Post by Sharon Faulkner on Jan 26, 2006 9:12:53 GMT -5
(A field report on the Pelican 2680 1 Watt Headlamp from Cave Tex.)
About a month ago I posted that I had bought a Pelican 2680 1 watt caving light and was impressed with its ruggedness, futuristic design, thick and strong head strap, and very bright beam. Well, now I've caved with it. I used it daily on a two week-long Mexico trip, and last weekend in a very wet cave, which included total immersion. So now I say, double wow! We've finally reached the future.
While in Mexico, and finding new pits and entrances, I found myself being called over to shine "that light" down pits and into entrances to see how they looked, in broad daylight. When I was the first over the edge of a drop I could look down up to 50 meters and see if the rope reached. I could have seen farther, but the walls curved out of sight.
They advertise that you get 33 hours of light with a set of 4 AAs. I believe it.
Now, this is a bright beam, like the old Wheat Lamp. If you prefer diffused light, like the old carbide light, this may not be the light for you. But for a bright beam that shines about 200 feet, this is great.