Owner Review-Princeton Tec Aurora LED Headlamp
- Princeton Tec Aurora LED Headlamp
Name: Ken Bigelow
Height: 5� 8� (1.7 m)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Email address: krb84108@...
City, State, Country: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Date: July 18, 2004
Backpacking Background: I was first dragged on a
backpacking trip to Yellowstone seven years ago and
have been the maniac planning the trips ever since.
My adventures usually vary in length from a weekend to
two weeks. I am currently in the process of
�converting� to the ultralight approach, but still
have like to pack along a few luxuries, such as a
tent. In the spring and fall I usually end up in
canyon country and in the summer I retreat to the
mountains and their unpredictable ambiance. I
typically see I wide variety of climates ranging from
10 F (-12 C) with snow to 90 F (32 C) and sunny with
just about everything in between.
Manufacturer: Princeton Tec
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Listed Weight: 2.8 oz (79 g) w/ batteries
Weight as Delivered: 2.8 oz (79 g)
Power: 3 AAA alkaline batteries (I used Energizer e2
Size: 2 �� X 1 � X 1� (5.7 cm X 4.4 cm X 2.5 cm)
mounted on a 1� (2.5 cm) wide
MSRP: $30 US
� 5 different light settings: low, medium, high, slow
strobe and fast strobe
� Burn times from 50-160 hours
� 3 bright white LED bulbs
� Lifetime warranty
� Adjustable headband
I have used this headlamp on every backpacking trip I
have taken for the last year and a half. My
destinations have included Arches National Park,
Canyonlands National Park, High Unitas Wilderness,
Yellowstone National Park, and Fishlake National
I purchased the Princeton Tec Aurora headlamp after
consulting a sales clerk about finding a lightweight
lamp that emitted adequate light for hiking late in
the evening. The following weekend, when my group
left the trailhead significantly later than I had
initially intended, I discovered the light provided by
the apparatus is sufficient to hike by at night. The
three white LED lights gave me a wider illumination of
the trail as opposed to a regular flashlight and other
headlamps I�ve previously used. Terrain can be the
biggest obstacle when hiking in the dark, but the 5
different light settings provided the best way to
compensate. While hiking on flat open ground, the low
mode provided all the light I required to navigate.
Medium helped offset the darkness when I was wandering
through dense vegetation and when the rain started. I
only had the lamp on high once and that was for extra
security when I was scrambling over slickrock in
Canyonlands. The light emitted from the headlamp does
have a slightly bluish hue to it, but it was not
enough to bother me.
The Aurora is the perfect light source for evening
camp activities too. Tilting the lamp downward (which
can be done up to 180 degrees) helped make cooking,
tent pitching and food hanging simple in the
starlight. I could pound in the tent stakes, observe
the cooking food and pull up the stuff sack using
peripheral vision (which comes in handy when there are
plenty obstacles to trip on, knock over and become
tangled on). In camp I never took the setting off low
and it felt perfectly comfortable on my head even
after wearing it for several consecutive hours (both
on the trail and in camp). Reading and card playing
is where the Aurora really earns its money. After
reading by a LED light, I doubt I�ll ever try any
other source. My friend�s wife agreed and it took me
most of the trip to retrieve the headlamp from her
after she borrowed it (I had the same problem when I
lent it to my brother to help him fix his truck). I
never had to use either of the two strobe modes (fast
and slow) for navigation, but they were nice for
annoying other member of my party and creating a dance
club effect when it�s pitch black.
I never have submerged the headlamp in water, but it
proved to be waterproof after a day and a half of
heavy rainstorms in the Rocky Mountains. I will say
that changing the batteries was not as simple as
unscrewing one end. While reading in Fishlake
National Forest, the batteries (after 13 trips into
the backcountry) finally gave up the ghost. I used a
flat blade (but could have used a quarter or other
thin object) to remove the casing in order to replace
them. While this may not sound too difficult,
remember I had to locate and use such an item in the
dark. It is easier said than done.
The Princeton Tec Aurora is the headlamp I wonder how
I ever got along without. It has allowed me to hike
and set up camp at night plus provided me with enough
light for almost every entertaining camp activity.
� 5 different lighting modes
� Batteries are difficult to change
� Light emitted from headlamp has a blue tint to it
� If you lend it to someone they will not return it
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- Hi Ken,
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- Hi Ken,
Nice job on this review. Please make the changes I've noted in my
edits. Also, take a look at the comments/questions/suggestions I've
made. If you can provide any of that information you'd take this
review up a notch.
Once you've made the appropriate changes and additions, please repost
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Thanks again for this review,
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, K Bigelow <krb84108@y...> wrote:
> Princeton Tec Aurora LED Headlamp
### Please add "Owner Review" to the title
> Date: July 18, 2004
### Please change this to the date you repost it to the group
> Yellowstone National Park, and Fishlake National
### While you're at it a brief comment about elevation &
trail/campsite type (e.g. overgrown brush, finished & graded, etc)
would be a useful addition here.
> initially intended, I discovered the light provided by
> the apparatus is sufficient to hike by at night. The
### On what kind of trail?
> three white LED lights gave me a wider illumination of
> the trail as opposed to a regular flashlight and other
> headlamps I've previously used. Terrain can be the
### Any quantifiable #s here -- like 10' wide 30' in front?
> and it felt perfectly comfortable on my head even
> after wearing it for several consecutive hours (both
### What's the headband made of? How's it adjust? Does it work over a
hat or just directly on your head?
> annoying other member of my party and creating a dance
> remember I had to locate and use such an item in the
> dark. It is easier said than done.
### Is there any indication it's going dead so you can replace the
batteries pre-emptively in the daylight following a night when you
notice it dimming or does it just go dark on you? How easy is it to do
in the light?
> If you lend it to someone they will not return it
### "If it's lent to someone"