I have no experience of this torch. I have had a number of torches over the years, mostly Petzl, from the old 9v through to the leds. I have had Black Diamonds, but they have a very confusing control system. I like a waterproof, dimmable headtorch with a red light function. The one I have been using for about a year is a Jetbeam HR30. It uses an 18650, and can be recharged in the torch. The headtorch can be removed from the carrier and used as a stand alone torch. If you need a lot of light you can ramp up the brightness quite impressively. I still have some Petzls. A micro in a survival kit and the Tactika which gives you the option of 3 colours, but the case has cracked by itself. The HR30 is more expensive than the wanderer however.
For me having a red light on a headtorch is important, being able to vary the output is too. The Wanderer does have some ability to change the intensity, but having the ability to go very low (moon mode) is again useful and I cannot see that the Wanderer does that. Some idea of remaining battery charge is also useful which the HR 30 does, but cannot see that listed for the wanderer. From the images the battery back is at the back; although the old, and some of the new Petzls had this, it can be a nuisance if you want to wear under any sort of helmet and the wires themselves can fray at the attachment points, so just adds another area of failure.
Just my 2c
I'm confused Thrud (which happens a lot ) - did you mean to ask Edward about this? I don't have nitecore headlamps; I do have a couple of their aa and aaa battery chargers. My headlamps and torches are relative dinosaurs. Edward is the man who has done all the research; unless I got that wrong tooThanks Randall, the NU25 has one issue for me, that is significant parasitic drain. I’m not sure if you have found that to be an issue with your model?
Thanks Randall, the NU25 has one issue for me, that is significant parasitic drain. I’m not sure if you have found that to be an issue with your model?
This is often a problem especially when you forget or cannot remove the batteries. My Aldi IR viewer suffers from this, but removing one battery from either side stops the problem. And I never use the copper topped batteries that power bunny rabbit toys, if left they always leak.
Thanks Eddy, it was the drain in storage I was referring to. Might be worth a test of runtime before you go. I don’t have one and I’m not a fan of batteries I can’t remove from a device, but understand why you went for this model. According to what I have read you will have 30secs of turbo before it cuts down to normal brightness, either to save battery power or as a thermal protection.
I consider the mobile phone a piece of survival equipment when I'm out bush. I always have it off, to preserve battery life in case it might be needed. And there are some awesome uses and apps. One is the Emergency + app from the Australian gov. Emergency services love this - it gives your coordinates. GPS, as a backup; however I also use this as my urban gps for finding addresses (mostly in car). Backup torch light. Electric compass. Emergency first aid eHandbook!Another reason I chose a rechargeable headlamp is I considered getting a handheld GPS, or even use a rugged mobile phone to take into the field. This is something new too me. I was against this in the past, especially phones. However, more and more people are taking tech into the bush. I use to be against this, but have since been more open to it for various reasons. Reasons such as safety, the ability to read maps, have wildlife apps apps that have audible bird sounds, use phone as a GPS or compass, keep family & friends updated on progress, or even call for help in emergencies & of course use the phone as a battery pack to recharge my headlamp instead of taking battery packs (more weight).