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Storm Headlamp



The waterproof, multiple-mode, 160-lumen Storm is designed with PowerTap Technology, to transition between full and dimmed power at the tap of a finger to its touch-sensitive housing.
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Equipped with a fully waterproof construction and an incredibly bright 160 lumens, the Black Diamond Storm is our powerful, all-conditions headlamp. Now featuring our PowerTap Technology, the Storm allows for quick, on-the-fly brightness adjustment with just a finger tap to the side of its touch-sensitive housing. The Storm features a bright, precise beam for after-dark route-finding, as well as proximity, strobe, dimming and red night vision modes to accommodate any lighting needs. An intuitive lock mode also keeps the light from accidentally turning on when stored in your pack or pocket.

  • One QuadPower LED, two SinglePower white LEDs and two SinglePower red LEDs emit 160 lumens (max setting)
  • PowerTap technology allows fast and simple transitioning between full and dimmed power in distance or proximity modes
  • Red night-vision mode has proximity and strobe settings, and activates without cycling through the white mode
  • Sleek, low profile design uses four AAA batteries and three-level power meter shows remaining battery life for three seconds after switching on headlamp
  • Settings include: full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red night vision and lock mode
  • Protected against water immersion down to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes (IPX 7)

Lighting Range


Tech Specs

Lumens :   160
Weight With Batteries :   110 g (3.9 oz)
Max Distances :  
[QuadPower LED] 70 m (230 ft)
[SinglePower LED] 7 m (23 ft)
Max Burn Time :  
[QuadPower LED] 200 H
[SinglePower LED] 125 H
IPX Rating :   7
LED Type :   1 QuadPower, 2 SinglePower
Batteries :   4 AAA (included)

