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PETZL Tactikka LED 300 Lumen Headlamp

The PETZL Tactikka 300 lumen headlamp puts out enough illumination for night hiking the less groomed trails.

Paul Bodnar      Educational     6/16/2021
Educational
6/16/2021

PETZL Tactikka 300 lumens

WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERIES: 49 GRAMS (1.7 OUNCES)

THREE AAA BATTERIES: 33 GRAMS (1.2 OUNCES)

CORE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK: 23 GRAMS (0.8 OUNCES)

THREE WHITE BRIGHTNESS LEVELS: 300, 100 AND 6 LUMENS

BURN TIME: 2 HOURS, 9 HOURS AND 120 HOURS RESPECTIVELY

RED LIGHTING: CONTINOUS OR STROBE

WATER RESISTANT: IPX4 (RESISTANT TO WATER SPLASHES ANY DIRECTION)

BEAM: FLOOD*

MAXIMUM VIEWABLE DISTANCE (5 LUX): 22.1 FEET

*specifications indicate a flood beam but when tested the 300 lumen beam appeared as a spot beam.

**We purchased all items and were not solicited to review any item in this blog post.

The PETZL Tactikka 300 lumen headlamp provides enough light to safely hike at night under almost all possible trail conditions. The headlamp can operate using a rechargeable PETZL CORE battery pack or three disposable AAA batteries.  The white spotlight beam allows for more illumination at a great distance.

The measured lux values at different distances for the PETZL Tactikka (300 Lumens) using the rechargeable CORE battery pack is shown above. At ten feet, the lux value is about 25 which makes this headlamp useful for night hiking less groomed trails. 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 Tactikka light distribution

The light distribution of the PETZL Tactikka (300 Lumens) is shown above. The illumination in lux was measured one foot away from the light. The beam was very focused which makes good illumination at a distance possible. Because of the small area of illumination the maximum lux value was very high. The measured maximum lux at one foot was about 2500 which would provide enough illumination for detailed work.

Summary

Pros

  • Provides enough illumination to hike less groomed trails
  • Has a red LED light option and strobe
  • Uses AAA batteries or rechargeable battery pack

Cons

  • Rechargeable battery costs about $30
  • Takes about 3 hours to recharge battery pack
  • Only a 2 hour maximum burn time on maximum setting

The PETZL Tacktikka (300 Lumens) is a lightweight headlamp that provided enough illumination to hike less groomed trails.  If you plan on using your headlamp a lot and want to avoid buying a lot of disposable batteries this type of headlamp might be the best choice.

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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.