And then there was light! Wow, this thing is really bright! The makers of the One80 Light didn’t reinvent the headlamp, they figured out how to put a train light on your head. I received the One80 Light a few months ago and first tried it out in my bedroom with the lights out. I kid you not, it lit up my entire room as if I still had all the lights on. Impressive to say the least.
So what makes the One80 Light so different from other headlamps? It is insanely bright (360 lumens), lightweight (3.3 oz.) and has a 180º illumination field. That means when you turn this thing on it will light up everything you point it at, including your peripheral, eliminating the spot-light or tunnel vision effect you get from other headlamps with narrow beams. You no longer have to look at an item in order for it to be illuminated, since as long as it is in front of you, you will see it.
The first time I actually had to use the One80 Light was when I was putting up shutters for Hurricane Matthew. As most Floridians know, this can take a very long time, especially since I had to prep my apartment, my future mother in-law’s house, my office and my parent’s house. This took a few days and many working hours at night requiring a headlamp.
The minute we turned it on, both my fiance and I were impressed with how much we could see. So much so, that she didn’t use her headlamp at all since the One80 Light worked good enough to light the entire wall or window we were working on. Even when I would turn my head, the whole area would stay lit, unlike other headlamps which require you to basically look directly at whatever you want to see.
Another cool aspect of the One80 Lamp are the rechargeable batteries. Each battery lasts for 3 hours and will not slowly dim as the battery drains. You can keep it on for the whole 3 hours and you will have consistent bright lightening all the way until the battery dies and the light turns off. The batteries can be recharged from an outlet, computer or even a solar panel. I highly recommend buying a second battery so you don’t get stuck in the dark.
I think it is important to also point out how comfortable the One80 Light is. Other headlamps I have used in the past required me to wear them tight so they would not shift or fall off, which eventually gives me a headache. The One80 Light is easy to adjust and feels very secure on my head without needing to be worn tight. The weight distribution is executed well with the lights in front and the battery in the back; but to be honest, it is easy to forget it is even on your head since it only weighs 3.3 ounces.
Although I do love the One80 Light and don’t see myself needing another headlamp, I do see room for some improvement. First, the bright LEDs are great, but I would love the option to have a lower setting. Not all occasions require such bright lights, so a lower light or dimming feature would be nice. Second, it would be helpful if there was a red LED setting. Red LEDs are great to use when around other hikers and prevents you from blinding them when looking in their direction. Red LEDs are also good when reading maps at night, or when you do not want to shock your night vision (like turning on your bedroom light in the middle of the night). Lastly, Red LEDs use much less power, which could be useful if you are running low on battery while on the trial. I’m pretty sure the makers of One 80 Light are aware of these concerns and will be addressing them should they make a second version.
So how much does the One80 Light cost? I got mine with off KickStarter for $43.00 with two batteries and two charging cables. The One80 Lamp is currently available for $49.00 with one battery or $59.00 with two batteries. Don’t waste your money buying a cheap headlamp at your local hardware or camping store. This is a crucial piece of gear when hiking at night, camping or just doing work in the dark where you need both hands.
I highly recommend the One80 Light.
Weight: 3.3 oz. (w/ battery)
Battery Life: 1.75 – 2.0 hours
Throw Of The Light: About 50 feet
Weatherproof: The LED illumination band is waterproof. Battery pack is water resistant due to the connection point. It will handle just fine in rainy conditions.