Petzl Tikka Plus
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This head torch is a popular choice for walkers, climbers and campers or really anyone who potentially spends time outdoors at night. The Petzl Tikka Plus has 3 settings (+ flash) which allow you to adjust the power depending on your environment, required battery life etc. The weakest setting (more than sufficent for campsite use and map reading) will give you over 145 hours of light. The Tikka Plus takes 3 triple A batteries which come with the headtorch. Total weight is just under 80 grams.
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Petzl Tikka Plus Reviews
Reviewed by Phil Rhymes (Devon) on 2006-01-03:
General comments: Compared to my old Petzl Zoom the Tikka Plus is as light as a feather. There is no need to be without a head torch anywhere you go now, as you can throw it in your pocket or your bag and not even notice it is there. Between my Zoom and my current Tikka I owned a Zipka; this however was a bit too light and small, and shortly went missing! Unlike the Zipka the Tikka has a wide headband so it stays in play when on your head and whilst doing high movement activities such as walking and jogging. The strap on Tikka Plus is made of elastic and is about an inch thick, it has an adjustable strap on the back, making it suitable for people with different head sizes.
The main benefit of the Tikka over the older models of Petzl head torches is the fact that they take AAA batteries which are much easier to purchase that the square batteries that appeared in earlier Petzls. The 3 AAA batteries and all of the electrics are contained within a small unit at the front of the head torch, which means there are no wires anywhere on the headband. This unit is also pivoted allowing you to direct the beam. The torch contains for LEDs with 3 different light intensity settings as well as a flashing function for emergency use. The intensity of the light isn't that great so is only really suitable for use within a tent for reading etc, or reading a map at night, it is not really suitable for walking in the dark even on the brightest setting.
The new push style switch on this model doesn't switch on accidentally in your bag as easily as the previous sliding ones reducing the risk of wasting battery life, which is brilliant anyway. In the 9 months I have had this head torch I have only changed the batteries once.
Pros: Very lightweight.
Takes AAA batteries.
4 LED's making it suitable for most events, such as Ten Tors
Cons: Light intensity is not very high.
Reviewed by Kevin Maule (Beauly, Highlands) on 2006-01-18:
General comments: Brilliant on a snowy night, not as bright as some bulbs but a much clearer light colour.
Pros: Stupidly lightweight and long long life of batteries.
Cons: Button a bit small for winter gloves.
Reviewed by Jane (UK) on 2009-03-19:
General comments: My first headtorch was a Tikkina, and it's been fab for a basic model. The Tikka Plus is its older brother, It's quite similar in construction, but has two extra LED bulbs and four different brightness settings. As the evenings have drawn in it has had plenty of use - numerous late-night crag exits and a night walk on Kinder for example - and it has proved to be a great step up from the Tikkina. In fact, if I had my time again I would buy the Tikka Plus instead as the lower light output of the Tikkina becomes quite limiting pretty quickly. My only grumble is that replacing the batteries is a nightmare, even in the comfort of your own home; and the 'on' button is irritatingly tricky to use with gloves. Overall, a perfect first headtorch with plenty of mileage beyond.
Pros: Powerful beam, Takes "normal" batteries.
Cons: Fiddly on/off switch. Not easy to change the batteries
Reviewed by Cameron Glasgow (Glasgow) on 2010-02-27:
General comments: This replaced my Petzl Zoom. The Tikka Plus is a brilliant bit of kit. So light, pardon the pun, it now lives permanently in the top pocket of my pack, there is no reason to leave it behind. The batteries seem to last for ever, I use recharble batteries so running costs are minimal. I even bough another two onr for my wife and one to put in my camera bag, handy for these dusk and dawn shoots when the light is too low to see the settings on the cameras..
Pros: Reliable, light, waterproof, no cables leads to get tangled.
Cons: Battery compartment, fiddly to open and if you don't make sude it is closed, locked properly, the batteries can drop out.