Petzl Zipka Plus 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
A quality and innovative headlamp with both red and white light settings as well as a low-battery indicator.
- Strong beam
I have owned many headlamps but now will only go with Petzl. The main reason for buying this one was that it has a red light...a must for me, since I work on a ship and need to preserve my night vision during watches.
I have been using this light every night for several weeks now (plus on numerous past camping trips) and it has performed very well. The high intensity white light is very strong, shedding light a good 40 ft out. Like many LED lights, the light has a bluish tinge and is not as 'warm' as the old halogen lights. The low intensity is good for reading and very close-in functions.
The red light is rather dim compared to the white light but is ample for my needs. It gives a good 15 feet of visibility once your eyes adjust, but a pretty narrow focus. There are also flashing settings for both.
Cycling through the modes is easy. The battery indicator light is also great plus. Battery life is excellent I would say...using this for about an hour every night for 3 weeks and still going strong!
The zipka feature is something I have always admired in Petzl's line, but it is not for everyone. You can't adjust the angle of the beam very easily with this design but somehow it just works for me. I like the compactness of not having a band and I find the zip-cord to be versatile in that you can wear the light on your arm, wrist, etc. Some have complained about the zip-cord getting fouled with dirt and sand but I am meticulous about how I treat my stuff and have not had this problem
Overall a quality product and now my go-to lamp.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
This is my go-to headlamp. The battery lasts longer than expected. Add the Core battery and you can have a rechargeable system.
- Zip cord attachment
- Strobe mode
While this isn't as bright as my bicycle specific lights it is a perfect companion for camping. The beam is diffuse and doesn't have a super bright focal spot which is nice for most conditions. I have added the core battery pack so I just keep it recharged and it should last for any camping trip under 1 week long.
It does have a red light setting that is nice when trying not to shine others in their eyes. It works well in the cold and have used xc skiing and sledding in the winter. I don't really like the strobe mode, it seems too much like you're going to have a party and not enough like you need help.
Price Paid: $39.99
This very lightweight, fairly bright, it will reach out about 40 yards. Great overall backpacking light.
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An ultra-compact headlamp with a retractable cord and five lighting modes, the Petzl Zipka Plus 2 is about as versatile as it gets for a headlamp at this price.
The ultra-compact ZIPKA PLUS2 headlamp is equipped with the ZIP retractable cordsystem This feature allows the headlamp to be worn on the head or wrist, or attached to any other support, like a tent pole, a bicycle seat post, etc This headlamp integrates two light sources for versatility: one white, high-output LED and one red LED The white LED delivers 70 lumens in maximum mode and lightsup to 40 meters In economic mode, it can reach a burn-time of 185 hours The red LED provides lighting to preserve night vision or to become a strobe light for increased safety, for example in an urban environment, etc ZIPKA PLUS2 can be used with lithium batteries to decrease weight or improve performance in coldweather
Small, light and bright, the compact Petzl Zipka(R) Plus 2 headlamp features the Zip retractable cord system, allowing the headlamp to be worn on your head or wrist, or attached to a tent pole. Zip Dyneema(R) retractable cord allows the headlamp to be worn on the head or wrist, or attached to any other support, such as a tent pole or bicycle seatpost. Single high-output LED provides even, white lighting throughout your field of vision with no blank spots in the beam; special lens optimizes the reach of the beam to 40m. Red LED positioned to the side of the white LED lets you preserve your night vision or use the headlamp as a blinking light to increase your visibility in urban environments. Push-button switch easily changes between 3 white lighting modes (high, low and flashing) so you can choose the appropriate light level for the task at hand. Also change between 2 red lighting modes (continuous and blinking). White light on low level provides up to 185 hrs. of use and on high up to 58 hrs. Hold down the on/off switch to change between red and white lighting modes. Battery charge indicator light comes on when the beam distance diminishes to 5m and when there is only 50% battery life remaining for proximity lighting. Provides IPX4 water resistance for reliability in inclement weather. Runs on 3 AAA alkaline batteries, included; Zipka Plus 2 works with lithium batteries, which are lighter weight than alkaline batteries and perform well in cold temperatures. Battery compartment is hinged to allow simple access; compartment closes easily and securely. Compatible with the Petzl Core rechargeable battery (sold separately), which eliminates the need to keep buying new batteries. Add the Petzl Adapt Tikka 2 system (sold separately) to quickly and easily attach the light in a variety of places, including helmets and backpack straps.
Petzl's Zipka Plus 2 Headlamp is as versatile as it is lightweight. A retractable, durable Dyneema cord lets you attach the Zipka to pretty much anything--your head, your wrist, a tent pole, or your cat's tail.*