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Atomic Beam Headlight Review: Does it Work?

Atomic Beam Headlight Review: Does it Work?
3.55 (70.91%) 33 votes

Atomic Beam Headlight is a tactical headlamp which allows you to work without the need to hold a flashlight in your hands. Does it actually work? Read our Atomic Beam Headlight review.

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About Atomic Beam Headlight

Atomic Beam Headlight is a tactical flashlight that is worn on the head. The official product website is atomicheadlight.com, which was registered in September 2016. The screen shot below was taken of the product website in December 2016.

atomic beam headlight review

Claims & Features

  • Portable and easy to use
  • Shines up to 5,000 LUX
  • Hands free operation
  • Can be used underwater
  • Durable

Cost

The “Main Offer” includes one Atomic Beam Headlight for $19.99 with free shipping. You can add a second unit for another $9.99.

The “Deluxe Offer” includes an Atomic Beam Headlight with a rechargeable battery and charger for $32.98 with free shipping. You can double it for a total of $55.96 with free shipping.

I started seeing this in stores in February 2017 for about $20.

Atomic Beam Headlight Review

There were a slew of tactical lights advertising on television in 2016, with Tac Light and Atomic Beam being the most highly advertised. Both brands are promoted as brighter and more durable than standard flashlights. Because of the popularity of these products, it’s no wonder that the makers of Atomic Beam went back to the well to release additional versions within the same category. Atomic Beam Lantern followed the original, and then it was Atomic Beam Headlight, a tactical headlamp which allows you to enjoy the benefits of a tactical light with both hands free.

It may not come as a surprise that Tac Light also released its own headlight, although that item quickly disappeared and its website went offline.

With this incarnation of Atomic Beam, you’ll find a bright light affixed to an adjustable headband which fits snugly over the head. The light itself is extremely bright in comparison to regular flashlights, and will shine in whatever direction you look. It can also be adjusted up to 90 degrees, from straight out to straight down. There is a yellow button on the side of the band which allows you to toggle through the settings: on/off, high, low, and strobe.

As with the original Atomic Beam, this hands-free version is more durable than a regular flashlight and can withstand extreme temperatures and physical punishment. It seems to be made of acceptable construction and materials.

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I grew to enjoy my Atomic Beam Headlight while putting it to the test. I found it to be rugged, even surviving a hard throw to an asphalt surface. Their claims that it works even in boiling water, however, seem dubious at best. I put it in a pot of boiling water and after about 30 seconds, it began flickering and turned off. After it dried out, the light still worked, but it seemed to shut on and off randomly, and the button didn’t seem to work every time it was depressed. I don’t think they need to claim that it works underwater, when it is a fine light without such claims.

atomic beam headlight closeup

A closeup of the Atomic Beam Headlight LED light.

atomic beam headlight in boiling water

I found the boiling water test to be too much for Atomic Beam Headlight.

atomic beam headlight zoom

You can widen or tighten the zoom the beam by pulling or pushing the light.

I found battery life to be quite acceptable. I ran it for 11 straight hours, and it dimmed slightly after the first hour, but maintained an acceptable bright beam after that. There is an option to buy a lithium batter that is supposedly 85% brighter, but its $13 price tag is almost that of the Atomic Beam Headlight.

Overall, Atomic Beam Headlight should perform about as expected, provided you don’t try to use it underwater. You may want to peruse some of the comments on our review of the original Atomic Beam, as those reader opinions may be relevant to this item. Using a headlamp such as this can be ideal for such jobs as working on a car, under a sink, or in a dark area.

Can this product stand out among the large number of competitors? Now that it is available in stores, typically in the As Seen on TV section, it is a decent offering that is readily available.

Alternatives

The number of tactical headlamps for sale online may be surprising to the uninitiated. They range in price from $17-$100+ and tend to be well-received in general. A popular choice in this category is the InnoGear 5000 Lumen headlamp, which runs about $30 and boasts a 4.3 star rating among 1000+ reviews.

Video Review

Below is my video review of Atomic Beam Headlight.

Your Atomic Beam Headlight Reviews

Have you used Atomic Beam Headlight? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below and a star rating above.

Updated March 2017 to include availability in stores.

  • Linda Howell

    these flashlights are great,but the batteries are crap! They come from China and don’t last very long