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I'm a big fan of headtorches and Petzl and have loads of them, Zipka has been my favourite for a long time, as its so compact, and flexible for wearing on head/wrist, or attaching to almost any pole or object. I've had zipka's from the original 4 LED version, through the Zipka 2/plus, and now the latest COB Led version. I have two of the 2018 Zipka which are great, but when I heard the 2019 model was 1/3 brighter (300 lumen vs 200 lumen), I bought one to compare, and am really impressed with it. The LED is noticably brighter, and has a warmer tint than the previous version, it is a great general beam wide enough to be useful close up, but still with good range (noticably better than last years Zipka).
At around £22 this is great value, and I have the Core rechargable battery in mine, for convenience mainly.
This is easily the best Petzl I've got so far. It's the 4th I own. The previous 3 were tikka and zipka from around 2000-2005, the ones with 3-4 LEDs in a row and no red light. Then I got a tikka from ~2010, with 1 main LED and a red light. I generally prefer the zipka design. The strap on tikkas loses elasticity and dies in ~5 years. It happened with both tikkas I owned. Also, the zipka is really easy to attach to stuff that is not your head like some branch above you to light the camp, or the tent ceiling. This is much harder to do with the tikka. I also think the zipka design is much more robust and will last way longer than the elastic strap of the tikka. The only advantage of the tikka in my opinion is that it's easy to adjust the angle of the headtorch on your forehead. Except for this zipka / tikka comparison I really like what petzl did here with the glowing-in-the-dark ring around the LED. It really makes finding the headtorch much easier after using it in the dark. I also really like the fact that the low settings are quite low. I know many people aim for the brightest torch possible, but sometimes a low light is really valuable. For example, when you read you won't get blind from the light, and when using it with other people around you you won't make them blind by mistake. The red light is also very useful in my opinion. Lastly, I won't recommend it if you want to hike in the dark. It's a great torch for the camp but you probably need something brighter or with more concentrated beam for night navigation.
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.
So small you can easily lose it, but up until that point it is great. Really bright on full power, easy to access the various modes and the retracting cord makes it ideal for attaching to things as a static light. It also sits on its back for use as an uplighter. Battery life is very good as well. It sits on my head well but they have better models for running. Overall I love it but worry about losing it.
Gucci little head torch. Features Red filter, flashing red, 3 x white light brightness’. Adjustable and sits in the head nicely. Can be worn as a bracelet around the wrist (if you are wearing a helmet) which is handy if you have to keep light pollution to a minimum. Slightly worried about the robustness of the string which acts as the head band but survived a 3 week exercise in Salisbury plain. 3 x AAA batteries lasted the whole 3 weeks with the torch being used on red filter every night.
Love the Zipka range, but had to buy this model so I could use the Petzl core rechargeable battery pack. 3 brightness levels for the white beam - ranging from quite dim to surprisingly bright! Good spread of light, and consistent brightness shows why Petzl are better than the rest.
Very portable for travel no bulky head band Can mount on head wrist or other versitile 3 battery options aaa/aaa rechargeable/battery pack usb charge 3 power levels up to 300 , red and red flashing Massive improvement over previous model on/off Cons would like it to be more water resistant/shock resistant ie rubber/ silicon sleave maybe next upgrade