Lightweight, rechargeable and durable, the BioLite HeadLamp 330 is a must-have for a wide array of adventures
With many different headlamps on the market, selecting the right light can feel like a daunting task. But then one option comes along that draws you in like a moth to the flame.
For us, this was the BioLite HeadLamp 330.
BioLite offers a wide range of energy-focused products, ranging from fire pits and camp stoves to off-grid energy options and lighting solutions. BioLite also offers a few different styles of headlamps, but we found that the HeadLamp 330 suits our lifestyle and lighting needs the best.
BRAVING THE ELEMENTS
As the sun began to fade on a late winter night in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, we turned on the BioLite HeadLamp 330 and got to work at setting up camp for the night. Despite the quick movements as we threw together the tent and prepared dinner, the headlamp remained in place — no shifting or jostling around — which happens to be one of our biggest pet peeves when it comes to wearing a headlamp.
Since this inaugural cold weather camping outing with the BioLite HeadLamp 330, we have taken it on early morning runs, evening hikes and backcountry tours. Needless to say, this headlamp has become an essential item for use during our favorite outdoor activities.
TECHS AND SPECS
The BioLite HeadLamp 330 offers many notable features, starting with the strap and the light itself. Using their proprietary 3D SlimFit Construction, BioLite designed this headlamp with comfort and security in mind. Moisture-wicking smart fabric kept sweat and snow at bay while reducing abrasion points. And coming in at only 69 grams, the headlamp is relatively light compared to other similar models. The light itself sits on an articulating front bezel, which allows the person wearing the headlamp to position the lighting at an angle that works best for the task at hand.
The BioLite HeadLamp 330 has four different light modes: white flood + dimming with a beam of 16 meters, white spot + dimming with a beam distance of 72 meters, red flood and white strobe. The white flood setting is good for wide angle lighting needs, whereas the spot setting worked well for more direct tasks such as route finding and reading in the tent. The dimming setting is beneficial in reserving battery life, while only using the brightness level needed for any given task.
The maximum output is 330 lumens; and when running on the highest mode, the headlamp has a burn time of 3.5 hours. On the lowest mode, the headlamp will last for 40 hours. If more light time is needed, the BioLight HeadLamp 330 includes a Run Forever Mode, which allows the headlamp to be in use while charging. Pair with one of BioLite’s USB battery packs for the perfect combo.
The headlamp is rechargeable using a micro-USB cord, and takes roughly 2.5 hours to charge fully. Four LED battery indicator lights on the bottom of the battery pack help with monitoring the battery life.
Overall, the BioLite HeadLamp 330 is one of the better headlamps we’ve worn in recent years. We were pleasantly surprised with the tech that the BioLight HeadLamp 330 packed. The multiple light settings are great for a wide range of lighting needs, and the lock feature is a nice bonus. One thing to note is that the on/off/lock button located at the top of the light is rather small, so changing modes with big winter gloves on proved somewhat difficult.
We often observe that cold weather zaps the battery life out of most of our electronics — from cell phones to cameras. However, this was not the case with the BioLite HeadLamp 330. Paired with the Run Forever Mode, our battery lasted much longer than expected, surviving for the duration of our weekend-long camping trip. While the battery pack that sits on the back of the head is somewhat bulky, we’re fine looking past this knowing that we aren’t having to use disposable alkaline batteries for each outing.
Although we tested the BioLite HeadLamp 330 in the cold of late winter, we have no doubt that this small but mighty light will be the perfect addition to our year-round excursions.