This is advertised as for emergency situations. I felt though it would also suffice as an expedition/camping/touring torch.
My previous head torch was an old Petzl Tikka Plus, which was getting unreliable due to a crack in the casing, probably caused by me!
The e+LITE headlamp is designed for any situation. It is ultra-lightweight, comes in a hard case, and can easily be stored with its batteries in a backpack, jacket, or emergency kit.
It provides white or red lighting in continuous or strobe mode, and can easily be attached with its elastic band and clip.
For emergencies, the e+LITE is equipped with a long-range whistle that can signal one’s position for rescue.
Temperatures: – 30 °C to + 60 °C (-22 °F to +140 °F)
Always ready for use: can be stored with batteries for up to 10 years, and still be operational
Waterproof down to -1 m
Compact and ultra-light (28 grams)
Designed to prevent accidental operation with the locking switch
Two white lighting modes : maximum and economic
One red lighting mode
Two strobe modes: white or red
- Provides up to 45 hours on economic (11 m), and 35 hours on maximum (19 m)
Communication or rescue:
Up to 100 dB can be heard up to 500 m away (in the mountains , at night and without wind)
SOS Morse code illustration on the whistle
Can be worn on the head, around the wrist or neck or attached to thin-edged objects with integrated clip
Always shines in the direction you want : light source can be directed 360°
Red light beam helps preserve night vision
My first new head torch for over ten years, so I expect great things as technology has moved on.
Initial impression as with anything Petzl, very well made. I like the waterproof case (yet to prove). Which will fit nicely onto my shorts, as it has a slot for a belt.
Like other torches I’ve had previously, when you do find it somewhere in your panniers; only to find it has been on for however long, and nearly flat! Should not be the case with the e+LITE, as the locking switch needs a dedicated finger pull from its locked position, its firm.
The white light position is 16 lumens maximum, at 19 metres, for camping, this is more than adequate. With the economic setting been ample while in a tent.
The head band adjusts easily, press the red button and slide. This unit is also the whistle, nice touch. The band can also be removed from the torch.
The clip will attach to a cap, clothing, part of a bike. It is very firm, and should really not fall or shake off.
My only concern would be the availability of the lithium CR2032 batteries in the more desolate regions. So carrying spares advisable.
With it been so small and light, you soon forget its on your head. Along with its swivel feature, this is a very good find from Petzl.