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Take it anywhere and recharge it via USB.

Run your Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp dry during an early morning run, plug it into your laptop at work, and recharge your light via USB. Powerful and efficient LED bulbs sip battery power and provide a distance mode for moving fast, a proximity mode for around camp, and red night-vision mode that minimizes eye fatigue for reading or cooking. In classic Black Diamond style, this light is built with attention to detail and steadfast durability.

  • LED bulbs are highly efficient with battery power usage and powerful enough to provide all the light you need
  • TriplePower LED bulb offers up to 110 lumens of power at its max setting and it projects light up to 70 meters on its highest setting
  • SinglePower white LEDs create less power (25 lumens) and offer less distance (9 meters), but they use battery power more efficiently when you need less intense, close-proximity light
  • SinglePower red LEDs are also less powerful, but are good for getting around camp in the dark, and don't compromise your night vision
  • Cycle through full-strength proximity and distance modes for hiking, a dimming mode so you can select a custom light level, a strobe mode for rescue, a red night-vision mode for night, and a lock mode
  • Single mode button makes it easy to cycle through modes and the button is lockable so it can't be triggered by mistake
  • Battery case is built into the light housing and it accepts either AAA alkaline batteries or Black Diamond rechargeable batteries
  • Elastic headband is adjustable for comfort and removable for cleaning or repair
  • Adjustable tilt allows you to dial in the aim of your beam by pivoting the housing up or down
  • Three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after you turn on the headlamp
  • IPX-4 standard water resistance allows this headlamp to withstand light precipitation

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5 5

Some information and first impressions

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

Here's some info I was wondering about before I ordered this.

-The headlamp comes with rechargeable batteries as well as 3 AAA Energizer alkaline batteries. Furthermore, the rechargeable batteries are branded as Black Diamond and say 1000 mAh on the side. In the manual, it says that you have to use these specific BD batteries to use the built in recharging function. Ostensibly, you cannot use any other brand of rechargeable batteries and use the built in charger. Curiously, it was completely out of battery when I got it. It turned on for about a second and after that all I got was the blinking red light.

-The charging port is a standard micro usb port and any micro usb cable will work with this. A micro usb cable is provided, but no wall adapter. Charging this thing fully over a computers USB port would take a really long time. It took 4-5 hours on a wall adapter to charge it the first time, but this will vary on which wall adapter and which micro usb cable you use.

-It looks really similar to the new Spot headlamps, and all the features and functions are the same as the 2014 Spot's, as far as I can tell. It's slightly less bright, 110 lumens vs 130 lumens.

Basically this headlamp seems like a .3oz heavier, rechargeable, slightly less bright version of the Spot.

5 5

Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put this headlamp through the ringer on a long weekend in Moab. Compared to others in the group this headlamp was easier to use & stayed put with or without a hat. I've only owned Black Diamond headlamps & am grateful for every second of light they have produced over the years.

Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp
2 5

fell short in a lot of ways...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I returned this one and went for the Petzl R+ instead.

3 main issues:
I. Rechargable batteries only lasted for a few hours. ~45 minutes of full brightness, and then ~2 hrs and 15 min's of half power... then dead. This is in normal weather.
II. Red LED light is useless. All my friends headlamps that have red led's are nice and bright and usable in any situation where you didn't want to blind everyone. The one on this lamp is not bright at all and I found myself just using the regular LED in low mode which was a huge letdown.
III. Not that big of a deal but the one button to go through all the different modes is very frustrating. It makes sense when I read the manual but often I just found myself smashing the button dozens of times before I got to the mode I wanted.

I did like the price point, and the fact that you can throw in regular batteries in a pinch. But because of the reasons listed above I found that you could spend half as much and just go with a lesser model and be happier with it.

5 5

Its rill bright

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp is rad. With up to 110 lumens and up 300 hours of battery life you can essentially become nocturnal. It has a variety of different modes that cover pretty much any scenario you can think of. In it's brightest setting it allows you to see up to 70 meters, which is better than most industrial grade spotlights... and its mounted to your head, while being easy to fit in your pocket. Also at the reasonable price of $59.95, it's not gonna break the bank. Get this, you wont be disappointed.

