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Packman Pete
(packmanpete) - MLife

Locale: Rainy Portland
Input on new headlamp? on 03/31/2013 23:09:13 MDT Print View

My Princeton Tec died and I need a new headlamp!
I really like the Petzl Zipka, but now I see there is a 'plus' and a 'plus2' model. What are the differences? Also, I see a lot of hikers using the e-lite.
Anybody have experience with these?

Jared Baker
(simply_light) - MLife

Locale: Midwest, US
Petzl E+lite on 04/01/2013 04:15:01 MDT Print View

I really like the E+lite. Very light, packs down super small, a ton of features for its size. A lot of the time I am wearing it, I forget it is there.

The only cons are that since it is so small and uses a switch, it is a little bit difficult to use if you have large hands, thick gloves, or one-handed. Also, the batteries don't last super long if you use the brightest setting for very long.

However, for its weight & price, there are very few options that compare to it.

Here is the BPL Reader Reviews of the E+lite:

Nick Larsen
(stingray4540) - F

Locale: South Bay
Re: Petzl E+lite on 04/01/2013 06:09:06 MDT Print View

another vote for e+lite.
When backpacking, I'm usually sleeping when it's dark, all I really need a flashlight for is to find something I put on the ground during dinner at dusk, or to find my way into the tent. I don't need 60ft. visibility. I don't even use it to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Easy place to save weight. Don't carry more light than you really need.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Input on new headlamp? on 04/01/2013 06:17:13 MDT Print View

I tried an e-lite for a while but never really liked it. It was ok around camp but far from ideal it you wanted to night hike, or even just go off and relieve yourself. I ended up switching to a Zebralight H501, which isn't perfect for night hiking either but much better than the e-lite and great around camp. I'm much happier with the H501, even if it is heavier, its more robust and much brighter when I need it but still has the low modes that are great around camp or in the tent.
I also keep a Photon light on my neck lanyard which I like quite a bit. Honestly, I came to think of the e-lite more as a glorified Photon rather than a mini-headlamp. They both have about the same limitations for me but the e-lite has more modes and is bulkier.


Edited by aroth87 on 04/01/2013 06:20:35 MDT.

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: Input on new headlamp? on 04/01/2013 09:20:57 MDT Print View

Which model PrincetonTec? I'm curious. The only PTec I had problems with was the Byte, which is a miserable piece of CCC* to begin with. I've long used and recommended the EOS, (and it is still a good light for $35), but there are newer designs out there.

*Cheap China Crap

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Another +1 on the e+Lite on 04/01/2013 09:56:42 MDT Print View

I have one of the original e+Lites and really like it. The switch has two "off" positions:
- In the first you have white light for the first setting
- In the second you have red light as the first setting

I use the white light around camp (usually the low mode) and then switch it to the second "off" position for when I'm sleeping. I find the red light to be perfect for those midnight "calls of nature."

With that said, I also carry a Fenix LD01 (AAA flashlight - .81 ounce with battery) in my pocket when I'm sleeping. The e+Lite has a maximum output of just 26 lumens and the LD01 gives me an 85 lumen spot light to better see things going "bump in the night."

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Input on new headlamp? on 04/01/2013 10:00:43 MDT Print View

Love the EOS! The e lite is okay for reading but noting else. The output is not sufficient for night hiking.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Princeton Tec "garantee" on 04/01/2013 12:33:28 MDT Print View

I had a PT Scout (no longer made). I called PT to ask about another headlamp and told tehm about the Scout's hinge breaking. They said "Send it in and we'll fix it." I did and they did.

I still think Princeton Tec is one of the best headlamp makers. Now I only buy regulated headlamps and tehy make excellent ones.

Packman Pete
(packmanpete) - MLife

Locale: Rainy Portland
Re: Princeton Tec "garantee" on 04/01/2013 14:02:26 MDT Print View

My PT Fuel has a battery cover that broke off at the hinge. I don't know how that happened-it was in an outside pocket pressed against my sleeping bag.

Thanks for all the input. I really like the e+lite for the weight, and I will probably go that route. I don't do much night hiking.

I also keep a Photon Freedom around my neck. Maybe I should just stick with that?

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: Re: Princeton Tec "garantee" on 04/01/2013 14:07:47 MDT Print View

Do you have a cheap source for Cr2032 batteries?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: cheap source for Cr2032 batteries? on 04/01/2013 14:20:59 MDT Print View

"Do you have a cheap source for Cr2032 batteries?"

eBay. Watch the buyer's feedback and best if they have posted expiration dates and brand names. There are folk who buy up big trays of them and then sell them in small lots. My experiences have been good.

Mark Cashmere
(tinkrtoy) - M

Locale: NEOH
Re: Re: cheap source for Cr2032 batteries? on 04/01/2013 14:32:46 MDT Print View

Yep, every computer my department recycles. My help desk guys just pile the batteries on my desk and rarely do I find one that measures at less that 2.8V (corrected after measuring a couple on my desk -- not sure why I was thinking max 1.5V at first response).

+1 on the e-lite as well. I have been using one for years. As long as you aren't night hiking as others have mentioned. I have a Tikka Plus also with a Core battery, but it never seems to make it into the bag when selecting between it and the e-lite.

Edited by tinkrtoy on 04/02/2013 04:17:08 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: cheap source for Cr2032 batteries? on 04/01/2013 17:45:02 MDT Print View

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: Re: Re: cheap source for Cr2032 batteries? on 04/01/2013 22:21:18 MDT Print View

Aren't CR2032 batteries 3v? Why would you want one at 1.3v?

Packman Pete
(packmanpete) - MLife

Locale: Rainy Portland
Re: Input on new headlamp? on 04/02/2013 10:40:44 MDT Print View

Yesterday I took my broken PT Fuel back to REI to ask about warranty issues. They just gave me a store credit, even though the headlamp was 5 years old! Dang! Anyhow, they don't have the Petzl e+lite at the store, so I came home with a Zipka Plus 2. Works on AAA batteries and is pretty lightweight. Seems good to me! Used the 20% and my dividend to make it even sweeter.

Thanks REI.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
CR2032 Re: Re: Re: Princeton Tec "garantee" on 04/03/2013 13:19:34 MDT Print View

"Do you have a cheap source for Cr2032 batteries?"

I've got them at Sam's club for $6/for 6. And at Family Tree they sell them for $1/ for 2. Plus at Family Tree I get my alkaline AA and AAA batteries for $1/ for 4. They have about 5% less capacity than a Duracell but the price is right :)

(jake.L) - F

Locale: Katahdin
CR2032 Batteries for CHEAP! on 04/03/2013 13:29:13 MDT Print View

I buy all of my CR2032 batteries at for $0.38 each and CR1632 for $.80 each. They have other neat backpacking items also, cool site!

CR2032 Batteries found here

CR1632 batteries found here

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re on 04/03/2013 13:56:59 MDT Print View

Petzyl zipka. Awesome and lighter because of the strap. Battery lasts forever.