One of the items we might need for this Fall’s Iceland trek is a light source for the off chance we’ll be up during the short dark hours. Getting a sample of the UCO Vapor+ Headlamp for review was a welcome test, as it seems perfect on paper.
The stitched neoprene strap is both adjustable and comfortable. It also feels like it won’t sag, an issue on some other headlamps I’ve used in the past.
Three Super Bright LED bulbs provide up to 300 lumens, with an easy to use Infinity Dial adjustment. I appreciate the red LED option, useful for when you want to protect your night vision. It’s unlikely we’ll see the Northern Lights at that time of year, but you never know.
One of the features I really like about this headlamp is the Hybrid Power Source. The Vapor + includes a removable Li-Ion rechargeable battery pack, but can also run off 3 AAA batteries (not included). So, after longer use, it can be used with standard batteries rather than having to wait for the battery pack to be recharged. Super useful.
The Vapor+ has IPX4 protection against water splashing against the enclosure from any direction, which means rain should be okay, but you don’t want to dunk this headlamp.
The claimed battery life is 1.4 hours on high. After making sure it was fully charged, I turned the headlamp on high and waited. The first test the light started flickering rapidly at 1:05, so I ended the test. I recharged the battery and once again, like clockwork, the light started flickering at 1:05. Turning the dial slightly removed the flicker, but I’ll expect about an hour per full charge on highest beam, rather than the 1.4 hours claimed.
The whole thing weighs 3.2/3.3 oz (claimed weight 3.7 oz. [104 g]) and folds down to about the size of a man’s fist, so it’s not taking up much space or adding much weight to your pack.
Comfortable fit, lightweight, not bulky, hybrid power, and good performance – the UCO Vapor+ Headlamp is a definite contender to make the gear list for the trek and definitely for long term use.
*Product provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.