I got this product in earlier today, just in time for installing a new washer and dryer. The item itself is self explanatory. It comes in a nicely packaged TaoTronics box, with instructions in multiple languages, and a card that tells you how to register the product to increase
I got this product in earlier today, just in time for installing a new washer and dryer. The item itself is self explanatory. It comes in a nicely packaged TaoTronics box, with instructions in multiple languages, and a card that tells you how to register the product to increase the warranty from 18 to 30 months. The product itself needs 3 AA batteries. None are included, but I would of just tossed them in the draw to put in some Eneloops anyway. The headlamp has two light sources, the first larger light being a Cree XP-G2 5.5W LED (Cool White). In addition, the two smaller lights are Nichia 140° Ø 5mm 0.5W LED (Warm White). According to the manual, the high dimming lighting mode of the XP-G2 LED is 337 lumen, and is adjustable all the way down to 35 lumen. The Nichia 140° Ø LED is adjustable from 42 lumen to 10 lumen. The lights are adjustable by two buttons on top of the light source. If you press down button A, the Cree light turn on. If you press down button B, the Nichia light turns on. Once either light is on, you can adjust the brightness by pressing and holding down either button for 3 seconds. When you reach the highest or lowest brightness, a green LED will flash on top to let you know. The headlamp does have a memory function thankfully, so once you set the brightness you want, it will return to the same level every time you turn the lamp back on. You also have an option to turn on a distance sensor by holding down both the A and B buttons for 3 seconds. This can be done with the light off, or with either of the two lights on. Once activated, if an object over 1 meter away is detected, the Cree light will turn on at 70% brightness. If it detects an object within a meter range, it will automatically activate the Nichia lights at 70% brightness. This was very useful when installing the washer and dryer, as a lot of the time I don't have a free hand to hold a flashlight, and it made things so much easier. The headlamp itself is adjustable up to 50°, so you can dial in a little more finely where you exactly want the light. Obviously I haven't run into a low battery situation yet, but their is a battery indicator that will turn from green to yellow to red to reveal the level of power left. I'm very happy with the TaoTronics Headlamp so far, and I would highly recommend it. Besides home improvement work, I can see myself using it during computer and electronic repair. I never really thought a headlamp would make a difference over a standard flashlight, but it does make things much easier.