LED Lenser SEO 7R head torch

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Contents - www.ledlenser.com.au Tested by: JUSTIN WALKER

RRP$186

HHEAD TORCHES ARE one of the must-pack items for any trip into the out­doors. These light­weight, pow­er­ful light sources have be­come the light of choice for all ad­ven­tur­ers, from climbers and hik­ers to ve­hi­cle­based camp­ing fam­i­lies. The rea­son is sim­ple: they take up lit­tle space and of­fer the best di­rec­tional light-source you can get. There are many brands on the mar­ket and one that has been around for a while is LED Lenser. The Ger­man brand (the prod­uct of twin broth­ers Rainer and Har­ald Opolka) started in 1994 and now, 22 years later, is one of the top-end por­ta­ble light source brands.

The LED Lenser SEO head­torch series is new to the mar­ket, and comes packed with the lat­est tech to en­sure the three mod­els – the SEO 3, 5R and this tester, the SEO 7R – of­fer ex­cel­lent light­ing in a light­weight, durable source. The SEO 7R is the flag­ship model and in­cludes a white High End Power LED that pumps out a max­i­mum of 180 lu­mens of light, out to a dis­tance of 120m, for a max­i­mum seven hours. You can, of course, lower the out­put (there are three light modes, each dif­fer­ing in in­ten­sity, plus a flash­ing-light mode), to stretch light­ing time out to 25 hours. It is also IPX6 wa­ter-re­sis­tant (able to with­stand show­ers, etc.) and there is a red LED with blink func­tion in­cluded in the unit.

En­sur­ing you only use as much light as is needed, the SEO 7R fea­tures Op­tisense Tech­nol­ogy – this reg­u­lates the light out­put ac­cord­ing to how much am­bi­ent (or re­flected) light there is. So, early evening you’d be us­ing less light­ing grunt than you would in the pitch dark of a moon­less night. The SEO 7R also in­cludes Smart Light Tech­nol­ogy, al­low­ing the user to fo­cus the light down to a nar­rower (or wider) beam if needed; sim­ply turn­ing the bevel on the light ac­com­plishes this. This sim­plic­ity of func­tion con­tin­ues with the tilt mech­a­nism of the light; a hinge al­lows you to tilt the light to the an­gle needed, and again, it is easy to use/ac­cess, even when wear­ing gloves.

The SEO 7R feels very light on your head; weigh­ing a pal­try 93g you barely no­tice it. The wash­able head­band is also very com­fort­able and eas­ily ad­justed. Power is sup­plied via both a lithi­u­mion bat­tery pack, charged via USB, or you can throw in three AAA bat­ter­ies. This dual-power op­tion is bril­liant: for shorter week­end trips – or when camp­ing out of your ve­hi­cle – be­ing able to recharge the power pack, rather than use bat­ter­ies, is great. Of course, even in re­mote and long-dis­tance sce­nar­ios, most ad­ven­tur­ers carry so­lar/power packs that of­fer USB charg­ing any­way, but hav­ing the op­tion of us­ing AAA bat­ter­ies if there’s no avail­able power charg­ing out­let cer­tainly ups the ver­sa­til­ity of the SEO 7R.

With its sen­si­ble com­bi­na­tion of light weight, ef­fec­tive light­ing tech and the brand’s rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity, the LED Lenser SEO 7R is def­i­nitely worth con­sid­er­a­tion for those look­ing for a light source for their ad­ven­tures.

The SEO 7R is sim­ple to op­er­ate and even when wear­ing gloves the tilt ad­just­ment on the lens (left) is easy to op­er­ate.

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