameters
Maximum Light Output

150 lumens

Maximum Beam Distance

Up to 30 metres

Lighting Modes

3 (low beam, high beam, flashing light)

Capacity

3 x "AAA" batteries (up to 30 hours)

Protection

Adjustable beam angle, weatherproof housing, elastic headband

Weight

85 g

Warranty

2 years

PROS

You can store the 'torch with batteries for 10 years without worrying about its condition. There's a really loud safety whistle fixed to the elastic headband. There's also this locking on/off switch that will prevent you from accidentally turning the headlamp on. The model's five lighting settings will be able to cover pretty much any occasion/emergency/task. 

CONS

The maximum light output is passable at best. 

OUR VERDICT

Petzl E+Lite Headtorch banks on that "lite" part first and foremost. The model is as compact and lightweight as they come, measuring less than 5 centimetres long and barely reaching 27 grams on the weight scale. In other words, this is an emergency headlamp that you can always have with you.

detailed parameters
Maximum Light Output

50 lumens

Maximum Beam Distance

Up to 100 metres

Lighting Modes

5 (steady and strobe red light, flashing light, low beam, high beam)

Capacity

2 x "CR2032" batteries (up to 12 hours)

Protection

Safety whistle, locking switch, elastic headband

Weight

26 g

Warranty

10 years

PROS

You can press and hold the button next to the power button to seamlessly transition between beam widths (from spotlight to full-flood light). There are five lighting settings for you to choose from, including night vision with its red LED light that makes the headtorch especially suitable for nighttime illumination.

CONS

The tilting mechanism makes this annoying cracking noise when you adjust it. 

OUR VERDICT

Energizer EHEAD300 is easily the most versatile headtorch within this lineup. Its durable IPX4 water-resistant construction will be able to survive drops up to 1 metre high, so you won't have to worry about anything whilst hiking, camping, biking, or working around the garage.

detailed parameters
Maximum Light Output

315 lumens

Maximum Beam Distance

Up to 85 metres

Lighting Modes

5 (red light, low beam, high beam, full spot, full flood)

Capacity

3 x "AAA" batteries (up to 50 hours)

Protection

Adjustable beam angle, weatherproof housing, elastic headband

Weight

59 g

Warranty

15 years

Ridgemonkey VRH300

Rechargeable Approach

Ridgemonkey VRH300 compromises nothing. There are many major and minor details that separate this head torch from pretty much every other prospect on the market right now.

First and foremost, the model comes equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery, so you won't have to waste time and money replacing the batteries every few weeks. Plus, the battery lasts for up to 90 hours, which is pretty ridiculous since most head torches burn through three AAA batteries in ~30-50 hours. Also, the necessary USB charging cable comes supplied with the package, so you won't have to purchase any cable separately.

Other than that, the model's maximum beam distance reaches 150 metres, which is, again, pretty ridiculous compared to most headlamps.

The headtorch's dual-orientation design means you cannot put the torch on the wrong way up. Just chuck this thing on your head and the 'torch will pivot both ways.

There are five lighting modes here. You have the usual three white-light settings. The strongest brings 200 lumens, while the dullest will be mostly suitable for close-up work like rig tying. The remaining two green-light setting use less power to illuminate than white, so you can use them when the battery's low.

All in all, Ridgemonkey VRH300 is the best headtorch that we've looked at. The model is as rugged and robust as they come. It is much more practical than pretty much any other prospect on the market today. The only downside is that the 'torch is slightly heavier than its competition.

Review of Ridgemonkey VRH300 Rechargeable Headtorch

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LED Lenser 500768

The Brightness Level is up to You

Ledlenser H3.2 LED Head Lamp is as professional as these things come. The model's 120-lumen maximum light output comes fitted with this built-in digital dimmer, so you'll be able to dim down the light output to any brightness level from 120 lumens to 5 lumens. The beam can reach 100 metres, making the headtorch very much adaptable to pretty much any situation/environment.

The model's relatively low-weight (130 grams) build makes the 'lamp pretty gentle on those seldom developed neck muscles. The pivoting head will let you direct the light within a 75-degree angle, so you won't have to excessively rotate your head to light up certain spots.

Last but not least, the company's advanced optics make it possible to seamlessly alter the light beam between flood (near illumination) to spot (distance illumination), all whilst still delivering clean uniform light with no dark spots.

Sure, there are only two lighting modes, which is relatively modest compared to every other torch on the list. But considering the difference between them and the aforementioned dimmer, we've no issues with the model on that front.

All things considered, Ledlenser H3.2 LED Head Lamp will let you thrive in any environment. The model is powerful and efficient. The three supplied AAA batteries will last for up to 60 hours. There are also three additional replacement batteries included in the package.

Review of LED Lenser 500768 Head Lamp

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OMERIL 650942

Immune to any and all Conditions

OMERIL 650942 is probably the most well-balanced product on the list. Sure, the 'torch has its flaws compared to other head torches on the list. The batteries are somewhat tiresome to replace. The maximum beam distance is limited to 30 metres.

On the flip side, the price is basically laughable. The 150-lumen maximum light output is really impressive considering the affordable price and the model's 85-gram low-weight build.

The 60-degree adjustable headlamp base lets you focus the light where you need it most. There are three light settings (low, high, and flashing), each more or less suitable for things like hiking, running, cycling, camping, fishing, small-time DIY projects, etc.

As far as the model's construction is concerned, the IPX4 weatherproof housing makes the headtorch immune against moisture and dust, so you'll be able to use the 'torch under any weather conditions. Moreover, the optics are resistant to shocks and vibrations, meaning you won't have to be too gentle with this headlamp.

Finally, the adjustable elastic headband makes the model equally suitable for kids and adults.

