- May 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm #3467130
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
A now-out-of-production Princeton Tec Scout. It uses 4 lithium coin batteries that seem to last forever.
This is the lightest headlamp I’ve yet seen that gives off a decent amount of light (at 3 different brightness settings, no less).
BTW, the back of this headlamp broke. I called PT ant they said “Send it in.” PT sent me back the headlamp with a new back even though the model is discontinued. I’m impressed.May 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm #3467152
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
The back of My Garmin 60Csx broke. I think the design if not very good, a thin plastic piece that gets a lot of stress, but maybe it was just me being clumsy.
I asked them and they said they’d send me a new back. If I first sent them $35.
I fixed it with a piece of aluminum, nail, and epoxy. Has worked good for years.
I like to complain about this when I have an opportunity. I would like to cause them $35 worth of bad will. Maybe I’m about there so I can quit complaining : )May 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm #3467164
Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
@oystersLocale: South Australia
There’s a new updated version of the Petzl e-lite out. Lumens increased, constant lighting until battery dead (that is a big thing to me), small battery life increase. Looks now really viable…the lumens are getting on par with the early days of Petzl Tikka…I used to go caving with one of these (and a handheld flicked on and off for when I needed more range)!May 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm #3467179
MJ HBPL Member
Looks now really viable…
I hope so. I ordered one a couple of days ago. Haven’t got it yet.May 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm #3467193
Greg MihalikBPL Member
The choice is highly dependent on utilization. I use my old e+lite for tasks around camp and in the tent. I seldom use the maximum setting. The falloff is slow enough that I have plenty of forewarning to change the batteries.
Old Version: 10 lumens(?) for 70 hours, 26 lumens for 55 hours
New Version: 15 lumens for 12 hours, 50 lumens for 9 hours
I won’t be getting the “improved” e+lite any time soon.May 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm #3467199
Bob MoulderBPL Member
@bobmny10562Locale: Westchester County, NY
I have 2 of the older (2014?) model e+Lites (the ones with the retractable springy stringy thingy) 1 for regular use and 1 for reserve (Zombie Apocalypse) from a couple of years ago and they still look viable. I just don’t see how they’re going to squeeze significantly more lumens out of it without a decrease in duration (see Greg M post). No free lunch and all that.
I have a ‘Gen One’ Petzl Tikka that should be on display at the Smithsonian. My wife insists on using it for night-time dog walks. I remember very well the first time using it after all those years using the Petzls with twist-on/off bezel, incandescent bulbs and the 4.5 volt ‘pancake’ alkaline batteries… at the time I described the Tikka as ‘astonishingly adequate’. ;^)May 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm #3467217
Cameron MBPL Member
@cameronm-aka-backstrokeLocale: Los Angeles
@greg: I did not know about the new e+Lite. Last year I switched to a BD Ion as I occasionally need high power that the e+Lite cannot deliver, at only an extra .5 oz weight increase. I think the big news is not only that the e+Lite can deliver 50 lumens, which is both more satisfying and more useful, but I strongly suspect that the decreased run times you list are the result of what they list as “continuous” light- which is to say something regulated. A problem with the old e+Lites is while they last a long time, they just get dimmer and dimmer, to the point where I feel the need to carry a second set of batteries on a longer short-daylight trip. Not sure I will give up my Ion just yet, but I think that this development makes a strong UL argument for the e+Lite.May 10, 2017 at 8:59 am #3467278
MJ HBPL Member
but I strongly suspect that the decreased run times you list are the result of what they list as “continuous” light- which is to say something regulated.
I was wondering about that myself. I’ve never held either version in my hands yet, but looking at Section Hiker reviews for the two versions, I see the older one lists battery life by “mode” not lumens. That is, it isn’t 26 lumens for 55 hours. It’s maximum mode for for 55 hours and the maximum lumens is 26. That’s not 26 lumens for 55 hours.
Though I have no doubt that same batteries last much longer at lower output. I may buy an older version also after I see if I like the new version.May 17, 2017 at 10:46 am #3468398
Window walkerBPL Member
Titanium AAA, 9.4 grams is what I use tucked under the brim of a hat.May 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm #3468406
@pastyj-2-2Locale: Fed up with BPL snark!
I recently bought one of the new e+Lites and used it on 2 different 3 night trips. Since I didn’t know what to expect I carried it in addition to my Princeton Vizz. Obviously those two are not in the same league but I find myself needing the high power of the Vizz less and less, and have noticed myself recently using it as much for amusement as out of utility :)
To borrow Bob’s phrase, I find the new e+Lite “astonishingly adequate”…so much so that unless I know for sure I will need the high power setting of the Vizz, I will most likely make the e+Lite my new go-to headlamp. The only thing that concerns me is durability of the “hinge” design, but time will tell.
Color me converted (for most trips).
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