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.

                                       Fenix HP25R: we measured the maximum beam distance as 157 meters and the ANSI battery run time for the high setting as 1.8 hours.
                                       Coast HL7: we measured the maximum beam distance as 131 meters and the ANSI battery run time for the high setting as 3.4 hours.

Side-by-Side Comparison


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Fenix HP25R Rechargable
Fenix HP25R
Winner of our Editors' Choice award  the Coast HL7 impressed us with a combination of high-power beam  great close-proximity lighting  relatively light weight  and low-price.
Coast HL7
Awards  Top Pick Award  Editors' Choice Award 
Price $77.57 at Amazon$29.49 at Amazon
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Pros BrightIncredible brightness and beam control, great value
Cons Heavy with limited battery life at max powerShort battery life
Bottom Line This lamp is super bright, and if a powerful beam is your main focus, this might be the choice for you.This model won't break the bank and you'll get a strong beam that can be easily adjusted, despite a shorter battery life.
Weighted Metrics Fenix HP25R Coast HL7
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 Fenix HP25R Coast HL7
Measured Max Beam Distance 157 m 131 m
Claimed Distance 153 m 152 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 1.8 hrs 3.4 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 4 hrs 3.8 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 206 hrs 80 hrs
Weight 282 g, 9.9 oz 128 g, 4.5 oz
Battery Type 4 AA 3 AAA
Water Resistance IPX 6 (Resists powerful jets) Water-resistant
Manuf Claimed Lumens 180 lumens 196 lumens
Beam Type Flood/Spot Flood
Red Light no no
On/Off Switch Lock Yes No