M Petzl Tikka XP2 and Tikka Plus2 LED Headlamp Reviews
by Rick Dreher
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Petzl has been busy upgrading the Tikka-Zipka line, and as part of this suite of six new headlamps gives us two versions of the old Tikka XP: the Tikka Plus2 and the Tikka XP2. Physically, the new Plus2 and XP2 have more similarities than differences and each includes the following:
- Single, high-output, white, collimated LED
- Small, red, 5mm LED
- Single control switch, mounted top-center
- Ratcheted angle adjustment
- Hinged battery compartment
- Wraparound elastic headband
The headlamp shells are similar in shape and incorporate the same materials - a combination of crystal clear and gray translucent plastics. Each is powered by three AAAs and, new to the 2-series, take any battery formulation: alkaline, NiMH, NiCd and yes, disposable lithium. Their switch control sequences are identical and both sport an IPX4 water resistance rating ("limited ingress of water sprayed from any direction"). Like the previous Tikkas, neither new light has current regulation, and both have battery life meters.
There are differences: The XP2 has a diffuser lens and head strap whistle and, importantly, is much brighter. The XP2 body is a bit deeper to accommodate the diffuser and has a slightly larger switch and collimator. The Plus2 weighs 5 grams less and costs $15 less.
- A Bit of History
- Battery Options
- Design, Construction, Controls
- Fit and Aiming
- Performance in the Lab
- Output Over Time
- XP2 vs. Plus2 Measured Performance Verdict
- Dimming and RFI
- Performance In the Field
- Red Mode
- White Modes
- Stealthiness and Glare
- Battery Meter
- Battery Swap
- Recommendations for Improvement
- What's Good
- What's Not So Good
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