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Princeton Tec Remix Plus Review

A premium priced light that is outperformed by competitors costing less
Princeton Tec Remix Plus
Photo: Abriah Wofford
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Price:  $50 List | $24.51 at Amazon
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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  • Trail Finding - 35% 5
  • Close Proximity - 20% 3
  • Battery Life - 15% 3
  • Weight - 15% 3
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5

Our Verdict

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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Pros Well made constructionExcellent trail finding and close proximity beam, waterproof, above average battery lifeExcellent spot light capability, wide evenly lit flood beam, above average in most waysSuper easy to use, inexpensive, solid performance, compact, and reliableUnmatched for ultralight weight and size, outstanding for close-proximity use, durable
Cons Poor performance, short battery lifeMore expensive, heavier than average, claimed battery life is very misleadingBelow average battery life, claimed battery life is wildly misleading, single button hard to use, lame waterproofingGood but not great spot beam for trail finding, slightly below average flood beam opticsNot well suited for distance viewing, expensive
Bottom Line A premium priced light that is outperformed by competitors costing lessA durable light that will last for years with a bright high-quality beam, slightly higher in cost and weightA quality, durable, and bright light that hits the sweet spot for most people's needs, despite dubious marketing claimsFor $20, the Tikkina offers impressive performance at a great price, that will meet most people's needsFor those ultralight-fans who cut their toothbrush in half to save weight and size, this is the perfect light
Rating Categories Princeton Tec Remix... Black Diamond Storm Black Diamond Spot Petzl Tikkina Petzl e+LITE
Trail Finding (35%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
1.0
Close Proximity (20%)
3.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
9.0
Battery Life (15%)
3.0
6.0
4.0
7.0
3.0
Weight (15%)
3.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
10.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
10.0
7.0
Specs Princeton Tec Remix... Black Diamond Storm Black Diamond Spot Petzl Tikkina Petzl e+LITE
Measured Beam Distance 58 m 91 m 94 m 62 m 31 m
Claimed Distance 78 m 85 m 80 m 55 m 10 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 1.6 hrs 5 hrs 2.9 hrs 3.5 hrs 9.4 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 5 hrs 40 hrs 30 hrs 60 hrs 9 hrs
Measured Low Mode Run-time 43 hrs 42 hrs 9.7 hrs 223 hrs 18 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 100 hrs 120 hrs 175 hrs 220 hrs 12 hrs
Measured Weight 5.8 oz, 165 g 4 oz, 112 g 3.1 oz, 89 g 2.9 oz, 83 g 1 oz, 27 g
Battery Type 4 AAA 4 AAA 3 AAA 3 AAA 2 CR2032 Lithium
Water Resistance IPX4 splash proof IP67 waterproof to one meter and dustproof Splash proof (dubious IPX8 claim) IPX4 splash proof IPX7 waterproof to one meter
Manuf Claimed Lumens 165 lumens 350 lumens 300 lumens 150 lumens 50 lumens
Beam Type flood/spot flood/spot flood/spot flood flood
Red Light no yes, red/green/blue night-vision modes yes no yes
On Switch Lock yes yes yes no yes

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


Photo: Abriah Wofford

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.


Photo: Abriah Wofford

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.


Photo: Abriah Wofford


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