Alpkit Gamma Headtorch – £15 (at time of press)
Pro’s: Cheap, great varied light options.
Cons: Sells out quick.
I’m a big fan of Petzl headtorches and have been for years but the Alpkit Gamma is a fantastic bit of kit, suitable for every bat worker and you can get three for the price of one Petzl. A bargain.
The main XPC Cree LED throws enough light for navigating to survey sites, and has two switchable levels should you need to extend battery life. Once on site and for areas where you want minimum light spillage/disturbance a long hold down of the top button switches to cycle through the three smaller 5mm leds which offer white, green or red light. All three settings should offer enough light for tuning detectors, etc.
Battery life is good, it runs on three AAA batteries and even comes supplied with Duracell as standard. If you’re working on dimly lit road transects the rear battery case has a seperately switched flashing/constant red light which aids visibility.
A great addition to any survey kit bag and well worth getting as a back up for underground too.
- 1 x XPC Cree LED (up to 88 lumens)
- 3 x 5mm LED’s Red, White, Green (1.8 lumens)
- Weight: 118g with batteries
- Batteries: 3 x 1.5V AAA alkaline (included)
- Water resistant: tested to IPX4