It seems like just yesterday we
were convincing our friends that it was “cool” to wear a headlamp, due to the
advantages of hand free lighting it didn’t take long. Then along came LED
lights, long lasting and lightweight, but still we asked for more. Black Diamond
has delivered with the Gemini Headlamp. The Gemini is a hybrid with dual LED’s
and a xenon light source, it weighs in at just 7oz (batteries included).
The xenon bulb provides that
laser like beam that’s been missing, used to spot trails, climb and spy on your
tent mate taking a pee break. The two LED bulbs provide proximity lighting
allowing one to follow maintained trails, set up camp, cook and read.
Running the xenon bulb
exclusively the batteries will lasts between 4-5 hours, while if the LED light
is solely utilized the batteries can last up to 80hrs. The actual life depends
on the ratio you use the lighting. The Gemini runs on three AA batteries.
The Gemini moves from one
lighting mode to the next by means of a three-function push switch. The switch
moves from the xenon bulb, to the LED and then off. The switch has a safety
feature designed to prevent it from turning on while in the pack. and the LED
and xenon light can not be on at the same time.
The Gemini is a great all
purpose light for Backpackers, day hikers (you should always be prepared)
climbing, mountaineering, adventure racing and any other endurance sport you may
participate. Okay, maybe not swimming, although it is tested to IPX waterproof
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