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Princeton Tec Remix Plus Review

A premium priced light that is outperformed by competitors costing less
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Price:  $50 List | $29.99 at Amazon
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Pros:  Well made construction
Cons:  Poor performance, short battery life
Manufacturer:   Princeton Tec
By RJ Spurrier ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 28, 2018
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OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#27 of 27
  • Trail Finding - 35% 5
  • Close Proximity - 20% 3
  • Battery Life - 15% 3
  • Weight - 15% 3
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5

The Skinny

The Princeton Tec Remix Plus is built with quality construction, but at $50 list it is comparatively far too expensive for the performance it delivers. For example. when put side-by-side with the $20 Petzl Tikkina, our Best Buy winner, it had much lower overall performance scores across the board. The Tikkina sells for a 60% lower price, and comes in at half the weight. It is hard to justify buying the Remix, given so many strong competitors that offer more for less.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Princeton Tec needs to step up their headlamp game at this $50 price point. The market is now crowded with excellent products. The competition offers much more performance, for the same, or even much lower prices.

Performance Comparison



Trail Finding


Scoring a 5 of 10, the Remix Plus has fairly poor trail finding abilities for its price.


Beam Distance Photos
Beam photo of Princeton Tec Remix Plus
Beam photo of Black Diamond Spot

Princeton Tec Remix Plus
Black Diamond Spot

Close Proximity


The Remix was disappointing for close proximity use, earning a poor 3 of 10 rating.


Battery Life


The Remix's battery life score is a mediocre 3 of 10, with only 1.6 hours in our measured high mode runtime tests using the ANSI standards, and 43 hours in low mode.



Weight


The Remix is large and bulky compared to competitors, coming in at 5.8 ounces or 165 grams, and a two part package with batteries in back and the light element in front.


Ease of Use


Ease of use is a relative high point for the Remix, but even there it scored only about average.




Conclusion


We can't say the Remix Plus offers great value. The Petzl Tikkina is 60% lower list price, and scored much better. Other $50 lights, like the BD Storm left the Remix in the dust. Not recommended.


RJ Spurrier