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Coleman CSX+ 250 LED Headlamp Review

Coleman CSX+ 250 Headlamp Review

If like me you’re a sucker for anything vaguely near to a “gadget”, you’ll love the new award winning Coleman CSX+ Headlamp.  This auto-adjusting CXS+ 250 LED headlamp provides the wearer with hands-free KineSix™ hand-swipe control, 5 different lighting modes and a super-bright 250 lumen output.  Yes, that’s right, you can adjust this bad boy by just waving your hand!

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Designed with light sensing technology, the CXS+ 250 headlamp automatically adapts its beam pattern to the surrounding environment and needs of the wearer. The advanced headlamp also feature Coleman BatteryLock™ technology meaning it is ready to go whenever you are.

Coleman is not a brand I would have associated with torches and certainly not something as awesome as this.  It’s a fantastic bit of kit and somewhere toward the top of their CSX+ range powering out an impressive 250 Lumens as the name suggests.

This is a superb mid-sized headtorch with impressive power output, build quality and features.

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So what’s so special about this torch?  Coleman® KineSix™ – controlled by hand movements!  KineSix™ offers a convenient hands-free method to interface with a headlamp while running, cycling, or even just standing!  To cycle through light modes and light intensities, the user simply waves their hand within 7cm of the sensor on the front of the headlamp. This avoids having to deal with an on/off button while performing a strenuous activity or wearing thick gloves.

Not only is this a high quality headtorch, but it’s well designed and thought out

The Highlights:

  • Light output: 250/20 lumens (max/min)
  • Beam distance: 40/5 meters
  • Runtime: 4/50 hours
  • Batteries: 3 AAA Duracell® included
  • Features: BatteryLock™, REAX™ Auto Adjust, KineSix™ Hand- Swipe
  • IPX level: IPX 4
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.0 x 4.0 cm; headband 60 cm
  • Weight: 114g

Checkout out the Coleman homepage for more details and this and their other great products

Coleman® – The Outdoor Company

Heritage
We share your passion. In 1901, a young man with an entrepreneurial spirit and a great idea began manufacturing lanterns in Wichita, Kansas. Over 100 years later that same spirit, coupled with ingenuity is still what guides the company today. A company that began with a flash of inspiration. The Coleman® brand has constantly innovated and evolved, changing the way that people have enjoyed the outdoors forvever.

Product excellence, innovation and testing
First and foremost our passion is the outdoors and as a result, our inspiration for innovation is driven by the diversity of what the outdoors has to offer. Globally, we are committed to encouraging more people to go outside; it’s the ethos behind our day-to-day thinking. Therefore, each year, we create a wealth of innovative products, introducing new categories that will inspire you to explore your outdoors. Whether you enjoy relaxing with friends and family outdoors or your personal passion is exploring the Arctic in freezing conditions, our product range will have the correct tools to support your individual adventure. A brand you can trust, it’s a trust that’s been earned over the last 100 years and it’s a virtue that has stayed with Coleman through generations thanks to our commitment to delivering the highest quality products.

Explore your outdoors
At the Coleman® brand we combine high quality materials, global expertise and a quest for innovation to offer tents that focus on your comfort, convenience and performance, wherever your camping adventure takes you.

The Coleman® brand is the outdoor company, and we strive to make it as simple as possible to go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. When we talk about waterproof features, trademarked ventilation methods, taped flysheets, just know that it’s us going to great lengths to live up to the Coleman® name, so that you can hold up your end of the bargain: Let’s Go Outside, with Coleman®. The Outdoor Company.

Now I have a confession to make…  all my life I’ve had a small obsession with torches, lanterns and head-torches.  Being afforded the opportunity to review a torch from Coleman wasn’t something I was overly enamored with, until the wonderful people at Coleman sent us the CSX+ 250.

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This is, without doubt, a superb quality headlamp / torch, call it what you will.  It’s great !

It’s most obvious feature, Coleman® KineSix™ – controlled by hand movements!  KineSix™ offers a convenient hands-free method to interface with a headlamp while running, cycling, or even just standing!

So how does that work?

The Battery Divide system, has won a prestigious award:

COMMENDED by the 2016 CAMPING MAGAZINE
EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARDS in the category
BEST CAMPING INNOVATION

After a long period of non-use, you can rest assured when
find yourself in need of light, BatteryLock™ has you covered!

Standard electric lights lose battery power over time even when they’re switched off because the battery is never truly disengaged from the electric contacts. With the patent pending Coleman BatteryLock™ technology and a simple twist of the head, battery loss will become a thing of the past.

Connected:

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Disconnected:

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Just holding this thing in your hand lets you know it’s great quality, it has a solid and sturdy construction which also incorporates weather resistance (IPX4) The box comes supplied with x3 AAA Batteries which power the CSX+ 250 to get you going which will last for 2.5hrs on maximum power (250Lumens – 40m beam) or 40hrs on low (25Lumens – 10m beam) AAA Batteries can also be purchased almost anywhere, so it’s unlikely you’ll ever get caught short.  at the heart of this beast is the LED circuit, housed within a nifty reflector

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The beam pattern is excellent, combining both a concentrated beam for distance and searching as well as a broad beam in light your surroundings

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and thanks to the adaptive lighting, won’t blind other members of your party around the the campfire!

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Coleman® REAX™ – light sensor

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With innovative Coleman® REAX™ auto-adjusting, light-sensing technology, Coleman® headlamps adapt their own beam pattern to the surrounding environment and needs of the user.

PROXIMITY LIGHTING: When focusing on items at a close proximity, lumens will decrease and the beam will have a flooding effect to increase visibility.
LONG DISTANCE: When looking into the distance, lumens increase stretching the light beam further.

HOW DO I ACTIVE IT?
Hold down on/off button for 4 seconds to switch to REAX™ auto adjustment mode.

I can remember a time when 50Lumens was a very impressive light output for a headtorch, however at 250Lumens this certainly provides more than enough light for most users and applications.  The elasticated headband is very comfortable too and easy to adjust.

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Thanks to  feature, battery should be vastly improved when not in use for prolonged periods of time

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Able to withstand impact from a 2m drop and the addition of weather resistance (IPX4), this mid-sized torch has numerous applications and possibilities.  At a mere 114g it’s not going to weigh you down either!

Checkout out the Coleman homepage for more details and this and their other great products

  • Light output: 250/20 lumens (max/min)
  • Beam distance: 40/5 meters
  • Runtime: 4/50 hours
  • Batteries: 3 AAA Duracell® included
  • Features: BatteryLock™, REAX™ Auto Adjust, KineSix™ Hand- Swipe
  • IPX level: IPX 4
  • Size: 6.8 x 3.0 x 4.0 cm; headband 60 cm
  • Weight: 114g

Batteries and strap included!

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This is a superb mid-sized hand torch with impressive power output, build quality and features.

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At approximately £40.00 it’s also very competitively priced and certainly worth your attention if you’re in the market for a new headtorch.  I have had many torches, some of which don’t come close to this in terms of power, but with extra features including Coleman® REAX™ and Coleman® KineSix™ this a strong contender to hit the top-spot!

It’ll be interesting to see  how the CSX+ 250 from Coleman stands up to heavy usage, however first impressions are more than favorable!  My only gripe is that there’s no case, not a deal breaker but something that aids storage.

Available in 150 – 300 Lumen variants, this sits toward the top of the range and provides, I feel, a great balance between size, output and flexibility.  Checkout out the Coleman homepage for more details and this and their other great products

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