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Hinge bracket is way too weak

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am not sure if this is a fault with my particular unit, or a design flaw with all Vizz Headlamps, however I am not happy with the hinge that adjusts the inclination of the lamp on the head bracket. The hinge is very loose, and flops down so the light is pointing at my feet under even a light jog (it does not flop down with a gentle walk). There does not appear to be a way to adjust the hinge to make it tighter to avoid this issue, and I have resorted to trying to jam bits of paper in it to keep it up. I am not sure if all of these lights are like this or if this particular one is faulty, however I don't see how they all wouldn't have this issue if the hinge cant be tightened.

The lamp is also not as bright as I expected given the lumen rating. The main bulb (max bright) cannot be operated simultaneously with the 'ultrabright' LED's, meaning you have to use one or the other. While this is fine 90% of the time, there are times I need a bright centre, with the additional wider spread.

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Hi KiwiGuy. I work for Princeton and wanted to let you know that the hinge tension is easily changeable. If you send me your address I can send you a higher tension pin for your headlamp. Also, the Vizz units are actually testing well above their printed lumen output, so if you feel that your unit is not producing proper output we would be happy to replace it. Please call Princeton Tec (800) 257-9080 if you'd like the tension pin or to exchange your headlamp.

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Thanks, but I have already returned it to Backcountry. It was unclear if it is going to be refunded or replaced, but if replaced, and the replacement is also faulty, I will give you a call. Thanks. It's a shame this model doesn't come with an adjustable tensioner on the bracket.

Yes, I can confirm this unit was not producing the specified output. I compared it directly with a couple of dive torches I have (which have much lower ratings) and it was well outperformed by both dive torches.