Whats in the box?
- The lamp itself with two buttons on top to turn it on and select the brightness mode as well as a rocker dial to move from direct to flood beam.
- Two fabric panels with opposing hook and loop attachments. One panel is for fixing the light to the belt while the other will attach to the belt and “Velcro” to the first panel.
- A battery pack with a plastic enclosure that holds 3 AA batteries (I accidentally said AAA in the video), a blinking red safely light, and a nylon case around the pack to attach it around a belt.
Putting it all together
[Note: The belt used for demonstration has a buckle so we use that terminology to define the points at which the two opposing sides of a belt attaches together. Know that essentially any type of belt ranging from 1.5-2.5 inches in belt height should work regardless of attachment system.]
You’re not done yet. Now it’s time to put the battery pack on. Open up the nylon sleeve that surrounds the enclosure and wrap it around some portion of the belt. The wire from the light assembly exists out the right side (looking down at it). You’ll need to situate the battery pack on your right hip somewhere then slide it either forward or back depending on your preference or what the actual storage areas of the waist pack will allow. It would also be possible to put the battery pack in a pocket of your pack if you have room available.
Now you are ready to go!
The controls are easy to get to. Since they are mounted on top of the light just like a headlamp, there is not much of a learning curve. The dial feature is nice as it allows you to cast a wider beam and since it is simply a dial around the face of the light it is easy to just reach down and adjust to fit your need.
The light enclosure itself offers a lot of travel to point the beam right where you want it to. It travels almost 90 degrees from pointing straight out from your body to almost directly at your feet. It does not point up. If you need to look up at something up in a tree you’ll have to unbuckle the light and point it up or you could possibly lay on the ground to point the beam up. This would not be recommended in areas with predators.
The light is listed at 1-watt, but our standard measuring unit of lumens was not stated anywhere on the packaging or manufacturer’s website. After some digging we found a few other websites that stated it pumps out around 45 lumens. Not the brightest option available especially for it being powered by 3 AA batteries. Battery life was also short on this light with only about 6 hours of burn time on high. The light is, however, closer to the ground, which means it will shed more light on the trail than a 45 lumen headlamp.
The battery pack was a bit bothersome. It seems to be about a 1/3 larger than it needs to be for holding 3 AA batteries (again I misstated and said AAA) The addition of a safety light is nice, but an on/off option would be nice. We have to imagine that adds to the battery drain.
If you don’t like carrying handheld light or a find a headlamp bothersome this could be an option for you. While we’d like to have seen some better performance both in terms of brightness and battery life out of the GoMotion 1 Watt Light kit, we do appreciate a new take on lighting up the trail.
Call for Comments
Have you used a GoMotion waist light? If so, what did you think? If not, feel free to ask any questions you might have.