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PETZL e+LITE Emergency Headlamp 

The PETZL e+LITE emergency headlamp is incredibly light and puts out a minimum amount illumination. If you use the PETZYL e+LITE for night hiking you will likely have to hike slow to safely navigate the terrain.

Paul Bodnar      Educational     6/15/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
6/15/2021

The PETZL e+LITE / 30 Lumens

WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERIES: 20 GRAMS (0.7 OUNCES)

CASE WEIGHT: 19 GRAMS (0.7 OUNCES)

TWO CR2032 BATTERIES: 6 GRAMS (0.2 OUNCES)

TWO WHITE LIGHTS: 30 AND 13 LUMENS

BURN TIME: 3 HOURS AND 11.5 HOURS RESPECTIVELY

ONE WHITE STROBE BEAM: 15 LUMENS WITH 95 HOURS BURN TIME

RED BEAM: CONTINOUS AND STROBE

SWITCH: LOCKING ON/OFF TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OPERATION

WATER RESISTANT: IPX7 (WATERPROOF TO 1 METER FOR 30 MIINUTES)

BEAM: FLOOD

MAXIMUM VIEWABLE DISTANCE (5 LUX): 4.1 FEET

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The PETZL e+LITE is one of the lightest headlamps available. I am unaware of a quality headlamp that is lighter. I used the PETZL e+LITE on three of the my PCT thru hikes and it worked very well as an emergency headlamp. I only hiked in the night in the desert over level terrain and with a lot of road walking. Only a few times would I use the headlamp to hike a mile or two to get to camp and on those occasions I was forced to walk slow to avoid injury. Every time I hiked using the PETZL e+LITE at night I wished for a brighter headlamp. However, I used the PETZL e+LITE as an emergency headlamp and it did its job and that is why I kept going back to it.

I do not recommend the PETTZL e+LITE for planned night hiking. The 30 lumens of visible light (latest version puts out 50 lumens) is not enough to safely hike at normal hiking speeds. The idea of hiking slower and getting in lower miles to save an ounce just doesn’t make sense.

The measured lux values at different distances for the PETZL e+LITE is shown above. At just six feet the lux value drops below 5 which is why this headlamp is not ideal for night hiking. It is important to have a lux value of at least 5 for safe hiking.

Recommended Lux Values

Different tasks require different levels of illumination or lux. In general the more detailed the task the more illumination or lux is required. Detailed drawing work can require 1,000 lux while navigating a stairway at night only requires 15 lux.


The PETZL e+LITE light distribution

The light distribution of the PETZL e+LITE is shown above. The illumination in lux was measured one foot away from the light. The beam width was wide which makes it nice up close but rapidly reduces the illumination as the distance from the light increases. At a distance of just one foot the beam width was over 1 foot. Because of the wide area of illumination the lux value was low. The measured maximum lux at one foot was 86 which would make reading possible but not ideal for any length of time.

Summary

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Works well for occasional use
  • Has a strobe light for emergency use
  • Can be used in an emergency to hike at night
  • Includes emergency whistle on headband
  • Waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes

Cons

  • Low illumination compared to other headlamps
  • Uses more expensive CR2032 batteries
  • Not compatible with rechargeable batteries
  • Thin headlamp strap easily twists
  • Flood beam that doesn’t illuminate at distance
  • Only a 3 hour burn time on maximum setting

The PETZL e+LITE is a lightweight emergency headlamp and must be used accordingly to be useful. The PETZL e+LITE puts out a minimal amount of illumination which does not make it ideal for hiking at night. If you plan on using this headlamp for night hiking you will likely be unhappy with the performance.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.