Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Review
The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is the best headlamp you can get for the price. It’s rugged, features a ton of lighting options, and is extremely bright on its highest setting.
Headlamps aren’t sexy, but they’re worth their weight in gold when you need to light the area in front of you and still have your hands free to accomplish other tasks.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
- Very powerful for a headlamp
- Long battery life
- Low power light and red LED for tactical environments
- Uses normal AAA batteries
- Great overall value
- Strobe function is disorienting and should be removed
- Learning the various light modes by touch takes some time to figure out
Who Should be Interested in the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp?
If you’re in the market for a headlamp that can do everything you need it to do without breaking the bank, then the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is for you. It’s great for camping, hiking, walking or running at night and for shoving in a bug out bag.
The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp weighs just over 3 oz. which means it isn’t going to become a burden when it’s on your head.
The body is plastic and the colored portion is a rubberized coating that adds some durability to the headlamp. The rubber coating also covers the only button on the headlamp making sure it’s sealed from dirt, sand, mud, and rain. It’s waterproof to 1m when it’s submerged for less than 30 minutes.
The headband is made of a traditional elastic material that hasn’t stretched out on me in about 40 hours of use. The headband comfortably fits the largest heads and can even be extended enough to fit on a helmet.
Tilting the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp down allows you to lock the headlamp into one of four notches so you can better direct the light where you need it most. This is nice when you’re walking so that you can look ahead while still lighting the ground in front of you.
There are a whole host of lighting options available with the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp. It has both white and red spotlights, each one being dimmable. It also has a wide angle flood light for lighting an area close to you (around a campsite for example).
At max brightness, it can produce a 300-lumen spotlight that covers 80 meters. At max power, the batteries will last you around 30 hours.
At minimum brightness, you get a 6 lumen light that travels about 3 meters. At this setting, you get about 125 hours of run time.
The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is powered by three AAA batteries that are included.
One of the best features of the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is the ability to go from whatever dimmed setting you’re using, straight to the max setting by tapping the right side of the bezel. Tapping it again goes right back to the last setting you were on. This works with both the white light and red light.
I also like that the last lighting setting is remembered when you power it back on. Too many headlamps reset when they get turned off, which is especially problematic if you’re using red light.
One of the worst features of the headlamp is the strobe function. Luckily it’s difficult to accidentally turn it on, but it doesn’t need to be there at all. You could definitely use it as a signaling device if you’re in an emergency situation, but I don’t like to have a strobe at all on lights that are supposed to be a primary light. I carry an emergency strobe specifically for that purpose.
The other downside is the time it takes to learn how to switch between all of the functions the light has. It has one real button, so switching between modes and brightness settings is all accomplished by holding the button for different lengths of time or pressing it a certain number of times. After you get used to it, it’s not bad. It just takes longer than I like.
We always recommend the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp when someone asks about the best headlamp. It’s simply the best value that we’ve found in this sector.
If you’re looking for another great light, check out our review of the Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight before you head out.
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