Petzl Duo LED 14

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

1

Lightweight, semi-durable, and affordable headlight…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £85

Summary

Lightweight, semi-durable, and affordable headlight useful for a variety of things, especially caving. Can last a long time if well treated. Battery life is not fantastic and far better products do exist. However is generally reliable, can be bought from many locations and uses AA batteries ,which is handy, and you can buy a rechargable pack for it.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Uses AA batteries

Cons

  • Low battery life
  • Not that bright
  • Not as durable as possible

I have had a Duo for many years and will continue to use one generally because of the price tag. The range is enough for what you need for most aspects of caving. You can have a halogen spot or a 14 LED beam, however the first eats the battery. I do replace the AA batteries regularly the rechargeable unit is supposed to last longer.

Very easy to use and fully waterproof. Lives up to expectations. The bulbs can be replaced with brighter bulbs from selected retailers. Generally has 2 modes: Halogen and LED. It is durable enough to last most things; I have dropped it down a 30m pitch and it still works! However, can easily be taken apart for bulb changes or battery replacement.

I have used this caving, walking, climbing, camping, and as a headlight for a motorbike; the last one is what killed my last one when we crashed. Would not suggest that use.

0

First off let me state that this thing is not for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $114

First off let me state that this thing is not for everyday use, both the price and the battery life are indicative of something that is special purpose. I do a lot of caving, crawling around in small spaces. Most caves that I go into are full of water, and the small spaces make the waist mounted battery pack impractical. On the brightest LED setting you can only expect about 3 hours of burn time on standard batteries, thusly, Lithium batteries are a better bet. However, when you reduce LED to a lower brightness the burn time is considerably longer.

On that note the LOWEST LED setting is still at least 5 times brighter than the high setting on my VECTRA IQ. The brightest LED mode will flood a whole room, at a distance of over 100 feet... impressive for an LED. Pare that with the fact that it's got 2 different light systems in the event of failure, it's overbuilt like crazy and waterproof and you've basically got a HUMVEE of headlamps...

Yeah, it's twice the price of anything else, but in a cave 4 miles in, if your light breaks, or fails... you're dead... cheap insurance if you ask me... just make sure you carry extra batteries because this thing eats them for breakfast.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Petzl's Duo LED 14 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

On Sale. Free Shipping. Petzl Duo LED 14 Headlamp FEATURES of the Petzl Duo LED 14 Headlamp Rugged headlamp Durable construction Waterproof down to -5 meters Two powerful light sources to choose from, depending on the activity Halogen light for long-range, focused lighting Fourteen LEDs for flood beam proximity lighting, with three lighting modes (maximum, optimum, economic) Constant level of proximity lighting with a long burn time Fourteen regulated LEDs for a constant level of lighting until the batteries are almost discharged Automatically switches to reserve power mode when batteries are almost discharged Comfortable and easy to use Adjust able and comfortable elastic headband On/off switch can be locked to prevent accident al operation Light body can be tilted Space for spare halogen bulb in the light body of the headlamp SPECIFICATIONS of the Petzl Duo LED 14 Headlamp Certification: CE Weight: 300 g Beam Pattern: Wide or focused Light Quantity: 67 lumens (14 LEDs, maximum mode) Halogen: Distance: t = 0: 100 m, t = 0 h 30: 70 m, Battery Life: 4 h LEDs: Maximum Mode: Distance: 34 m --> 3h30, t = 10 h: 9 m, Battery Life: 183h30 Optimum mode: 26 m --> 10 h, Battery Life: 148 h Economic mode: Distance: 15 m --> 63 h, Battery Life: 110 h Constant Lighting: Yes Number of Batteries: 4 Battery Type (included): AA/LR6 Water Tightness: IP X8 (waterproof down to -5 meters) Spare halogen bulb included Operates with optional ACCU DUO rechargeable battery (E65100 2)

- Moosejaw

Petzl Duo LED 14 Headlamp - Waterproof down to 5 meters and sturdily constructed, the Duo 14-LED headlamp is perfect for water sports. Originally developed for for caving, the Duo LED 14 stands up to extreme conditions and is resistant to impacts, dust and humidity. Its hybrid light source adapt to changing conditions. Five LEDs provide a wide beam for for cooking, reading maps, and other camp activities. The LEDs are regulated for a constant level of lighting until the batteries are almost discharged, then automatically switches to reserve power mode For long-range lighting, the focused beam of the halogen bulb with regulated zoom is just what you need. The on/off switch can be locked to prevent accidental operation. The comfortable headband adjusts to keep the Duo in place, and a spare halogen bulb fits in the light body. The Pezl Duo LED 14 is a powerful headlamp adaptable to your diverse lighting needs.

- Outdoorplay

Petzl Duo 14 LEDHybrid waterproof headlamp: halogen / 14 LEDs with 3 regulated lighting levelsWater proof down to -5 m and sturdily constructed, the DUO LED 5 headlamp is perfect for water sports. Its hybrid light source can be directed to adapt the lighting to the needs: halogen lighting for focused, regulated, long-range lighting; LED lighting for long-duration proximity lighting. * Rugged headlamp: - durable construction - waterproof down to -5 meters * Two powerful light sources to choose from depending on the activity: - halogen light for long-range, focused lighting - 14 LEDs for flood beam proximity lighting, with three lighting levels (maximum, optimum, economic) * Constant level of proximity lighting with a long burn time: - 14 LED regulated for a constant level of lighting until the batteries are almost discharged

- River Sports Outfitters

The Petzl Duo LED 14 Headlamp is a waterproof, hybrid headlamp with 14 LED lights for flood beam proximity lighting, and a halogen bulb for focused lighting. The Duo has 3 lighting levels when using the LED lights - optimum, maximum and economic in order to ensure you don't use your battery power when you really don't need to. The Duo LED 14 is waterproof down to -5 meters and is constructed to be one of the most durable headlamps around. With 14 LED lights, you won't get a surge of light and then lose your power, because the Duo actually regulates a constant level of lighting until the batteries are almost dead, and when they are close, the Duo switches itself to the reserve power mode. There is also an option to lock the on/off switch to prevent an accidental switch on, zapping your batteries, and leaving you in the dark. Operates on 4 AA / LR6 batteries (not included) or with optional ACCU DUO rechargeable batteries.

- RockCreek