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This torch puts out a nice amount of light in white light mode but red mode is a bit underwhelming and contrary to what I’d hoped it still leaves my dogs temporarily blinded if I shine it at them. Also because of the string band it tends to jiggle up and down as you walk so I would recommend one of the ones with a proper headband although it’s not a big deal. Works nicely with the CORE battery but careful you don’t push the connectors out of alignment or the circuit won’t complete.
Firstly just to say I was a die-hard petzl fan for 20 years. Now must mention what I have to say is particular to the Zipka, maybe their other products are still solid. but 5 years ago I switched from the normal Petzl to the Zipka because I loved the size and functionality, and must say that WHEN they work they are great little headlamps. But I am about to send in my THIRD zipka in 5 years to the company because of problems. The first two would just stop working reliably, sometimes they would work, sometimes not, sometimes I would have to remove the batteries and re-insert to get it to work. On my last one I purchased just three months ago I also bought the rechargeable battery for it, and after 3 months of use it just stopped working with the battery. No problem with the battery cause I tested it in my friends headlamp, problem is with the headlamp. It works with normal batteries but not the rechargeable (petzle brand) one. What if I was on a climb and didnt have spare non-rechargeables? Outdoor adventurers need reliablity. And the way they build them there is no way to open it up to check connections and possible do your own repairs. Im over it. I do a lot of intense adventuring in very remote places and I need a headlamp that is reliable. Zipka is not. Maybe other PEtzle products are but Im kindof cold on the brand now that its clear they do not keep high levels of quality. Sad to say goodbye.
The brightness of the light is adequate to putz around camp or maybe hike on a groomed trail at night, but is insufficient for trail running at night or hiking on very rocky or rooted terrain. Additionally, the angle of the light cannot be adjusted so you are stuck with the beam being projected about 8ft ahead of you (from a standing position). While this is normally a good area to cast your light, there are certainly situations where you need it pointed closer which requires you to tip your head instead of just adjusting the light.