Re: REPOST: Owner Review: Princeton Tec QUAD - William Rice
- Hi William
I have your OR for editing, but we would like you to put the complete HTML
in the Test/OR folder at the same time, and to include the URL to it when
you post the plain-text source here.
So, could you please do this and I will then be able to proceed with the
- Took me awhile to figure out you cant do pics in the HTML...bu alas
my brain turned on and I got it.
Princeton Tech Quad (Headlamp)
Name: William "Dalen" Rice
Height: 5' 9" (175.26 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Email address: tdnarrator@...
City, State, Country: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Backpacking Background: I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I
first went to summer camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a
college tripping organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear
preparation), and then as a leader. My most frequented hiking
locations are in the Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains
during the cold early spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip
leader in 2004, and now I average about 2 backpacking trips and 2 day
hikes per year. I carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on
Manufacturer: Princeton Tech
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Listed weight with batteries: 3.386 Ounces (96 Grams)
Measured weight with batteries: 3.53 Ounces (100 Grams)
Listed Dimensions: 2.4"x6.2"x1.9" (6.1x15.7x4.86 mm) plus an elastic
Measured Dimensions: 2.0"x2.0"x3.5" (5.08x5.08x8.89 cm) packed with
Battery Type: AAA (Duracell Alkaline included) x3
MSRP $30.00-39.99 (not listed at manufacturer's website)
Power: 21 Lumens
Bulb Burn Time (Bulb Life): not listed
Battery Burn Time (Battery Life): 150 hours (Flash), 50 hours (High),
70 hours (Medium), 150 hours (Low)
Illumination distance: 12m, 18m, 28m (39.4 ft, 59 ft, 91.8 ft)
The Quad comes in a plastic hanging molded pack full assembled. It
includes the batteries but you have to put them in. A 1" thick
elastic band comes with the headlamp and is already attached. Spare
bulbs were not included.
Note: I struggled for sometime to try and find out how to change the
LEDs. The website had no "Owners Manual" type information, so I was
even more frustrated because I don't remember it coming with a
manual. So, I finally gave up and emailed P-Tech. They responded
within 3 days and told me that the bulbs are not replaceable, but if
they ever fail, I can call them and they will replace the entire
unit. Altogether a really annoying ordeal, but with a great answer
in the end.
The case for the light is hard plastic, black in color, with a clear
front window to the light itself. This front window protects the
LEDs from damage. The switch is a rubber button on top of the light,
yellow in color. The band is elastic (1"/2.53 cm wide) and soft.
The band is attached to the light with a notched hinge, that allows 6
choices for light angle ranging from straight out to almost straight
The Light operates by pressing the rubberized button located on top
of the lamp. Pressing once will turn it on in the highest mode, and
subsequent presses will cycle it through the other modes (medium,
low, flash, then off). A pause of more than a few seconds in between
presses will stop this cycling mode option and the next press will
turn the light off. Changing the batteries involves turning a screw
using either a coin or the plastic piece on the strap adjustment.
The strap adjustment is a typical slide buckle with a double back.
There is also a red LED on the front of the light that indicates
battery life. As the battery wear down, the light itself will
sometimes give a 3 flash set in the middle of use, but does not do
this more than once every half hour.
I have used the Quad on a few overnight trips. It has worked great
for me fiddling around camp. For me, the light output, even in the
low setting, has been mostly adequate. On low, the light creates a
42" (1.068 m) circle at 16" (0.41 m) distance from the ground. It
does illuminate outside this circle, but trails off rapidly. This
has made it easy for me to cook with and to look for things in my
tent. I have actually rarely needed to use more than the low setting
due to the brightness. I have put it on high for midnight bathroom
breaks while trekking away from a campsite and finding my way back.
As the batteries wear out, the brightness differences seem to fade,
but light output is still substantial. I have left it out on a
picnic table overnight, and morning dew didn't affect its
performance. It has also been completely submersed in water while
being cleaned, and the circuitry was not compromised. I have dropped
it on packed gravel/sand type ground from about waste height several
times without any permanent damage. I have also stepped on it in the
dark in tennis shoes and had it not crush or get damaged. At times I
have even forgotten that the light is on my head because it is so
light and comfortable. The trips it has gone on me with did not have
any rain or snow or other bad weather. (just 50 F degree nights and
80 F degree days, 10 C to 26.6 C). Other than outdoors, I use it in
my room to read by at night. Again, I use it at low, because the
light output is so good and consistent (thanks to the regulated
The Quad has been a really rugged, lightweight light for my
backpacking and indoor, hands-free usages. Since I don't use much
light, the low mode has provided me with really really long life for
the first set of batteries. It is also extremely comfortable and I
don't get bothered with having an accessory on my head as I have with
Things I like:
Things I don't like:
1. Not able to replace LEDs.
- Hi Will
> Took me awhile to figure out you cant do pics in the HTML...bu alas???
> my brain turned on and I got it.
Not sure what you mean here, but you can certainly include pics in the
You will have to include at least one in your second OR and in all Test
Reports, and we very strongly encourage you to do so in your first OR if at
all possible. If you are having problems with how to do this, let me know
and maybe I can help. There are a few known 'standard problems'.
- I used outlook express to make my html document, but it didnt let me
copy and paste my picture from my .doc file. i did upload a picture
to the folder, but I dont know how to get it into the actual file.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Roger Caffin"
> Hi Will
> > Took me awhile to figure out you cant do pics in the HTML...bu
> > my brain turned on and I got it.the
> Not sure what you mean here, but you can certainly include pics in
> You will have to include at least one in your second OR and in all
> Reports, and we very strongly encourage you to do so in your firstOR if at
> all possible. If you are having problems with how to do this, letme know
> and maybe I can help. There are a few known 'standard problems'.
> Roger Caffin
> BGT Editor
- What does "taken off-line" mean?
Do I need to do something? Is this code for something? Am I being
laid off? so scared...and all I wanted to do was test gear.
- Just means he will email you. Offline just means off list and between
the two people.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "dalenmoney" <tdnarrator@...>
> What does "taken off-line" mean?
> Do I need to do something? Is this code for something? Am I being
> laid off? so scared...and all I wanted to do was test gear.