Ledlenser MH10 Headlamp Review

by Brian Mullin on November 10, 2017

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The MD10 is a 600-lumen rechargeable headlamp the offers some innovative and functional features including their Advanced Focus System, Temperature Control System, and Smart Light Technology. The outdoor headlamp is useful for multiple adventure activities, such as camping, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. It’s also beneficial for night grilling, power outages, vehicle
maintenance, yard work, rummaging in the garage, and for any emergency or function in which a bright headlight is handy.

The 9-ounce headlamp utilizes a rechargeable 3.7-volt Li-ion battery and has an IPX4 water-resistance rating. It has three light brightness settings done via the main switch, and it provides 10 to 600-lumens of output, which corresponds to 120-hours to 10-hour battery life.

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The MD10 retails for $80, and the kit comes with the headlamp, two colored lens filters, a travel case, a USB charger cord and the Li-ion rechargeable battery.

For further information refer to ledlenserusa.com

Features

Advanced Focus System – Traditionally, light-focusing systems have consisted of either a lens or a reflector. The Advanced Focus System (AFS) is the patented combination of a reflector AND lens to create a light system that provides both a focused beam for long-distance and a homogenous spill-beam for up-close reading. AFS means whether you’re reading a map up close or focusing down the path to a landmark in the distance, your light will be easy on the eyes, clear and bright.

Rapid Focus – With our Rapid Focus system, you can go from reading to searching by using the thumb on your holding hand to simply slide the bezel away from you. With one hand and one movement, you can achieve a seamless transition from close to far and all points in between.

Temperature Control System will continue to cool the LED for constant maximum lumen output.

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Impressions

After adjusting the tightness around the head, the light was comfortable, and I didn’t feel any hotspots or binding. The primary weight is on the back of the headband by the battery compartment, but I didn’t notice the imbalance too much during short hikes and adventures. The battery compartment, wiring harness, and headlamp all fit nicely on the plush elastic headband, and the system offers plenty of stability and comfort. Once you are done using the headlamp, place it in the travel case which cushions and protects the unit. After depleting the battery life, which took me 11 hours at the 600-lumen setting, it takes around 6-hours to become fully recharged.

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The large green rubberized multifunctional switch has distinctive clicks when pushed hard, though during pressing it felt a bit soft and vague instead of firm, especially when using gloves.  The first click of the switch turns the light onto its highest 600-lumen setting, and the second click drops the output farther, while the third click goes to the lowest 10-lumens and the fourth turn it off. Even with repeated use, the switch hasn’t shown any excess signs of wear, and it keeps on clicking without any issues. If you twist the knurled silver end piece of the head, you can adjust the beam pattern from wide to spot, and the head unit itself rotates vertically about 45 degrees to fine-tuning where you want the light to point. If desired the kit comes with a red and green filters to change the color of the beam, though I am not sure why? Submarine use?

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When you twist the end of the lights head, you can vary the beam pattern from an expansive output to a brighter more pinpointing setting. At the full 600-lumen output the headlamp has about a 150-yard useful penetration, while at the lowest 10-lumen its 20 feet. I always tended to use the highest 600-lumen setting, but I’d varying the beam pattern depending on what I was doing.

Bottomline

The Ledlenser MH10 Headlamp is a functional and useful unit that works for a variety of activities including camping and outdoor adventures as well as around the house and for emergency purposes. The 600-lumen is more than adequate for output as is the 10-hour battery life, and although the switches clicks are distinctive, they feel somewhat vague. The easy to adjust beam pattern from wide to spot and ability to rotate vertically make for a highly tunable entity. For comfort, the hard plastic head unit and battery compartment are well padded, and the headband is soft and easy to adjust.

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