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Fenix HL20 Headlamp Quick Review

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by erns, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. erns

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    I just got the Fenix HL20 Headlamp on New Years Eve. I haven't had much time with the headlamp.

    Uses 1AA battery.

    Uses a Cree XPE. The beam tint is a white color.

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    Cree XPE

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    Head is made of aluminum the body made of plastic.

    Reverse clickie on the side.

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    Full down angle.

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    Diffuser installed.

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    Reverse clickie. 3 levels, low, medium and high.

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    Plastic threads. +ve anode toward battery tube cap.

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    Inside view of the battery tube. -ve end view.

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    Inside view of the battery tube cap. +ve end of battery makes contact with the cap.

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    Serial number located on top of the headlamp.

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    Fenix HL20, Diffuser Installed @ 96"

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    Fenix HL20 @ 96" (high)

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    Fenix HL20, Diffuser Installed @ 26"

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    Fenix HL20 @ 26" (high)

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    Fenix HL20 @ 32' (high)

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  2. ironmike86

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    Nice pics. What camera you use? Post your impressions after you've had it awhile.
     
  3. Monocrom

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    erns, I value your opinion.

    Do the plastic threads seem like a weakness in the design? Or, do you think they'll hold up if accidentally dropped?
     
  4. erns

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    The threads on the battery shouldn't wear out in time. The threads feel smooth. When you screw the cap to the the o-ring you can feel it. The o-ring should keep out some water but I don't know what it's going to take to make it leak.

    If the HL20 is dropped from about your "head height" it should survive. Seems durable. I don't want to try dropping the headlamp at that height because I hate scratches on any of my lights.

    I think the reason the battery tube is plastic is to save weight on your forehead.

    The HL20 feels very good on your head. You do not feel the weight of the headlamp.

    The beam is perfect for walking around at night. Not to overly bright. You can always use the diffuser if the beam bothers you.

    The headband feels ok on my head. I have the band set with no slack in it.

    It's very easy to turn on and adjust the angle of the beam.

    The HL20 is the brightest headlamp I have right now. I own about 6 headlamps. I would like to purchase the Fenix HP15 2AA headlamp which is coming out soon. It's a little brighter with more run time. I hope it doesn't have the "overheat protection". If it does I will not purchase it.

    I guess the only drawback for the HL20 is the run time. It's only using 1AA so at high the run time is 1.8hrs. I haven't tried the run time because I don't have a lot of time to do run times. The only way to solve this problem is carry extra batteries.

    The price is reasonable to me. I paid a little over $40.00.
     
  5. erns

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    The camera I use is a Nikon D40.


    I always say "It's not how expensive your camera is. It's using your creativity to get the best out of it".
     
  6. Monocrom

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    Thank you for the response. :)
     
  7. ironmike86

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    Ummmm the pics weren't very creative. It's a nice camera ;D
    But I know what you mean I've seen some incredible pics with point and shoot cameras..they are just harder to get.
     
  8. vinn

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    Thanks for the great review! O0

    Question: Is the light detachable from the plastic plate on the headband? DO you have a picture of it? ;D
     
  9. erns

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    The Fenix HL20 can be removed from the headband.

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    The headband can also fit the Fenix MC10. Looks like the clip on the MC10 has to be removed to make room for the C shaped clip.

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  10. Throc

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    How bulky does this headlamp feel when wearing it? I'm looking at upgrading to this headlamp over a Petzl Tikka because of the single AA vs. 3 AAA. I really like how the petzl doesn't seem to bulky though. The HL20 just looks bulky to me for some reason.
     
  11. erns

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    I took my 2 HL20's to work but as I remember the HL20 did not feel bulky on the head. I used it to service a jet engine with engine oil. I also wear a cap and it did not feel bulky to me.
     
  12. Throc

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    Thanks, I usually wear my petzl on top of my Tilley hat. Doesn't even feel like it's there. Just hate to lose that comfort. I really want to get all of my gear on AA's though. Guess I'll have to buy and try.

    Thanks again,

    Throc