Among your fishing gear you will have such as rods, reels, tackle and all the additional stuff such as a good bait box, and your other fishing kit. But have you got a head torch? Now these are not exclusively fishing products. Some people use them while out running at night, and others for when they are working in the dark.
For the fisherman, a torch that does not require the use of hands is a major bonus. They are very cheap, very efficient and come in many different shapes, sizes and power levels. We took a look at some of the best on the market so you can see what they are all about, so let’s get down to business!
You might know energizer as a brand of batteries, and this is one of their other products. It’s a very neat little LED powered head torch that will be perfect for fishing. It puts out 315 lumens – that’s the measure of brightness – and will reach up to 85metres, and is powered by three AAA batteries. You get five light modes including a red night vision one, the light can be pivoted and is attached to an easy to adjust headband, and you can get six hours of continuous use. It also has a focus feature, and is very durable, and at the price is well worth looking at.
Key Features – LED, red night vision, 315 lumens, 85m range, focus
Where the above model is a simple one with some neat features, this one is a bit more specific in its usage. It offers a quite amazing 2000lumens, so is very bright, from its LED light. It comes with a fully adjustable headband that is designed for comfort. It has focus modes and uses rechargeable batteries – you can charge from a USB port – and is waterproof. There’s no red nightlight, but it does offer a strobe feature, and you get 6 to 8 hours from a single charge. It’s also not expensive for a decent piece of kit.
Key Features – LED, 2000lumens, no night light, focus, rechargeable, adjustable
This model is similar in appearance to the above one. It has a light source that is created by 21 LEDs, and they can be used in various formats, including bright, soft and blinking. There is no red night vision light. It is also switchable, depending on what you need, between the number of LEDs you have illuminated at a time, so you can save energy. It’s not rechargeable but can be put into energy saving mode to save the batteries, comes with a fully adjustable headband, and is very cheap indeed.
Key Features – 21 x LEDs, can be switched for energy saving, batteries not included
This is a very light design, weighing just 50g, so is extremely comfortable, and is powered by 3 x AAA batteries. It’s a basic model but does come with 4 modes including a red night vision light, and the headband is fully adjustable. There is no focus feature, which might put some buyers off, and it only provides 110lumens and a range of up to 80m. However, for adjusting tackle in the dark or any other jobs, this could be a great piece of your kit for just a few pounds.
Key Features – 4 modes, red night vision light, cheap, 110lumens, 80 metres, battery powered
Another simple model that comes with four lighting modes which includes a red night light and flashing options, and another that is powered by battery rather than being rechargeable. The usual adjustable headband is there, it is light at not much more than 70g, and it is easy to use with a one touch operation. You can switch between one, 8 or 21 LEDs, and it is fully waterproof. If you want a simple light at a great price, you can find this for just a few quid.
Key Features – 21 LEDs, selectable option, various brightness, red night mode, very cheap
This is another of the very simple models, yet one you might want to look at if you want a torch for just occasional use. It is powered by 3 x AAA batteries. It comes with 4 modes including a red night vision light, and the headband is fully adjustable. There is no focus feature, which might put some buyers off, and it only provides 150lumens and a range of up to 150m. However, for adjusting tackle in the dark or any other jobs, this could be a great piece of your kit for just a few pounds.
Key Features – basic model, 4 modes, cheap, 150 yds range
It’s suffice to say that most of you will be put off by the price of this model, as you can buy around five of the above for the price of one of these. Nevertheless, it’s very nice, with a bright LED light that can illuminate up to 80metres, is very light at just 85g, and is comfortable to wear and easy to use. It also features a red night light function, and is waterproof, but the other selling pint – an incorporated whistle – is not likely to appeal to anglers.
Key Features – 80 metre range, 85g, red light , whistle, expensive
That’s all of our headlamps listed, so which would we choose? Let’s have a look.
The only real advice we would give here is this: the last on the list is a nice model and is good quality, but at the price it is out on it’s own, and it does not offer anything special that would be useful for an angler. Therefore, we recommend you pick one of the cheaper models with the red light function, which may come in very useful at nights, and all of them are less than a tenner.