The Fenix HP25 Headlamp And Why I Chose It

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I consider this headlamp to be the best for my requirements. I’ve had the Fenix HP25 for several months and it is used daily. I would still buy it again today.

When I was looking for the best headlamp for my present needs, I decided to narrow down the search by listing criteria (since there are so many headlamps out there to pick from). Here’s what I was looking for, and why I chose this particular headlamp:

 
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FLOOD AND SPOT LIGHT

I have several older headlamps – all of which are spotlights. Most all headlamps are spotlights which deliver a beam of light in a fairly concentrated cone (like a typical flashlight and a fairly narrow focused beam). I wanted a headlamp with BOTH a flood and a spot beam.

A flood light will cover a wide area and provide good general vision at night, albeit fairly close up. This headlamp had to do both at the same time (or either one separately). Once you’ve worn a headlamp with flood and spot on at the same time, you’ll see what I mean. The best of both worlds.

 

Multiple Brightness Levels

This headlamp needed a variety of brightness (lumen) output levels and the spot and flood lights needed to have independently adjustable output levels. In other words, I might choose to have the flood light set to high while the spot light is set to medium..

 

Smart Switching

The headlamp brightness level switches needed to be smart such that they will remember the last brightness level setting that was used and power up the same way next time. This is convenient because most often I will enjoy one particular combination and I don’t want to have to switch through the brightness level combinations each time I turn on the headlamp.

 

Bright

I wanted a headlamp which had a very bright setting for each of the flood and spot lights. For this headlamp, the combined brightness level of the highest flood and spot happens to be 360 lumens – which is very effective and bright.

I also wanted a very low setting and good intermediate brightness levels too. VERY long battery life can be attained on low and medium levels.

 
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Batteries

AA batteries are the most common consumer batteries in the world. I also wanted AA (not AAA) for their increased capacity and longer life. The headlamp needs to be designed to operate with AA NiMH rechargeable batteries – since this is what I use in all my consumer devices.

 
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Quality and Reputation

You get what you pay for. A quality headlamp will just be better. It will last longer and presumably have a much better build quality. If a headlamp offers a good warranty, that’s a good sign that it’s built well. This particular headlamp has a limited lifetime warranty. Not bad…

 

My Use-Case Scenario

My most often use for this headlamp is while taking the dog out for nighttime potty. Since we live in an area with coyotes, and since my dog is a territorial little mini-Dachshund (who sometimes thinks he’s a German Shepard), if he’s not leashed (during a time when the coyotes might be near) then he would most certainly chase after one if he saw one (would not be good). In any event, having my hands free to hold the leash is a requirement.

Other uses could be anything imaginable, but I use this every night with the dog. The flood light illuminates the immediate area (so the dog can see too) and the spot will enable me to scan around by simply turning my head while looking for potential critters…

 
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15 Comments

  1. Fenix makes all sorts of great lights. I personaaly chose a Princeton Tec for my needs. Mine uses 2 cr123 cells. They last for 10 yrs and work quite well in very cold weather. BTW, i use Eneloops also in many of my electronics.

    Good practical review….would like to see more unbiased reviews from MSB! You are only one of 3 survival sites i have bookmarked.

  2. Thanks for this review. Ill have to get this because of the AA batteries. It seems like most of them use AAA which I try to stay away from.

      1. Another advantage of AA is that they can be used in adapter shells. An adapter shell is used to ‘convert’ from AA to C or D. You don’t get more power but you do get commonality. Amazon has them.

  3. Just noticed that the pictures with the Cabelas hat are inverted. The lettering is backwards. Just saying.

  4. LED Lenser, I have a couple of them and are great for outdoors. The only thing I’m missing at the moment is a red LED light….so my next purchase will be a LED Lenser with both white and red.

  5. I got a Fenix LD20 about 5 years ago and it is the best flashlight I have ever owned. I am going to get one of these HP 25’s for my car. Be good to have if changing a tire in the dark when you need two hands free to work.

  6. I got my headlamp for $5 at Harbor Freight, uses 3-AAA batteries, what the heck. I do prefer to stay with AA and have some Eneloops, but I keep them for special purposes. I’ve been acquiring Amazon’s basic brand batteries and they are very affordable. I have them in D & AA size. They review well, but I haven’t had them long enough to say.

    1. I have several HF (and other el cheapo) headlamps. They will never be even close to the one pictured, but I got mine for $4, so you can have them laying around all over. I’ve been wanting a good one like the one pictured. It’s nice to have a good one for your primary.

  7. Ideally a purchase covers as many needs as possible and I feel a red light is very important in various SHTF scenarios. You preserve your own night vision(as well as nearby friendlys) and while not drawing attention from others – 4 legged or 2.

    Fenix are my favorite lights but I hate to say Wally has a Coast HL44 210 lumens with separate button for red LED and (3) AAA’s included $19.97

    cheers
    Harv

  8. I have a Princeton Tec Remix which uses 3 AAAs. The default on position is low red, second click is high red, holding the button brings up low white and clicking a second time after that is high white. It’s lightweight and comfortable but it was kind of on the expensive side. In fact the only reason I got this one was after receiving a gift card for a store I never really shop at and this pretty much used up the whole card. :)

    Anyway, one big plus for headlamps of any kind, changing a flat tire! Try changing a flat with a regular old flashlight. Sure it can be done and has been done many many times, but a headlamp makes it so much easier with less swearing. :D

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