New Dimmer Feature Even Better
Disclaimer: I have five sons that participate in scouting so I camp more out of duty than by disposition.
I purchased this headlamp to replace one that worked well for about three years, until the plastic clip to the headband broke—-creative use of duct tape could only go so far, so I thought I would try another Princeton lamp.
At 24 Lumens it is perfect for setting up a tent, cooking, or pretty much doing anything that requires light and hands outdoors. But in reality, I used the original lamp mostly for reading in-bed after everyone else was asleep. I was overjoyed to discover that the lamp can be dimmed even below 10 lumens.
This means that I can use it in-doors/in-bed at a lighting level that does not wake anyone else up. The previous version had two fixed levels, the adjustability is an outstanding improvement!
Good buy despite design flaw
I've purchased 6 or more of these for personal use and gifts. My use is fall/winter morning runs in the dark. The low setting provides more than ample light and the original batteries lasted more than 2 winters. Reading reviews of the Tec Fuel you will find a common item mentioned which is the battery latch breaking. The first time i ever dropped mine (after 2 years of use) the latch broke. Duct tape is an easy fix, but the design or plastic material (softer?) need to change. Even with this, I really like the product and have continued to buy it for all of the pros listed. Tip: if you put duct tape or a rubber band around the light initially as a bumper, i do not think the latch would break if you happened to drop it.
Great Form and Function
I have owned one of these previously that worked great, but unfortunately fell victim to my daughter's min-pin (small dog) who destroyed it.
Overall the simplicity of use is excellent. Construction is nicely executed and the headband is comfortable. The tilt adjustment works well and stays where you put it.
Battery life seems at least as good as my other head lamp, a Tikka XP.
Brightness is good enough for hiking at night in clear conditions, but I would not depend on it for heavy fog or where greater power is required.
The headband is strong and durable as well. The width is sufficient to feel comfortable on the head without any slipping.
Summary: great function, all the necessities you need in a headlamp.
I had my doubts...
I wasn't sure I wanted to run with a headlamp, and didn't want to spend a lot of money on a product I might not use. The P Tec Fuel headlamp was the perfect choice for night running. The moderate price was low enough that I wouldn't feel too bad if I didn't use it. The light is clear and bright, especially for running on streets and sidewalks in total darkness (on the highest setting). It is comfortable to wear and remained in place for my runs, usually 40-60 minutes. Overall, it is a really good product, doing exactly what I want it to do, at a great price. If it ever needs replacing, or I decide to invest in another one, I will certainly look at the Princeton Tec product line.
Really nice headlamp
Sooo glad I decided to throw this in the shopping cart. Just compared this to all the other ones I had lying around the house and it's far superior, and at a very reasonable price.
- Smart lamp in that you don't have to cycle through all the modes to turn it off. Many other lamps require you to do this.
- Small footprint, big light. Very good brightness in a small package, doesn't look like a coal miner's helmet.
- Comes with 3 duracell AA batteries - not cheapies
- No red light. Never had a need for this, never will. So glad I don't have to waste my time with that.
All in all, a great buy.
This thing is so reliable! This is a staple item for me that makes it's way into every pack I carry. About 2 years of steady use and not a single issue. It has served well in the woods and in the urban jungle. The three dimmer settings are a great feature to accommodate different tasks and visibility. The pulse/flash setting is great for signaling/visibility while cycling- I use this feature DAILY on my early 3AM bike commute. Last but not least is the Fuel's simplicity, one button and three AAA batteries making it a cinch to operate quickly in the dark. I love having confidence in my gear and this is a winner.
A Headlamp for all Reasons
The compact size and adjustable beam elevation make this the all-around light. And at Campmor prices, I can have them where ever I need one. The one on my motorcycle is the first thing I unpack when I get to the camp site, and it's always there in case of trouble on the road. I can aim the lamp down so that I can stand around the camp fire without shining in anyone's face. The one in my garage is a perfect work light, under the hood or in the attic; The swivel puts the light just where I, and my progressive lenses, need it.
Great little headlamp
I was recently given this as a gift before my upcoming AT section. This is a good little headlamp. Easy to switch between settings. The slighly recessed button stays completely out of the way and is not easily depressed by mistake when packed.
I camp very regularly (1-3 times every month) and this little light-weight headlamp is just the right size and brightness.
Not sure why others have had problems with the battery compartment. This is the same design as my son's Remix (which I used before this was given to me) and both seem very functional and sturdy.
Had this lamp for about a year now and I am very happy with the purchase. I haven't come across the battery case problems other reviewers have had. I bring it along for all my longer dayhikes, night hikes, and camping (at least a couple times a month for a year now). I always remove the batteries between trips, so the clasp is opened/closed twice a trip and there are no signs of wear after a year. Not as bright as more expensive products, but it has been a quality lamp for the price.
great little light
I bought this little light for backpacking. It's small but sturdy. The head strap is comfortable and adjustable. The direction of the beam can be adjusted to shine straight out or at several angles downward. Light switch needs a bit of pressure to engage but that helps prevent accidentally being turned on/off while it is packed. Has bright, medium, dim and "flashing" settings, but whichever setting you have used, just click once more to turn it off. I will keep this handy in my car for work under the hood or for emergencies.