Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp

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Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp
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Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp.
The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp is an awesome lamp that adapts to your needs and requirements. It is designed to be protected against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX 4) allowing you to use it during any weather. You can even be in stuck in a storm and this headlamp will work! It uses compact designed AAA batteries that are easy to find in any store and replace. The settings include full strength, dimming and strobe that are very easy to set, since it only has one button. The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp is a lamp that helps you in every expedition and you can always ensure safety and can relay on it.
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Key Features.


  • Dimming feature lets you scale down the brightness to fit the task and conserve battery power


  • Black Diamond Gizmo headlamp features a pivoting head and a single adjustable strap
  • Adjustable elastic strap secures the lamp to your head while night hiking and the tilt-able, water-resistant housing provides reliable convenience while camping


  • Powered by two included AAA batteries
  • Settings include full strength, dimming and strobe
  • Protected against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX 4)
  • LEDs cast even, white light and are nearly indestructible
  • Ultra compact batteries-in-the-front design uses 2 AAA batteries
  • It has on/off/strobe modes plus a dimming function, and automatically powers off after four hours to save batteries
  • 3 Single Power LEDs offer compact, go-everywhere lighting at 35 lumens (max setting)
  • Operates for up to 75 hrs. on low with 2 AAA batteries, included
  • Distance mode shines the 35 lumens 15 meters into the darkness, so you can spot misplaced items at camp and check on your food cache
  • Provides up to 72 hours of illumination at its lowest setting
  • The dimming function lets you custom select the brightness between 35 and 4 lumens to suit your needs
  • The Black Diamond Gizmo will put out a minimum of 4 lumens for 75 hours with a fresh set of batteries
  • The Black Diamond Gizmo is an at-the-ready headlamp with 35 lumens for go-anywhere lighting
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Strobe setting helps you send a signal
  • Features On / Off, Strobe and Dimming modes
  • Strobe provides an emergency signal or beacon while riding a bike in town
  • If someone falls asleep with the Gizmo on, there's no need to worry because the auto shutoff feature kicks in after 2 hrs.
  • Lightweight Gizmo has 2 LEDs and a dimming feature that allows you to set the light output; LEDs put out 35 lumens on high and throw light up to 15m
Christy Sports

The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp now has a slimmer, more powerful design. The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp is a ready-for-anything light that’s useful in more places than you can imagine. From duties around camp to a mellow night hike, the Gizmo’s 3 SinglePower LEDs provide up to 35 lumens of brightness as well as dimming and strobe modes. The headlamp also automatically powers off after 2 hours to avoid accidental battery drain.

3 SinglePower LEDs offer compact, go-everywhere lighting at 35 lumens (max setting)
Ultra-compact, batteries-in-the-front design uses 2 AAA batteries.
Settings include full strength, dimming and strobe.
Protected against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX 4)

LED Type : 3 SinglePower.
Lumens : 35.
Max Distances : 15 m.
Max Burn Time : 72 hours.
Batteries : 2 AAA (included)
Weight With Batteries : 32 g (1.1 oz)
IPX Rating : 4
The Black Diamond Gizmo headlamp is better than ever, with a new streamlined design that is suitable for a variety of lighting needs, whether at base camp or out on the trail. The Gizmo features three LEDs that deliver up to 35 lumens, which is plenty of light for reading at night in the tent, doing chores around the campsite or taking a night-owl hike up on the ridge. The Black Diamond Gizmo also has a dimmer and an automatic shutoff that kicks in after two hours left unattended.

Jenson USA

The super slim Black Diamond Gizmo headlamp is a ready for anything light. Grab the Black Diamond Gizmo for a light hike or bike ride. The Gizmo is also perfect for use around the house, including trying to find the Philups screwdriver at 11pm.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp.

Appalachain Outdoors
Trying to hike through the forest by star light can sometimes become a little overwhelming. Now you can settle all of your worries with one lightweight, compact, and bright headlamp. The Gizmo Headlamp is Black Diamond Equipment's answer to the darkening days helping you to be active around the clock.

The Gizmo Headlamp from Black Diamond is at-the-ready with 35 Lumens to be your lighting guide. The Gizmo features On / Off, Strobe and Dimming modes.

Paragon Sports
The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp is an at-the-ready headlamp with three SinglePower LEDs, emitting 24 lumens, for go-anywhere lighting. It has on/off/strobe modes plus a dimming function, and automatically powers off after four hours to save batteries.

Backcountry Edge

The Black Diamond Gizmo headlamp is an excellent balance of performance and price. The Gizmo's two SinglePower LED bulbs cast light up to nearly 50 feet and its two AAA Alkaline batteries provide up to 72 hours of burn time.

