Petzl Tikkina Headlamp, Black

Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
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Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
Perfect for hands free light when the power goes out!

The Petzl Tikkina headlamp offers great versatility with its three lighting modes of Low (batteries last the longest), High (batteries still last a long time but not as long, but you can see twice as far) and the flashing mode which are accessed by a simple push-button switch.

On Low, you get 20 lumens of light and you have a wide light beam that illuminates things for around 66 feet. 20 lumens of light is plenty of light to see to do things in a tent or house, things like getting dressed, playing board games, sitting around and talking. But for things like chopping onions and making dinner, chopping wood at night or administering first aid you would probably want to have the light on high.

On High, you have 80 lumens of light piercing thru the darkness for 115 feet. That’s a long way. No $6.98 headlamp is going to match this headlamp. And if you are caught in a disaster at night or a big office building when the power goes out, you will want light, REAL light, not some little puddle of light.

The nice thing about this headlamp is that on the Economy (Low) setting 3 AAA batteries will last an amazing 180 hours. Even if you use this headlamp on high, it will run for 120 hours on high with the same 3 AAA batteries. This Petzl Tikkina headlamp uses regular alkaline batteries. For the longest burn time, it is recommended to use DuraCell Coppertop batteries, which have a 10 year shelf life. On a personal note, I’ve tried other brands/types of batteries and nothing beats the DuraCell Coppertops. I swear by them.

Yes, the Petzl Tikka headlamp is a bit brighter on High (it is 100 lumens and this Tikkina is 80 lumens) but both are brighter than most headlamps you’ll find. And yes, you can see a bit farther with the Tikka, but the Tikkina headlamp costs a bit less than the Tikka. So if budget is an issue, feel confident in getting the Tikkina. And if you have kids, get them the Tikkina (if they are fairly young, I’d say go find a headlamp that looks like a dinosaur or a princess fairy crown for under $10 and keep the Petzls for the older kids and adults.).

What some people do is get a Tikkina to put in their desk drawer and in their car kit. This is ESPECIALLY important for people who work in a big office building – if you have NOTHING else you should have a headlight and a dustmask in your desk drawer – it can be the difference between life and death in a dire emergency when power is out, it’s pitch black and you MUST evacuate, especially if the only way out is down the stairways.

Just a note - I've used the Petzl headlamps for nearly 20 years now. I couldn't imagine NOT having one at hand all the time. Whether it is going out to the woodshed at night, taking out the trash, bringing in groceries from the car after dark (out in the country it gets VERY dark at night), I have my trusty Petzl headlamp. There are a lot of headlamps out there, but once you use a really good one, you'll never be happy with the rest.

So that was my plug for having a headlamp in 'regular' times. But how about during a power outage or emergency? You have to go around and turn off gas lines, maybe water lines, dig out the candles and lanterns, change a baby's diapers. With what? a flashlight clenched in your teeth? You want to be able to pop on your Petzl and see the entire area well lit. And you will if you have a Petzl. And even if it’s morning, I don’t leave home without my Petzl headlamp.

Technical note for those that like technical stuff:
The Tikkina headlamp uses Standard lighting technologoly as opposed to Constant lighting technology.

Standard Lighting Technology
Everyone is familiar with a flashlight that is very bright when you first put new batteries in it. Then after a while, it’s still fine but just not quite as bright. And after being used a lot or from being in a kitchen drawer for a long time, you pull it out and it still comes on, but it’s now a dim light that is put out. This Standard lighting technology wrings out every last bit of power in the battery, but the light gets dimmer at the end of the batteries life.

Constant Lighting Technology
With Constant lighting technology, the brightness of the light stays as bright from start to finish, with none of the dimming that happens with Standard lighting technology. That sounds dandy BUT then you look at how long those same 3 AAA batteries last.

With this Tikkina headlamp that uses Standard lighting technology, you get 120 hours of light on High (100 lumens of light is really super bright too). On the Tikkina Plus, which uses Constant lighting technology you only get 2 hours of light on High (which is 110 lumens).

Whoa!!! You say. Yeppers, I say. That’s why I have the Standard lighting technology headlamps. 120 hours on high (altho it’ll dim a bit around 90 hours) or 2 hours of bright light then BANG – no more light. I’m just sayin’...

Makes a wonderful Christmas gift!
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Price $21.95

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