When you’re hunting around for a head torch, it’s tempting to go for the biggest and brightest one you can find. But actually, there’s more to a lamp than lumens alone. After all, any brand can stick a high-power LED and a chunky battery on an elastic strap. But the best head torches are generally those that balance brightness with burn time, bulk and weight.
The Princeton Tex Remix 450 LED head lamp is one of the best in its class when it comes to long-lasting light. It will give you an impressive 63 hours of runtime on the highest setting (450 lumens). For preserving night vision, it also features a cluster of red LEDs that outperform a lot of rival headlamps.
Otherwise, it’s been designed to be simple and easy to operate, with a wide elastic strap that is easy to adjust. The main light unit has a single large push button on top of the casing that allows the user to cycle through the various different functions.
The main spot beam comes from one Maxbright white LED, which has three settings: high (450 lumens), medium (300 lumens) and low (100 lumens) outputs. Secondary red lighting comes from a cluster of three Ultrabright LEDs, which can be switched from high (15 lumens) to low (3 lumens) output.
Thanks to its triple red LED cluster, the Remix 450 is noticeably brighter than most rivals equipped with a red-light function. So, it’s a great choice if this feature is important to you, perfect for night navigation or nature and wildlife spotting.
The LEDs are housed in a hard plastic case, which also contains the battery compartment. The Remix 450 runs off 3 x AAA alkaline batteries. It’s reasonably compact and fairly lightweight at 83g (including the batteries). This makes swapping batteries out for spares quick and easy (though the battery compartment latch feels a little flimsy). However, it’s arguably not as user friendly as a USB-rechargeable headlamp, or a lamp that works with removeable rechargeable battery packs. And from an environmental perspective, using disposable alkaline batteries isn’t ideal either – though of course, you could use this headlamp with rechargeable AAAs to minimise your eco footprint.