Slim and lightweight, this powerful Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp is easy to carry in your pack, vehicle or duffel bag. The single-power LED provides up to 35 lumens of brightness as well as dimming and strobe modes. Powers off after two hours to avoid accidental battery drain. Uses two AAA batteries (included).
Maximum burn time: 72 hours.
Wt with batteries: 2.05 oz.
IPX rating: 4.
Colors: Dark Shadow, White, Blue, Orange.
Camping solo without a fire isn't such a sacrifice with the long-lasting light of the Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp. With help from the two SinglePower LEDs, you chow down your freeze-dried feast, stow your food, and then have enough juice left to read a few chapters before you drift off into woodsy dreams.


Now even brighter and lighter than before, the Black Diamond Gizmo headlamp is a great light to have on hand in the car, at the house or in the mountains.

Manufacturer-supplied specifications.


Al's Sports
Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp features a sleek design with features perfect for hiking, traveling, and camping.
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Now more powerful with 35 lumens, anywhere. Small and lightweight, the Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp goes anywhere.
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Additional Info:IPX Rating : 4
Average run time:High: 6 / low: 75 hours
Batteries:Two AAA Alkaline (included)
Battery:2 AAA (included)
Battery Life:72 Hours
Battery Type:2 x AAA (included)
Beam distance:High: 15 / low: 5 meters
Beam type:Flood
Brightness Modes:3
Brightness levels:1 + dimmer
Bulb:35 Lumens; 2 SinglePower LEDs
Bulb detail:2 LEDs
Bulb type:LED
Bulbs:3 SinglePower LEDs
Burn Time:72 hours
Burntime on High:72 hours
Burntime on Low:Not Provided
Dimensions:2.25 x 1.25 x 1 inches
Distance:15 m (49 ft)
Distance on High:49 ft / 15 m
Housing Tilts:Yes
IPX Rating:4
Item Weight:2 oz.
LED Type:3 SinglePower
Lamp:Lumens : 35
Light LED Type:3 SinglePower
Light Lumens:35
Light Max Burn Time:72 hours
Light Max Distance:15 m
Light output:High: 35 / low: 4
Lighting Use:Sport/Outdoor
Lumen Range:0-49 Lumens
Max Burn Time:100 Hours
Max Burntime on Highest Setting:6 H
Max Burntime on Lowest Setting:72 H
Max Distance on Highest Setting:15 m
Max Distance on Lowest Setting:5 m
Max Distances:25 meters
Max Lumen Output:35 Lumens
Max Lumens:35
Max beam distance (m):15 meters
Max light output (lumens):35 lumens
Maximum Battery Life:75 hr.
Maximum Range:15 m
Minimum Lumen Output:4 Lumens
Modes:Settings include full strength, dimming and strobe
Output:35 Lumens
Recommended Use:Backpacking, Camping and General Use
Red light mode:No
Regulated output:No
Strobe Mode:Yes
Warranty:3 Year
Water Resistant:IPX4 Water resistant
Weight:Weight With Batteries : 58 g (2 oz)
Weight W/ Batteries:2.05 oz.
Weight Without Batteries:32 g (1.1 oz)
Weight with Batterie:2 oz / 58 g
Weight with batteries:2 ounces
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Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

A great task light (at a great price).

It does not try to be everything. It is a flood light. Good for close tasks and walking around camp rather than throwing a beam a great distance. Works well for general use around camp or home. I use it for reading in bed, cooking, eating, home repairs where lighting is weak such as under the kitchen sink, additional lighting for performing first aid, navigating the house in the middle of the night, etc. etc.

This version is a full re-design. It came out around the beginning of 2012, I think. The original Gizmo (which had 3 LEDs) definitely had weaknesses, particularly the flimsy case and abrupt shut-down with low batteries. That one was junk, but this one is great. The new model is much sturdier and dims gradually with low batteries. Also, the beam is better. It keeps the lightweight, comfortable form factor. The price is surprisingly low for quality gear.

This light has 2 LEDs with independent reflectors around each and a diffusing lens. The distribution and color temperature of the beam are both excellent. No light scatters downward onto your eyes or glasses.

The light can be dimmed from 35 lumens all the way down to 4 lumens, which is much lower than comparable lights that have just 2 or 3 brightness settings. You can stop the dimming at any setting along the way. It takes 3 seconds to fully dim. Like most similar lights, the dimming is achieved by rapidly pulsing the light on and off. If the pulse rate it not extremely fast, your eye can detect it, especially on moving objects, which is distracting. This light has an extremely fast pulse rate.

