Gadgets nextorch

Published on July 21st, 2013 | by Greg


Flashlights And Headlamps From Nextorch

There are lots of reasons to let a little more light into your life. Whether it’s for emergencies, or for outdoors use while hiking, biking, or camping, a battery-powered light source is a handy thing to have on many occasions. We’ve been testing out three different models, from Nextorch.

The Nextorch K3 is the most traditional of the set- an LED penlight, small, lightweight, and ultra-portable. The most important numbers when evaluating a light are the lumens and the battery life, and the figures on the K3 are pretty solid- 180 lumens with a run-time of 26 minutes, or 25 lumens for 38 hours. The build quality is good, with a matte textured body for easy gripping, and an easy-to-find button for control. There are four modes, and it remembers which you want. Powered by two AAA batteries, it’s an excellent option for anyone in need of a sleek, small light. Available for around $36.

The headlamps that we tested came in two different flavors- the Eco Star is a fairly basic version that comes in several colors, and is IPX-4 splashproof and very lightweight. We barely noticed that we had it on, and the strap adjusts quickly and is comfortable. There’s a cute glow-in-the-dark label so you can find it even when the lights are off. Two white LEDs and one red one mean you can setup flashing S.O.S. or warning indicators, and get plenty of attention when on a bike or motorcycle. A pair of AAA batteries last over 100 hours at the lowest brightness setting, and the max output is 30 lumens. We prefer the Princeton Tec Viz for biking, since the larger button is easier to use.

For those in need of something brighter and a bit more rugged, the heavier but much more powerful Viker Star is the most serious headlamp that we’ve tried. We liked the separate battery pack to hold three AA batteries, which balances weight nicely. The lamp can swivel in multiple directions, and the beam can extend to 120 meters away thanks to the 140 lumen output. The headband is reinforced and comfortable enough that we can imagine wearing it on a climb or hike, and it stays put when properly adjusted. It looks professional- black is the only color option- and the only awkward part of the extra cable going to the battery pack, which can get in the way sometimes. With a runtime of 120 hours at the lowest setting, the Viker Star will last through the longest journey, and costs only about $35 online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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