PowerTap Technology allows instant transitioning between full, 375-lumen light and dimmed power Brightness Memory allows you to turn the light on and off at a chosen brightness without reverting back to full power Regulated for constant light output Compact, low-profile design uses 4 AAA batteries Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red, green and blue night-vision and lock mode IP67-rated to be waterproof and dustproof; the sealed housing withstands immersion over 1 m for 30 min.
Got the previous Storm with 500 lumens late last year for my ultra paddle board race. 220km and the torch did its thing perfectly for the night slog in rain and morning fog. But just last week when I took it out of the bag to take it camping, I noticed that the Powertap sensor on the side no longer works. I use it sparingly, usually at its dimmest and only Powertap it when I need it on demand. But that's no longer working. Now I'm forced to use the dimmer mode with the cycle loop from the main top button and not getting much response even after mailing support with the problem I got. I hope warranty is as good as it says.. Barely a year.
Got this lamp for work. It’s great! I like the max brightness setting on the side. It makes it easy to save battery when not needing the extra light and then have max by a tap of the button. It also works great with gloves on.
I bought this headlamp to increase the light levels when biking and trail running in recreation time through the winter months but primarily for work.I spend a lot of time in remote parts of the country in all weathers. All the good points around good design, construction don't really matter as I find the headlamp utterly useless. I've used it twice with good quality batteries and within 30-40 minutes on full beam it goes dim as the batteries have been drained of power. Its not cold at this time of year so its not that. The lamp just cant stay on full power for long using alkaline batteries. Its a big thumbs down from me and not something I can work around. It just doesnt work to a level I need it to.
Can't believe this headlamp :-( ! I turn it on, it's dim then I hold down the button and it goes to Max brightness, stays there for a second and then goes dim again. Powertap doesn't work. Now it won't even switch off!! I have to remove batteries! Very disappointed and will be returning it. "Instructions' that came with it are next to useless!
All the measurements are done with a bench power supply so that the results are not affected by the quality of some batteries.
Reading the numbers means that an 800mAh NiMh rechargeable set will drain after 1h at full power. If the quality of the batteries are low then they will have a higher voltage drop for a higher current, resulting in activating the power saving mode.
Recomendation is to use the highest quality of batteries (rechargeables) available. If quality is low avoid full power!
This is the downside of using high power leds. (All other high power headlight use LiIon rechargeable batteries with high capacity >2000mAh)
The Storm 375 is obviously brighter, but the beam itself seems more concentrated, which I happen to like. I mostly wear it for walking the dog at night and spotting her poo, but also so cars can see me. It also seems that my rechargeable batteries last longer with the 375 than the previous model. Some of my friends complained that it was too bright. Oh well. Very happy with the Storm 375.
Bought this headlamp recently to replace an older (2012? 90 lumen Spot. Read all the negative reviews but thought I would give it a try. Wow, what a great headlamp!
First thing I did was pop in a fully charged set of 750 mAH NiMH batteries, set the lamp to full brightness and started my stopwatch. 5 hrs at full power, no problem! No cut out, no overheating. I charged the batteries and they took about 550 mAH of charge so still had some battery capacity after 5 hrs. Beam had diminished somewhat but was still plenty bright. Beam pattern, both distance and proximity, are excellent with no "donut" distance beam like the old Spot. Proximity beam is MUCH brighter than the Spot and illuminates a wide area. Don't know where I would use the blue or green proximity lighting, but the red is bright (if needed) and very even. Two-button control system, brightness memory and PowerTap all work very well. PowerTap needs just a little pause when "tapping". I found a rapid tap was hit and miss. Other than being a bit bulky (4 x AAA batteries), there is absolutely nothing I don't like about this light.
I purchased two of these. One for me and one for my girlfriend. Her and I have been trail running for years, but always in the daytime. We heard about a trail race at night where headlamps were required. I did some research through various running sites and blogs and the name Black Diamond came up frequently. We wanted a bright light that was also going to do well in wet conditions. The race course is well known for knee deep and waist deep water crossings. I was thoroughly impressed with these lights. I can honestly say that our head lamps were exceptionally bright compared to the other runners I came across on course. They were also comfortable once we found the right adjustment for our personal taste. We LOVED running the trails at night and I believe these lights played a huge part in making our debut night run so enjoyable. We are looking forward to many more night runs with Black Diamond!
