User Review: Petzl e+LITE
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 26 GBP
The Petzl e+LITE is designed as a emergency head-torch and at a mere 27g, it is something that I carry with everywhere. With two different settings for white light, a red LED and the ability for both the red and white to flash, it packs a good deal of functionality into something the size of a boiled sweet.
- At 27g, it is something that can be carried with you at all times
- Up to 30 hours usage on lower intensity light and red setting, make this an extremely useful and versatile piece of kit
- Simple pivot mechanism allows for precise direction control of the beam
- The retractable strap appears a little weak, but after a year of daily use, it's still fine.
- Your "friends" will want to steal it...
At 27g (less than one ounce) the Petzl e+Lite is an extremely ultralight weight head torch that punches well above its weight. It is designed as a backup or emergency piece of kit and performs extremely well.
The e+Lite has three white LED's and one red, with a total of five light settings and is powered by two small CR2032 batteries, which are included. It is IPV6 rated, which means it is waterproof and can be submersed in up to 1 meter of water for around 30 minutes — I've used in the rain, but am loathe to throw it in the bath to fully check its IPV6 rating :)
It has two different intensity settings for the white light, with the brighter of the two projecting to around 30 metres. The red LED is very effective and allows you to check maps etc., without losing night-vision. With the ability to also select flashing white or flashing red (visible up to 300 meters), make this a very useful little thing to have in your pocket at all times. Despite not being able to focus the beam, the simple, yet effective, pivot allows you to position the light beam to where you need it most.
Extremely simple to operate, even with gloves, it is a great backup device or addition to anyone's emergency kit and I would recommend it to anyone.