When you start shopping you would be surprised at how cheap you could find a headlamp, starting for as low as 8 dollar to 20 dollars. You might get intrigued by the price; however it is not always the best option to go for the cheapest product in the shelf.
Remember that it’s not always worth to buy something extremely cheap as this would mean you are compromising on longevity, performance and overall build quality of the headlamp. Such products break easily and often times require to be replaced multiple times. So if you are searching for the best camping headlamps, avoid the cheapest options.
These super cheap lamps are usually purchased from China by big retailers for a fraction of the cost and than sold in the U.S marketplace under a different brand name at a much higher price. So other than the reasons stated above, here are some more reasons to stay clear from these cheaper models.
Big Size, Less Light
You may decide to pick one of these up simply be looking at the advertisement or the box and thinking ‘the bigger the better’. This is not the case when it comes to headlamps as the size does not determine the actual output. Infact, the bigger they are, the more difficult it would be to wear them for an extended period of time.
Since there isn’t a lot of effort and R&D put into them, their energy consumption efficiency is almost nonexistent. This could really put you in harms way when you are in the wilderness and running low on supplies.
Overall Durability And Build Quality
We’ve all heard it a million times, ‘You get what you pay for!”, and it cannot be more true when it comes to these cheap headlamps. The overall quality of the product and the look and feel is not impressive and therefore does not last long when getting bumped around in the wilderness.