No matter how I pushed the bright level to the highest, it will automatically dim back to the lowest one, I think less than 50 lumens. It almost made me fell on a rock during a night trail run due to this low light. Is this a big flaw or just some items' quality issue? I saw many people are complaining on this. Can it be fixed or replaced?
Disappointed. Not sure how an additional 25 lumens can eat through batteries. Besides the buzzing sound of my 350 it has excellent battery life. Twice now the 375 ate the batteries in approx. 20 minutes. Hope BD brings back quality with future Storm lights as my old 160 and 250 work flawless.
So bright. Definitely sufficient for most tasks. The various settins are pretty simple, not overly complicated. Red light with multiple settings is great.
The battery compartment hinged door with locking latch is beefy and is a big set up.
Keep in mind, the torch is about twice as thick with the extra battery, and its heavy, so its pretty noticeable on your head and has a top heaviness to it. I think a wider, more ergonomic design could make for an even better version in the future. But for now, really stoked on the opportunities this amount of brightness opens up.
When this version was released I too complained about the auto dimming and battery life. The set of batts I got with the unit lasted maybe 3 hours. Then I tried another set of Duracell and maybe 5 hours. My roommate told me he got those 5 years ago lol. So I tried the Ultra Lith's and WOW! That is the key people. I have over 30 hours so far on this set and everytime I turn it off it still shows full battery. Sadly I forgot how many hours I got on the last set. And YES, it is waterproof at least that is my experience. I was going to return it but decided to give it a couple months knowing in the back of my mind BD would never let me down. And they did not. Had I returned the headlamp and found out how good it really was later? I would run out and buy it again. Don't complain about the free batteries, their just a freebie anyhow. You know how free batteries go no matter what you buy lol. My advice to Black Diamond is to look at their "Headlamp comparison" chart and tic the box that says "Hiking". It more than qualifies. Go buy one, you won't regret it.
I bought this headlamp a few weeks ago and after first use with the included Duracell alkaline batteries I encountered the same battery problem as many other buyers have reported - after using for ~2 hrs on a mix of power modes the lamp began to repeatedly automatically dim.
BD's responses here to previous reviewers seem to misunderstand the problem and cite poor packaging info as the only issue. While this may be part of the problem for some, I couldn't get anywhere near the suggested 5hrs runtime (on max output and was not using maximum power mode for more than 50% of the 2 hours over which the lamp was used. Initially suspecting the packaged batteries were at fault I replaced them with new alkaline batteries (Energizer Max Plus), but observed the same result on a 2nd outing - after an hour of use on a medium setting the battery indicator showed 1/3.
This is disappointing as I love the features and design of this headlamp! Will BD be doing anything to address this issue? Or just updating the packaging? Would consider buying again if the issue is properly resolved.
Hi BD! Concerning Strom V 2018 vs 2019. This is impossible to downgrade from 40 hours Hi Mode burn time on 2018 Spot V down to 5 hours Hi mode burn time on the new model. Am I reading specs wrong? I don't seem to understand the Specs... Can you please explain the HUGE difference, please? Where can I get quality comparison of the two from? I will appreciate any help in understanding the Specs. Thank you!!! pablo
I've had this headlamp for around 6 months now and I love it. It seems that a lot of people are having problems with the headlamp going dim after a few hours. To these people I recommend using Lithium Batteries instead of Alkaline. Lithium can provide full current all the way to battery depletion.
Great headlamp. I absolutely love the green nightvision mode. A lot of people I've been hiking with have bought the same one after seeing me with it and lending it to them.
So far Batteries that came with the unit lasted less than a month with almost no usage, also the head band had no protective padded forehead pad . Definitely very disappointed in that. I’m gonna give the battery situation more time with new batteries. I do like the light. Just cautious at this point. Read reviews that weren’t to kind about the 375. Thank you. Rich
I thought I found the ideal lamp. Comfortable, bright, versatile. It took a while to get used to the one touch/swipe/super bright feature, but then I really enjoyed it. I love the functio switch as compared toone switch controlling all functions and dimming. After about 30-45 days of use, with batteries (supplied Duracell alkalines, the light went from my setting to ultra dim. I thought it was the batteries being depleted, but they were only at 50%. The next day, no problems for 10 minutes, then same thing. I did discover that green LED is great for dog walking, and no weird dimming issues. Definitely not happy.