Best Camping Headlamp in 2019? | Headlamps101

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Many people are wondering the same as you,

“Which Headlamp is Best for Camping in 2019?”

[Last updated: 5 June 2019]

I say 2019 because you want the latest tech, not the early blockhead Black Diamond headlamps that were popular up until 2008, but Black Diamond didn’t know that yet so they kept making them for the next eight years.

See what I mean? Is that the ugliest headlamp ever (above)? Back in 2005, it must’ve been pretty futuristic. Today? It’s one of the least appealing and least functional.

For camping, you can use just about any headlamp which has a long burn time, and be fairly happy. I’m going to suggest a 2017-2019 headlamp you can use not only for camping, but for many other activities, since, if you camp you probably also do some hiking, biking, running, or even looking for wildlife at night like I do.

First off, you’re probably after something Under $50. Personally, I like the higher-dollar headlamps because the quality of light and the duration of battery life is amazing, but if you’re just camping a few times a year, the best headlamp for camping will be somewhere around $50.

Let’s say headlamps $50 to $100 should cover some decent headlamps that would be great for camping. Not just OK. I don’t like recommending cheaper headlamps because the user experience often turns to junk – the headlamp breaks easily, battery life or top lumens just don’t cut it… etc.

Let’s go with $50 to $100. There are a couple of good ones to choose from, but I’m going to go with my favorite brand ever – a Petzl headlamp.

There are just a few Petzl’s from $50 to $100. Here they are, our suggestions for the…


Myo (370 lumens)

Petzl Myo RXP headlamp with 370 lumens max light output.

Model #: E87AHB C
Year of Release: May 2016
Lumens: 370 max in Boost mode. 280 lm in manual.
Weight: 168 g.
Lighting Technology: One Cree LED bulb with a manual flip diffuser for wide/spot beams.
Battery Type: Three AAA or CORE lithium-ion rechargeable.
Battery Life Max Claimed: 20 lm. for 30 m. for 40 hours; 280 lm. for 90 m. for 2 hours.
Water Resistance: IP X4
Guarantee: 3 years
Excellent for: Running, biking, walking, camping, reading books
Overall: soft straps, lightweight, and powerful beam for most applications

Petzl – MYO Headlamp, 370 Lumens

Why Buy It? Good for MANY activities, VERY Bright Beam with flip-down diffuser or spotlight options.


Pixa 3 ATEX (100 lumens)

Petzl Pixa 3 headlamp with 100 lumens.

Model #: E78CHB 2
Year of Release: May 2016
Lumens: 100.
Weight: 160 g.
Lighting Technology: 2 Cree bulbs. One spot, one flood.
Battery Type: Two AA batteries.
Battery Life Max Claimed: 20 lm at 15 meters for 26 hours; 60 lm at 45 m. for 6.5 hours; 100 lm at 90 m. for 3.5 hours.
Water Resistance: IP 67, and 2 m. drops, and resistant to crushing.
Guarantee: 3 years.
Excellent for: Walking, camping, reading books.
Overall: good for specific job duties, or simple tasks while camping or around the house

Petzl – PIXA 3 Headlamp 100 Lumens

Why Buy It? Indestructible!

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Reactik (220 lumens)

Petzl Reactik headlamp with 220 lumens max light output.

Model #: E92 HMI – blue; E92 HNE – black
Year of Release: October 2016
Lumens: 220 max
Weight: 115 g.
Lighting Technology: Reactive Lighting Technology and standard lighting.
Battery Type: Lithium-ion 1800 mAh rechargeable. AAA battery pack sold separately.
Battery Life Max Claimed: 40 lumens at 30 meters for 12 hours; 140 lm. at 50 m. for 3.5 hours.
Water Resistance: IP X4. Hard rain.
Excellent for: Running, walking, camping, reading books
Overall: soft comfortable straps, lightweight, and moderately powerful beam. Latest models have 300+ lumens, probably better for most people

Petzl – REACTIK Headlamp 220 Lumens, Blue

Petzl – Actik Core – 350 lumens – Black or Red – find here.

Why Buy It?

Very bright beam and rechargeable – Low Cost.

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The FENIX FX-HL60R Headlamp is great for general camping use – and it is priced at just $75! MORE INFO HERE >

Oh, and here’s something cool. Petzl thinks of everything…

Petzl Camping Lantern

Use this Petzl headlamp case as a CAMPING LANTERN – you can set it on the ground or hang it from the middle of your tent. It gives soft, pleasing light to light up your tent. Perfect, right? I can’t wait to see what Petzl has in 2018!

Petzl camping lantern - Noctilight.
Petzl camping lantern to hang from your tent or put it on your floor to light up your tent while camping.

Petzl – NOCTILIGHT Protective Lantern and Carrying Case for Compact Lamps

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