User Review: Petzl Zipka
A great little bit of kit. I used to use a Petzl Zoom which is a bit like carrying a floodlight attached to a brick. I will still use the Zoom if I need flood light quality lighting, however for most of the time you just need enough light to see where you are going and read a map and here the Zipka scores big time.
The Zipka weighs next to nothing and is tiny so you can happily carry it with you all day and not worry about space or weight. It is very easy to use and has incredible battery consumption. On its highest power mode you get about 50 hours and on a lower power mode you get nearly three times that much !!! The light is easily bright enough to use for most tasks, reading included, but since it is from LEDs not bulbs then you don't get as much distance illuminated. The plus is that the LEDs don't break like bulbs do, so no need to carry spares.