The light will run (less brightly) on voltage as low as 1.2 or lower, so it will use up all of the energy in a pair of AAA batteries, even ones too weak to power another device. The declining brightness gives plenty of notice when new batteries are needed. Battery changes are easy and quick and do not require tools.

The switch is easy to press with one hand and can be operated with gloves. The switch could possibly be bumped on during transport. There is a 2 hour auto-shutoff.

Finally, the price is great. Everything about this light is right. I bought a second one for my wife (multiple colors help us keep them straight) and I would replace mine without hesitation if lost.

Highly recommended (unless you need a long-throwing light, such as for bicycling).
like2hike at REI on 07/07/2012

Nails all the basics

I chose this light because I was looking for something on the less expensive end of the spectrum for light use while camping. It's not amazingly bright, but it is bright enough to see where you're walking in the dark, though I would not want to use it for running or biking illumination--the beam range is just not far enough.

It is light at 58g plus batteries; the headstrap is nothing special but will keep the thing on your head. It has plenty of elastic adjustment so I imagine even if you had a big head (mine is small) it would fit. It has a clicky angle adjustment with sufficient fineness of positions.

The button is nice and simple: hit once to turn on to maximum brightness; hold to enter dim mode and release when it's dim enough for you; and hit once again to turn off. It has an auto-off after 2 hours.

It's a great headlamp for basic moving-around-in-the-dark kind of use, and nails all the basics. Plus, it comes with the two AAA batteries required (Energizer brand, too), which just gives it a nice little bang for your buck.
Cowardly camper at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2012

Good headlamp for the money

I picked this up as a cheap and temporary headlamp. I had never used a headlamp before getting the Gizmo so didn't want to drop big bucks on it if I didn't like them. I quickly warmed to the idea of using a headlamp over a traditional flashlight.

It's a really good light for the money. It's bright enough to see a good distance on the trail during night hikes and provides plenty of light at camp. There is adjustable brightness that makes it okay for reading, but I really wish it had a red light feature so I didn't disturb people as much during the night.

I'm going to upgrade from this model but love the BD products so far. My wife loves this little headlamp and is going to keep it when I upgrade.
Backcountry Tom at REI on 01/01/2013

This product is an excellent buy and you get what you pay for. I'm a well seasoned traveler especially in the National Parks and will use this item on those trips as well as everyday life: I currently use it on walks with my Aussie and on outdoor or hands on DYI home projects; my wife uses it as the best night light book reader she has ever possessed and even my 4 year old daughter has used it for playing and night observations. There is obviously higher end lights needed for more elaborate trips; etc but for ordinary life and trips this products fits the bill.

harp130520 at on 11/19/2013

Gizmo versus Storm

I have several older BD products, and upgraded to a Storm last year for winter High Peaks hiking. The Storm is an excellent light, but uses 4 AAA and is almost a little too heavy in the front NOT to have a separate battery pack in the rear. I purchased two of these Gizmo's for my small kids to use. They are MUCH lighter with an only 2 AAA design. For jogging, the Gizmo is marginal when moving fast. I did a 2 hr night hike, including 1 hr of bushwacking, and the Gizmo was decent. For serious adventures, I still want the Storm.
Chuck at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2012

best one for me!

I used to lug the one with 3AAA batteries which is a little heavy. It had more functions and lights further. But this one is sufficient and much lighter!! It took me a while to figure out that you click 3 times to get it to strobe (the instruction says 2, which is confusing bc I think they think you turn it on and then quickly again click twice which equals 3 quick clicks... Once I got that figured out, I'm a happy camper!
So, one click to turn on/off, hold for dimming when on, 3 clicks for strobe from off.
Yuki at REI on 02/02/2013

A Good Basic Headlamp

I have two of these; one in my day pack and one in my emergency kit which sometimes gets used for other things. While not the brightest beam out there, it does fine for general-duty use after dark such as cooking, reading, camp chores, answering the call of nature. I use lithium batteries, which takes the weight down even more. In the winter when mornings are darker, I use it when walking my dog.
Had them for over three years and never had a lick of trouble with either one. For the money, this is a good deal.
urbanwild at REI on 10/10/2012

Good value

I use this to read during power outages, to do home repairs (so much nicer than clamping a flashlight between my teeth!), and to shed extra light on needlework projects.

The lamp tilts up and down. The dimmer feature is nice for longer battery life, and I can't detect any LED dimmer-flicker, even when reading in a dark room. I've never tried reading at the dimmest setting (too dim), so I can't swear there wouldn't be any flicker at the lowest end.

