Beam Comparison - Headlamp


Battery Life vs. Beam Distance - the above graph shows how beam distance at the brightest setting degrades as battery life runs down. We use the ANSI FL-1 battery run-time spec, which says run-time for the high mode is finished when brightness degrades 90% from its initial value. The ANSI standard is more stringent than what headlamp manufacturers use. They consider high mode run-time still OK so long as there's enough battery to produce light as bright as a candle placed 2 meters away (0.25 lux). We think the manufacturer's approach is deceptive and misleads consumers to believe the high output mode produces a long-distance beam much longer than it actually does.

                                       : we measured the maximum beam distance as 70 meters and the ANSI battery run time for the high setting as 5.2 hours.
                                       : we measured the maximum beam distance as 128 meters and the ANSI battery run time for the high setting as 3.3 hours.

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Nitecore HC50
Nitecore HC50
Petzl R+
Petzl Tikka R Plus
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Pros Burly, waterproof, with excellent opticsCompact, rechargeable, reactive
Cons Poor battery performanceNot as bright as some, expensive, reactive technology isn’t perfect
Bottom Line Waterproof and durable, this model's battery life left our testers wanting more.Compact and rechargable, this model's reactive technology has some glitches.
Weighted Metrics Nitecore HC50 Petzl Tikka R Plus
Trail Finding - 20%
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Close Proximity - 15%
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Battery Life - 15%
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Brightness - 25%
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Weight - 15%
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Ease Of Use - 10%
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Product Specs Nitecore HC50 Petzl Tikka R Plus
Measured Max Beam Distance 75 m 52 m
Claimed Distance 85 m 65 m
Measured High Mode Run-time (ANSI) 2 hrs 3 hrs
Claimed High Mode Run-time 1.3 hrs 3.5 hrs
Claimed Low Mode Run-time 400 hrs 12 hrs
Weight 168 g, 5.9 oz 112 g, 4 oz
Battery Type 1 18650 Proprietary Rechargeable or aftermarket adapter and 3 AAA
Water Resistance IPX 8 (waterproof beyond 1m) IPX 4 (splash proof)
Manuf Claimed Lumens 565 lumens 170 lumens
Beam Type Flood/Spot Flood/Spot
Red Light Yes Yes
On/Off Switch Lock No Yes