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Head light first impressions and initial review -The LEDlenser H7R rechargeable LED headlamp

As it is starting to get a little darker with autumn approaching, I thought it would be a good time to review a head torch that I have been using for a little while.

The LEDlenser H7R Rechargeable Led Headlamp is a lightweight head torch that is ideal for running.  Its lightweight at around 175g and you cannot really feel it once it has been on for a while. 

It offers 200 lumens on standard power setting and up to 300 lumens in boost mode.  Battery life is quoted as being 6 hours on boost mode (300 Lumens), 14 hours in standard mode (200 lumens) and 60 hours in low mode (20 lumens).  It uses a rechargeable battery pack that can be charged with the provided cable, or can run off of standard AAA batteries.  This is an excellent option if you are planning on being out some time so you can out some spares in your backpack and know you can swap the batteries easily should you need to.

It has a couple of safety features that are the ability to turn on a red light at the back of it that can be on continuous or flashing which makes you easier to sport in the dark – ideal for turning on during your road run at night back from the trails.  It also has the ability to strobe the bright LED light at the front to attract attention if you get in to trouble.

The rear LED is incorporated into a wheel switch that allows you to adjust the brightness of the lamp.  It can also be adjusted to pre-set levels using the button on the top of the lamp.  It is also water resistant to IPX4 standard that is a great feature with our British winters!

The lamp can be focused by twisting the casing around it giving the light flood and spot options with anything else in-between.  It can also tilt forwards to allow you to direct the light to your feet for those difficult sections, or further in front of you for less demanding sections.

As I have already mentioned, I have been using this light for a few months now with some night runs and early morning runs and it has been a valued addition to my running gear.

You get used to the light very quickly and may start to think that the light is not that bright - turn it off for a few seconds and you will see just how dark it really is!  You have to be careful when you adjust the bream from flood to spot as it is easy to light up your hand when doing this which reflects this extremely bright light straight back at you and makes your eyes go a bit blind for a few seconds.

The light that it casts is very clean at full flood or full spot.  It gets a bit of a secondary halo ring when moving between the extremes, but you get used to it very quickly.

The only issues I have had when running with a torch have been during heavy rain when the light reflects the water and can make it a bit distracting and when it has started to get foggy as it can cause a bit of a whiteout, but I believe this would be the case for all head torches.

This is an excellent light without coming in too expensive and I would highly recommend it.  I will keep this review up to date throughout the winter to see how it performs.

Moe information can be found at

LEDLenser H7R
Rear LED & brightness adjuster

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Head light first impressions and initial review -The LEDlenser H7R rechargeable LED headlamp


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