Head torch battery life

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Sep 2012
10:59pm, 16 Sep 2012
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ChrisHB
What can I expect from 3*AAA batteries? Or does everyone who uses a torch run with spare batteries?
Sep 2012
11:05pm, 16 Sep 2012
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rf_fozzy
I've use both my Petzl and my Alpkit for several hours. Including for orienteering, where it's far more important to have a decent headtorch!
Sep 2012
11:08pm, 16 Sep 2012
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rf_fozzy
I don't usually take spare batteries with me either, unless I'm going out on the fells for an unspecified period of time or I'm not sure whether or not I've recharged the batteries.
Sep 2012
11:09pm, 16 Sep 2012
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Discovery Dave
Alpkit. Batteries last forever, pretty much.
Sep 2012
11:13pm, 16 Sep 2012
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Red Squirrel
I run with spare batteries for my Petzl as when it starts to run out, it happens suddenly. (I've also got an Alpkit but don't like it.)
Sep 2012
11:16pm, 16 Sep 2012
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ChrisHB
Thank you all. I'll see if I get on with wearing the thing at all, and if it's really good I'll dig out some rechargeable batteries.
Sep 2012
11:18pm, 16 Sep 2012
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Red Squirrel
I find they're easier to wear over a headband, but then I've got a fringe.
Sep 2012
12:05am, 17 Sep 2012
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DeeGee
I ran with my Alpkit through the winter, 30 minutes commute twice a week. Only put new batteries in for Thunder Run. They weren't dead, but better safe than sorry...
Sep 2012
12:28am, 17 Sep 2012
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flip
problem with the alp kit is changing the batteries -very fiddly in my book. so what happens in the dark he the batteries die? I love the petzl rxp and battery change is the easiest I've ever known . that said I picked up a tiny lcd wind up torch in chamonIx which is bloody marvelous and great if things go tits up .(what if you fall and knack the head torch ) . funny enough think I saw a similar one in poundland recently.
Sep 2012
6:02am, 17 Sep 2012
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southcoastclaret
It depends very much on which headtorch you have got. Usually they state the expected battery life on the packaging - check the internet if you have chucked it away.
Presumably it is an LED one, so battery life should be really quite a large number of hours. I'm sure I've read somewhere something about not using certain types of batteries with the very bright cree bulbs. I know my LED Lenser H7 specifically advertises "Versatile - can be used with rechargeable batteries", presumably meaning some others can't/shouldn't.

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