Recommended Use


Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bright and good battery life I bought this light just before a camping trip. I was concerned about the weight, but it was a non issue. I wear the light over my ball cap so that the light is resting on the brim, it works great!!!!! It's very bright and I'm still using the batteries that were supplied by BD. The different light modes are easy to access. The battery life specs are a little confusing as other reviewers have mentioned. Thank you for another great product. September 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robust headlamp with many useful and easy to use features Comparing to the other headlamps I've had, the construction of the Storm is more robust. In bad weather, I've already tried using it in heavy rain, It did well without problems. The light is very bright and its dim feature is very useful for working on things that you need to look at up close or if you want to save your battery. The only drawback is that it's too heavy to use as a running light. If you want a rugged, water resistant headlamp with many useful features, the Storm is perfect for you. August 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good light for the money. Different lighting features are a nice touch and the overall construction of this thing is bomber. If I could suggest one thing it would be to make the button a little more prominent so that you don't have to fiddle around feeling for it in the dark. August 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EXCELLENT warrenty service! I bought the storm last year, and really loved it, until a hairline crack started forming near where the battery case screws together. Then another crack started to form on the opposite side of the screw, then it just cracked off completely, making the headlamp useless. I had only ever screwed it in thumb-nail tight, so i knew i got a lemon! I just took a photo of the manufactures defect on a Sunday, and sent it in to BD, then left for a 3-day camping trip. To my great surprise and joy, a brand new Storm was waiting for me when i got home!! Now THAT'S how customer service is supposed to work! I've been using BD products since the 1980's, and will continue to do so with confidence. BTW, the newer version of the Storm that I got is even more awesome with the new "tap" feature, and just the dimming feature itself is reason enough to put BD on top of the competition. July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome for Caving Bright, easy to use, and reliable! Battery life is good and powertap feature is awesome. This headlamp works great in mud and is durable against bumps, drops, rocks, etc. July 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome headlamp!! Love this headlamp it has all the lighting functions you can ask for, love the tilting feature with it you don't have to tilt your head that much. Excellent feature is the tap to high, I keep mine on a low setting and when I need the high I just tap it. Enough lumens to see far ahead enough for anyone I think. Will have pics of it in the field soon. June 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by All it needs is more color options I Havent tested the waterproof capabilitys yet, but its really bright, lightweight and has more functions than a flashlight of the same cost. I go caving and work as an Outdoor instructor/Camp counselor. The red is so bright I can build things in the dark and not need the regular light. The "High beams" wide angle lights make sure I miss nothing. All I ask is I got the Orange because I want a bright easy to find color. My friends and co workers also got the same for the same reasons. Neon Green, blue and red would be great. May 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ALMOST PERFECTION – 4.9 STARS! I have used my Black Diamond Storm 2014 daily for almost a month now. Our family also has two 2013 Storms and 3 Spots. We live off-grid in the wilderness and really depend on these headlamps. I have CRITICALLY AND THOUGHTFULLY READ EVERY REVIEW of the 2013 and 2014 Storms. Here is my concise response to every significant complaint. All the positive comments are thoroughly deserved so I won't take the space to repeat them. (See especially Zolen's 2014 model review titled “GREAT HEADLAMP NOW PERFECT”) The POWERTAP IS THE MOST PHENOMINAL FEATURE imaginable for battery life extension and convenience AND it is SO EASY TO USE! I can't praise BD highly enough for this new feature! Be aware that “tapping” does not activate this function, RELEASING a “touch” does. “TOO COMPLICATED” - Those who might think the 2014 Storm is "too complicated" just need to take 5 extra minutes to read the directions CAREFULLY and play with it at home BEFORE they are on the trail. The logic, such as double tap to go to wide angle mode quickly, is improved over the 2013 model. A logic delay to keep it from ever going through the 160 lumen, distance mode at all would be helpful. By the way, the wide angle mode is absolutely perfect for reading. The light is so smoothly uniform and sufficiently wide-angle to avoid any need for head turning, even to read a large map. The RED MODE is much improved with the addition of dimming (which the 2013 did not have) but now is too powerful for its intended function not to hamper one's night vision. The increased intensity and focus of the 2014 red mode definitely makes it more broadly usable but the starting point intensity of this mode should assume that the user's eyes are fully adjusted to total darkness when it is activated. May I suggest this could be best fixed by bringing the red on at a lower intensity, say 25%-35% instead of 75%, and then brighten it gradually (if needed) to 100% by holding down the switch. The dimming does not seem to work quite as reliably on the red as it does on the white modes—sometimes turning off rather than dimming. This may be a matter of my being a little more patient in adjusting intensity and is minor in comparison to all the other fantastic qualities of the 2014 Storm. The reviewer who despised the red mode on the 2013 Storm would love this function on the 2014 model! I also had a BATTERY COMPARTMENT SCREW STRIP on one of our 2013's. But I am confident that between REI and Black Diamond this lamp will be replaced to my absolute satisfaction. After all, who else beside Black Diamond has a 3 year warranty on a product like this? The built in plastic “screw-driver” on the strap adjustment buckle might cause that failure but I am certain that it did not cause the failure in our case. Yes, I have noticed that GETTING THE STORM OPEN for battery changing on the 2014 is a bit more challenging than on the 2013. Two thumb-tabs, one on the case and another on the back, would fix this. The problem is that there is nothing to get a hold of in order to get it open. Also, I agree on the difficulty of FINDING THE ON/OFF SWITCH WITH GLOVES ON. How about an easily felt, raised rim around the switch? A “glove rim” and tabs might also help one to know which side is up when putting it on in the dark. These modifications might also help those who forget to use (or do not know about) the LOCK mode when they put it in their pack. I can't comment on WATERPROOFNESS, because I have not used any of my Storms in heavy rain. I hope the opening problem is because of an improvement in the water seal? More COLOR OPTIONS help our family to keep from using someone else’s Storm. Thanks! I WEAR GLASSES. The 2014 Storm, evidently because of its slightly different battery arrangement and/or the opaque (as opposed to clear bezel around the LED cluster on the older models), does not glare in the edges of my rimless glasses. As have all other head lamps I have ever used. The 2014 Storm has a bit more maximum forward tip angle, making it more usable for close work and seeing right in front of your feet. Finally, I almost exclusively use RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. I disagree with the criticism that the Storm “doesn’t take to rechargeables.” I use a very advanced charger (an older LaCrosse BC-900) so have a very accurate finger-on-the-pulse of the batteries I use. Those who want to use and have rechargeable battery problems need a higher quality charger. Also realize that the uniformity of quality of all batteries is declining. Even the best brands have to be watched—down to the individual battery. An apt illustration of this relates to the alkalines provided with my 2014 Storm. When the charge indicator on my Storm went to red I checked the voltage on all of the batteries individually with my LaCrosse charger. I found that one was substantially weaker (.82 volts) than the other three (at 1.28 volts.) I replaced only the weak one, my state of charge indicator went to green and I got over a week more use. This was a battery problem, not a headlamp defect. Several reviewers appear to have gotten defective 2013 units related to abnormal discharging. If something like that happens to you, that's what a good warranty is for—use it. No manufacturer is perfect. This is still an exceptional product. I wish it could be made in the USA because its prospect of staying exceptional would be better. Sorry this is so long but it does cover almost all the bases. Ron From the wilderness in the Washington Cascades May 2, 2014
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