The editor tries a head torch that’s dripping in performance
Phill Price reviews a sophisticated and powerful head-torch from Nightmaster and is sutiably impressed
Last month I reviewed a gun light system from Night searcher, a company I hadn’t heard of before. It was as powerful and impressive as its asking price demanded, but I noted during my testing that it lacked any of the low power settings that we airgunners need to load magazines, check reservoir pressure settings and a hundred other close-range jobs.
I am pleased to see that NightSearcher offers the ideal partner in the form of the HT550R, a sophisticated head torch that offers everything from a gentle, soft flood, ideal for close-range jobs like loading mag’s, to a huge blast of a long-range beam, backed up by a powerful flood. This is my kind of head torch.
The system consists of a battery pack that lives behind your head to balance its weight against the lamp unit that sits above your eyebrows. The lamp unit has two reflectors; one for a wide flood and the other for a reaching beam. Both are dimmable, but if you’re like me, you won’t be able to resist full-power for most situations, dropping down to the lower settings only when needed.
Burning my man credentials, I read the manual once, twice, and on the third time I began to home in on the useful information. You have three buttons on the lamp unit, plus one on the battery holder at the rear. It took me a while, but I got myself to where I could blast out maximum light for navigating difficult terrain or finding downed rabbits in the grass. As much as I love this lamp, I must report that you need patience and effort to get the most from it.
Now let’s get down to the good stuff. This unit is powerful. I’ve tried a lot of what’s on offer today and this is right up there with the good ones. I’m a stickler for the quality of the light that’s emitted and the NightSearcher utilises what I perceive to be the latest in LED thinking. It emits a light that’s close to the natural daylight that our eyes have evolved to accept and because of this, colours look natural which makes spotting a dusty brown rabbit in dusty brown grass all that much easier. Please don’t let this effect wash over you. Light quality is ten times more important than light power.
From what I’ve seen it looks like NightSearcher is set to become a player in a congested market by offering premium quality products at premium prices. Model LED Head torch HT550R RRP £ 66.40
“This unit is powerful, and I’ve tried a lot of what’s on offer today and this is right up there with the good ones”
The array of LEDs and adjustability offers a huge choice of output
The recharagable battery pack is held at the back of your head