Black Diamond Zenix IQ Headlamp Review

Someone at BD has been drinking loads of joe, because the Zenix IQ is nearly perfect. Powered by just two AA batteries, this pup, when cycled to the brightest of eight settings, is powerful enough to search out that next pitch.

By Duane Raleigh | December 8th, 2010

Black Diamond Zenix IQ | Zenix-IQ.jpg$47.95 | bdel.com

 

Weight (with batteries): 5.7 ounces
Batteries: 2 AA
Light Settings: 7, plus blink
Burn time: 8 to 180 hours

 

Someone at BD has been drinking loads of joe, because the Zenix IQ is nearly perfect. Powered by just two AA batteries, this pup, when cycled to the brightest of eight settings, is powerful enough to search out that next pitch. Then, toggled down to one of its mid-range settings, reducing battery drain, the headlamp still throws enough beam to hike, cook or read. At its lowest setting, which illuminates well enough to find items in your pack, the Zenix IQ will reportedly run 180 hours on one set of batteries, making this lamp the most miserly of all (the Petzl Myo XP is a very close second). Toss in a weather-resistant case, a comfortable, secure head harness, a swiveling bulb housing, and a size that will stow in your pocket, and you have literal brilliance.

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