Product review

12 Jun, 2020

Coleman CXS

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight:

g

Miles used:

Miles

Times replaced:

Replacements

Review

For my first headlamp, I ever purchased I went into Go Outdoors for a cheap feature-packed solution and picked up the Coleman CXS headlamp. So how did it do?

 

Why the Coleman CXS?

It had all the features, red light, dimming, auto-adjusting, head strap and so on and it was only £22 so it seemed like a no-brainer at the time and initially, I was very pleased.

 

How well does it work?

It doesn’t score terribly high for performance, the fact it takes 3 AAA batteries is definitely a massive turn off for me nowadays and the battery life, while good, wouldn’t justify the size and weight. Also, the auto-brightness function on the lamp would trigger when not required, making the lamp dim and brighten on its own accord. Very annoying.

 

Who’s it for?

I wouldn’t recommend this lamp for a thru-hiker, but it would be okay for an avid camper, or even to have in the back of your car for emergencies.

 

Why review it?

As it’s the first headlamp I ever purchased, I thought it’d be a good idea to include on the site to show how I progressed and upgraded over time. I’d highly recommend the Nitecore NU25 for a good all-rounder, or even the Olight H2R Nova for an incredible performance headlamp with amazing beam distance.

 

Value for money

At around the £20 mark, if all the features worked properly and it was rechargeable it wouldn’t be a bad lamp. It’s definitely worth spending a little more, but for something cheaper that’s not rechargeable, go for something like the Black Diamond Ion instead. Sorry, Coleman!

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Overview

  • Durability 40% 40%
  • Power consumption 30% 30%
  • Brightness 60% 60%
  • Power to weight ratio 30% 30%
  • Value to weight ratio 20% 20%
  • Value for money 30% 30%

BPros

  • Cheap
  • Good battery life

CCons

  • Heavy
  • Not USB rechargable
  • Not easy to use

Specs

Price:

£23 on Amazon

Weight:

118g (4.1oz)

Material:

Plastic

Max brightness:

200 Lumens

Max beam distance:

30 metres

Max runtime:

50 hours

Features

  • SOS Beacon: No
  • Red light: Yes
  • Auto adjusting brightness

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