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Lights Chargers and Batteries

These lights vary from the classic 'backup on the side of the helmet' to very high end products. Our main ranges come from Fenix and Petzl, both of which are reputable companies which produce reasonably robust products. We have tried to indicate broads spectrums of appropriate use as worked out by our own experience and customer feedback. There's only one light on here that we haven't tried out yet - the Duo S - it only turned up on St David's Day!

Petz Duo Z2 
£186.00

Petz Duo Z2

The very upgraded Duo; bright, runs off widely available AA batteries, lightweight, and quite affordable. The full specification is pretty extensive, but the edited highlights are: four mixed settings, from low flood to distance vision; extra ‘boost’ setting of 430 lumens; maximum duration (on low flood) of over twenty two hours; waterproof to standard IPX7 (one metre for half an hour in fresh water); uses four AA alkaline batteries (ATEX use) but for caving use other rechargeable AA cells may be used; weight is 360g. The package consists of the Duo Z2 lamp; head strap for head torch use; plates to allow the torch to be fixed directly to a Petzl Vertex or Alveo helmet. NB to fix it to a different helmet, that helmet needs to be the Boreo Cave, or you need to buy the adhesive Pro Adapt plates separately, or else you can just use the headstraps to helmet mount it (not a long-term measure, we think). The unit is light and reasonably balanced, and is operated via a good-sized but low...
Petzl Duo S 
£351.00

Petzl Duo S

The very upgraded Duo; bright, rechargeable, and quite light. The full specification is pretty extensive, but the edited highlights are: five mixed settings, from low flood to distance vision; extra ‘boost’ setting of 1100 lumens; maximum duration (on low flood) of over twenty two hours; waterproof to standard IPX7 (one metre for half an hour in fresh water); uses the ACCU 2 Lithium Ion rechargeable cell; weight is 370g; The package consists of the Duo S lamp, plus a battery; charger with UK fitting; head strap for head torch use; plates to allow the torch to be fixed directly to a Petzl Vertex or Alveo helmet. NB to fix it to a different helmet, that helmet needs to be the Boreo Cave, or you need to buy the adhesive Pro Adapt plates separately, or else you can just use the headstraps to helmet mount it (not a long-term measure, we think). The unit is light and reasonably balanced, and is operated via a good-sized but low profile switch. The latest tech-wizard feature is...
Petzl Pro Adapt 
£30.00

Petzl Pro Adapt

Two adhesive plates that allow the Duo S or Duo Z2 to be fitted robustly to any Petzl helmet. As it says in the blurb “for other helmets, verify compatibility with the helmet manufacturer”. As with all the latest mounting plates, it is moisture and impact resistant, and allows the headlamp to be tilted in use. From our point of view a benefit of this system is that it allows a new Duo to be fitted to the new Petzl Boreo helmet in another colour than white!
Fenix E12 with Battery (130 lumens) 
£27.60

Fenix E12 with Battery (130 lumens)

Fenix E12 LED torch, comes with one AA battery. We would place this as a rugged and affordable backup light. With three settings, this seems to be a nice balance between size, performance and price. The settings are: 130 lumens for 1 1/2 hours; 50 lumens for 6 1/2 hours; and 8 lumens for 40 hours. The last would at least allow for a lot of time at an underground camp, or changing batteries on main lamps! Weight is 29g without the battery, it is 9cm long and under 2cm wide; so it really should not be very noticeable on the side of the helmet. It is also waterproof to 2m depth, is made of alloy for abrasion resistance, and uses a Cree EP - X2 LED for those to whom this detail means something.
Fenix E35 (1000 lumens) 
£48.90

Fenix E35 (1000 lumens)

