Petzl Tikka Review
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|Pros||Reasonably priced, very easy to use, good battery life, red LED, durable design||Excellent spot light capability, wide evenly lit flood beam, above average in most ways||Good performance for the price, 94 meter beam throw, easy to use||Super easy to use, inexpensive, solid performance, compact, and reliable||Lightweight, small size, excellent flood beam, great price|
|Cons||Below average trail lighting in spot mode, average flood lighting||Below average battery life, claimed battery life is wildly misleading, single button hard to use, lame waterproofing||Average in most ways||Good but not great spot beam for trail finding, slightly below average flood beam optics||Too weak a beam for trail finding or distance viewing|
|Bottom Line||A good light but outperformed by the Petzl Tikkina, which costs less, unless you need red LED light||A quality, durable, and bright light that hits the sweet spot for most people's needs, despite dubious marketing claims||The Yalumi is a good light, at a good price, that provides basic functionality||For $20, the Tikkina offers impressive performance at a great price, that will meet most people's needs||Offers great close proximity lighting at a budget price|
|Rating Categories||Petzl Tikka||Black Diamond Spot||Yalumi LED 140-Lumen||Petzl Tikkina||Black Diamond Astro|
|Trail Finding (35%)|
|Close Proximity (20%)|
|Battery Life (15%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Petzl Tikka||Black Diamond Spot||Yalumi LED 140-Lumen||Petzl Tikkina||Black Diamond Astro|
|Measured Beam Distance||62 m||94 m||94 m||62 m||38 m|
|Claimed Distance||60 m||80 m||90 m||55 m||35 m|
|Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI)||3.9 hrs||2.9 hrs||4.3 hrs||3.5 hrs||4.8 hrs|
|Claimed High Mode Run-time||60 hrs||30 hrs||Not specified||60 hrs||20 hrs|
|Measured Low Mode Run-time||225 hrs||9.7 hrs||47 hrs||223 hrs||95 hrs|
|Claimed Low Mode Run-time||240 hrs||175 hrs||100 hrs||220 hrs||80 hrs|
|Measured Weight||3 oz, 84 g||3.1 oz, 89 g||2.7 oz, 77 g||2.9 oz, 83 g||3 oz, 86 g|
|Battery Type||3 AAA||3 AAA||3 AAA||3 AAA||3 AAA|
|Water Resistance||IPX4 splash proof||Splash proof (dubious IPX8 claim)||IPX4 splash proof||IPX4 splash proof||IPX4 splash proof|
|Manuf Claimed Lumens||200 lumens||300 lumens||140 lumens||150 lumens||150 lumens|
|Beam Type||flood/spot||flood/spot||flood/spot||flood||flood, dimmable|
|On Switch Lock||no||yes||no||no||yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
There is so much to love about the Petzl Tikka that we find it regrettable to confess we feel most people should buy one of the sister products, either the Petzl Tikkina that offers similar performance for 33% lower price (but without the red LED), or Petzl Zipka which sells for the same price and offers the exact same lighting features & performance, for 24% lower weight and smaller packed size.
The trail finding score was OK in general but pretty poor compared to top-performing lights that also list for $30, such as the Black Diamond Spot.
As you can see in the beam comparison images below The Spot is considerably brighter than the Tikka.
The Tikka is below average in its flood mode lighting, with a score 4 of 10. While it is perfectly functional, it lacks the wide even lighting of the BD Spot.
You are likely to rely on a light like the Tikka primarily for close-proximity flood lighting, and it offers impressive battery life for that application.
By design, the Tikka is one of the lighter headlamps, although certainly not the lightest.
Ease of Use
The Tikka is quite easy to use and has the same intuitive one button activation as the rest of the Tikka line. However, the string headband makes it hard to use when wearing gloves. The Tikka does attach well to helmets.
The Tikka is well suited for an application like a 3-5 day backpacking trip, where weight and size matter, but so much as to mandate the most ultralight solutions like the Petzl e+LITE. For a weekend backcountry trip, the Petzl Tikkina or BD Spot are a better choice though, since they offer much superior performance as a general-purpose light.
In the current headlamp market, $30 is a price that needs to deliver a lot of performance. The Tikka is kind of a special-purpose solution, in that it is not the light we'd choose for general-purpose use, which means buying it involves a compromise on performance in the long run. The beam power and other lighting metrics are just not that impressive for the price of this light.
We consider the Tikka to be a quality light, but not our pick. The Petzl Tikkina is a strong competitor at a lower price, and the Black Diamond Spot offers better performance for the same price.
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