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Flashlight and Headlamps: Members Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 October 2018

Members Favorites

Headlamps and Flashlights 

 Reliable light at night is vital on the trail.

 

leesonza               flashlight

 

AlexW                      Princeton Tech

                                 Petzl

                                 Black Diamond Astro

 

abramrodd              Black Diamond Ion Headlamp

 

I've used maglights, a dozen different Petzl Headlamps, and now deploying a Princeton Tech Headlamp. Used a Black Diamond this year, 2018.

Here's the deal: Headlamp and flashlight switches corrode. At a certain point in time the corrosion becomes fatal, and the flashlight/headlamp fails.

The key is to inspect the visible corrosion points on your light/headlamp prior to each trip to judge the level of corrosion we can't see...

History
I started backpacking with a canvas pack on a wood-frame. My mountain coat was my wool Navy peacoat, and my flashlight was a maglight powered by 2-AA batteries. Those were the days...

Maglight 2-AA Flashlights

 

HEADLAMP
PRESERVATION PROCEDURE

At this point in time at the end of backpacking trips I remove my flashlight/headlamp from its plastic bag in my pack, remove the batteries, dry the light in direct sunlight, then repackage my light in the plastic bag with the batteries removed, back in the pack.

This is the only way I've found to have some chance of the headlamp working, and not being a corroded mess, the next time I deploy it...

 

Post up your tips and reviews for backpacking flashlights and headlamps.

 

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Find the best gear for you by first knowing what's out there!
See any cool gear? Let us know!

 

POST YOUR EXPERIENCES!

 

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