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Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp

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A lightweight and reliable headlamp for backpacking and everyday lighting.

Camping solo without a fire isn't such a sacrifice with the long-lasting light of the Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp. With help from the two SinglePower LEDs, you chow down your freeze-dried feast, stow your food, and then have enough juice left to read a few chapters before you drift off into woodsy dreams.
  • Dimming feature lets you scale down the brightness to fit the task and conserve battery power
  • Provides up to 72 hours of illumination at its lowest setting
  • Distance mode shines the 35 lumens 15 meters into the darkness, so you can spot misplaced items at camp and check on your food cache
  • Strobe provides an emergency signal or beacon while riding a bike in town
  • Adjustable elastic strap secures the lamp to your head while night hiking and the tilt-able, water-resistant housing provides reliable convenience while camping
  • Powered by two included AAA batteries
  • Item #BLD1379

Tech Specs

Claimed Weight
(with batteries) 2.04 oz
Batteries Included
Headband Type
Battery Location
front housing
Burn Time
6 - 72 hours
Recommended Use
camping, hiking, reading, cooking
(max) 35
(dimmer technology) distance, (dims down to) proximity, strobe
Tiltable Housing
Power Source
2 AAA alkaline
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
2 SinglePower LEDs

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Nice bright lamp

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

The luminosity in this lamp is almost crazy. I usually use it to go for night runs and has kept me from some big falls!

I have yet to test on camping, but tried on very dark environments and it does seem just fine. Finally, the pricing is crazy for the value you get.

Great headlamps for the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought two of these for me and my girlfriend to have for camping as some extra lights and I am stoked about them. I cant believe how well these work for the price. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise considering they are made by Black Diamond, but for 19.95 these are great to have for a backup headlamp or just as a headlamp when hanging out around camp.

dependbl even if just used 4 emergencies

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

ive had one of these puppys for couple years now and have used it as a main headlamp camping, hiking, night climbing, and everything else you can imagine! the batteries began to finally fade the light and i kept it in my purse and car and have used it countless times more! had several storms recently and replaced the batteries and used when electricity went out for a week and its as bright as the day i bought it. I dont know why you would want to fade the light but you can hold it down after turning it on and release at whatever setting you like. its nothing fancy but good. I like it as much as my 20$ energizer if not more because that one has a switch that accidentally can get turned on in a pack

Good to have around

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good little headlamp to have around. The battery life lasts a long time, and it provides decent light, a good pick up. I keep one in my truck and avy pack at all times. I'm not sure you can beat the price for quality ratio on this little guy.

Literally Put it Through the Wringer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While moving my laundry from the washer to the drier I found my Gizmo headlamp in the washer basket nestled in with my soggy sweatshirts and jeans. Unlike the nearly brand new digital camera I found next to it, the headlamp still works. Solid.

Pleased so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The recurrence of the evil Daylight Saving Time made me realize the necessity of a headlamp for my morning jogs, at least for another month or so. I like that it is tilt-able for maximum aiming capabilities, and that the brightness is adjustable. While I was afraid of the weight due to AAA's instead of button batteries, it has not been too cumbersome. I was also nervous about having to constantly adjust and readjust placement on my head, but after some initial fiddling I haven't had any issues as long as I'm wearing the lamp over a hat of some sort.

My particular lamp is Dazzling Blue, and while I haven't had any early-morning honks from passers-by, I do feel quite dazzling, or at least as dazzling as one can feel plugging along in my minimalist shoes and three layers in the 27 degree darkness.

I'm holding back on a fifth star only because it's my first headlamp and I'm still early in my experiences with it. But I'm very pleased thus far, especially for the price.

Let there be light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had this headlamp for a couple years now and it still works very well. I dropped it in the water and it still works fine. The button can be a bit tricky sometimes but not bad.

Good not great.

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

This little headlamp provided decent lighting during my camp trip and a hike where my friend and I lost day light and had to pull our headlamps out. I was happy with the light output, the weight and size of this headlamp compared to the Walmart Ozark Trail one that I was using.

Ideal Item for everyday life.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This product is an excellent buy and you get what you pay for. I'm a well seasoned traveler especially in the National Parks and will use this item on those trips as well as everyday life: I currently use it on walks with my Aussie and on outdoor or hands on DYI home projects; my wife uses it as the best night light book reader she has ever possessed and even my 4 year old daughter has used it for playing and night observations. There is obviously higher end lights needed for more elaborate trips; etc but for ordinary life and trips this products fits the bill.

Below Par

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp looks cool and is at a good price, but when I used it this summer for a canoe trip, the light was never very strong and also flickered sometimes. I changed the batteries a lot, but it didn't help much.

small workhorse

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

small lamp that gives good but not great light. Like others have said its great for the price. I keep several around for group hiking/bonfire nights out. They work great and I'm not worried about losing one if I've had a few too many barley pops.

Solid Head Lamp

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought two of these for a bike touring trip through the Pac NW. I haven't used them for anything technical, but they certainly did the trick around camp.

A great basic headlight, and you can't beat the price.

Good, affordable headlamp

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

This is a good all around headlamp to have on deck for impromptu night time bouldering/hiking in the canyon, or for spelunking in your basement. Great product for the price.

Alright light for the price.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Overall I am not very impressed with this lamp. It is one of the least expensive on BC and while I will use it for now, I will not be buying another. Its not very bright at all and the quality is lacking. You get what you pay for with this lamp.

I can't get this headlamp to turn off. I...

I can't get this headlamp to turn off. I swear, it's not user error. It may be possessed. Anyone else have this problem? When I turn it on, it goes straight into strobe mode and I have to take the batteries out to turn it off. Halp!

the Gizmo doesnt have a strobe setting. you can hold down the button once its on and it will continuously dim until you let off but other than that its a pretty basic strobe on mine atleast!

Would this be suitable for walking after...

Would this be suitable for walking after dark? I live in a non-sidewalk, non-streetlight area and once winter arrives, would like to walk after dinner.

I just bought one of these lil lamps. I...

I just bought one of these lil lamps. I didn't find a red night vision feature. Not on the packaging or instruction manual. Am I missing something?