Streamlight 61302 Argo HP C4 LED Headmount Flashlight, Black

Streamlight 61302 Argo HP C4 LED Headmount Flashlight, Black

  • Yellow ABS Case; 90 degree tilting head
  • Unbreakable Polycarbonate Lens
  • 1 Watt Super High Flux 50,000 hour Luxeon LED
  • Run time: high (100%) 4-3/4-hours at regulated maximum intensity; 3-1/2+ hours of declining useable output; low (25%) 20+ hours
  • 3 inches wide by 2 inches deep

Streamlight Argo HP Luxeon Headlamp with the bulb life of an LED and 7x more brightness… SAVE BIG! The brightest, longest-lasting headlamp you can own! With the Streamlight Argo HPLuxeon Headlamp you get a genuine high flux Luxeon bulb that packs a full 1 watt of intense light, up to 33 lumens… 7x brighter than standard LEDs. Plus all the other functions that make Streamlight the choice of serious adventurers. More: One watt Super High-Flux Luxeon LED with digitally controlled brightness levels: 33 lumens or 12 lumens; Solid Sate Power Regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life… 4 3/4 hrs. run time at regulated maximum intensity plus 3 1/2 additional hrs. of declining usable output, 20+ hours on low mode; 90 degree tilting head puts the light wherever you need it; Ultra-compact,Impact-resistant ABS housing, lightweight for maximum comfort; Includes both rubber and elastic head straps for use with hard hats; Powered by two 3V CR123A lithium batteries… LED b

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3 Responses to Streamlight 61302 Argo HP C4 LED Headmount Flashlight, Black

  1. smgsmc says:
    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Headlight, October 17, 2009

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    I already own the Streamlight 61052 Septor LED Headlamp, which I was fairly happy with (see separate review). But the Streamlight 61301 Argo C4 LED Headmount Flashlight is much better. Prices on Amazon fluctuate, but both sell for ~$30, so buy the Argo. Comparison:

    Material: Both units are made from tough plastic with a rubber bumper on the front of the lens. Both have the same dual-strap headband (very comfortable). There is a separate rubber strap for attaching the light to a helmet. But I’ve never used it, and have no comment on it. The forehead foam pad is larger on the Septor.

    Weight: Both weigh approximately the same (within two grams by my scale, ~135 grams total with batteries).

    Form factor: The Argo is smaller and therefore feels chunkier. The Septor protrudes more, while the Argo sits closer to the forehead and has less downward torque. That is, it doesn’t tug down as much and is better balanced than the Septor (which is fine, but the Argo is better in a side-by-side comparison).

    Battery installation: Both run on 3 AAA batteries. For both units, the battery compartment is one of the best I’ve seen. Remove a cap; slide out a battery module from a battery chamber; insert batteries into the module; load module into chamber; and replace cap. There is a clear index arrow marking the proper orientation of the module, and there is a pair of guide rails in the chamber which slide into a pair of mating slots on the module. Beautiful. The battery compartment on the Septor is more clearly marked than on the Argo: Septor has black lettering on a yellow background; Argo has black lettering molded onto a black cap. The cap on the battery chamber of the Septor releases/tightens with a bayonet twist lock; the cap on the Argo has multiple threads. The Septor cap lock is easier to use, but there is no problem with the Argo. The Argo has a battery level readout; three lights indicate power level from the battery (1/1, 1/2, 1/5). The Septor has no readout.

    Light output: This is where the Argo literally outshines the Septor. The bulb designs are quite different.

    The Septor has 7 low power LEDS. There are 3 output intensities. “Low” lights up the 1 LED in the center. “Medium” lights up 3 LEDS in a line. “High” lights up all 7 LEDs in a hexagonal grid pattern. Therefore, the light pattern is very uneven. There is no strobe (blink, flash) mode. The light color is slightly cool (blue tinge, not too noticeable). The Septor is designed for relatively close-up work (inspection), within 10 feet or so. If you are using it to light up a path at night, it’s useable to maybe 50 ft or so on high.

