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With 900 lumens of lighting power at only 100 grams, the SWIFT RL is Petzl's brightest compact headlamp. Designed with a reflective two-part headband for a stable and secure fit, this lamp is ideal for outdoor recreation with a mixed beam pattern for distance and proximity lighting.
The Max Burn Time brightness level, in the REACTIVE LIGHTING mode, provides 100 lumens of lighting power - bright enough to see 35 meters ahead and offer up to 50 hours of battery life.
The Standard brightness level, in REACTIVE LIGHTING mode, provides 300 lumens of lighting power - bright enough to see 55 meters ahead and offers up to 40 hours of battery life.
The Max Power brightness level, in the REACTIVE LIGHTING mode, provides 900 lumens of lighting power - bright enough to see 150 meters ahead and offer up to 30 hours of burn time, with a minimum 2-hour guarantee.
This headlamp can also be used in STANDARD LIGHTING mode by simply holding the on/off button down. Standard lighting features 3 modes of 10, 200 and 550 lumens.
The SWIFT RL is simple and easy to use, with just one button for all functions: ON/OFF, lighting modes and levels. The button also includes a LOCK function that allows you to manually lock the headlamp to keep it from accidentally turning on in your pack, or to lock in a specific lighting configuration during use.
The rechargeable 2350 mAh lithium-ion battery can easily be charged using a micro-USB cable in or out of the SWIFT RL while the five-level indicator lets you know how much battery power remains when you turn on or turn off your headlamp.
The SWIFT RL is available in three colors: black, orange, and blue.
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