/ Type of Headtorch/ possible upgrade advice please
I currently have a Petzl Tikka and have a petzl e-lite as a back up in my first aid kit when out walking and climbing. I have been looking at reviews at getting a new head torch - maybe a Petzl core - I was wondering what peoples views on them are or if you can suggest other torches? I do like the look of some of the reactive lighting - how have people found this? Sorry for all the questions but did do a search and nowt found much.
How they have found the battery life after a charge and how they operate in cold and wet environments - also the li-ion rechargable torches - how do they hold there charge over a course of not being used for a few months? Can you add in batteries if the charge goes on the core?
I have also been toying with the idea of getting a LED Lenser T7 instead of another headtorch - again what are people's views on them? Or should I go for a LED Lenser headtorch?
P.S I have noticed some torches have different filters - in what way do they make a difference - I know red help with night sight, but blue and green filters? There seems to be a lot more reliasance on charging from computers now adays - is this a good thing or do people still prefer to replace batteries when they need to? I know its meant to be more environmentally friendy but I think its the whole thing of embracising new technology.
Thanks for the help
I've had the LED Lenser P7 for about 4 years. Rugged and relatively bright, never failed on me and it does get thrown around quite a bit.
However, they are quite pricey, there are far cheaper equivalent torches on offer.
Also - the P7/T7 is no very comfortable to have in your mouth, which is where it will end up if you need both hands free!
I use a headtorch (Gamma) as my main light, and the torch is carried as a back up or for "searching" type duties.
I have an H7R that I'm considering selling?
I've not had a good run with the LED Lenser H7 - found the light output diminishes radiply (unlike the BD and Petzl which, by funky electronics, seem to maintain a near constant light output, regardless of battery age, then die), and also the rachet to adjust beam height wears down quickly/is loose, so any jolt when walking, etc and you have the beam in your face, as opposed to where you want to be going.
It would also come to about £90 for both the duo and the module which is cheaper than all petzl myo/ultra.
Have to say the Petzl Nao (reactive lighting) works pretty well, I've only used it so far for cycling on roads at night and works a great, reactive is actually useful!
Me too. Really good headlamp, though am thinking of replacing with the BD storm, 4xaaa so slightly heavier/bigger, but is waterproof to 1m. The icon only being splash proof has always annoyed me.
The core works well it holds its charge even when it's cold although it will shorten the 'burn time' when it gets properly chilly. You can download softwear from petzl's website allowing you to programme your light output which is quite handy but I rarely use that.
I recently got a ridiculously bright small hand torch from Deal Extreme in Hong Kong to use as my bike light and notice how many of the head torches they sell look exactly like the H7 for less than half the price. If the Trustfire one I got for my bike is anything to go by they might well be just as good. I guess buying from a big brand via a local shop though does mean if there are any problems it's easier to get them sorted.
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