7xLED Headlamp, retail $TBA (www.favourlite.com/new/)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Favourlite (www.favourlite.com)
Last updated 09-23-04

IMPORTANT: Although the server at http://www.favourlite.com is back online, this headlamp is not listed, so I still do not have warranty or pricing information about this product.

The Favourlite 7xLED headlamp does not have a formal name, so I'll just call it a "headlamp" on the remainder of this web page.

This is a headlamp that has seven LEDs in the business-end, and the user can select one, three, or all seven LEDs depending on the intensity needed. It comes in an all-plastic case, and has an elastic (stretchy) three-point adjustable strap so it will fit your head properly, and not feel like it's falling off. A series of detents allows the headlamp unit to pivot (swivel) up or down as you feel necessary.

Three AAA cells in a carriage inside the headlamp power those LEDs.


To use the headlamp, load it with the included batteries (see below), and then you can go paint the town red.

I do not evaluate too many headlamps here, so please forgive me if I make some eggregious error in describing a strap or a buckle.

To turn the headlamp on, press and release the black rubberised pushbutton on the right hand side of the unit to turn one LED on. Press and release it again to turn three LEDs on. Press and release it again to turn all seven LEDs on. Finally, press and release the pushbutton again to turn the headlamp off.

Just like it reads on the back of the shampoopoo (or shampee) bottle, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, pressing and releasing the button again turns one LED on.

Photograph of the headlamp, affixed to some flashlight tester's head.
I really need to get a Foam Head Fred, as seen on Quickbeam's review website.

To fit the headlamp to your head or helmet, put it on with the headlamp portion facing forward and the first strap going around your head near the tops of your ears, and the second strap going over the top of your head. Adjust the slide buckles to a larger or smaller size if necessary. These straps are elastic (stretchy), so you don't have to be absolutely *perfect* in adjusting the slide buckles.

When the headlamp is on your head, you can pivot (swivel) the headlamp portion up or down as you see fit. There are a series of detents that the headlamp locks into, so you will not just lose your chosen position unless you want to change it purposefully. When you pivot the headlamp, it will emit a fairly loud, very clearly audible click sound at each detent.

To change the batteries in this headlamp, orient the unit so the LEDs are facing forward, and unscrew the left hand side of the battery holder (the side without the black button in the center) approximately 1/10th of a turn. Lift the cover off, and set it aside. Pull the black battery carriage straight out.

If necessary, remove the used cells from this carriage, and dispose of, recycle, or recharge (for rechargeable cells only!) them as you see fit.

Insert three new AAA cells into the carriage, orienting each cell so the flat-end (-) negative faces the spring for it in each chamber.

When the carriage is full, insert it into the opening in the headlamp, orienting it so the two copper contacts go in first, and the wide copper strip on the carriage faces the two ridges on the inside of the barrel. Twist the carriage back and forth slightly if the carriage does not immediately go in. Once the carriage is all the way in, place the cover over the opening, orienting it so the "open" and "close" legends embossed into it face the upper surface of the headlamp. Twist it back and forth slightly if necessary. When it goes down, continue holding it down, and twist it clockwise approximately 1/10th of a turn until it stops turning.
There, done.

Due to the way the headlamp is constructed, I am not able to obtain current usage readings.

Photograph of the light's business-end, with the seven LEDs and reflector shown.

The headlamp appears at least reasonably durable. When I smacked it ten times against a 30" steel rod (five against the top, and five against the bottom), no damage was detected, and the unit did not malfunction.

The unit appears to be weather- and splash-resistant, but I don't believe it is waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of pygmy marmoset pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. A little rain or snow probably wouldn't hurt it though, so you need not be too concerned about using it in moderately bad weather.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, remove the bezel (head), remove the AAA cells from the battery carriage, dump the water out of the headlamp if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your headlamp to smell like seaweed or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or potty) can't be very good for the insides.

The package reads that three AAA cells are included, but they were not included with this particular sample. I had to go get three AAA Energizer Max cells from my secret stash before I could perform my evaluation of this headlamp.

A soft foam piece on the back of the headlamp cussions your forehead, so the headlamp does not feel like it's "digging in", and nothing sharp pokes you.

The straps can be removed from the headlamp for cleaning if necessary. The attachment points on the headlamp body have a gap in the center, so the straps can be removed without losing your desired fit.

Beam photo (One LED) at ~12".
Measures 15,660mcd.

Beam photo (Three LEDs) at ~12".
Measures 38,900mcd.

Beam photo (Seven LEDs) at ~12".
Measures 71,600mcd.

These photographs do not readily show the brightness differences, but the light meter does.
All measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test units of this and a number of other China-made flashlights were provided by a website fan, and received on the morning of 09-10-04.

This flashlight is made in China.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Favourlite
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED headlamp
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 7
    BEAM TYPE: Narrow flood, with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on battery carriage
    BEZEL: Plastic; plastic window protects LEDs and reflector
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Weather- and splash-resistant at best
    ACCESSORIES: 3 AAA cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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