Why use head torch for Backpacking Trip?

Being afraid of the dark seems to be one of human instincts. For us who are accustomed to city lighting, there is almost no light at night outdoors. When backpacking, camping, hiking, running and adventures or climbing, we often encounter situations where we need to act in the dark. An unfamiliar environment without any lighting equipment will make our stressed. Even the slightest sound, such as the sound of a small animal passing through the grass, can make us fearful and cranky.

Therefore, regardless of any outdoor activities, lighting equipment is undoubtedly a very indispensable outdoor equipment when entering the night or when the visibility is low. Head torch are one type of outdoor lighting equipment.

However, the purchase of headlamps has become a question that we need to consider for a long time. Especially because the price difference of head torch for backpacking trip is very wide, making it difficult to decide which one to buy, and what is the difference between the expensive one and the cheaper one? How to choose to meet your needs?

Why choose head torch lights?

For backpacking trip head torch are definitely one of the indispensable equipment, even we need to prepare the head torch lights in the backpack when we are going back and forth on the day.

When determining the backpacking trip itinerary, it is difficult for us to control the time. Sometimes, if we are delayed, we will go until the evening or encounter sudden changes in the weather. Especially in winter, the daytime is shorter, and it may be earlier in the mountains. When the sky darkens, headlighting when the line of sight is poor will increase a lot of sense of security, and can also have a higher ability to recognize the surrounding environment, and it will be safer to walk.


Then why do we use head torch in an adventures? Is the flashlight of a mobile phone irreplaceable?

Victoper does not recommend the use of flashlights, because in the process of traveling, it is impossible to determine whether you need to grab or take things in your hands. It may be trekking poles, or you may need to pull ropes in special terrain, etc. It is more convenient and safer to have two hands. And the flashlight of the mobile phone is not bright enough, it is better to save the electricity and use GPS positioning!

For the above reasons, as long as we go up the mountain, we basically have to go out with our head torch. Head torch lights can not only illuminate the darkness for us, ensure our personal safety, but also free our hands and make us more convenient outdoors.


The price range of head torch lights is quite wide, so how to choose a suitable head torch?

In fact, the difference in head torch lights mainly comes from the following points:

1. Waterproof

Waterproof has gradually become one of the indicators of the versatility of various electronic products, and the price difference of head torch with or without waterproof function is also quite large. Water resistance is a very important indicator for head torch, because when using head torch lights for backpacking, it may not necessarily be a good weather, but it may also be a condition of heavy rain. At night, when the vision is poor and it rains, if the head torch cannot be used, you will fall into despair.

2. Battery / rechargeable battery

In addition to the common AA and AAA batteries, some head torch use large-capacity rechargeable batteries that are used by mobile power sources such as 18650. In addition to increasing the time of use, it is relatively more environmentally friendly than ordinary batteries. And some headlamps are suitable for different types of batteries, such as special rechargeable batteries and general AA, AAA batteries for switching. This can also be used when the rechargeable battery is dead, immediately change to a normal battery and continue to use it, so you are not afraid of accidents that suddenly run out on the backpacking.

3. Brightness (lumens)

The simplest reference value for judging the brightness of the head torch light, we call it lumens. When choosing a head toch, the most important point of reference is definitely its brightness. So what is lumen? Lumens is a unit used internationally to express luminous flux. The higher the number, the brighter the head torchlight. It can be regarded as an indicator of the brightness of the head torch.

It is recommended to buy head torch with more than 200 lumens for backpacking.

A very important influence-a sense of security. In the backpacking at night, because it is very dark, people easily feel nervous and scared. At this time, the lumens are a little higher, you can see a larger range, and it will give you a sense of peace of mind. And when we are walking in the evening/before dawn, the leading member will recommend buying a head torch with a higher lumens, because there is a need to find a way, it is always more convenient to light it up.

4. Endurance/use time

Of course, the endurance/use time of the head torch is also a very important consideration.

In particular, head torch with different segments of high brightness and low brightness will have different use times. This is extremely important during long days of vertical travel. It is necessary to consider whether the use time of the head torch can meet the needs of the trip, and to have the corresponding ability to cope with the current situation.

5. Red light

The function of red light is mainly in the backpacking, when other people are resting, and you need to use the light, do not use white light as much as possible, because it is too dazzling to make others' eyes uncomfortable, even after your shooting The backpacking friends woke up in shock. Red light is less disturbing to the sleeping friends, and people who need some light to find things, or go to the toilet at night, etc., will be of considerable help.

6. Special design

In addition, there are some other design functions for your reference. We give some examples that we think are more special, because each product has some slight differences.

a. The most common is the design of multi-segment brightness and flashing lights. Even some relatively high-level headtorchhave red, green and blue small lights that can be switched; generally the flashing function is used as an emergency call Time signal to use.

b. Headtorchwith high lumens will require special heat dissipation design, resulting in a slightly heavier overall weight. This is because when the LED is at a high temperature, the light intensity will weaken very quickly, and the headlight may feel darker and darker under long-term use.

c. High waterproof headtorch, in addition to the rubber o-ring on the battery cover, some also use special magnetic charging, so that you can charge the battery without opening the cover to make the headlamp Has a higher strength of water resistance.

d. Focus ring design. Turn the focus ring when needed, and the irradiation distance will also increase a lot. This allows us to easily see the road conditions in the distance, without having to go a little closer to confirm.

7. Warranty

The warranty period not only represents the manufacturer's confidence in their products, but also has a sense of responsibility to consumers.


The above are some of the problems that we will pay special attention to when buying head torch for backpacking trip, camping, hiking, running and adventures.

Choose the most suitable head torch for different itineraries. Before buying head torch, if you are hesitant, you may wish to write down the performance of the head torch you want to buy according to our projects, and you will know which one is suitable for your needs by comparison!