For the price, this is a great tool.
Mickey in the City at REI on 07/07/2012

Nice compact lightweight floodlight

I think that as technology for lamps continues to improv we'll see brighter lamps with same weight and same or longer runtimes.

I used this lamp for night jogging. Can definitely get by but since finding out about the Black Diamond Sprinter this light is no longer in us.

Probably best use would be as backup for its light weight. I think its ideal model would put out 60 or so lumens to be really useful for jogging at night.
Lovehiking at REI on 01/01/2012

Good value-light duty

The Gizmo is a great little headlamp for tasks at hand, reading in the tent, looking for things lost under the seat of my car, and household tasks in dark corners (like under the sink). It's not bright enough for me to hike, climb, or use for seeing distances, but it's so light it's easy to throw in the pack or glove box "just in case"
ssredlocks at on 08/08/2009

Negative Reviews:

Don't like the dimmer; reliability issue

I've used my Black Diamond Gizmo headlamp on two long backpacking trips (on the Appalachian Trail and Colorado Trail, totaling ~1,500 miles) including several night hikes. It still works (except see the last bullet point below). Even though it is only rated at 35 lumens on bright, I had no trouble walking trails on moonless nights with it. So it is not the worst lamp ever.

However, I'm finally getting around to buying a replacement for it because of the following deficiencies:

* The Gizmo can be continuously dimmed by holding down the button. That sounds nice, but when would I need such precise control over a headlamp? It is actually more of a bug than a feature because it doesn't remember the level it was last set at and always starts up in the *brightest* setting — almost never what I want. So every time I turn it on I have to hold the button down for several seconds to dim the light to a more reasonable and battery-friendly brightness level.

* Besides defaulting to an unreasonable brightness and having no quick way to switch to a lower level, the Gizmo has no red LED option. So if you need to turn the light on momentarily to find something in the dark, you must use the bright white LEDs which consume more power from the battery, disturb people around you, and leave you blind after turning off the light.

* Worst of all, while I was on the AT my Gizmo would sometimes refuse to turn on at all! I'm still not sure how to reproduce the problem. It only happened when the battery was low (but still charged enough to produce a bright enough light when it did turn on) and only after the light had been on for a few minutes and then turned off -- after which I (sometimes) had to wait several minutes (hours?) before I could turn it back on. Replacing the batteries fixed the issue. I don't know if it is only a problem with my device, or if it is a flaw in the Gizmo design.

So not only would I not recommend the Gizmo to a friend, I wouldn't even feel good about giving mine to a friend and compromising their safety with an unreliable headlamp. I plan to upgrade to a Princeton Tec Fred Headlamp which defaults on to a sensible red light and can quickly change between brightness levels.
cristoper at REI on 10/10/2013

Dead within a year

Cheap, lightweight, but dead within one year of gentle use. I see some corrosion inside the the battery area. I bought two headlamps at the same time, this cheapo, and one that was over twice as much and more lumens. I wanted to compare the two. Spend the extra cash if you want a long lasting reliable unit.
summerseadog at REI on 09/09/2013

This headlamp looks cool and is at a good price, but when I used it this summer for a canoe trip, the light was never very strong and also flickered sometimes. I changed the batteries a lot, but it didn't help much.

Peter Koch at on 11/18/2013

Not impressed

Got this for use at work due to flood light, and small package. I have to change batteries at least once a week... they last about 3 hours on full brightness.
Breal at REI on 02/02/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Good for Casual Use

We bought two of these for our camping trips and casual hikes.

They are very light and the light illuminates well. We actually used these for a night hike that was a little over a mile and they worked great.

The only real problem we have had is one of them will turn off and not stay on after prolonged use.

These are good headlamps for causal use but if you are an avid hiker or camper you will need to look for a more rugged headlamp.
Country Camper at REI on 09/09/2013

This little headlamp provided decent lighting during my camp trip and a hike where my friend and I lost day light and had to pull our headlamps out. I was happy with the light output, the weight and size of this headlamp compared to the Walmart Ozark Trail one that I was using.

Wayne Chim at on 12/15/2013

Overall I am not very impressed with this lamp. It is one of the least expensive on BC and while I will use it for now, I will not be buying another. Its not very bright at all and the quality is lacking. You get what you pay for with this lamp.

mse5717648 at on 12/31/2012

This is a great head torch for the price, it has several different settings including a dimming setting that means you can lay low while reading and get good lighting for adventures. So far it has been to great to use while ski touring and camping out.

Nat Segal at on 04/30/2012

not bright enough

Works fine for the price but not bright enough on a rocky trail at night. Back to get a head lamp in the 70 lumens range.
lizr at REI on 02/02/2013