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Pros: Light relative to the Apex, great lighting power
Cons: Lithium-ion batteries are hard to find, batteries do not last as long as the Apex
Best Uses: Backpacking, camping, climbing and general outdoor use where you want a bring beam
The Princeton Tec Apex Pro is the lithium-ion battery version of the Princeton Tec Apex. It performs very similarly to the Apex in brightness, which is to say it is the best "powerful high-beam" headlamp we tested. The buttons and operation are also essentially the same as the Apex. The difference between the two is the Apex is heavier, lasts much longer, is a little less expensive, and takes convenient-to-find AA batteries. The lithium ion Apex Pro batteries are much more expensive and, more importantly, much harder to find. If you are on a long trip, you need to stock up on lithium-ion batteries because you never know if any of your buddies will have them and few stores carry them.
The benefit to the Princeton Tec Apex Pro lithium-ion batteries is that the Apex Pro is much lighter and less bulky than the Apex. While the Apex is much bulkier than the Petzl Myo XP and the Black Diamond Icon, the Apex Pro is in the same weight class.
Overall, we like the powerful light of the Apex Pro so much that we do prefer it over the Icon or Myo XP with the caveat that it is not quite as bomber and durable as either of those two. If you are on a strict budget, we would probably lean toward the Icon. If you don't care about weight, get the regular Apex, which has much better battery life and is easy to find batteries for. If you don't mind spending the money to have lots of extra lithium-ion batteries on hand, then the Apex Pro is an awesome headlamp and one of our top picks.
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