Over the past number of months I have seen and heard much about this headlamp, now I get to try it out.
First impression - built to last.
While the TH10 is a bit heavier than what I am currently using (PTEC Byte), the difference is largely due to construction materials. The TH10 is built with aircraft grade aluminum while the Byte is plastic.
I can't imagine that any accidental dropping (even onto rock) is going to phase the TH10 in the least.
Another difference worth noting is the battery. The TH10 uses a single 18650 (there are other compatible options available). If you don't know what an 18650 battery is (I didn't until just recently) I would describe it as a cross between a C and AA.
This picture shows it next to the AAA I currently use in my PTEC. While researching battery life I didn't find any negative comments when it came to actual backpacking usage.
The 18650's I bought are rechargeable and came in a 2 pack.
The last thing I will mention...this sucker is bright!
There are 6 different modes (all with the push of the on/off button): Firefly 0.2 lumens, Low 11 lumens, Medium 172 lumens, High 490 lumens, Turbo 750 lumens and a SOS mode (blinking) at 750 lumens. (The lumens rating came directly from the ThruNite website.)
|ThruNite TH10||PTEC Byte||Difference|
|Weight||134g or 4.7oz||42g or 1.5oz||92g or 3.3oz|
|Battery(s)||1 - 18650||2 - AAA|
|Weight with battery||180g or 6.3oz||57g or 2.0oz||123g or 4.3oz|
If first impressions count for anything I think I am really going to like this product. Now to get it on the trail!
If you have the TH10 (or are thinking about getting it) I would love to hear what you think. Please leave a comment below.
I hope to see you on the trail,
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