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What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby rlboyce » Dec 10, 2010 11:45 am

I'm interested in knowing what most cavers use for helmet lights, and judging from the recent requests for light recommendations it appears others are interested too. So, could you all tell me what you currently have on your helmet? Please list every light source by namebrand, model and if it's your primary, secondary, etc. If you have a flashlight mounted, please list this as well. Any other pertinent info about your lights such as first hand observations of waterproofness or energy consumption is welcome. Finally, please keep opinions/criticisms of others' lights to a minimum, as multiple side discussions can make this thread confusing. I'll go first:

Primary: Princeton Tec Apex (130 lumen)
Secondary: Coleman Axis

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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby batrotter » Dec 10, 2010 12:02 pm

My primary light is a B&B #4D that uses 4 D cell batteries. I've been using it for over 25 years. The light is now discontinued but I have 3 more of the same light.
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Chads93GT » Dec 10, 2010 12:25 pm

Fenix HP10
Modded Apex 150+ lumensish
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby jharman2 » Dec 10, 2010 12:31 pm

1st - Sten (do other primary lights even exist???)
2nd - Petzl Tikka
3rd - Petzl Tikka XP

The Tikka lives on my helmet and the Tikka XP lives in my dry keg. Philosophy here is that I can have the light from the Tikka avaliable immediately if the Sten were to die. I have the more powerful Tikka XP avaliable to run as a primary light to cave out on. Both backup lights use the same batteries so there is no need to carry two kinds of batteries.
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Dwight Livingston » Dec 10, 2010 1:35 pm

Primary, a Stenlight - of course.
Secondary - Zebralight H51. This is a recent change, and I like it. It tends to get turned on by accident, but other than that it works well. I have it mounted on a band above the Stenlight, off to the side just enough so it can shine down on my survey book. It rotates easily, to shine forward if need be.
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby self-deleted_user » Dec 10, 2010 1:40 pm

Primary: Princeton Tec Corona (90 lumens, flood)
Secondary: was a Coleman something or other, now it's bashed and dead (said it was 70 lumens...not sure I believe that, prolly more like 50)

Will be:
Primary: Fenix HP10 (225 lumens)
Secondary: Corona

EDIT: OHHEY I needed AAA batteries for my graphic calculator and I put a different set in the Coleman just for the helluvit since maybe I put in dead batteries instead of good ones (they all got a little mixed up in the UK) or maybe it was the fact that I opened it all up a bit more and found crushed peanuts inside of it. Don't ask, I have no clue. Maybe a squirrel borrowed it. I cleaned off all the connector thingies and put it back together and hey it works like it's supposed to now. Hehe. I guess I do have a backup light. Woo! I still want the HP10 though.
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby NZcaver » Dec 10, 2010 2:01 pm

Primary PT apex. Secondary Zebralight H50. For now.
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Anonymous_Coward » Dec 10, 2010 2:08 pm

Once you see what the most common choices are, you should make this into a poll.

Primary: Rebel Sten
Secondary: Tikka XP
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Kuzgun » Dec 10, 2010 2:19 pm

Primary PT Apex 200 lumen
Secondary Energizer handlamp 37 lumen
Secondary A handlamp from eBay (no brand) with 5w led 200 lumen, its light is like a laser :big grin: the spottest light ever

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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby potholer » Dec 10, 2010 2:25 pm

Primary: Bisun P51
Permanent backup: FenIx E01
Sometimes carried: Zebralight H50

(Probably worth saying that I make the Bisun lights, and haven't sold any outside Europe.)
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Mudduck » Dec 10, 2010 3:17 pm

Fenix HP10 with PT fuel on side just for some spread

princton tec apex(backup)

handheld zip tied to helmet(backup)
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Tenzin Beck » Dec 10, 2010 4:06 pm

PT Apex - Helmet (170 lumen model. Absolutely wonderful light in my opinion, though the LED tech is starting to age.)

PT Aurora - Backpack (Kinda shitty, I need to buy a better backup. 3xAAA, very purple light, not waterproof, not very bright.)

4Sevens Preon 1 - Neck cord (My EDC flashlight, 1xAAA. Bright, small, multi-mode, new model LED. Pretty much a perfect flashlight.)

I'm thinking about getting a zebralight to replace my current backup headlamp.
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Cody JW » Dec 10, 2010 4:56 pm

duo with a Custom Duo cd 1003 340 lumen and 14 insert
Petzl Tikka also mounted

Second Ecrin
Fennix HP-10
Petzl Tikka

Also carry fennix p3d 220 lumen handheld with a strap to wear around head under the ecrin Also carry mini mag with led insert also for the head strap and a micro mag on a lanyard around my neck
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby Carl Amundson » Dec 10, 2010 5:09 pm

Currently I have a PT Apex and Corona on my helmet helmet.
My backups are a Petzl Tikka and mag light.

(hoping Santa will bring me a Stenlight for Christmas)
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Re: What's YOUR helmet light??

Postby bigredfoote » Dec 10, 2010 9:25 pm

I use an Apex. (#4 is about to have battery case problems)

I love the Apex since the batteries are in the back and it never screws up my survey readings. Sketchers can keep their Stens.

Back up is now a Princeton Tec Byte and a Quad. I have had problems with the Quad turning on in my pack that I am still trying to find a good solution to.

Black Diamond Spot is now the third when Apex is in for annual exchange. I hate seeing the regulator blink when I look at paper, so I went for another new Princeton Tec when the old one was sent in for repairs.

Also retired all Petzls from caving as mine did not have removable headbands for decon.

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