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The Vikerstar by Nextorch is amazing VFM - 140 lumens with 100 metre beam and a battery life of 25 hours on it's high beam!!! 125 hours if you turn it down to it's second beam and an S.O.S built in just in case (although touch wood I've never had to use it) for £30 it's absolutely fantastic.
Vikerstar sounds interesting, but even the nextorch website has the max output dwindling down to 70 lumens after 3 hours -- not 25 hours. Shame it's not regulated.
As an aside, I've downgraded my alpkit gamma to toolbox use... I really wanted to like it, as it has so much going for it (price, nice red light on the back, switchable modes), but it doesn't spill enough light at my feet when the spot is pointed 10 feet forward.
Agreed. I've always recommended the Gamma as a top starter headtorch. It's enough for my purposes but the Viker Star looked good - until like Rennur I spotted the decline in output. So I'll stick with the Gamma for now and tbh I'll probably continue until it breaks as I only need illumination for poorly-lit towpaths and just a mile or two of proper darkness in the woods.
I'm into my running but I'm not going to divvy up £250 for a headtorch
Hmmm I'm surprised to hear that, I try and do 3 hours a few times a week and I'm still bright and breezy after 4 weeks which is going to be 24 hours of use. For the money I will recommend the Vikerstar to all and sundry!