Petzl Zipka Plus 2

3 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



A quality and innovative headlamp with both red and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
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.


  • Light
  • Strong beam
  • Compact
  • Durable

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.


This is my go-to headlamp. The battery lasts longer…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
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.


  • Light
  • 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. 


This very lightweight, fairly bright, it will reach…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $39.99

This very lightweight, fairly bright, it will reach out about 40 yards. Great overall backpacking light.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Petzl Zipka Plus 2 HeadlampThe Petzl Zipka Plus 2 Headlamp is the ideal source of light to carry along with your outdoor equipment as you set out to explore the wild. This lightweight device at only 0.2 lbs. with packaging, is very easy to pack. Thanks to its ZIP retractable cord, you can adjust it to fit just right and to stay firmly in place. It can be conveniently strung on to your wrist or fastened to your head for hands-free use. A single compartment holds the lighting mechanism including the LEDs and batteries, making it a compact design. With the red LED, night vision is made easy, and you can double this up as a strobe light as well. The white LED, which is the main light, offers a high output of 70 lumens. Never fear when the Petzl Zipka Plus 2 Headlamp is here to guide you through the darkness!

- SunnySports

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.*


Petzl's Zipka Plus 2 headlamp is equipped with a retractable cord system. that allows the headlamp to be worn on your head or your wrist, or can be attached to a tent pole or bicycle seat post. This headlamp is designed with two different light sources for maximum versatility. A high-output white LED delivers 70 lumens in maximum mode and lights up to 40 meters. In its economic mode, it has a maximum burn-time of 185 hours. A red LED provides back-up lighting useful for preserving night vision, and also runs as a strobe . PRODUCT FEATURES: Compact, light and comfortable: - 25 % more compact than the TIKKA PLUS 2 headlamp - single compartment contains LEDs and batteries - ZIP retractable cord is adjustable Versatile: - two white lighting levels plus a strobe mode - two red lighting modes: maximum and strobe Powerful: - one white high-output LED - 70 lumens (maximum mode) - shines up to 40 meters (maximum mode) - 185 h light duration on economic mode - specific Petzl lens optimizes the reach of the beam and maximizes versatility Practical: - simple push-button switch - battery pack is easy to open - easy to use ZIP retractable reel - ADAPT system is quick to mount Reliable: - push-button switch limits inadvertently turning on the lamp during storage - ZIP retractable cord is made of Dyneema for excellent durability - battery charge indicator light

- Appalachian Outdoors

Ultra-compact headlamp with retractable cord, 1 high-output LED, 1 red LED and five lighting modes (three continuous and two blinking) The ultra-compact ZIPKA PLUS² headlamp is equipped with the ZIP retractable cord system. 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.