Princeton Tec Axis Headlamp Review

Mark Ranum

Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.

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  1. kenji says:

    “Obviously sticking with disposable batteries will increase the long term cost of owning this headlamp. If you guys have any thoughts on why owning a disposable battery headlamp versus a rechargeable headlamp is the better way to go, leave a comment down below…”

    Here is my argument why, in as much as possible, I do not buy devices with built-in rechargeable batteries.

    1. Built-in rechargeables are proprietary. If I am out on the field and I run out of power, I can’t just drop in fresh AA or AAA batteries and be ready to go in a pinch.

    2. Built-in rechargeables are are made to be non-removable. If I am out on the field, in a camp and I run out of power I cannot remove the battery and drop in another one, unlike a DSLR, or a video camera. (Tangential side comment: Even if I could do that, the battery would still be proprietary, meaning costlier, and dedicated solely for said device, and could not be used for anything else. A waste.)

    3. Built-in rechargeables are cumbersome. If I am out on the field and I run out of power I won’t find an outlet to re-charge. And if by some miracle I do, I’ll have to bring a separate charger/cable, and sit there next to the outlet for 1+ hours till the battery is recharged. So if I’m at camp, I won’t get to be with my friends or family and miss out on whatever is happening. And we all know batteries run out when we least want them to.

    4. Built-in rechargeables, like any battery, have a lifespan. Eventually the battery will wear out and die. By the time that happens, who knows if you’ll be able to find a replacement. The vendor may have discontinued that model, or the vendor may even have gone out of business. You’re stuck with a perfectly functioning device that has no way of being powered.

    Is the solution to use disposable batteries? of course not!
    I have learned that the best way to go is buying devices that use AA or AAA, and using them with rechargeable AA/AAA batteries. (The best being Panasonic Eneloop.) That way, if I am out on the field and I run out of power, I can:

    1. Bring a fresh batch of fully charged spare batteries with me.
    2. Swap batteries in a pinch, at any time, anywhere. (Especially in emergencies.)
    3. With rechargeable AA/AAA batteries, I can power ANYTHING that uses those battery sources, like a buddy’s flashlight, etc.
    4. In the event that I still run out of spares, I can dash out to any convenience store/gas station, and always find regular disposable batteries.

    At the end of my trip I can take all my spent Eneloop batteries home, recharge them, and reuse them again. No waste.

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