Light Type: 5mm LED
Light Class: Headlamp
The Advancedmart FL306A is a 12 Security Quality LED headlamp powered by 2 AA cell batteries
The body of the Advancedmart FL306A 12 Security Quality LED Headlamp is made of black plastic. On its right is a click switch, and on its left is the pop-off cap for the battery compartment. The light body is attached to the forehead plate with a ratcheting 90° adjustable hinge. The forehead plate has a foam pad on the inside which rests against the user’s forehead. A three point adjustable headband is attached to the forehead plate via slots in the plate. The attachment points have a gap in the center to allow easy removal of the straps. The straps are very short – I have a relatively small head and found that the straps had to be at maximum adjustment to fit comfortably. People with larger heads will probably not find this headlamp comfortable.
The bezel/head of the light consists of 12 LEDs mounted inside a silvered plastic reflector. A plastic lens and rubber bezel ring help to protect the LEDs.
Output is in the form of a uniform wide spot of light. Some artifacts may be seen on the very periphery of the spillbeam. Overall it is a smooth wide directional flood of light. Very nice for walking around in the dark. Only one mode is available – all LEDs on or off. The beam is slightly purplish in color, which is not unusual for some white 5mm LEDs.
Runtime Plot: Great runtime on 2 AA cells. Over 4 hours till 50% and at about 4½ hours the boost circuit gives out. The boost circuit provides fairly steady output while active. This would be called a semi-regulated light.
The switch is a little rubber covered clickie on the right side of the light. It protrudes, so is susceptible to accidental activation. Remove the batteries from the unit when packing. The switch produces a firm click and tactile feedback when activated. Very easy to activate and use.
This unit uses O-rings to keep water out of the battery compartment and the bezel. I’d give it a “Splashable” at a minimum. Open it up and let it dry out if it gets wet.
The headband was at maximum adjustment to fit my head and it was still very tight. The straps need to be longer – no doubt about it. Great for kids, not adults. The rubber pad on the forehead plate does create a bit of a pressure point which could become uncomfortable during extended usage.
2 AA alkaline cells power the light. To open, lift a tab on the back side of the battery compartment. Getting the tab back in place when closing can be a bit tough if it isn’t lined up just right.
What I Liked: Bright, Water resistant, Good runtime
What I Didn’t Like: Short headband straps
Conclusions: The only real problem I have with this headlamp is the straps. It runs on cheap and easy to find AA cells, has semi-regulated output, is not heavy at all, but the straps are too short for many adult heads. Otherwise a very good little inexpensive headlamp with plenty of output and good runtime.