Qark rechargeable head torch
580 lumen rechargeable head torch. Compatible with AAA batteries for when you’re recharging your battery pack, it’s perfect for climbing, trekking, mountaineering, and multi-day adventures
What do we do when the nights grow longer and darker? Do we hibernate in our living rooms, or do we make the most of the opportunity to see the mountains in a different light?
Qark is small, mighty, reliable, and packed with such clever features that we don’t know what to tell you about first!
One of our favourite features is Qark’s dual battery compatibility which lets you choose your power source, making it excellent for multi-day trips. The main battery pack is rechargeable, with a micro-USB charging port that plugs directly into the battery itself. Whilst the battery pack is charging you can use your Qark with AAA batteries with no sacrifice to performance. This makes Qark hugely versatile, ideal for multi-day trips, continuous use, or if you’re just the kind of person who forgets to recharge your head torch.
With a brightness range of 30 – 580 lumens and a red front light, Qark delivers the right lighting whether you need to see every pebble and stick on the trail or are just reading in your tent. You shift through the settings with a single button, which means minimum faffing is required.
Focus control lets you adjust your beam width: twiddle the control to ‘flood’ for close-proximity activities like navigating and reading, then move over to ‘spot’ for trail finding. The light unit has a 90˚ tilt so that you can point your light in wherever you want.
Qark has a removable overhead central strap that stabilises the light on your head, making it ideal for dynamic activities like running and climbing. In fact, as it weighs just 95 grams, you’ll forget your even wearing it!
Qark has a water resistance rating of IPX6, so it can sustain rain but not submersion.
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
- Bright, light and compact 580 lumen rechargeable head torch.
- Battery pack recharges with micro-USB, light unit is compatible with AAA batteries so you can still use it as you recharge.
- Focus control lets you adjust between spot and flood.
- White main LED for general use, Red LED for preserving night vision.
- 90˚ tilt on light unit for reading, navigating, avoiding shining your light in people’s faces.
- Overhead central strap for a stabilised fit on your head.
- Rainproof body for durability in typical UK weather!
Weight: 95 g
Size: 62 x 41 x 43 mm
Light output: 580 lm
Bulb: 1 x XP-C Cree white LED; 1 x O.SW Nichia Red LED
Energy: 1 x 3.7 800 mAh proprietary Li-ion rechargeable battery pack (Charge time: 2.5 hrs)
IP rating: IPX6 (Protected from total dust ingress. Protected from high pressure water jets from any direction.)
3 x AAA alkaline batteries
|Mode||Brightness||Beam Distance||Burn time|
|Main High||580 lm||150 m||2h30|
|Main Med||270 lm||100 m||5h30|
|Main Low||30 lm||35 m||18 h|
|Red||10 lm||5 m||15 h|
|Red Flashing||NA||NA||30 h|
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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What a great torch, plenty of light, the focus is brilliant. The rechargeable battery is a great idea and would be great in some of the other torches in the range too. The only things I would change, the small off centre button is a little harder to find than the button on the viper or original muon (I'm sure that I'll get used to it) and it would be great to have options like a bike light, to go straight to the last used setting and long press to turn off.
Used third FS for a few weeks now for night trail running. It is superb! Full beam more than enough for total of road, middle good for tracks and lowest enough for roads. Not too heavy and battery flexibility nice.
Minor niggles - a batteryife indicator would be nice (it goes to a lower setting and then turns off about 10 minutes later). And the button isnt easiest to find with gloves on.
Used this for an overnight run last night and the battery lasted all night, I only needed full beam occasionally though to search for gates and styles etc.
Bought as a spare torch but will probably use as a main.
Bought a Qark headtorch for my daughters Christmas. Arrived today so had a little play now its dark - Fantastic brightness, zoom is great and like ability to use AAA batteries as well. I don't need another headtorch but I can't resist - unfortunately sold out! Hopefully back in stock for my Christmas pressy to myself
Let there be light
This is very impressive and great value, the controls are intuitive and the light levels are spot on, also easy to use wearing gloves. If i could suggest a single improvement it would be to tighten up the strap adjustment so it does not slip when not on your head. Easily fixed with some tape and cannot recommend highly enough.
