The Boruit RJ-5000 is one heck of a headlamp. It shouldn’t even be called a headlamp, more like a head flashlight because that is what it feels like.
Ok, so let me get right into it. This headlamp is heavy, 14.4 ounces to be exact. At first, that was a huge turnoff for me, I will have to admit. It was big, bulky and heavy. Not exactly friendly words to the hiker, backpacker or weekend warrior. It is huge and heavy but you know what, it is also incredibly ergonomic. I quickly got used to the large plastic mold in the front and the ever so slightly curved battery pack in the rear. After walking around with it for a few minutes I got used to the weight and thought this isn’t so bad after all. The weight is pretty nicely distributed throughout as well and with a 3 band design you can be assured that this headlamp is fully adjustable and will not easily fall off your head if you set the bands to the correct lengths and tensions.
Next came me using it. I was blown away by how bright it was. I did not like the large center light because it had a large hotspot right in the middle. However, the side flood lights were awesome. Due to their positioning and optics, they did not produce a hotspot and actually did a great job of providing a nice wide illumination area with no hot spots. Then I tried all three and that was pretty bright, almost too bright, until I went outside in total dark. That is where this light really shines. It beats every other headlamp I have ever had or seen. It actually takes a little getting used to but if you can bear with it for a little time hopefully it will become your preferred headlamp as well. I quickly found myself using the two side floods and walking around my backyard with no problems whatsoever. I took this lamp camping with me and that is where the three lights all on at the same time was useful. I also used the three lamps on when I helped my boss put in a recessed can in his attic. His attic had no lighting and I had no problems with seeing up there.
You get (2) 4000 mAh Boruit Lithium ion batteries, which can hold a lot of juice, are rechargeable and you can easily find extras on Amazon. You get two chargers, a USB one with a smiley face and an AC one. They work fine and I like how the company gives you the USB one. I would expect the AC charger, which is faster but the USB charger is really nice. You could pair this with a USB battery charger on your trip or charge it from your car. It just opens up a whole lot of options for ease of convenience in recharging.
The one thing I did not like about this light, in addition to the center hot spot and the weight (which they can’t really do anything about) is the way they chose to seal the battery compartment. It is just a fitted rubber cap with a little connector so if it comes loose it won’t fall off. I would like to see a flathead screw that your could turn with your hand to a sealed, gasketed compartment. Let’s face it, people go camping, get a little crazy, leave these things laying out and they eventually get rained on or soaked a little. A little water to the battery compartment would corrode the batteries and rust the contacts. Just be careful with this and you should be fine.
I did also want to mention the nicely tensioned fully adjustable positioning of this headlamp. Sometimes you want straight down and sometimes you want tilted up – well you can easily do both with this lamp.
I have gotten more and more used to this headlamp over time and it is now my go to headlamp for late night grilling, trash night, picking up toys in the yard or doing odd jobs around the house. If you can get the straps positioned and tensioned correctly, are ok with the weight, then you will eventually fall in love with this headlamp because it truly is like having a bright flashlight on your head.