Headlights are theoretically practical. Instead of fumbling in the dark with a flashlight or your cell phone, you can strap on your head and walk with your dog, have a late-night barbecue, or move around freehand at your campsite.
But in reality, the awkward design – with a bulky light that drills into the skin and slides down the forehead – makes up most of the appeal of the product. Fortunately, it does not have to be like the people of BioLite demonstrated with their newly invented headlights.
The BioLite HeadLamp 330, which debuted on Kickstarter in 2018 and is now available on Amazon, promises to make you forget you even wear it. Inspired by modern wearables, BioLite has reworked various elements of the chunky, traditional design to make it as comfortable as it is functional.
The ultra-thin light lies flat against the skull so you will not leave any painful marks on the middle of your forehead as you remove it. The band itself is made of a moisture-wicking fabric that feels good on the skin when you sweat. Unlike traditional headlamps, BioLite's design redistributes the power source to the back of the head to balance the weight and prevent slippage problems.
As with other BioLite products, technology is an integral part of the design. The 330 lumen lamp emits up to 250 meters ahead. There are also variable light settings: You can choose either a white dot or a floodlight, both with dimming options or a flash function. There is also a red floodlight. It can run for three and a half hours at maximum brightness or 40 hours at minimum brightness, and when it needs charging, you can easily connect it to a micro USB source such as a solar panel or power bank.
Get your own BioLite headlights for $ 49 on Amazon. It is available in the colors red, ocean blue, sunrise yellow or midnight gray.