BioLite Has Designed a Headlamp That Won't Irritate or Slip Off Your Head
Headlamps are convenient in theory. Instead of fumbling with a flashlight or your phone in the dark, you can strap one to your head and walk your dog, do some late-night grilling, or venture around your campsite hands-free.
But in reality, the awkward design—with a bulky light that digs into your skin and slides down your forehead—cancels out much of the product's appeal. Luckily it doesn't have to be this way, as the folks at BioLite have demonstrated with their reinvented headlamp.
The BioLite HeadLamp, currently raising money on Kickstarter, promises to make you forget you're even wearing it. Inspired by modern wearables, BioLite has retooled various elements of the clunky old design to make it as comfortable as it is functional. The ultra-thin light sits flat against your skull, which means you won't have any painful marks in the middle of your forehead when you take it off. The band itself is made from a moisture-wicking fabric that feels good on your skin—even when you're working up a sweat. And unlike conventional headlamps, BioLite has redistributed the power source to the back of the head in theirs, balancing the weight and taking care of any slippage issues.
As is the case with other BioLite products, technology is an essential part of the design. The 330-lumens lamp projects light up to nearly 250 feet in front of you. There are variable lighting settings, too: You can opt for either a white spot or floodlight, both with dimming options, or a strobe light feature; there's 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 to be recharged, you can just plug it into a micro-USB source like a solar panel or powerbank.
The BioLite Headlamp has already raised over $390,000 on Kickstarter—far surpassing its $40,000 goal—and there are still two weeks left in the campaign. Pledge $49 today to receive your lamp in time for the 2018 holiday season.