5 5

it won awards for a reason

this is a really quality headlamp at a great value. it's plenty bright for most activities; skiing or biking near trees at night can get a little iffy. all features are operated off of the single button. click once is on/off and switches between LEDs and flood light. while the light is on, push and hold and it will adjust through its dimming range. push and hold for 6 seconds and it will switch to night vision (this can be accessed without turning on the normal lights), and push and hold for 10 seconds and the lamp will lock so it wont accidentally turn on and drain the batteries.

the usb recharge is great too as you can easily recharge off your computer, car, solar charger, or wall adapter. only issue is that rechargeable batteries will lose power much more quickly in cold weather. if you're using this below freezing, your best bet is normal batteries.

5 5

Super Bright!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp is awesome! It is incredibly bright and the batteries can be recharged, rather than having to replace them. It also has various light settings included a red light, which is great around camp. It can also be locked so it doesn't turn on in your pack. Great for all outdoor activities!

5 5

Bright, Lightweight & Not Over Priced

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Black Diamond has another great hit with this headlamp. Reliable, bright, lightweight and a solid price point makes this an all around awesome value for a headlamp. Great for trail running, hiking, camping or keeping in your car/house for emergencies etc.

5 5

Great gift

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this for my dad for Christmas and he loves it. I have the BD Spot myself and this seemed pretty comparable but with the bonus of a USB charging option. Everything seems to work great like any of the other BD headlamps I have owned and the convenience of being able to charge it in your car is great.

5 5

Convenient and Bright

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

My favorite feature about this headlamp is how easily it charges. The headlamp comes with rechargeable batteries, and to charge you just plug the USB directly in to the headlamp. This makes for easy on-the-go charging with a car charger that is compatible with a USB.
Oh, the headlamp also functions really well and is bright enough for early morning ski tour outings or runs, and has several brightness settings for every situation you encounter. The dimming feature is also very convenient- just hold down the "On" button to dim/brighten.

5 5

Dad loved it

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

I got this for my dad as a gift, and he was super stoked on it. He loves the rechargeable aspect of it because he uses it EVERY night (He walks around the dark house with it.. idk). He says it will save him a fortune in batteries, and he really likes the different lights available and how bright they are!

5 5

BD ReVolt

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased this for trail running.
Stays in place and I forget that I'm even wearing this on my head.
The included batteries are an awesome bonus, no more having to dig for batteries every few weeks. Battery life seems a little less that with alkaline compared to the rechargeable but the convenience out weights this.
I have used it down to -25c without any problems

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Are the rechargeable alkaline batteries included or did it just come with 3 regular AAA's?

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Came with rechargeable batteries.

how water proof is this one really? how...

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how water proof is this one really? how would it hold up in a storm(rain or snow)? im debating between this and the storm,everyone's thoughts?

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This headlamp is water resistant and doesn't stay dry in a heavy storm. I've used the Storm in major downpours and have never been disappointed.

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Ditto what Scott said. I have the Storm and have used it for multi-hour road rides in the rain without issue. If you look at Black Diamond's descriptions on their website, it's obvious that they prioritize waterproofing some models over others.

5 5

Not ReVolting

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dig this headlamp. I recently upgraded from the Storm which is also made by BD and was delighted with the USB option - works like a charm. When this little guy is fully charged get ready to blind all your fellow campers! The dimming and red light features are also found in the Storm, but the ReVolt is so much brighter. I take this on every trip, and have been particularly stoked taking it on night climbs.

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how do you feel the water proofing is compared to the storm? have you used the revolt in any stormy conditions?

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About the same. Storm and I had many rainy nights, and I would try to keep it out of the rain as much as possible, but it got wet sometimes and it was fine. Only one big storm with the Revolt and it held up really well, but with all electronics, I try to keep it very dry. If you end up buying this one just make sure to keep the USB cap firmly sealed.

5 5

Trail tested for 90+ days, Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded to this headlamp for a summer job that required me to live out of a backpack for 9 days out of every 14 and I was not disappointed. Here's what I noticed:
-The rechargeable batteries are a real wallet saver, and the USB charger makes it easy to plug in and get a charge anywhere there is a computer.
-The light is a little less potent when using the rechargable batteries, but I didn't ever feel that it was inadequate.
-For extended trips into the backcountry I would suggest bringing an extra set of batteries just in case, but you know that.
-Doesn't feel too bulky on your forehead.
-Uses one less battery than the storm.

