I’m a bit of a headlamp geek – I have 5 headlamps for my 1 head – and so when Dewalt announced their new Jobsite Tough model, I listened closely.
The new model, DWHT70440, looks a bit bulky, but not oppressively so. Its LED delivers 104-lumens on high and 25-lumens at low brightness settings. It also features an adjustable lens angle and easy-toggle controls. The case is 2-meter impact resistant, water resistant, and a shatter-resistant lens and slip-resistant strap complete the package.
Dewalt offered very specific runtime specs for a fresh set of 3xAAA batteries – 6-hrs 23-mins on high brightness, and 29-hrs 48-mins on low. Retail specs are given as up to 6 hrs on high setting and up to 29 hrs on low.
I dont need a giant logo wrapped around my head….I’m not a nascar driver.
Dewalt’s gimmicky logo centric marketing is getting old. It’s messing up their brand credibility by making some (I mean all) of their accessories look like cheap toys.
Don’t care about the light output, don’t care about how comfy the head band is, I would never put this around my head.
Great point. A lot of headlamp makers have a logo or two on their headbands, but this is a bit extreme. A black band with Dewalt letter on each side might have been enough.
A lot of the time I work on solo projects so the branding wouldn’t bother me. But in a public setting or team-effort project?
The first thing I do when I purchase a new camera is get rid of the giant branded neckstrap and replace it with one of my own or a new 3rd party strap. But for something like this? It probably wouldn’t be cost effective to source a non-branded or 3rd party replacement.
3x AAA is about the worst power source for a headlamp. You get almost the same amount of stored power in a single AA. About the only reason to go 3xAAA is the electronics involved are a lot easier since you don’t have to boost voltage – which in this day in age is an extremely stupid reason.
Look at the zebra headlamps – they are quite a bit more expensive, at $60 or $70 but mine has proved more than “jobsite tough” – and everyone whom I’ve ever let borrow it was impressed by the nice even flood provided by such a small light.
For construction use – you want something that provides a nice even light – not a focused 6 inch spot of light – this dewalt light seems to have a pretty aggressive reflector which would make it useless for up-close work.
3AAA is not unusual for headlamps.
I have a Zebra, and it is a very nice light but it’s priced 3x higher. It’s also a bit dainty. Not that that’s a bad thing. I find myself switching back and forth between my Zebra and Petzl Pixa.
Nice to see another flashaholic around here.
The Zebralights are great since you have the option to pop it off the headband and use it as a (right angled) flashlight. You could also clip it to a shirt pocket, etc.
I want one that has a rubberized band or something similar to mount to a hardhat. Clipping onto the bill or rim would be even better. I think it would be awesome for Milwaukee to have a usb powered one that would plug into the newest version of the heated jacket. It could be run off the M12 power port the rest of the time (or the M4 line if that ever happens).
Petzl Pixa fits the bill. A rubber strap with mounting point is separate, though.
If Milwaukee is indeed working on an M4 system as we believe, there will definitely be some sort of flashlight design. It’ll be nice if there’s a headlamp as well. Let’s just hope that if there is they don’t go overboard with strap branding. =)