Beam Comparison - Headlamp


Battery Life vs. Beam Distance - the above graph shows how beam distance at the brightest setting degrades as battery life runs down. We use the ANSI FL-1 battery run-time spec, which says run-time for the high mode is finished when brightness degrades 90% from its initial value. The ANSI standard is more stringent than what headlamp manufacturers use. They consider high mode run-time still OK so long as there's enough battery to produce light as bright as a candle placed 2 meters away (0.25 lux). We think the manufacturer's approach is deceptive and misleads consumers to believe the high output mode produces a long-distance beam much longer than it actually does.

                                       Black Diamond Icon: we measured the maximum beam distance as 82 meters and the ANSI battery run time for the high setting as 9.4 hours.
                                       Black Diamond ReVolt: we measured the maximum beam distance as 56 meters and the ANSI battery run time for the high setting as 10.6 hours.

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Black Diamond ReVolt
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Awards    Editors' Choice Award 
Price $74.96 at Backcountry
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Pros Bright, wide spotlight, clear/smooth optics, long battery life, robust designRechargeable, good spot light capability, above average in almost every category, works with regular AAA too
Cons Heavy, bulky, and expensiveMedium length distance beam
Bottom Line Very bright with a wide beam, this model is bulky and heavy with an even heavier price tag.Our Editors' Choice winner, this model is rechargeable and a high-performer across the board.
Weighted Metrics Black Diamond Icon Black Diamond ReVolt
Trail Finding - 20%
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Close Proximity - 15%
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Battery Life - 15%
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Brightness - 25%
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Weight - 15%
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Ease Of Use - 10%
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Product Specs Black Diamond Icon Black Diamond ReVolt
Measured Max Beam Distance 82 m 56 m
Claimed Distance 100 m 70 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 9.4 hrs 10.6 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 75 hrs 80 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 175 hrs 190 hrs
Weight 232 g, 8.2 oz 104 g, 3.7 oz
Battery Type 4 AA 3 AAA, rechargeable or non
Water Resistance IPX 7 (waterproof to 1m) IPX 4 (splash proof)
Manuf Claimed Lumens 320 lumens 130 lumens
Beam Type Flood/Spot Flood/Spot
Red Light Yes Yes
On/Off Switch Lock Yes Yes