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Doug Ritter eQ Multi Light

Doug Ritter eQ Multi Light

This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and has been replaced by the EQ2 Ultralight Headlamp. The same great performance at lower price!

The Doug Ritter edition eQ Multi-Light is a versatile, inexpensive and well designed flashlight that's great for all sorts of situations and conditions.
SKU egeareqmulti
Weight 0.30 lbs
$14.95
Quantity Out of stock

This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and has been replaced by the EQ2 Ultralight Headlamp. The same great performance at lower price!

Doug Ritter and Aeromedix have teamed up with the folks at Essential Gear to offer the perfect companion to the Doug Ritter Photon Freedom Micro; the Doug Ritter eQ Multi Light.


 

Weighing less than 1 ounce, with the same "twice-as-bright" LED as the DR Photon and featuring a versatile clip mount that provides 9 light positions.  Equipped with a magnifier lens to provide a super focused beam.  Available in our exclusive bright yellow case for easier location if dropped.

 

 

OTHER INFO and FEEDBACK

 

When I designed my Doug Ritter Ultimate Aviator Survival Pak™ I needed a compact, very lightweight multipurpose LED flashlight/headlamp. After much searching, the light I settled on was the eQ Hands-Free Multi-Light™. I only wanted a couple changes. I wanted to use the same "twice-as-bright" LED as the Doug Ritter MkII Special Edition Photon Freedom Micro-light™ and I really didn't like either of the standard case colors, black or dark blue. Yellow, easy to find if dropped, would be nice...


The good news was they could give me what I wanted. The bad news; we would have to order a lot of them. Voilà! Another Doug Ritter Special Edition is born: the Doug Ritter Special Edition eQ Hands-Free Multi-Light™.


 

The more I use them, the more I appreciate the advantages of headlamps. They sure beat the heck out of trying to hold a small light between your teeth or any of the other means we improvise to allow us to use both hands and still light up the work area. You can actually talk, nobody has to try to decipher your mumbling. They can't be beat for lighting up a path at night, leaving your hands free. The trouble with most headlamps is they are too heavy, bulky and complicated. Many provide a lot more light than what's adequate to accomplish most tasks, which only increases cost, weight and size. I wanted practical, simple, lightweight, compact, reliable and affordable. The KISS principle applies. Here are the parameters I laid out when I first went looking for this light:


  • Useable as both a headlamp and a regular flashlight, easy to hold in your hand
  • Optionally able to be clipped to a cap
  • Multi-angle head
  • Very light weight
  • Compact
  • Waterproof or at least highly water resistant (able to work in a heavy downpour or survive a drop into a puddle)
  • LED at least as bright as the Doug Ritter MkII Special Edition Photon Freedom Micro-light™
  • Long runtime on lithium batteries
  • Secure switch design that could not be inadvertently switched on in storage
  • One-hand operable
  • Brightly colored body
  • Quality construction
  • Reliable
  • Affordable

The Doug Ritter Special Edition eQ Hands-Free Multi-Light™ fulfills these requirements and more. It uses a single "twice-as-bright" Nichia 5mm white LED and a reflector and focusing lens that puts more light on target at greater range than the bare LED of the Photon. The combination of the lens and an integral hood mean little or no sidescatter into your eyes when hand held or if used with the clip on your cap.


The lens produces a light beam that is clearly defined with virtually no spill. The beam is wide enough to be practical, while still providing the added benefits of improved range and brightness. If you need to read a set of instructions or a map held in your hands, it's wide enough to allow that without lots of head movement and there's plenty of beam width to allow safe travel at night.


A single thin elastic strap serves as a headband and is dual adjustable. The light weight means this single band is quite adequate, no fancier suspension system is required. If desired, the headband can be easily removed in a matter of seconds and can be re-installed almost as quickly. The backplate/clip is padded with a piece of closed-cell foam for comfort.


The broad clip allows the Doug Ritter Special Edition eQ Hands-Free Multi-Light™ to be easily attached to a cap, your shirt, pack or any material up to a half-inch thick (12.7 mm). Because the clip is an inch wide (2.54 cm), it is more stable even when attached to flimsier material like a shirt. The headband doesn't have to be removed to use the clip on a cap, just slip the headband over the body of the cap to keep it out of the way. Without the headband attached, the light will also stand up on any flat surface. The head is adjustable for angle and has ten distinct positions from 0º to 88º (see animation below). The angle is held by a double detent, so it isn't just friction on the pivot, a failing in many headlamps.

If you just need a quick light, the compact size and shape makes it comfortable to hold in your hand, with or without the headband attached. The headband can serve as an improvised wrist lanyard if needed to protect the light from being dropped in precarious situations.


The Doug Ritter Special Edition eQ Hands-Free Multi-Light™ weighs only one ounce (28 g) with batteries and its headband. It is powered by a pair of CR2032 Lithium coin cells. These lithium batteries have a 10-year storage life and excellent cold weather performance. Run time is given as 20 hours and it'll run at maximum brightness for 2.5 hours. A spare set of batteries takes up the space of only four pennies. The batteries are quick and easy to change out; no tools, extraordinary skill or broken finger nails required. It is even labeled with the correct polarity, to avoid confusion. The whole light is only about 1.25 x 1.2 x 1.8 inches (32 x 30 x 45 mm) without the headband.


The Doug Ritter Special Edition eQ Hands-Free Multi-Light's™ rotary switch prevents inadvertant operation in storage. The switch functions by screwing the lens in or out (clockwise is ON). The lens is equipped with flutes for easy gripping and it can be readily operated one-handed.


While not rated as submersible, we tested it to 6 ft. depth for an hour with no leakage. 


The back half of the case is molded in bright yellow, the rest is black. The yellow part glows when the light is turned on, which everyone seems to think looks very cool.

 


This is the perfect light for anyone needing a compact, lightweight, versatile and reliable headlamp and it's inexpensive to boot. What more could you want? Get one for every car, plane, boat, survival or preparedness kit, etc.

60 hours of burn time 
weighs less than 1 ounce w/ battery 
size: 30 x 30 x 48mm 
color bright yellow with black

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