Petzl Headlamp Reviews(Ultimate Buyers Guide)

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Welcome to our review of the Petzl headlamp range. Petzl has been synonymous with headlamps for over forty years. It prides itself on reliable, rugged and performant headlamps. Petzl headlamps are used the world over by outdoor enthusiasts and sportspeople. When purchasing a Petzl headlamp you can trust the build quality and materials used are of the highest quality and with some of the best lighting options around you can be sure that there is a Petzl headlamp available for pretty much any scenario.

The Petzl headlamp range

1. Petzl Tikkina


The Petzl Tikkina is the introductory model in the Petzl headlamp range. Although it may be low cost it still comes with the same Petzl build quality and durability of the materials used.

  • Description
  • Features
  • 80 Lumens on max brightness
  • Dual lighting mode: either high intensity or longer battery life
  • One push button system for ease of use
  • Runs on three AAA/LR03 batteries

2. Petzl Zipka


The Petzl Zipka comes with a zip retractable cord that means it can not only be worn comfortably on the head but it can also be mounted around the wrist or backpack or any other suitable location in a convenient manner. It's a great lightweight Petzl head torch.

  • Description
  • Features
  • 100 Lumens on max brightness
  • Battery life extended by auto reserve mode
  • Runs on three AAA/LR03 batteries
  • Compatible with both lithium and rechargeable Ni-MH batteries

3. Petzl Tikka


The Petzl Tikka is the base model in the Tikka range. It's a simple yet effect workhorse and nicely compact to fit away easily in any pocket or rucksack. 

  • Description
  • Features
  • 100 Lumens at max power
  • Two lighting modes allow for power conservation
  • Phosphorescent reflector
  • Runs on three AAA/LR03 batteries

4. Petzl Tikka +


The Petzl Tikka + ups the power to 160 Lumens over the base model tikka and features several different lighting modes for differing usage scenarios. Proximity mode for close range, movement mode for focused point with wide angle and mixed beam mode.

  • Description
  • Features
  • More powerful than the standard Tikka
  • Mixed lighting modes
  • Multi color beams
  • Super comfortable head strap

5. Petzl Tikka XP


The Petzl Tikka XP is at the higher end of the Tikka range in terms of power and added features. The extra features include a boost mode for more power and a strobe mode for high visibility/safety.

  • Description
  • Features
  • Ups the power from the previous Tikka model
  • Strobe mode for added visibility
  • Long range vision

6. Petzl Tikka RXP


The Petzl Tikka RXP is the performance model of the Tikka range. It is rechargeable by USB cable and has an individual switch for it's power mode and it's choice of beam. The addition of a lock mode reduces the risk of mistakenly turning on whilst in your pocket or bag. The burn time is also customizable by downloading Petzl OS software.

  • Description
  • Features
  • 215 Lumens at max brightness
  • Dual switches, one for lighting mode and the other for power level
  • Reactive lighting technology
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery via USB cable
  • Lock function that avoids accidentally switching it on

7. Petzl Reactik +


The Petzl REACTIV + is a rechargeable Petzl headlamp the features Reactive Lighting Technology which can auto adjust the beam intensity for the user up to 300 lumens.

  • Description
  • Features
  • USB rechargeable
  • Two part strap for the most demanding dynamic activities
  • Reactive technology that adjusts light to the environment 

8. Petzl Nao


The Petzl Nao is a rechargeable headlamp giving out 575 lumens. It has roughly a five hour charge time and features reactive lighting allowing for less manual intervention as the ambient lighting environment changes.  There is also an optional belt kit available so that the battery pack can be moved to the waist allowing for a much lighter load on the head.

  • Description
  • Features
  • 575 Lumens on full power
  • Reactive lighting technology
  • Can be used with two AAA/LR03 batteries if needed
  • Optional belt strap

For a more thorough review of the Petzl Nao and Nao plus see our post here.

9. Petzl Nao +


The Petzl Nao plus has smartphone integration via bluetooth and Petzl's MyPetzl-Light app which allows the headlamp to be controlled from your phone. The app can be used to monitor battery performance and adjust the intensity according to your needs. One of the best Petzl headlamps available.

  • Description
  • Features
  • Flagship of the Petzl headlamp range
  • Includes smartphone integration over bluetooth
  • Rear red light for added visibility/safety
  • Water resistant

10. Petzl Myo


The Petzl Myo has an easily flippable lens that allows the user to go from a wide beam to a long range one in an instant. 

  • Description
  • Features
  • Flippable lens
  • Multi-beam functionality
  • Perfect for long runs

11. Petzl Myo RXP

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The Petzl Myo RXP is the first programmable headlamp in the Petzl range. It can be can be boosted all the way up to 205 Lumens. There are three lighting modes each of which can be have it's brightness selected from 13 up to 141 lumens.

  • Description
  • Features
  • 205 Lumens on max brightness
  • Runs on three AAA/LR03 batteries
  • Compatible with alkaline or lithium batteries
  • Emergency flash mode

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