The Foxhound RHP3AUG01 Lifeproof LED Headlamp was kindly provided to me by Foxhound Europe at a 99% discount in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.
The Foxhound RHP3AUG01 Lifeproof LED Headlamp is available in the UK from Foxhound Europe Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £13.95 with Free P&P for Amazon Prime members. At this time the headlight is not available in the US. (Prices correct at time of posting).
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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The Foxhound RHP3AUG01 LED headlamp is supplied in a retail styled cardboard box bearing product information and specifications as well as a clear plastic window allowing you to see the contents within. Inside the box contained in a clear plastic tray you will find…
– The headband light.
– An illustrated instruction leaflet in clear and concise English.
– A silica gel moisture absorbing sachet.
No batteries are supplied and 3AAAs are required to operate the light.
The headband strap measures 2.5cm wide, at its shortest the headband can be reduced to 39cm long at its greatest it measures slightly over 71cm long. These measurements obviously take into account the light compartment and the strap is elasticated stretching to nearly twice its overall length. Quite frankly fully extended it would likely prove suitable as a belt for a small child.
A plastic buckle holds the two ends of the strap together and a matching plastic slider provides length adjustment, coupled with the fact the rear of the light housing clamps the strap in place, preventing movement of the light on the strap any conceivable size of shape head should prove a suitable fit for the headband.
It should be noted that unlike some (or rather all lights of this type that I have reviewed) there is no padding on the rear of the light housing. Instead the 1.75mm thick elasticated strap covers the rear of the plastic housing and offers the only means of padding. Over a thin, woolly hat it is perfectly comfortable to wear, against skin when moving your brow / forehead it does feel rough and itchy.
The light housing with built in battery compartment measures 35.83mm deep, 63.41mm wide and 45.40mm tall at its greatest points. The light housing is mounted on a plastic ratcheting hinge and can be set at 0 degrees facing forwards and it can be tilted downward to face 15 degrees, 30 degrees, 45 degrees and 50 degrees. Plastic on plastic will wear overtime and I would perhaps not go over using the light tilt feature as sooner or later it will become limp.
The headlamp containing three Duracell Power Plus AAA batteries weighs exactly 88g.
The manual advises that continual exposure to sunlight and or moisture should be avoided. The stated storage temperature is +20c to +25c and the operational temperature is -20c to +50c. (It’s probably fair to say the storage temperatures are a mistake, the light will be fine stored between +18c and +30c long term).
White light high setting = 168 Lumens, 110m range, 4270cd, 30 hours use.
White light medium setting = 75 Lumens, 65m range, 1970cd, 55 hours use.
White light low setting = 10 Lumens, 9m range, 310cd, 120 hours use.
Red light constant setting = 17 Lumens, 8m range (no additional information provided)
Red light flashing setting = No information provided.
The results of my own personal testing slightly contradict some of the stated specifications. Chief among which is the range of the white light at its brightest setting which is claimed to be 110m. Stood in my garden at 1am with little in the way of light contamination I pointed the light at a house at the bottom of the street, a distance according to Google of 249ft or 75.89m and it failed to light the building up any more than the moon was already doing so.
According to the packaging the headlamp also claims to be drop resistant to 1.5m, although it does not say onto what sort of surface and that it is IPX6 rated.
The Foxhound RHP3AUG01 Lifeproof LED Headlamp states within the product listing and on the packaging (although not in the manual) that it is IPX6 rated.
IP = Ingress protection
The first number is for protection from dust/debris and a rating of X = No protection against dust or untested.
The second number is protection from water/moisture and a rating of 6 = Protection from Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. Test duration: at least 3 minutes. Water volume: 100 litres per minute. Pressure: 100 kPa at distance of 3m.
kPa = Kilopascal (100kPa = 14.5038psi)
Basically, don’t go blasting it at short range with a pressure washer or going for a swim wearing while wearing it (its no submersible in water) but it will more than cope with whatever mother nature has to offer.
To the eye the only visible weatherproofing that is clearly evident is a silicone seal on the battery compartment. There were only two real ways of testing the IP claims, one involved breaking it open to see the internals and the other was to run it under a tap… Being lazy, I opted for the latter and after 30+ seconds of being held under a cold running tap the only detrimental effect was a soaked strap that took more than a few hours to dry out. The light is very much IPX5, although I will confess to not having tested to IPX6 standards.
On top of the light housing there are two black buttons, one on the left with two raised dots that controls the red lights and the one on the right with a single raised dot to control the white lights.
The white lights has 4 settings (5 if you include off).
Press the right button once and the centre white light comes on at its highest setting, press it once more and it reduces brightness to the medium setting, a third press and it drops to its lowest setting. A fourth press and it flashes an S.O.S signal in Morse code at the lowest white light setting, a fifth and final press and the white light switches off.
The red lights have 2 settings (3 if you include off).
Press the left button once and the two side red LEDs light up continuously (the brightness is comparable to the lowest white light setting, perhaps a little less), press the button a second time and the red side lights flash constantly (about 20 times in 8 seconds). A third and final press and the red lights switch off.
It should be noted that to change the light settings you have to tap the button reasonably quickly. If you set the white light to its highest setting and then 10 minutes later press the right button once more thinking you will turn it down to medium brightness the light will actually switch off.
When the light is off and you want the medium brightness white light on tap the right button twice. If you then want to turn the light to its highest setting you will have to tap the right button once which will turn the light off and then tap it once more to turn the white light on at its highest setting. This also applies to the red lighting features.
It is also not possible to have both sets of lights active at the same time. If you have the white light active at its highest setting and you press the left hand button once the white light will go out and the two red lights will light up continuously red. Press the right button once more and the red lights will go out and the white light will come back on at its highest setting.
Thanks to this it is actually possible to change light settings without having to turn the light out briefly. If you are on the high white setting and you want to switch to the medium setting tap the right button once and then the left button twice, that way you will not be without light while you make the switch.
This headlamp is perhaps the most basic that I would personally consider purchasing, anything less is simply a waste of money. I have previously only ever reviewed a pack of two headlamps that cost less than one Foxhound RHP3AUG01 and one of those broke within a matter of weeks.
While the light is impressive for the price its not of a build quality that I would consider entrusting my life to if I were going off the beaten path. While not what I would call a rugged device the light provided is highly admirable, making for an excellent light for walking the dog at night (especially if you live in a rural area), for a child doing a paper round in winter, for cyclists of all ages, DIY, changing fuses and bulbs, blackouts and perhaps the most obvious would be camping and caravanning holidays.
Just make sure to turn the brightness down when working up close or around others as having the white light at its brightest setting shone in your face is a rather painful experience.
For a trek over the Yorkshire moors or up Ben Nevis however… I would perhaps want to invest in something much more rugged.
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