Fall is here, but that doesn’t mean you need to immediately put away your grilling tools, store your grill for the season, or stop hosting grilling get-togethers with your friends. If anything, you may want to double down on outdoor grilling and dining to make the most of the last few weeks of beautiful weather.
However, shorter days bring the challenge of limited daylight hours. Don’t let the earlier setting of the sun interrupt your grilling sessions, though. Equipped with a Fenix light, you can continue to enjoy smoking meats, grilling veggies, and the company of your friends long into the evening.
What kind of light is best for grilling, though? When your hands are full of heaping platters of deliciousness or covered with barbeque sauce, headlamps are the only way to be in better control of your lighting needs.
Not every headlamp is meant to be used for grilling. Specific features make certain headlamps better than others when it comes to barbecue.
What Are the Features of the Best Rechargeable Headlamps for Grilling?
- Quick charging
- Comfortable headband
- Long runtime
- Able to withstand extreme temperatures
- Adaptable design
- Accurate color rendering
- Multiple power options
The Best Fenix Headlamps for Grilling
With the above features in mind, our list of the best rechargeable headlamps for grilling includes the Fenix HM50R V2.0, the HM65R-T, the HL18R, and the HM23. Each has useful features that leave your hands free and your attention focused on grilling meals to perfection. From a two-in-one headlamp/flashlight combo to neutral light that renders colors accurately, these Fenix headlamps make for the perfect grilling assistants.
Let’s check out what makes these headlamps great for becoming a master of the grill.
HM50R V2.0 - The 2-in-1 Grill Light
Weighing only 2.75 oz (78 g) with the battery and headband, not only is the Fenix HM50R V2.0 one of our most conveniently sized headlamps, but it also features an all-in-one design.
If you drop a grilling tong or spice on the ground, or when you want to avoid blinding others when speaking with them, you can quickly detach the right-angled flashlight from the headband and hold it in your hand.
The HM50R V2.0 also has a quick charge time of 1.5 hours. If you and your friends decide on enjoying an outdoor grilling session later in the day, you needn’t worry about waning daylight hours. Capable of being fully charged in 90 minutes, the HM50R V2.0 rechargeable headlamp can be ready to perform in the time it takes you to lay the table, play a game, or squeeze in some last-minute grocery shopping.
If you are someone who enjoys multitasking, you can be confident wearing the HM50R V2.0 over a hot grill. Its perforated headband keeps the light in place even as you grill, serve, and grab a few bites of smoking hot food yourself.
HM65R-T - The Most Comfortable Grill Light
Could the burgers use a few more minutes on the grill, or are they ready? In low-light settings, it’s hard to differentiate between medium and medium-rare. Eliminate the guesswork with the Fenix HM65R-T‘s neutral and white light. Colors are rendered more accurately in the light, making it easier to tell when the food is done.
Even if the burgers need a few more minutes, you won’t mind keeping the HM65R-T on your head until you’re ready to check them again. The headlamp’s widened hollow headband provides a comfortable fit.
When you need a wide spread of light to see everything in your grilling area at once, activate the HM65R-T’s floodlight. The soft and even beam makes it easy to make out nearby grilling tools, dishes, and anyone trying to sneak a taste before the food’s ready.
HL18R - The Multiple-Power-Option Grill Light
Just like it’s useful to have an alternate fuel source for your grill, it’s also great to have rechargeable headlamps with multiple power options. For example, you can switch out the Fenix HL18R’s included rechargeable battery for three standard AAA batteries. That way, if the headlamp runs out of juice halfway through cooking, you can quickly exchange the batteries and get back to grilling.
If the weather turns suddenly and threatens to fizzle out your grill’s flames, the last thing you need is your headlamp getting wet and malfunctioning. The HL18R’s waterproof design withstands splashing and heavy rain, so you can keep wearing the headlamp without worry while moving your grilling station to a dry area.
Glares from grilling tools, serving plates, and other reflective surfaces can be uncomfortable while using a headlamp. Protect your vision by redirecting the HL18R’s beam where you need it with the useful 60° tilt mechanism.
HM23 - The Long-Running Grill Light
As you try to make the most of the outdoors, you may take every opportunity to fire up the grill to try a new recipe. Unfortunately, back-to-back grilling sessions in low-light settings can deplete your headlamp’s battery before you know it. Not only does the Fenix HM23 last 100 hours on its Low setting, but a single AA battery powers its impressive runtime.
If light settings change or you need to cycle through the HM23’s light levels, its convenient side switch controls the headlamp’s three brightness modes. With a few quick motions, you’ll have the perfect amount of light to grill with confidence.
No matter which brightness level you need, the headlamp creates a clean, balanced beam of light. You’ll have the perfect quality of light to see whether it’s time to take food off the grill and serve it up.
Become Master of the Grill With Rechargeable Headlamps From Fenix
Take your grill game to the next level with Fenix rechargeable headlamps. While the above headlamps are excellent for grilling, explore our generous selection of headlamps for outdoor activities, work, and play.