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Rated4out of5byrernstfromExcellent Emergency and or BackupI purchased this as a lamp to be part of my emergency kit. Four days later I found myself in a situation at over 12,500 on a mountain at 09:00PM and no moon - it was pitch dark.
I pulled my Petzle e+light out of my emergency kit and proceeded to limp to the trailhead. Six hours later, my Petzle was still illuminating the trail in front of me as I reached the trail head.
Excellent emergency and or back up light.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated5out of5byTaterfromExtremely durable during WTM 2012I used this as a backup unit for my strobe device at the 2012 Worlds Toughest Mudder event. My original strobe unit broke, which was a different make. This Petzl e+LITE headlamp was perfect in every way: waterproof, durable, mudproof, and impact resistant. The headlamp was easy to transition to, since it was in my pocket. The retractable cord made fitting easy, but due to the nature of the obstacles and water crossings I needed to add duct tape for a more secure fit. This device produced a solid white strobe through 12hrs. of darkness in 20 degree cold, ice from water crossings, sand from mud pits, and multiple impacts from falls of 7'+. The Petzl e+LITE headlamp is still running and I anticipate using it for my main strobe unit in the upcoming November WTM 2013.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated1out of5byphxcamperfromFatal flaw ruins a great lampI found a pretty rock on a beach in Northern California and put it in the pocket of my fleece vest. When I took the rock out I noticed a few grains of sand so I turned the pocket inside-out and tried to remove all of the sand. There was very little sand in my pocket.
Later that night I put the e+lite in my pocket for a few minutes and then when I went to use it the switch was totally jammed. I'm really bummed about this because I like the headlamp a lot for around camp use. I tried disassembling it but you cannot get to the switch mechanism. I googled the problem and there are dozens of similar reports of jammed switches due to dust and sand. It's unfortunate. I'll be returning this headlamp and purchasing a different model.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated4out of5byRay ManfromNeat Retractable HeadbandThe retractable headband proved to be useful even when not wearing it as a headlamp. When I crawled in my hammock for the night I just slipped it off my head and placed it around my wrist. It was really easy to find when I woke up in a rainstorm and went out to batten down the hatches. It did not cut off the circulation or cause any uncomfort.
I gave the light 4 stars because the retractable band seems to be non-replaceable. If it breaks on the trail you can't just run a new strap.
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated5out of5bycliffy15fromSome changes made, still excellentThis is an amazing product for its size, function, and pricepoint. I have owned both the previous version (elastic headband with emergency whistle) and the current version (retractable cord).
I bought this light intending to store it in a home emergency kit. I soon bought another to put into a backpacking emergency kit.
While I initially balked at the everyday usefulness of a headlamp (I had always used handheld lights) I've learned that it is a very versatile tool that I can carry around with me everyday and it's hard to go back. For quick uses I can turn it on and hold it or just as easily use the retractable cord. I can stand it up on the balljoint base and use it as a stationary light source. The only thing quicker to use and more convenient to carry would be a keychain led (which, generally, aren't as powerful nor as useful). You can stow it safely for a long time with the batteries installed.
When I misplaced the one I carry around with me, I had to have a friend travel to an REI store to get me another - recent shipping restrictions on lithium cells and lack of availability in Hawaii. I was, at first, dismayed to find that the newest model had been redesigned since I loved the old one so much.
I WAS disappointed because there was no longer a weather-resistant carrying case. However, the product is water-resistant already and can be stored with its lens swiveled around to face inwards for storage. Not a problem.
I WAS disappointed to find that the elastic strap has been discontinued as it is far more comfortable than the retractable cord. However, this is not a problem as getting rid of the bulk of the strap has made it easier to transport because of the smaller form-factor. In fact, the retractable cord also eliminates the time required to carefully roll up the headband to stow/fit it back into its case. Time can only tell if the retractable cord, and its mechanism, will be durable.
I am disappointed that there is no longer a signal whistle. Instead of including a cord pull, I think the old emergency whistle could have been repurposed from the headband adjuster to a cord pull.
I am disappointed that there is no longer a wire clip around the balljoint base. I used this to clip the e+lite to my cap or belt while in use and to my backpack/messenger bag strap for convenient carry every day.
Not only do I own several of these, I have purchased more to give away and I will probably continue to do so. They make great, practical, fun, and cool gifts!
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated5out of5byMr. GfromMy first choice in headlamps!I read alot while backpacking, especially at night in the sack. The red light allows for reading without losing night vision, and it doesn't affect your tent mates. The Petzl is also Class I Division 2 rated, meaning you can use it in areas where flammable gases/liquid vapors could be present (like chemical plants - it use the Petzl when I inspect these facilities). The case is watertight, and the weight is nearly negligible. Own 5 of these; never any problems with any of them. Have a half dozen other types, but this is my fav.
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated4out of5byMammothCaveHikerfromBig things come in tiny packagesThis little light of mine has a lot going for it.
Very small and lightweight.
Good light output with several settings.
Automatic fit & easy swivel adjustments to point light just where you need it.
The small sacrifice that you must make for such a compact and lightweight item is a little less light output (which would probably be difficult to detect) and a slightly shorter battery life, but a couple spares wouldn't hurt even the strictest ounce-counter's feelings. Both of these things are probably due to the manufacturer choosing the smaller button-shaped battery over AAA, which means that your other devices will likely use a different battery--something to consider when making your final decision.
I am very pleased with this item.
Date published: 2013-01-17
Rated4out of5byLThiker2011fromNice little headlampI bought mine last August, when it came with a thin headband (instead of a string) and a whistle on the back. I used it on the AT in ME for 2 weeks in early/mid September, including to set up my bearbar a couple of times. Its brightness was fine for my purposes. The main reason I bought it (even though I already had the 3oz Princeton Tec Aurora) is that it is amazingly lightweight (1oz), and the whistle on the back was a nice bonus. I just bought a pair as gifts. Unforunately, they have replaced the thin headband with a string and got rid of the whistle; the savings is just .05 oz (not .5oz!). It also no longer comes with a nice storage case. I am giving 4 stars, because the previous version was better. REI, please get the old version!
Date published: 2012-12-31
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