Fenix E35 LED torch, takes one Lithium 18650 battery, or two Lithium CR123 batteries. Up to 1000 lumens output in 'burst' mode. Of our range of Fenix products this is the one we see as an aven-scoping tool, or as a full backup for multi-day expeditionary caving if the caver is happy with a helmet side-mount. Conveniently it takes the same battery as the HL55. It is pretty compact. With four settings, and a brighter 'burst' setting, this seems to be a nice balance between size and performance at a good price for those who value lightness and brightness above long duration or multiple beam settings - ideal for digging and prospecting. The brightness / duration levels are: 450 lumens for 4 hours; 150 lumens for 11.5 hours; 50 lumens for 42 hours; and 8 lumens for 150 hours. Burst light gives around 1000 lumens. The E35 uses a dual switch system, which is simple and durable. It has a regulated output and polarity protection. It also has a strobe feature. Weight is 75g without the battery,...
Fenix HL50 (365 lumens) 
£48.00

Fenix HL50 (365 lumens)

Fenix HL50 LED headtorch, takes one Lithium CR123 battery, or a AA for emergency use. Up to 365 lumen output on the CR123. We think this is a suitable spare torch but not really a primary caving light as it does not give high performance on a rechargeable battery. With three settings, and a brighter 'burst' setting, this seems to be a nice balance between size and performance at a sensible price for a high-end product. The special thing about the HL50 is that it can take a AA battery (cheap and easy to find, slightly lower performance although still good), or a CR123 battery (available from big supermarkets, dearer, high performance) The settings for the AA are: 150 lumens for 2 hours; 55 lumens for 6+ hours; and 3 lumens for 110 hours. Burst light 285 lumens. The settings for the CR123 Lithium are: 170 lumens for 3 hours; 60 lumens for 9 1/2 hours; and 4 lumens for 150 hours. Burst light 365 lumens. Press button operation, the 'burst' setting is a long-press feature i.e. it turns off...
CR123 Lithium Ion battery (fits HL50) 
£2.40

CR123 Lithium Ion battery (fits HL50)

Provided by Fenix, these are the most efficient batteries to use in the HL50. They are not rechargeable! These are prime cells for optimal performance, as recommended by Fenix for use in the HL50. This battery cannot be posted unconnected to a device, but can be collected in person or sent when connected to a torch. NB When we post batteries with a torch, the packaging will (of course) need to be opened!
Fenix HL55 (900 lumens) 
£55.20

Fenix HL55 (900 lumens)

Fenix HL55 LED headtorch, takes one Lithium 18650 battery, or two Lithium CR123 batteries. Up to 900 lumens output in 'burst' mode. Of our range of Fenix products this is the one we see as a primary caving light, or as a full backup for multi-day expeditionary caving. With four settings, and a brighter 'burst' setting, this seems to be a nice balance between size and performance at a good price for those who value lightness and brightness above long duration or multiple beam settings - ideal for digging and prospecting. The brightness / duration levels are: 420 lumens for 3.75 hours; 165 lumens for 10 hours; 55 lumens for 30 hours; and 10 lumens for 150 hours. Burst light gives around 900 lumens. Using press button operation, the 'burst' setting is a long-press feature i.e. it turns off when you let go of the switch. The torch fits neatly on the elasticated headband (will fit around a neck, and on a helmet at a stretch). It has a regulated output and polarity protection. Weight is...
ARB-L2- 3500: 18650 battery (fits E35 and HL55) 
£18.60

ARB-L2- 3500: 18650 battery (fits E35 and HL55)

A circuit protected, 3500ah rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. An 18650 provided by Fenix, and suitable for maximising performance in torches such as the HL55 and the SD10 dive torch. This battery cannot be posted unconnected to a device, but can be collected in person or otherwise despatched with the appropriate connections e.g. torch and charger. NB When we post batteries with a torch, the packaging will (of course) need to be opened!
Fenix ARE - X1 Charger for 18650 Battery 
£10.20

Fenix ARE - X1 Charger for 18650 Battery

A single bay charger for the Lithium Ion 18650 battery. It has an USB Port which should facilitate mains and car charging. The ARE-X1 has over-voltage; over-current; short circuit and reverse polarity protection. Weight 42g.



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