In closing, OMERIL 650942 is almost too affordable. The headtorch's specs are ridiculous considering the ~7-quid price tag. The model is equally suitable for night reading, repairing work, caving, and other outdoor activities.

Review of OMERIL 650942 LED Head Torch

 

Petzl E+Lite

An Emergency 'torch

Petzl E+Lite Headtorch banks on that "lite" part first and foremost. The model is as compact and lightweight as they come, measuring less than 5 centimetres long and barely reaching 27 grams on the weight scale.

In other words, this is an emergency headlamp that you can always have with you. You can store the 'torch with batteries for 10 years without worrying about its condition.

Sure, there are downsides to the model's compact/lightweight build. The 50-lumen maximum light output is passable at best compared to every other headlamp within this lineup. The two CR2032 batteries that the model requires to operate won't give you more than 12 hours runtime-wise.

Having said that, again, this is an emergency headtorch first and foremost, so you won't be using it for hours on end and you won't need the 'torch to be especially bright. There's a safety whistle fixed to the elastic headband. There's also this locking on/off switch that will prevent you from accidentally turning the headlamp on.

The model's five lighting settings (steady red light, strobe red light, flashing light, low beam, and high beam) will be able to cover pretty much any occasion/emergency/task. Add to that the torch's 100-metre maximum beam distance and you have yourself an excellent product that is feature-rich and almost too budget-friendly at the same time.

Review of Petzl E+Lite Headtorch

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Energizer EHEAD300

From Spotlight to Full-Flood Light

Energizer EHEAD300 will let you light your way out of the darkest places. The headtorch's 315-lumen maximum light output will be able to light up pretty much any place/space.

On the other hand, the pivoting head mechanism enables you to direct the light exactly where you need that light, even in the tightest spaces.

The stretchable, breathable headband adjusts surprisingly comfortably to your head, so you'll likely occasionally forget the headtorch is even there in the first place. Plus, the 'band is very much removable and washable, meaning you won't have any maintenance issues.

As far as the controls go, you can press and hold the button next to the power button to seamlessly transition between beam widths (from spotlight to full-flood light). There are five lighting settings for you to choose from, including night vision with its red LED light that makes the headtorch especially suitable for nighttime illumination.

The only problem we have with this product is that the pivoting/tilting mechanism makes this annoying cracking noise when you adjust it.

Apart from that, Energizer EHEAD300 is easily the most versatile headtorch within this lineup. Its durable IPX4 water-resistant construction will be able to survive drops up to 1 metre high, so you won't have to worry about anything whilst hiking, camping, biking, or working around the garage.

Review of Energizer EHEAD300 Focus Headlight

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What Is a Head Torch?

If you are fond of adventures and can't imagine your life without such outdoor activities as fishing, hunting, hiking, camping or caving, you will definitely need a powerful headlamp. A primary benefit of a head torch over flashlights is its portability. In fact, headlamps are becoming increasingly popular among tourists since they provide a constant hands-free lighting in different situations. It can also be helpful if you work at night-time, make repairs or descend into a dark basement. Furthermore, these LED head torches can serve you when things go wrong, for instance, in case of a sudden power cut or machinery failure. Nowadays, there is a large selection of lamps of different brands, brightness, power, and beam distance. We recommend you to look through our review of 5 most popular headlamps and choose the one that suits your needs best.

For those who love fishing, we would recommend taking a look at our picks of fishing rods, among which you'll find models suitable both for amateurs and for professional fishermen.

What Features to Compare

Before buying a headlamp, find out what you need to know about its features as not any headlamp will suit you.

Use

Initially, you need to decide on how and where you plan to use it and what options are important for you. If you need a headlamp for domestic use, a short journey or a picnic, such features as beam distance and brightness levels are not actually important. Thus, a device with a light output of 50 Lumens will provide enough light for illuminating close objects. However, if you need a headlamp for tourism, climbing or caving, then you need a high light output of at least 200 Lumens, bigger beam distance, and preferably several brightness levels.

Brightness Levels

Typically, there are 3 main brightness levels: economic, optimum and maximum. Yet, a lamp can have only one or two levels. The same is true for the lighting modes. Normally, there are 2 lighting modes: constant and flashing. Thus, you can select different modes depending on whether you need to light up your trail or signal in the dark.

Capacity / Maximum Burn Time

Other important features to consider when choosing a headlamp are the capacity and the maximum burn time. Headlamps may have several types of charging. Some headlamps can be charged with alkaline or lithium-ion battery, whereas others run on rechargeable AAA batteries. The maximum burn time depends on the power. Some models have built-in rechargeable batteries and a USB port which makes it possible to charge a headlamp at home, in a car, or from a solar power source. Therefore, you don't have to spend extra money on buying batteries. There are multifunctional devices which include a rechargeable battery and can be replaced with AAA batteries which are desirable to have at hand when you go camping or on vacation.

Usability

Finally, the usability includes such options as a lock function to avoid accidental pressing during transportation, a battery indicator that lets you know when the battery has to be recharged or replaced, and automatic lighting levels which provide energy-efficient lighting. Furthermore, headlamps are water-resistant with the minimum protection against splashing from any angle (IP4). Thus, you won't be afraid of being caught in the rain or if you drop your headlamp into the water by accident. Headlamps with IPX8 protection can provide continuous operation at a depth of 3 feet. The headlamp weight is also important since it might cause discomfort when you carry a heavy device on your head for a long time. In this regard, it's advisable to choose a headlamp with lighter weight or the one with auxiliary battery case, which can be attached to a belt, helmet or under your jacket to reduce the weight on your head. As you can see, headlamp features vary a lot. Therefore, it's essential to select a proper headlamp for your specific needs.

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Publish Date: 2019-11-08 15:38:48