User Review: Petzl Tikka Plus 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
The Petzl Tikka Plus 2 is yet another headlamp alternative for hikers/campers, and one of many on the market. Popular for its climbing gear, the Petzl brand is indeed a famous one in the outdoor community. This lamp does its job, and does it pretty well, but it may not be the best there is.
- Heavy with regular AAA batteries
- Low battery indicator didn't give much warning
While it is a good lamp, there might be better alternatives such as the Princeton Tec Byte, or even an Energizer lamp. In fact, Outside Magazine's "Gear of the Year" has not even mention Petzl in their headlamp lineup at all as of late.
Still, the two times I have used this it has served me well. I have used it for both camping in the Rockies and early morning fishing in Tennessee. The four different light modes are nice, but in pitch dark I generally keep it on the brightest setting. For night fishing, I used the red "night" light to be able to see and not scare the fish away. This worked well—I caught several fish! It also works really well during those middle-of-the-night potty breaks in which you need to see but don’t necessarily want to blind yourself or your hiking partners.
The light housing seemed to resist water well while tromping through the rain from my tent to the latrine in Colorado. However, cold air killed the batteries fast. This isn't so much a fault of the lamp as it was my batteries.
My biggest gripe is the "low battery indicator," that essentially warned me the batteries were low right before they stopped working altogether. Not very useful. I’ve learned my lesson, and from now on will only be using lithium batteries for something as critical as a headlamp or lantern.
The Tikka Plus 2 is a good lamp and serves its purpose well. But, there might be better (and cheaper) alternatives on the market that outshine this popular item.