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Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp

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    Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp

    The Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp packs versatility into a compact, durable unit that you'll take on every adventure, from backpacking trips to international travel. See details

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    The Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp packs versatility into a compact, durable unit that you'll take on every adventure, from backpacking trips to international travel.

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    The Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp packs versatility into a compact, durable unit that you'll take on every adventure, from backpacking trips to international travel.

    • Single 165-lumen Maxbright LED throws a bright white beam up to 90m on high; 2 white 5mm LEDs output 30 lumens and reach up to 23m on high
    • Also includes 2 red LEDs that output 15 lumens and reach up to 20m.; red LEDs minimize the impact on your night vision
    • White 5mm LEDs are dimmable so you can balance light output and battery life to meet your needs
    • 3 AAA batteries (included) provide 110 hrs. of burn time for the Maxbright LED; using the 5mm white LEDs, the batteries provide 160 hrs. of operation
    • Switch to the red LEDs and the batteries will last for 150 hrs.
    • Regulated circuitry ensures consistent power output over the lifespan of the batteries
    • Large push-button switch is easy to operate with gloves on
    • The Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp has an IPX7 rating (protected against water immersion down to 1m for 30 min.)

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    Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Hiking
    LED
    High-output LED/2 LEDs/2 red LEDs
    Yes
    Flood / Spot
    150 lumens
    High: 165 / low: 15 lumens
    90 meters
    High: 90 / low: 20 meters
    2 + dimmer
    None
    High: 110 / low: 150 hours
    Yes
    No
    3 AAA
    Xylex thermoplastic
    2.5 x 2 x 1.5 inches
    3.7 ounces
    Bulb type
    Bulb detail
    Red light mode
    Beam type
    Max light output (lumens)
    Light output
    Max beam distance (m)
    Beam distance
    Brightness levels
    Strobes
    Average run time
    Regulated output
    Rechargeable
    Batteries
    Material(s)
    Dimensions
    Weight with batteries

    Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp

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    Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic headlamp I purchased this lamp as well as the Petzl Tikka XP2 (my favorite until now) for a side-by-side comparison (with new batteries). The Vizz is definitely brighter both on the bright setting as well as in red mode. With the XP2, I see a bit of the light in my peripheral vision which I find troublesome as it is distracting to me when I hike, but I did not have that problem with the Vizz. The large LED has a slightly warmer color temperature which I found to be more pleasing and less harsh. With the XP2, you get either a narrow beam, or a very diffuse beam. The Vizz has a nice wide beam with a bright spot in the middle which I find to be very versatile. Though the XP2 has better battery on the low setting, the Vizz's duration is 50% greater on the high setting with both lamps using the same batteries. Finally the Vizz is also more waterproof and costs $5 less than the XP2. I was surprised how much better the Vizz was and will be exchanging the XP2 for another Vizz.
    Date published: 2014-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid headlamp, frustrating button I've been hooked on headlamps for 20 years and must own 6 different models from multiple manufacturers. When I saw the "Made in USA" on the display, I wanted to at least check it out and I ended up buying it. I have used it several times this summer for camping and overall am pleased. The red lamp setting makes for a lot of comments from others but is effective. You can see what you're doing without attracting bugs. I also like the 2 different white light settings. The high setting is definitely bright. My only issue is cycling through the 3 lamp settings is not consistent or obvious. Sometimes, I can't get it to turn on at all and then suddenly, it works. I own lamps from Black Diamond, Petzl and some small Princeton Tecs and right now, this is my go-to lamp despite the minor frustrations. It's not easy finding US made outdoor gear anymore and I won't lie, I feel good wearing this.
    Date published: 2014-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great headlamp This headlamp has lots of features in common with the high-end lamps from Black Diamond and Petzl, but what really sets it apart is the user-interface. The BD lamps can be in red or white mode, and you need to remember which one it's currently in if you want to avoid trashing your night vision. Additionally, while the BD white is dimmable, it comes on at max brightness. Finally, in white mode the BD toggles between flood and spot, i.e. when you turn it back on you'll always get a different mode than what you were last using. The Petzl has the same problem with red and white modes, but it's worse because the white light stays on while you're holding the button to switch to red mode. With the Vizz user interface there is no red or white mode. Red, white-flood and white-spot are always accessed the same way, no matter how the lamp was last used. Also, the dimmable mode (white-flood) starts at minimum brightness. That said, if you want a lamp that can strobe you'll have to look elsewhere. The Vizz packaging gives a weight of 92g (with alkaline batteries) though I have two scales that say it's really 96g. I don't know why the REI specs page would list 3.7 ounces (105g).
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another GREAT PTec headlamp!! If you're looking for your all-rounder headlamp: look no further. Being a headlamp/flashlight enthusiast, I am sure to have one or three on my person at all times. I use them for like everything: reading, working, finding stuff on my floor that I dropped, checking the insides of bags and suitcases, the list goes on. After experiencing other headlamps with a similar layout (spot, flood, and red LEDs), and noting the pros and cons, I have come to the conclusion that this is the superior product. Using 3 AAA batteries, the Vizz is lightweight. Because I have an "Indiana Jones Crystal Skull" forehead, headlamps like the slide down and become illuminated blindfolds. The Vizz doesn't do this. It's shape feels good in the hand when it needs to be a handlight, and it's well-textured surface provides a nice grip. It just feels good. Unique to this headlamp in the PTec lines is it's adjustable brightness. Not all of the light modes are adjustable, but then again, I only find I need an adjustable beam for the flood light. PTec does this, and TURNS THE FLOOD LIGHT ON IN LOW MODE, to save on the blinding factor. the lamp also cuts on in red mode, and the light indicating that it is LOCKED OUT (no accidental battery drainage) flashes red, too, instead of eye-burning blue. The Cons are few, and are mostly personal beefs with me: The lack of a crown strap (my alien-esque forehead is the cause, Gray-ish people might take note) is a bit of a bother, but not that big of one. There is some light leakage through the translucent red plastic, but if that's an issue for you order it in black. All-in-all, I find this to be a great headlamp, another in a long and venerable pedigree. If you're looking for your all-rounder headlamp, look no further.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A light for any occasion! This headlamp is extremely versatile. The red LEDs conserve your night-vision, while the dimmable LEDs take care of all the middle ground. At their brightest, the meet most of my needs. The 150-lumen high setting was amazingly bright. I found myself easily switching between the various modes as my situation changed. Accessing the battery compartment is a breeze, and head swivels vertically, which is a plus. My only con (and I'm not sure that it's even a con) is that the unit is a little larger than I was expecting. Overall, a great headlamp.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lighting This headlamp provides great brightness with great battery life. I love how you have the option for red light, white beam light, and variable lumen output white light. I first used it for camping. It provided plenty of light at 11pm to set up camp. It says that it would last 110 hrs on one set of batteries. I am a bit skeptical about it. But so far, I haven't needed to change the batteries. I did compare this with the Remix, which is slightly lighter but not waterproof. I prefer this headlamp over the Remix because the battery case uses a screw to keep it closed. The first one I bought, the tilt was loose and would often tilt down. I had to return it for a replacement, which was much better. So with that, the tilt feature is what concerns me because over time, the little grooves that provides friction when tilting the lamp will eventually wear out. That's where I prefer the Remix. The Vizz had a number of features that were better than the Remix: - waterproof - battery case was closed with a screw not a latch (which would eventually break) - longer battery life - brighter lumen output Overall, I am happy with this purchase. I would recommend it to others. In fact, I had my brother-in-law buy one and I bought one for my wife.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quality Issues When this headlamp works, it is fantastic. But "when this headlamp works" has turned out to be a big caveat. I got this headlamp for Father's Day in 2013. Over the course of three months, I used it briefly on three camping trips, as well as nightly walks with the dogs. In all, I probably didn't have 20 hours of use when the power button malfunctioned. It is supposed to work this way: one click brings on the red light, two clicks the floodlight, and hold for the adjustable, lower light beam. Instead, I could rarely get the red light to come on, had trouble getting it to turn off, and couldn't get the locking mechanism (three quick clicks) to work. It became like playing a slot machine clicking the button to try to get the setting I wanted--C'mon red light! Daddy needs night vision!. I decided to take it back to REI for an exchage because, judging from the reviews at REI, the malfunction seemed to be an aberration. Typically, REI gave me no problem exchanging the product. When I took the new one home and put the batteries in, the low battery indicator came on immediately. I suspected that the provided batteries happened to be old, so I put in fresh Duracell batteries. Again, the low battery indicator came on immediately. I have been using it to make sure the low-level indicator wasn't faulty. It turns out, I get significantly less than 5 hours of use using only the low-level lights. I will return this one as well and go with a Black Diamond. That said, when the first light was working, and when I have fresh batteries in the second, they have been outstanding products. The headband is comfortable, the light easily adjusts the angle at which it throws light, and the floodlight is incredibly powerful. The darn thing just doesn't work reliably.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far So Good Overall I have been really happy with this headlamp. Definnelty the best headlamp I have ever purchased. The spot light feature does extremely well even though there is no focus or adjustable beam. Would love to see that feature but not a deal breaker. The other features of the red light coming on first and the small LED lighting if you hold the on button are great features while in camp or looking into your bags at night. Great unit overall for any use where you need lighting with hands free.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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