Ledlenser MH11 Rechargeable Headlamp ($178)


6.3 oz.

Max lumens:

1,000 (boost); 750 (high)



What we like:

The brightest headlamp on our list and Bluetooth-compatible.

What we don’t:

The priciest and heaviest option here and overbuilt for most uses.

ased Ledlenser is the company that was responsible for releasing the first LED commercially accessible flashlight (the Ledlenser V8), and their constant commitment to innovation and technology continues until today. From their current range The MH11 rechargeable Bluetooth Headlamp stands out as an excellent and high-tech option for outdoor enthusiasts who are serious about their adventures. Like its name implies, the MH11 operates on rechargeable batteries that help to reduce waste and improve efficiency. However, the real draw card is its incredible output, with a maximum of 1,000 lumens when in “boost” mode, as well as the world’s longest range of beam over 320 meters , or approximately 1,050 feet (for comparison it’s the Fenix HL60R above is the nearest alternative , with 950 lumens when in”boost” mode and the of 380 feet. length of the beam). Overall it’s a well-constructed and innovative light for any task that merit the top-of-the-line specs.

However, at $178 and 6.3 grams The MH11 is by far the most expensive and bulkiest choice in this category, and is a waste of money for any but the most strenuous outdoor pursuits. There are some awesome features such as Bluetooth connectivity to adjust the settings and timings on your phone, as well with a built-in distress signal that sends SOS with Morse codes. Another feature that is unique to the Ledlenser range is its Optisense technology that will automatically adjust the output based on the surrounding environment. The integrated technology adds the complexity and comes with an apprehension curve to optimize efficiency however, there’s no doubt about the impressive specs and workmanship they offer, with plenty of appeal for applications such as night hiking, caving hunting (the green and blue LEDs are great for hunting) and other low-light situations. For a different, more premium, however less technologically advanced option, Petzl’s Swift RL is priced at $60 less and cuts off 3 ounces. However, it falls short in terms of maximum production (900 lumens) and beam distance (150m/492 feet.).


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