Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TerraLUX LightStar 80


Ultrarunning and camping – what do they have in common? Traditionally both are done in the great outdoors and require additional illumination at night, far from streetlights. With my ultra training starting very soon, my goal is to hit the trails on every run, which will mean running in the dark on days I have to get up extra early. Laima and I are also planning our first full family camping trip, so we’ll need illumination around the campsite as well. In my opinion, hands-free is the way to go, whenever possible. Enter the TerraLUX LightStar 80 - 80 lumens and 63.50g of penlight.

TerraLUX claims the LightStar 80 has a claimed run time of 5 hours for this 2 x AAA battery light, which is plenty for a run that starts in the early morning dark, pre-dawn, but wouldn’t last for an overnight run. Spare batteries in a drop bag would take care of that problem. The vibrant orange color of my sample ensures it’s hard to misplace, which is a definite possibility with a near 2 year old dragging it ALL over the place. With my clumsiness and 4 eager children’s hands, this light has been dropped and otherwise abused for nearly 2 months – not a scratch. Quality made!


The BiteGrip is a handy feature and surely makes it more comfortable to dig deep into a stuff sack or drop bag without having to prop the light or have someone hold it for you. The clip allows secure storage in a pocket and also snugs tightly to a hat brim, perfect for running, wearing at the campsite, or working around the house.

I can see us having endless uses for this light, not just during an ultra or while camping, but around the house as well. If you’re looking for a tough light for everyday use or for the outdoors, this is highly recommended!


TerraLUX, Inc. designs, patents, manufactures, and distributes LED-based lighting solutions for portable and general illumination applications. Born from a rich tradition of technology innovation in solid state lighting, TerraLUX builds its expertise into every product and component it makes. Our LED flashlights and work lights are perfect for users demanding: high brightness, small form factor, rugged, durable construction, and high fidelity color rendering (high CRI) LED that makes your work area appear in full color.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of TerraLUX. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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2 comments:

  1. forget ultra running, get another one of those puppies mounted to the other side of your hat and start dj'ing.

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  2. Sturdy and has some cool features - like the bite grip.

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