Petzl Tikka 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
It is a decent camp light. It has good water resistance. The battery life on low is good. The lamp has been reliable.
- Water resistance
- Good battery life
- Straightforward to use
- Only two light settings
- Light output is barely adequate for night hiking
- Cannot control wide or narrow beam
- Light "leaks" on bottom with the clear housing
I bought this lamp to replace the Tikka offered from about 3 years ago. That lamp was, um, permanently borrowed when I was overseas.
I was really happy with the model this design replaced, and from the other reviews I read, this model seemed to be a decent lamp.
Maybe because the other lamp was so amazing, I was spoiled, but I just haven't been nearly as satisfied with this as its replacement.
The range of working light on high is probably about 40 feet. But the light is pretty diffused. If I didn't have decent night vision, I would struggle with the throw and intensity of the light. I found myself getting very frustrated that I was not able to change the setting from diffused to beam, much more than I was expecting that I would.
Another frustration is this version's shroud is translucent under the actual lightbulb, and light "leaks" into my eyes when the headlamp is squared on my forehead. In order to stop that, and not have itaffect my night vision, I have to push the headlamp up farther on my head, and then it wants to slide off the top my head.
The lamp came with batteries, and I have not had to change the batteries yet. That is one of the great things about his light. It sips the juice, especially on the low setting, which is what I tend to use when I at camp to conserve the battery life.
The batteries are easy enough to change. Just watch the flanges to not pry too hard.
The design shucks water fine. I have not had any issues with moisture.
The button is pretty straightforward. It cycles through the settings fine, and it does turn on in the same mode it was last turned off.
The red mode seems bright enough to use at night, but I find I just tend to use the low white light setting. I find that I would rather have a mid white setting than a strobe setting. Realistically, I doubt I will ever use the strobe setting. The need seems to be pretty limited.
One of the primary reasons I bought the Tikka is because of Petzl's reputation. I have been quite happy with physical durability of their products. This headlamp seems to represent that durability.
I used this headlamp for all of my backpacking last season. I did some night hiking, and lots of camp duties at night.
In my experience, it is barely adequate for night hiking. At 70 lumens, and its diffused design, I can use it on the trail hiking, but I sure wouldn't use it for running trail. It makes an adequate camp light, and its dim setting is fine for tent reading. I am sure that the strobe setting would be fine for biking or emergency beaconing.
If I had it to do over again, I would not go with this lamp.
I have no good, clear images of my personal use, but I am including some pictures that feature the lamp in its look, use, and design:
Price Paid: Gift
Got this as a Christmas present in 09. It replaces a Princeton Tec light which was cracked open by my 2 yr old daughter. Light is powerful. Cons only high/low setting. Good light for the $$$.
Price Paid: $30
Had the standard energizer lamp before I bought this. WOW! What a difference. Covers the perfect amount of area/depth and is brighter than expected. Incredibly light and comfortable.
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With three lighting modes and a 40 lumen maximum output, the Tikka 2 Headlamp from Petzl is ready to meet the needs of your next adventure.
The versatile Petzl Tikka 2 is a longtime favorite, this headlamp is ready out of the package for camping, backpacking and biking thanks to 40 lumens of brightness and three lighting modes. The compact Petzl Tikka 2 headlamp will arm you with 4 LEDs worth of powerful lighting and the adjust-ability to tackle a variety of projects and adventures. Three lighting modes- maximum, economic and strobe Battery pack is easy to open to make changing the batteries a snap Single compartment contains LEDs and batteries and allows light beam to be aimed Compatible with the ADAPT mounting system to mounting options on helmet, backpack, a vest, or a belt strap Adjustable headband fits heads, hats, and helmets Push-button switch prevents the lamp from inadvertently turning on in your pack Compatible with lithium batteries for the best weight and performance at lower temperatures Water resistant Petzl's high quality, durable design won't disappoint - a 3 year guarantee keeps you covered against glitches Ready to use out of the box, three AAA batteries included
The new range of TIKKA� and headlamps takes advantage of all the technical knowledge and experience Petzl has acquired since the very first LED headlamp, the TIKKA, was introduced in 2000 This new generation of TIKKA� headlamps uses the latest in LED technology for significantly improved lighting performance Additionally, these headlamps feature new functionalities and ergonomics Practical and easy-to-use, these headlamps are designed for a wide range of uses Whether for outdoor pursuits or around-the-house projects, they are perfect for almost all your lighting needs They are the ideal combination of light weight, small size, powerful lighting and long burn times
Compact, lightweight and simple to use, the Petzl Tikka 2 headlamp is ideal for everyday adventures, including hiking, snowshoeing, reading and around-the-house activities. Tipping the scales at less than 3 oz., the Petzl Tikka 2 won't weigh you down during a light and fast hiking trip. 4 LEDs provide even lighting throughout your field of vision with no blank spots in the beam; LEDs throw the beam up to 29m. Push-button switch lets you easily change between 3 lighting modes (high, low and flashing) so you can choose the appropriate light level for the task at hand. Low level provides up to 120 hrs. of use and high up to 90 hrs. Headlamp tilts to point light where you need it. Provides IPX4 water resistance for reliability in inclement weather. Adjustable elastic headband holds the light securely in place; colorful headband and plastic casing add a little style. Compatible with the Petzl Adapt Tikka 2 system (not included), which allows you to quickly and easily attach the light in a variety of places. Battery compartment is hinged to allow simpler access than the previous version of the Tikka; compartment closes easily and securely. Runs on 3 AAA alkaline batteries, included; Tikka 2 is compatible with lithium batteries, which are lighter than alkaline batteries and perform better at lower temperatures.