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Burns through batteries
Every wk felt like I needed to replace..
From the lab: PTEC - BYTE Headlamp
The BYTE headlamp puts out 50 lumens in a spot beam with its two-mode Maxbright LED. A red Ultrabright LED helps you keep a low profile and preserves your night adjusted vision. BYTE is stable with its asymmetrical single arm bracket and the power button is easy to find even while wearing gloves. BYTE runs for up to 146 hours in white mode on just two AAA alkaline batteries. This headlamp is also lithium battery compatible.
I experienced the flickering last weekend in 23 degree wind. I doubt it was an overheating issue. My take on it was cold batts (alkaline do well in cold for me) After a rest, by flipping the top Batt I was able to leave it in red mode the rest of the evening after which I cycled the switch and experienced the same dim flicker that would not turn off. All that being said, when it works you can't beat the light for the weight. I hiked out at night in red mode. if the bug gets worked out i feel it is a superior product.
I seek simple Headlamp for use one day hiking,
Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp is good price, and
enough to blight.
Nice super lightweight headlamp.
I currently have three of these that are shared between my wife, my brother, and myself. They are very small and provide all the illumination that we needed last weekend during a couple nights on the AT. The settings are perfectly adequate with a low red, a low white, and a high white. The lights come on in that order with sequential pushing of the switch. It's a nice feature so you don't blind yourself with the white light before switching over to the red for night vision. When activating my previous headlamp it would switch on the bright white LED first, thus blinding you and trashing your night vision before you were able to switch over to the dim red LED.
So far these are perfect. No issues or problems. They have been perfectly reliable. I haven't seen them in a heavy downpour but the light rain followed by freezing temperatures we had didn't affect them. They are listed as water resistant so I imagine they are at least splash proof and appropriate for rainy weather. The batteries showed no signs of weakening and they appear to be plenty sturdy for average use.
Because of the light weight and small size I am replacing my Petzl Tactikka headlamp with the Byte. The Tactikka is unnecessarily bright and has less runtime despite needing one more battery. It is probably built stronger, but I am not a soldier behind enemy lines so it is overbuilt for my needs.
The bottom line here is that this is a cheap light (I paid $15 at a retail store on sale) that is reliable, super lightweight, and plenty bright for campsite use. I love it and hope that it proves to be reliable for years to come.
I can second many comments posted here already. I don't typically write reviews for products but I don't typically get something SO poorly thought out.
Both my fiance and I bought the same headlamp and both had the same problem with flickering light after MINIMAL usage. We used ours for one two-night backpacking trip and, thank god, only discovered the problem after we tried to use them after we got home. Upon quick research, lots of other people have had the same problem.
I WOULD NOT TRUST THIS PRODUCT.
Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp
This is a great light. It is plenty bright enough for around camp or even on a late night hike. I love the red light on in it. It is super useful in the tent.