|$29.99 - $33.99
Weighing only 2.7 ounces with 70 lumens of brightness and 5 hours of burn time on high, 146 hours on low. The Fuel 4 packs a powerful punch in a lightweight, compact package. Fuel gives you a wide pattern of light that will shine up to 85' in high mode. An asymmetrical pivoting head makes directing the light effortless and reliable, and the durable ultralight strap provides plenty of adjustment for the perfect fit.
The Fuel emits 70 lumens of bright light, with a run time of 146 hours. This impressive light also weighs in at an impressive 78 grams. Perfect for a light hike or run, rummaging through your pack during the dead of night, or taking out the trash barrels in the dark.
|Batteries:||3AAA Alkaline (included)|
|Burn Time:||[strobe] 96 hours; [low] 146 hours; [medium] 90 hours; [high] 50 hours|
|Burn Time (Hours):||146 Hours|
|Headband Type:||single elastic strap|
|Lamp:||4 Ultrabright LEDs|
|Light output High:||43 / low|
|Low:||13 Lumens / 146 H / 20 Meters|
|Maximum Battery Life:||146 hr.|
|Maximum Range:||39 m|
|Maximum beam distance High:||35 / low|
|Med:||25 Lumens / 90 H / 35 Meters|
|Power (Watts):||70 Lumens|
|Power Source:||3 AAA|
|Recommended Use:||camping, backpacking, climbing|
|Weight:||(with batteries) 78 g|
|Weight W/ Batteries:||2.75 oz.|
|Princeton Tec Spectrum Fuel 4 Headlamp||$29.99|
|Princeton Tec Fuel Headlamp 70 Lumen||$29.95 - $29.99|
I've been using the Princeton Tec Fuel and Quad headlamps for a bit now and I find each has it's more suited applications (I think I prefer the Fuel for wandering around the forest in darkness).
While the battery closure does worry me a bit with the Fuel, I always baby it and take my time using the headband piece to wiggle open the battery cover. Luckily it hasn't broken yet, but I wouldn't say that even with these methods it's not going to break off anyway.
My Fuel has held up in high humidity, mist, fog, and very light drizzle without any issues. I've been very pleased with the battery life and rarely use it above the "low" setting when I'm in camp. The beam is what I would call 'all around' and is a good mix of width and distance when on medium and high settings.
Other than the battery cover issues I really like the headband and the angles of adjustment for this lamp. The Fuel is nice and compact and battery life is great although it will dim a noticeable amount once you've used it for a few hours, which is to be expected.
I really like these lights: low cost, lightweight, great light beam, easy to operate along with a flexible/rotating "head". OK, I confess battery changes were always met with anxiety as the latch does seem "fragile". I can see how others thought the same thing. I just watched the PTEC marketing video on the lamp. Now "who would of "thunk" the headband adjuster was designed to assist opening the battery lid!!! It works great! Shazam and Goolllly! My anxiety is now gone! I always thought this was a good lamp, now I say great lamp. If you want to waste you money and carry more weight, yeah, go ahead and buy a more expensive and heavier BD or other lamp! To quote Fred Sanford, "You big dummy!"
I got this headlamp FREE when I signed up for Climbing magazine. Now I have never paid more then $30 for a headlamp, and really don't ever seeing myself doing so. So the lamps I'm comparing this to are not the big money lamps. But I must say this one "shines" (booo) over all my other headlamps, all 3 of them... It has good adjustable movements, up and down, bright to dim. Battery life is great and has a good field of view or spread of light. I have used it many time winter backpacking in the dark, cooking, or just looking for stuff in the dark. And I almost always use it on the lowest light setting.
I picked this puppy up at an EMS, but still worth reviewing here.
I was about to go on a backpacking trip, and my Petzl was not where it was supposed to be; in my closet at home. So I picked this up, and for $29, it is a pretty sweet deal. It is wicked bright, highly water-resistant, and really compact. It doesn't weigh your head down like some others, and is very easily adjustable. Great headlamp! One and only qualm is that the batteries tend to give away a little quicker than the Tikka 2...but this one is brighter, so it is a trade-off.
i have read the reviews about the battery door and the faults. I have not had any problems with my lamp and have been using it for about 10 months. This was a great gift and I havent had any problems. I give it 4 stars only because it doesn't have the top strap to hold it on your head. I had mine get hung up on a brach and come down around my neck. Good lamp, good beam of light, light weight, good battery life, great to have in the pack to see what you need see when you need to see it.
Very bright considering it's size. Purchased for my 3 year old son which was ready to upgrade from his kids headlamp. Has held up well in the hands of a 3 year old, so I'm confident of it's ruggedness. Chose this model due to it's combination of compactness, weight and light output. He's really stoked to have a real headlamp like daddy.
When I turned it on for the first time it blew me away at how bright it was. Problem started a month later. I went on a 5 day hiking/camping trip and of course day one, the batteries were dead. This was my fault as I probably hit the "on" button while packing it. No big deal. Except of course when I went to replace the batteries, they would not come out. And of course on this trip I needed the headlamp a lot. So I was left with no option but to carefully pry them out. Slight damage to the seals but I managed to get them out. Turns out there's a hump in the battery slot. So I emailed Princeton asking them if they could offer me some sort of consideration on a replacement or a warranty. No return email. Not even a simple explanation of why they would not offer me the warranty. Yes I had to pry it open and yes I should have had a back up light but still. Anyway, it's really too bad as I felt the product was great but if they have crappy customer service then I'll take my money elsewhere.
So much for contacting them.
Two of my doors broke. You get a few battery changes and then the clasp breaks... The return process is ok... They did repair mine, gave me a new strap and sent it back in reasonable time.
However I also sent in a Aurora (another PT model) for repair of basically the same issue (battery clasp broke) and princeton tech replaced my translucent blue colored casing with an ugly olive drab opaque one. I am upset about that change, they could have at least informed me, if that was all they could do. It might only be color, but sending in a product and receiving a significantly different item back without notification is not appealing to myself. When I went through Petzl's service department, they actually took the time to call me with less-than-stellar news about my Duo.
This headlamp is ok; I do find use for it. But it certainly isn't a Petzl in quality or design... or warranty service. For myself, I think the quality of this headlamp/company is best summed up as, when it breaks again I will not bother to repair it or buying a similar one.
For the price you almost get a nice headlamp - reasonably bright and light (as in not heavy). It's comfortable and a good light for hanging around camp. I had the battery compartment lid get a small crack in it so I returned it. Too bad because otherwise it has a lot of nice features for a simple camp light.