The ed­i­tor tries a head torch that’s drip­ping in per­for­mance

Air Gunner - - Contents -

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.

RTM please

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

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