WHITE LIGHT­ING

The edi­tor finds some clean white light for the win­ter’s gloom

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The edi­tor finds the ideal, white-light head torch from Fenix. Im­pres­sive il­lu­mi­na­tion from a 1000-lu­men beam

As the evenings get dark, I find that I use a head torch al­most ev­ery day and, to be hon­est, I think I’d be lost with­out one. I use one when walk­ing the dogs, find­ing things in the shed or the loft and, of course, when out hunt­ing. Like all mod­ern LED de­vices, head torches have be­come more pow­er­ful while be­com­ing cheaper at the same time

The Fenix HP25R on test is the most pow­er­ful head torch I’ve ever used, with its 1000 lu­men beams, a num­ber that I still find hard to be­lieve. How could some­thing so small and light pro­duce such an amaz­ing out­put? The alu­minium hous­ing has three LEDs; the big one is the nar­row beam for long dis­tance; the smaller one with the tex­tured lens is the flood beam; and the tiny one is a red LED for close-range use. The two main beams have four power lev­els, al­low­ing you to ad­just the out­put for the situation, but I have to con­fess that I en­joyed the fullpower set­tings most, only di­alling the power down for closerange use.

The reach of the nar­row beam makes this a vi­able op­tion for rab­bit lamp­ing with­out the need to bolt a torch to your scope, and the flood is su­perb for find­ing shot quarry, and other im­por­tant jobs such as pack­ing your gun and kit safely into the car at the end of a suc­cess­ful night shoot. Offering a low out­put red LED is su­perb be­cause it al­lows you to load mag­a­zines or make ad­just­ments to your scope’s set­ting with­out daz­zling your eyes and com­pro­mis­ing your night vi­sion.

POWER SUP­PLY

Power is sup­plied by a high- qual­ity 18650 Li-ion recharge­able bat­tery that’s car­ried in a cas­ing at the back of your head. This keeps the sys­tem nicely bal­anced and once you have the straps ad­justed for your own needs, it stays put very well in­deed. The bat­tery can be charged in its hous­ing with the USB lead in­cluded or taken out and topped up in a con­ven­tional charger. I like the fact that the bat­tery is re­mov­able be­cause I can carry a spare just in case. There’s nothing more frus­trat­ing than your lamp go­ing flat half­way through an evening’s shoot.

This tough, wa­ter-re­sis­tant and pow­er­ful torch is right up my street, offering all the fea­tures I want at a rea­son­able price. I can see this one will be get­ting lots of work this win­ter and for many more af­ter that.

“the most pow­er­ful head torch I’ve ever used, with its 1000 lu­men beam”

The rechar­gable bat­tery sits be­hind your head to bal­ance the weight Small, light and tough with im­pres­sive out­puts make this lamp top class

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