Great head tourch!!!
Great head tourch!!! This is the best head tourch l have used and it is reliable gives great light for running at night on the trails and gives you confidence to go for it. Great product just ordered another one for my wife .
Great performance and value
With the new old Qark head torch, it has two drawbacks. The rear battery pack added bulk and weight, and once the battery had drained, you'd need another head torch with you to continue your outdoor activities. Otherwise it is a great product. With the new Qark those two issues have been addressed. The option of using AAA batteries means you don't have to switch to another head torch or potentially sit on a mountain for 2 hours while it charges! Removing the rear battery pack was a good decision, I never found the rear light of any use. I was worried that it would make the light heavier at the front, but the difference is negligible as it stays secure and doesn't bounce around on your head.
The light is so bright, full brightness is useful when in the woods overnight or for route finding, but the low and medium brightness levels are much more frequently used. Adding a focus adjustment ring for the beam was also another great decision. Both that and the power button are easy to operate even with thick gloves on. The red light is brighter than on the previous design so is more useful.
The design overhaul for the Qark has been well worth it. The price is very reasonable for the quality and performance offered by this product make it a good purchase. After a few trips using this I'm still yet to find a problem or issue.
Good value for money
I have a few Alpkit head torches but bought this one as I really like the idea of a rechargeable battery and AAA compatability.
I would absolutely love to see the rechargeable battery sold separately as then you could be using one battery whilst another was charging (by external power bank as an example). That way you could potentially navigate etc.. most of the night with 3 or so batteries.
The reason I docked a point though is that the housing feels pretty cheap and not particularly sturdy. Time will tell I guess.
All in all a good buy.
I really wanted to love this but...
I wanted to love this headtorch - 500+ lumens, rechargeable, compatible with AAAs, super light and all for less than £30? On paper I thought I couldn't go wrong so ordered two, one for me and one for my wife for use as our main headlamps for trail running.
Firstly, what I liked:
Brightness - these headlamps really are super bright, on full beam they light up the trails impressively and for all but the toughest terrain I found the mid setting to be perfectly adequate.
Comfort - the lamps are super light, hardly noticeable when wearing. The triple band system keeps the light from slipping and was comfortable.
The not so good:
Beam pattern - although the beam is adjustable from flood to spot or somewhere inbetween, I found myself constantly adjusting to find the sweet spot. The spot is great for picking out objects far off (e.g. navigation use) but too narrow and bouncy for running. The flood did a good job of lighting up the trail immediately in front of me but lacked depth for the mid ground/oncoming obstacles. Setting the focus somewhere in between just didn't seem to be a good balance for me. Perhaps a twin LED lamp (spot and flood) would work better?
Functionality - the ability to run rechargeable and AAA batteries makes a lot of sense to extend run times but as the battery compartment is an all-in-one unit, you have to swap out the rechargeable unit for triple A batteries, which can be a bit fiddly in the cold/wet. A separate battery pack unit (i.e. with the AAAs already locked in and ready to go) which could be plugged in when the main battery dies would make switching a lot easier.
Run time - one of my lamps died after an hours use in not particularly cold weather. Appreciate it's unlikely that any headtorch's stated run time will be matched in the real world but was a bit disappointed at this. We got better run times from the second unit and respectable run times during an indoor test (2h,18min) but after that first failure my confidence in the lights dropped. There was also quite a pronounced step down in light output after a relatively short run time on full, again something that other lights do but it did seem quite short output at full power. Alpkit customer service was fantastic with advice and guidance, I returned the lights for testing which didn't show up any specific issues. I decided to opt for a refund as they just weren't quite what I was looking for and Alpkit were happy to provide a refund.
All in all I do feel a bit stingy giving the Qark only 3 stars, for the price it really does punch well above it's weight in terms of lumen output and puts it into the realms of headlights that cost double or even more, however whilst feature packed, it feels like the features were added in without much thought for use in the real world.