Petzl Tikka Headlamp

| June 20, 2009 | 7 Comments

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Petzl Tikka Headlamp

The Virtual Backpack is all about finding those pieces of kit–the ones that stand out. The ones that have won important volume in your pack and deserve to be lugged around the planet. Join us as we take a closer look at gear from the perspective of the long-term traveler.


The Petzl Tikka Headlamp is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and offers plenty of burn time for outdoor adventures, and reading in overnight trains and buses. Weighing less than a golf ball, it’s perfect for use in tight quarters.

The fully adjustable strap is comfortable and equipped with a cushion forehead pad, so you can leave this one on all night in the sleeper car from Bangkok to Changmai—no headaches! Three LED bulbs offer up to 150,000 hours of burn time. And, powered by three ‘AAA’ batteries, the Tikka illuminates the trail ahead or that that page-turner novel for up to 150 hours. It is both very durable and solidly water-resistant, so it won’t short out when it’s soaking wet.

We found the light to be very bright, especially so when the batteries were fresh. While we mentioned that the headband is adjustable and comfortable, it’s the tilt on the lamp itself that provides a great deal of flexibility. We found the white light with a hint of blue to be pleasant and easy to read by. The three LEDs provide a surprisingly bright and usable light when the batteries are new (or newish).

While we occasionally use this light on the trails (late-night bathroom break, anyone?), we used this item almost exclusively for reading. The unit is bright and easy to read with, but the light it casts is only steady for the first hour or so.

After the second hour the light flashes between two grades of brightness. When the batteries are new, however, the light is bright and steady. After a couple of hours or so of use, the light begins to oscillate between bright and nearly-bright. After about five hours of use, the light alternates between nearly bright and acceptable. After about nine hours of use the light alternates between acceptable, dim and very dim. Because of this we find the unit, in reality, has about 9–10 hours of use (for our needs).

For many applications, this flicker would not be an issue. For reading, however, it’s somewhat annoying. We do love the unit wish it would dim consistently rather than cycle back and forth. Moerover, we are unsure if this is a Petzl issue, or one that affects the unit we own. Other than this minor complaint, the unit is absolutely wonderful.

An ultra-lightweight 4-LED headlamp with 3 brightness settings (maximum, optimum, economic) and a blinking mode. It sports batteries life of up to to 150 hours on regular settings (up to 400 hours on blinking mode). It’s water resistant and comfortable to wear. Adjustable elastic headband for comfort and to secure it in place.

To purchase the Petzl E47 PBY Tikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, click here.


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  1. Mary says:


    Thanks for the review. I was looking at getting one of these – 150 hours seemed really good. Now I know that you’re really getting about 10 hours because of the dim cycle thing. Thanks for the heads up – no pun intended :-)


  2. We have one, it’s awesome and really handy on the road, in dark hostels and traveling on buses/trains etc.

  3. Eric says:


    Bought this camcorder. Looked great. Screen too small to view on so want to get onto computer. Downloaded program as directed. Could not get video from camcorder to computer screen. Can’t call for help as there are no phone numbers available. Tried the support on website. Useless. Little help[ and waited 3 days for a response. Packed up camcorder and sent it back Can’t get to view on computer. Not worth the hassel.

  4. James says:


    The Petzl Tikka is an indispensable item. Someone on our canoe forum asked what goes into my canoe bail-out bag and I included it as a must have.

    Thanks for your review

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