User Review: Petzl Tikka Plus
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 40
Three ounces, three settings, and three cubic centimeters. Trifecta of portable, comfortable, efficient lighting. Great gift for curious kids.
I am a fan of the Petzl brand. They make things for climbing, and do a great job. I purchased this light after a cave trip in WY when everybody had a brighter light than my older version of Petzl with a very dated LED. I had no idea that efficient LED were now in the don't-have-to-sell-your-soul price range.
This lamp hangs up beside my keys to find things in my garage, check for lost hot wheels under the couch, and hang in the tent as a "lantern." I have taken it up routes, where the bright light helps me find holds. The red light helps me during the middle of the night, when I don't want to wake up the kids but I need to change a diaper.
It is easily adjustable around the head, the elastic does not loosen or deteriorate like a pair of my uncle's socks, and then there's the light part about this. The light is good enough for almost every application except subterrenean photojournalism. This light lasts forever, and the whole system can take significant abuse. Rain, children throwing, dropping, hitting, and looking under cars cannot stop this light.
How often have I changed the batteries? Once or twice in two years. I want one for my car, my pack, and my house. But it's easy enough to take now from place to place, as it takes up no more room than the keys in my pocket. Two trips through a 6-hour cave, and I still didn't replace the batteries. I'd give 30 hours of continual use before replacing.
Another must-have for Fast and light campers.