I had the storm before and this is definitely worth the 10 dollars, rechargeable batteries for the win!

4 5

ReDolent of Elevated Mediocrity

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had intended, some weeks ago, to get on here and thrash this headlamp. Up until I reached Washington St. while recently hiking the PCT, the headlamp had performed admirably, to say the least. The rechargeable battery aspect was, without a doubt, a major selling point for me when I was scouring the market for a headlamp that didn't have a battery pack and feel like a helmet on my head.
Any how, the one issue that I have had with this headlamp (but do not seem to be having with it anymore) is that I had a brush with fright when the headlamp, at one point, seemed to have gotten moisture inside the casing (I guess mist must have seeped in while hiking through a rainstorm) and would no longer work; this was a problem that persisted for weeks, and when I had nearly decided to just return it and instead get a headlamp that was fully waterproof, I plugged it in to charge and found it working like nothing had ever happened.
I will update this review if anything changes with the working status of the headlamp, but as of right now, all seems to be copacetic. If I had not had the one scare with it where it seemed as though all was lost, I would give this lamp a 5 star rating.
Both the primary LED, as well as the smaller secondary LEDs, are bright and resplendent, while the red light setting provides ample late-night reading and mobility lighting when I need to see but want to avoid temporary blindness.
The light operation button is large enough to use with relatively bulky gloves on, and the lock feature is of considerable help when it comes to avoiding potential battery drain via accidental activation while the pack rides along in your pack.
Being that it is rather airy with regard to weight, you can rapidly forget you're even wearing it.

5 5

Very Impressed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great headlamp! it comes with 3 triple A batteries and 3 rechargeable batteries. With the rechargeable batteries all you need to do it plug the headlamp into a USB port and you are good. Most camping solar panels (see Goal Zero) have a USB port, so this is extremely simple. The light has a spot light to shoot a beam (low and high), LED lights for some subtle lighting, and a red light to not ruin your night vision. it is easy to operate and you honeslty forget its on your head. Not too heavy, bulky or anything. The perfect headlamp.

5 5

Most excellent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Incredibly bright, dimmable, rechargeable, long life, not too heavy..excellent headlamp. Very happy with the purchase, thinking about buying another.

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if youre so happy with it, why are you looking to replace it with a new one?

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Who said replace? Need one for the wife.

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Quick update...I bought the Black Diamond Storm for my wife instead of another ReVolt based on the precipitation factor. Living in the PNW, I thought I would try one of each and see how they performed with the rain being a factor.

5 5

Light for days.

I bought this headlamp at the beginning of May for night time cycling and night climbing. Definitely one of my main pieces of gear this summer. I am not sure how I operated before I had this in my possession.

The dimming function is one of my favorite things that this headlamp has. I have also had to use the strobe light function one time which was unfortunate in itself but it did the job and a swift search and rescue was the result.

I have only used this lamp with the rechargeable batteries provided by BD and they work amazing - you can use alkaline batteries for more lumens if needed (not sure how fast they will use the battery, yet)

In conclusion: this is a headlamp manufactured by Black Diamond and it upholds the standard that I have for all of their gear.

Light for days.
5 5

So Bright!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This last weekend I was in the mountains with my Dad and cousin hiking and looking for moose. Over the course of several days we got rained on, snowed on, hailed on, nearly blown off the mountain and cooked by the heat. Gotta love Utah weather. Anyways I have the Black Diamond Revolt headlamp and got the chance to put it to the test. The vehicle we were driving around had a flat tire and before we knew it the sun was down. I busted out my headlamp and put the others' lamps to shame.
The Revolt outshined the other lights and made it easy to see what we needed to do to fix the tire. The lightweight ReVolt allowed me to carry it around all day with ease and it took a soaking in my pack, but still worked perfectly.
The light adjusts to different angles so you can see what you need to, and the long battery life ensures you won't be caught out in the dark.
This is a great headlamp that can be taken anywear and easily charged. I always looked for a brighter and brighter headlamp and finally found it in this one.

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