Category Archive: Headlamps


Jun 19 2014

Review: Princeton Tec’s VIZZ

Princeton Tec's VIZZ. Handy mid-sized headlamp.

  Headlamps are no longer optional in my life. They’re akin to prescription glasses, but they aren’t mandatory and they don’t need a doctor’s signature to obtain. But they sure do make working with your hands easier. It’s amazing how many dark corners there are in the middle of the day that could use a …

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Apr 22 2014

Review: Petzl Tikka R+ headlamp

Petzl's Tikka R+ with reactive light.

  Petzl’s new incarnation of the Tikka headlamp, the R+, keeps the same low profile and light weight, with a powerful 170 lumen high beam and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It’s great for use around the house, walking the dog, camping, or dawn patrols. Gone is the ability to flip a fresnel lens over the …

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Sep 12 2013

Review: Energizer Ultimate headlamp

Energizer's Ultimate. 100 lumens for $40? You can't go wrong.

  There is no question that Energizer’s new Ultimate headlamp does an excellent job of illuminating what’s in front of you. Backcountry snobs might turn up their nose at the spot style, circular pattern. Most headlamps have very diffuse edges to their pattern, so Energizer’s circular pattern calls attention to itself, reminding one of classic …

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Aug 11 2013

Summer OR 2013: Headlamp Roundup

Energizer's Folding Lantern provides wide, even light over short distances.

  The short version of what’s coming in the headlamp world is that LED technology has racheted up another notch. Across the board everyone making headlamps has increased the light output of their headlamps, while simultaneously lowering weight and holding steady on cost, or in some cases, going lower. With improved LED’s the necessity to …

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Dec 18 2011

Review: Petzl Tikka XP CORE Headlamp

Petzl Tikka XP CORE comes with CORE battery, recharger & USB cable.

Petzl’s Tikka XP is a great utilitarian headlamp for around the home, lighting the way on dawn patrol, or basecamp duties. Where it really shines, however, is in the rechargeable lithium-ion polymer CORE battery that uses a power cord that plugs into any USB port.

Jun 24 2011

Review: Princeton Tec’s Apex Pro

Princeton Tec's Apex Pro. Not a lightweight, but a headlamp with substance, longevity, and power!

Princeton Tec’s Apex Pro has been my headlamp of choice for the past five years. It hasn’t been an unblemished record, but the pros continue to outweigh the cons. Nary a day goes by that I don’t use it, whether taking the dog for a walk after dark, hunting for a dropped widget in the …

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