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Pros: Great battery life, easy to use.
Cons: Very low brightness score, not exceptional performance for the price.
Best Uses: General camping and around the home.
The original Tikka set the performance standard for a small LED headlamp over a decade ago. The Tikka 2 is an improvement over Tikka Plus 2 but falls between the great value Petzl Tikkina 2 and the high performing Tikka XP 2. It has good battery life but otherwise doesn't stand out in many categories. It is a solid headlamp for a good price but there are many headlamps that score the same for less money, or score much higher for just another $10 such as the Black Diamond Spot.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The beam does not cast much light over distance; it only went 32 meters in our test. See below how few cones you can see compared to the Black Diamond Spot.
And as you can see below, the beam is even but just not very powerful.
The score was in line with the rest of the Tikka line: above average but not exceptional. In the photo below the beam is focused where the the spot is nice and diffuse. The more even light is ideal for finding items near you and around the campfire and camp kitchen.
The battery life is good but not exceptional. In high beam mode, it ran for as the one area where this light stands out. It lasted longer than the other Tikka lights, which already have above average performance.
The max beam distance of 32 meters is not impressive for av$30 headlamp. The Tikkina 2 at $20 went almost as far at 27 meters and the Coast HL7 also in the $30 range, goes 120+ meters. This highlights the main challenge with this headlamp, it does okay but does not excel at much.
Weighing in at 82 grams, this is relatively compact headlamp as most of the Tikka line is. It used to be considered an ultralight headlamp, but now there are featherweight sub-once-ounce contenders like the Petzl e+LITE (26 grams).
Ease of Use
Like all Tikka models, the scores were high. It uses a simple and intuitive one button click system.
This is a good value compact light if you want slightly better brightness and battery life than the Tikkina 2 for an extra $10.
Thirty dollars is an ok price, but the Tikkina 2 scored the same for $10 less and the Black Diamond Spot scores much higher for another $10. The $30 price point is very competitive; the Tikka 2 does not stand out against the other contenders we tested.
While all the Tikka headlamps are solid performers, the line seems a little crowded. The Tikkina 2 is an awesome value for $20 and the Tikka XP 2 is a top performer for $55. The Tikka 2 and Tikka Plus 2 seem like compromises between having the great features of the XP and the great value of the Tikkina 2. What particularly accentuates this is the fact the two Editors' Choice lights, the Black Diamond Spot and Coast HL7, perform exceptionally well for only $5-10 more. We would lean toward both of those or get a super value headlamp like the Energizer 3 LED.
— RJ Spurrier and Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: January 14, 2014
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