The Black Diamond Ion headlamp offers a powerful, modern design for ultralight adventures and emergency use. Weighing just 1.7 ounces including the 2 AAA batteries, the Ion is compact, but still fully featured.
Ultra lightweight and very innovative, the Black Diamond Ion Headlamp is the perfect companion for fast and light adventures when you are looking for something lightweight, compact, but also very bright. Because of the different features here, this makes it a great emergency light as well. We will go through the different features and talk about what makes this light so great, but the stand out feature here is their power slide technology, which this is basically a buttonless headlamp. You have got touch technology here on the front that allows you to go through the different settings. It is very innovative. Very sleek and clean design on this light.
We are going to use the power slide touch technology here to go through the different settings and to show all the features. The first on to show is that powerful white LED light. It is a double power LED. At the highest setting it is 80 lumens, but you can dim it all the way down to four lumens. So you have a lot of adjustability with that light.
And to turn it on, you just slide away from the LED light. So give it one slide and that bright LED is on. Now when you want to dim that light, you hold that in close to the LED light and you can dim up and down. The light is going to blink when it gets to the bottom. That way you know it is at the lowest setting. And it will blink again when you get to the top. So that allows a lot of adjustability there.
To turn the light off you slide towards the light. So it turns it off.
Now you can also strobe with this LED. The great safety feature. So you slide away from the light two times in a row and then it will start strobing. So you have got your strobe going on there. To turn it off, you just slide it towards the light.
You have got a red LED on this light as well and that is great for night vision. So if you are hiking along, you just want to look at your map or you just want to look at something but you don't want to lose your night vision, you can turn that red LED on and you don’t have to strobe through the white LED first. So in order to turn on the red you slide to-wards LED light and the red light comes on. You can also dim with this. So, again, just hold that in. You can dim all the way down to the bottom and up to the top and so that is also going to blink when you know it is at its brightest and its dimmest.
This red light also strobes. So I turn that off. You can swipe towards the LED light two times in a row and that will let you strobe your red LEDs.
This is a great emergency feature. It also works great for a bike light. So if you need to use this in different ways, it is a very, very versatile light.
Something I really appreciate about Black Diamond headlamps is the use of lock mode. And that just gives you the peace of mind that your had lamp isn’t going to turn on and drain the batteries when it is inside your back pack. And lock mode here is pretty simple. You hold your thumb over this whole section on the front and you are going to see it blink a couple of times in red. You remove your thumb after about three seconds. So this is in lock mode. If I try to use the light it is going to blink like that, but it is not actually going to turn on.
When you want to take it off of lock mode, you hold it, same way in with your thumb until the white light comes on. The white light is on and lock mode is turned off.
The Ion is powered by two triple A batteries, so that speaks to how lightweight and how packable it is, a very small pack size.
To get to the battery housing is really easy. I flip the light upside down. There is a little tab there that allows you to get into battery housing. So it is as simple as that, changing the batteries in and out.
You have a nice tilt on this light as well. So when you are wearing it on your head you can tilt it down and up to your preferred angle. And there is a nice, light weight really stream lined strap here. So it is very stretchy, comfortable and soft. It has got a little bit of adjustability here. As you can see, that would definitely fit over top of a helmet, climbing helmet, a biking helmet. But you can cinch that down to make it a little bit smaller. So you can definitely use this in a lot of different ways. It is an extremely versatile light and with that power slide technology it is really innovative, really sleek and simple.
It is the Black Diamond Ion.