    The Argo has a single, high-powered LED. Many high-powered LEDs are not useful for close-up work because they are blindingly bright. The Argo, however has three intensities. There is also a strobe mode. The light color is slightly warm (yellow tinge, not too noticeable). The Argo has an unsual combination of long throw and wide spill. For test targets, I use a mailbox at the end of my driveway (50 ft), and a stop sign at the bottom of the road (500 ft). The Argo has a uniform circular pattern with a center hot spot and a wide even field. There is no focus, as in a Maglite. There is a dark band around the hotspot, but it is not as pronounced as on my Maglites. The dark band is noticeable only when you shine the light against a flat surface (such as a wall or ceiling). Otherwise, objects scatter enough light to mask the dark band. On high, the throw is good to 500 ft, and the spill is good to 50 ft. Even at 500 ft, the spill is impressive (more what you would expect from a headlight on a car, than a headlamp on a forehead). I’m not the outdoors type. But this light would be great for hikers and cave explorers. Also as a good safety light for those who walk in the dark. As mentioned above, it’s also useable for close-up inspection on low.

    The only neg I have against both lights is the rachet tilt mechanism. It’s stiff and has click stops, so you can’t adjust the position smoothly and continuously. Longevity of the plastic spring may be an issue (I don’t use these heavily, so I don’t know). Since I gave the Septor a 4, I’m giving the Argo a 5. I haven’t tested battery life.

    Update 4/10/10

    I’m still on my first set of batteries (down to 1/5 level), so I haven’t had any problem with current leakage. We had a lot of snow this past winter, and I ended up having to run my snowthrower several times at night to avoid being buried. Since my driveway is not lighted, I wore this headlight. I used it on high for a total of ~4 hr in cold, wet, blowing snow. We also have had a lot of rain in the past month, and the light got drenched when I was working on a leaky sump pump connection. Toweled it off and opened it up. Bone dry inside. This product is truly a…

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  2. Arctic Highlander says:
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Two different flashights being rated here – please read!, June 13, 2010

    I was reading the reviews here and noticed some contradictions and realized that the reviews were of two different but similar headlamps. The black and yellow versions to choose from are not the same and you need to read the product information for both to determine which one fits your needs better. Simply put the black one uses a special lithium battery and has two brightness settings and the yellow one uses AAA alkaline and has three brightness settings. Light output and run times also differ. You can toggle between the two versions and their descriptions using the color choice options at the top of the web page.

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  3. Pretzel-boy says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No nonsense headlamp, April 10, 2007
    Pretzel-boy (Puget Sound Region) –

    This review is from: Streamlight 61302 Argo HP C4 LED Headmount Flashlight, Black (Tools & Hardware)

    I am very pleased with the headlamp. It has two levels of brightness, both are much brighter than I expected. The angle of the light can be adjusted as with most head lamps these days. The best part of this lamp is that is uses CR123A lithium batteries. Many people see this as a negative. People are used to paying $5.00 to $7.00 dollars per battery when purchased at brick and mortar stores. However, these batteries can be cheaply purchased ($1.50 to $2.00) at online auction sites and through surefire. With 123a batteries that cheap, this battery type is now the headlamp’s biggest positive. 123a’s are more powerful and more compact than alkaline batteries. The more compact nature of these front mounted batteries makes this the only front loaded headlamp, with this much light out-put, whose front-end weight is acceptable. Lithium batteries also perform far better than alkalines in cold weather, plus 123a’s have a 10 year shelf life.

    The only negative I see is that the headlamp is not waterproof. It IS water resistant which is better than most other headlamps out there, but it seems this headlamp really should have full water proofing to go along with its other great features.

    This headlamp may not look as flashy as some of the yuppie models you find in outdoor stores, but this headlamp has everything a no nonsense outdoorsmen will need.

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