Don’t Be In The Dark, Use a Headlamp

April 24, 2013

I’ve written posts before talking about various flashlights to use when digging around in your computer. The problem is that you’ve either got to hold the flashlight or prop it up somewhere so it is pointing on the area of interest. Why not get a headlamp instead as it will be pointed in the same direction that you’re looking.

Petzl HeadlampThe main function of these headlamps is for being outdoors. I used one quite often when I was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. With no electricity for miles, having a headlamp was an important accessory for getting around during the night.

Yet I find my headlamp is every bit as useful when my head is looking under a desk or around a corner and trying to fix something. In the world of headlamps, one of the top brands is Petzl. One of the good, inexpensive, options is the Petzl E91 Tikkina 2 Headlamp (shown above left). It is currently selling (as I write this) for under $19 at Amazon and comes in a variety of colors. It may not be as bright as other headlamps or provide light at as much of a distance, but it is just find for digging around in a computer.

For those who want to really see the light, look at the Petzl E93 Tikka 2 Headlamp. It sells for around $10 more but gives you 40 lumens of light compared to 23 lumens for the E91 model. Why the difference? The lower-powered light has two LEDS and the higher-powered light has four LEDs. Each of the headlamps also has different modes depending on how you are going to use it. I have the latter model and find myself using it quite often. Whether you plan on spending time outdoors at night or digging in your computer, having a headlamp available will make things much easier!

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