6 Best Headlamps Under $100 USD | June 2019 | Headlamps101

2018 Petzl Actik Core headlamps in red and black styles.

6 Best Headlamps Under $100 in 2019

If you’re looking for a budget headlamp, and that’s what any headlamp is under $100 USD, we have only a couple that we recommend.

[Page updated: 5 June 2019]

OLIGHT H2R Nova | 2300 Lumens

HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION  – for almost everyone. And FAR under $100.

OLight H2R Nova Cool White option headlamp, our top choice for headlamps under $100.
Our top choice for headlamps under $100.

Model #: H2R Nova Cool White
Year of Release: 2016 – still making them in 2019
Lumens: 2300 max – lasts 1 minute, then drops to 750 lumens for 110 minutes.
Weight: 100 g. – super light
Battery Type: Lithium-ion rechargeable 3000 mAh 18650 style battery (proprietary).
Battery Life Max Claimed: 1 minute at 2300 lumens. 110 minutes at 750 lumens. 2.5 hours at 600 lumens. 10 hours at 150 lumens. 50 hours at 30 lumens. 45 days at 1 lumen.
Water Resistance: IP X8 – any conditions – even underwater. Takes drops from 1.5 meters too.
Excellent for: Running, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, reading books, everything except caving because no wide floodlight beam.

Full headlamp review here >


Petzl ACTIK CORE | 350 Lumens

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Petzl ACTIK CORE headlamp under $100.

Model #: E99ABA – black; E99ABB – red
Year of Release: 2018
Lumens: 350 max
Weight: 90 g. – super lightweight and great for children or others who want the least weight possible.
Battery Type: Lithium-ion rechargeable 1250 mAh. Swappable with three AAA batteries – no extra case needed. Alkaline batteries. The CORE batteries beat the alkalines by 50 minutes on high power (140 mins vs. 90 mins.).
Battery Life Max Claimed: 2 hours at 100 meters for 2 hours; 100 lm. at 70 m. for 7 hours. Red light and red light strobe.
Water Resistance: IP X4. Hard rain.
Excellent for: Running, walking, camping, reading books, stealth, retaining night vision.

This headlamp replaces the old TIKKA RXP – which we also have. This one has higher lumens and a couple other nice features. There is a safety whistle in the headlamp strap. It has reactive lettering to help you be seen at night.

Full Headlamp Review Here >

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Energizer Hard Case Rugged Headlamp | 325 Lumens

Energizer Hard Case Rugged Headlamp with 325 lumens max brightness, under $100 USD.

Model #: TUFHD31PE
Year of Release: 2016 – and available now.
Lumens: 325 max for 6.5 hours. Or, use the low setting for 22 hours of battery life for emergencies.
Weight:  109 g. Super lightweight.
Lighting Technology: Standard lighting with 6 manual settings.
Battery Type: AA store-bought batteries or lithium-ion rechargeables.
Battery Life Max Claimed: 22 hours on low mode.
Water Resistance: IP X4. Submersible to 1 meters depth. Hard rain – no problem. Also rated for drops from 7 meters without breakage. Quite tough!
Guarantee: Lifetime
Good for: Running, walking, fishing, kayaking, camping, reading books.

Hard Case Rugged Headlamp Review here >

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Fenix FX-HL60R | 950 Lumens

Fenix FX-HL60R headlamp with replaceable rechargeable 18650 batteries.
Easily replaceable and affordable 18650 batteries make this an affordable option under $100.

Model #: FX-HL60R
Year of Release: 2016, also available in 2017, 2018 – Fenix usually keeps older models around for a few years.
Lumens: 950 max for 48 minutes with supplied battery. 400 lumens for 3 hours. Longer battery life with Fenix 3400 mAh battery upgrade (reasonable price).
Weight:  180 g.
Lighting Technology: Standard lighting with 5 manual settings.
Battery Type: Fenix 18650 2600 mAh or (2) CR123A batteries.
Battery Life Max Claimed: 100 hours on emergency mode red light or white.
Water Resistance: IP X8. Submersible to 2 meters depth. Hard rain – no problem. Also rated for drops from 1 meter without breakage. Quite tough!
Guarantee: 2 years
Good for: Caving, Running, walking, fishing, kayaking, camping, reading books.

Fenix HL60R 950 Lumen USB rechargeable CREE XM-L2 T6 LED Headlamp, Li Battery, and 2x Backup Batteries (CR123A)

Fenix HP25 | 360 Lumens

Fenix HP25 headlamp is under $100 and a very good value.

Model #: HP25
Year of Release: February 2012. In 2018, we’ll be dropping this model from the “Best-Of” lists, there are some good ones to replace it. Our favorite affordable headlamp at the moment is the ACTIK CORE – found at the top of this page.
Lumens: 360 max (180 each beam)
Weight: 275 g.
Lighting Technology: Standard lighting with 12 possible manual settings.
Battery Type: Four AA batteries – Alkaline or Lithium-ion.
Battery Life Max Claimed: Up to 9 days at low flood setting.
Water Resistance: IP X6. Submersible. I have had both of mine out in very hard rain and never had any problems with either headlamp. Also rated for drops from 1 meter without breakage. Quite tough!
Guarantee: 2 years
Good for: Running, walking, fishing, kayaking, camping, reading books.

The brightest long-range beam of any headlamp under $100, this Fenix HP25 is an older light, first made more than 4 years ago, but it still is getting great reviews because of 1. It’s tough. 2. The spotlight beam is brilliant.

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