The Readers Digest recently ran an article saying the English word with the most meanings is "run". Well, allow me to run this thought by you – my HP300 Cyclops runs circles around most other headlamps!
The Cyclops is equally suited to runners, tradesmen running a business, managers who want to run their eyes over some fine print, and motorists who need to change a tyre that has run flat. It has one of the longest run-times of any torch in my collection and you'd be well advised to run along and buy one soon, before they run out!
But seriously, this headlamp is powerful, versatile and exceptional value. It features a high-powered Luminus SST40 LED that delivers a well-proportioned 650 lumen beam over a distance of almost 100 ANSI metres or 30 real-world metres. This is like the headlight on a scooter and is perfect for moving around in the dark, whether you're running, hiking, climbing, or finding your way to the loo at a campsite.
Auxiliary XPE emitters on either side of the main beam deliver an even flood of light for close-up work. Because there are two of them, they produce soft shadows and very little glare off shiny surfaces – the perfect light for reading or working in a kitchen, workshop or sewing room.
The new Cyclops takes the most common size of lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery, the 18650 (18mm diameter, 65mm long), which powers the main beam at full power for about three hours, or for several days at the lowest setting. Good quality Li-Ions typically last for 3-5 years and are easy to replace when the time comes.
The battery is charged inside the headlamp via a concealed USB-C charging port which is compatible with most cellphone chargers and can be connected with the supplied cable to the USB-A ports in cars, multi-connectors, inverters and even some solar panels. The charging port is hidden underneath a waterproof screw-down cover, and a battery-status indicator tells you when the battery is charged or needs charging.
The Cyclops is rated IPX6 waterproof so it will shrug off the heaviest rain or sea-spray, although it's not designed for underwater use. It's built from aircraft-grade aluminium to withstand hard use for many years, but it's also one of the lightest 18650-format headlamps on the market at less than 100g complete with battery, so it's comfortable to wear for long periods, even when running or jumping over rocks to find the perfect fishing spot.
The headlamp is attached to the headstrap with a nylon clip that holds it firmly while allowing the beam to be swivelled up and down so it can be aimed wherever you need it. You can quickly unclip the lamp if you need a hand-held torch, and the bracket can also be detached from the strap and used to attach the light to a handlebar or helmet for cycling.
I also stock an optional "sports headstrap" which will hold the Cyclops firmly and comfortably to your head through a hurricane! It's very popular with trail runners, mountain bikers and others who like to test the limits of their equipment and themselves.
In terms of operation, the new Cyclops offers five standard modes with mode memory, as well as 8-level ramping and a defensive strobe, which activates all three LEDs for a truly dazzling 850 lumen display.
The HP300 is a worthy successor to the very popular D10ii Cyclops, which I sold by the dozen to factories and businesses that needed an affordable, robust and easy-to-use light for their staff, and to countless others for use indoors and out – check out a few of the (many!) customer reviews.