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    You never know when an emergency situation will arise, so keep your Petzl e+Lite Emergency Headlamp handy in your pack, on your ski jacket, or in your car. Capable of delivering performance even in tough conditions, this tiny and compact light offers multiple light settings and intuitive survival features to help you get back to safety.
    • Ultra light at only 27 grams, and less than five centimeters in length
    • Retractable zip cord makes it easy to stow the lamp in a pocket or emergency kit
    • Can be stored with batteries for up to ten years, meaning you can count on it even after it's lived in the car for a while
    • Bright white lighting allows visibility up to nearly 30 meters, while red LED lets you be seen in the dark even from a distance
    • Locking on/off switch prevents accidental operation
    • Resists extreme temperatures from -30 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius
    • Waterproof in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
    • Item #PTZ0338

    Tech Specs

    Bulb Type
    Power Source
    2 CR2032 Lithium
    Batteries Included
    Headband Type
    Burn Time
    30 - 75 hour
    yes, 1m
    Claimed Weight
    27 g
    Recommended Use
    emergency use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Always have a headlamp

      There have been MANY instances where I've found myself out in the wilderness where I completely over-estimated the amount of daylight I had left. This makes that scary will I get back to the trailhead feeling go away. I think I'll buy one of these for each of my packs to make sure I always have one with me - they even fit in a pocket (SO easy for trail runs etc.)

      Ultimate Backup

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love this light because it's "lite". For minimal extra weight it's a light I keep tucked into my sleeping bag for backpacking trips. I love knowing I have this as a backup. For a tiny tiny wight penalty, I have the peace of mind in case anything happens to my main light.

      Also nice for those alpine starts when you just need enough light to see the trail by. Probably will be adding one for my car and another to attach to my key ring (yes, it's that small).

      Best Emergency Lamp Ever

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Undeniably one of the most useful pieces of kit I own. Compact, light, practical to use, energy efficient and cheap for it's utility... hard to say a bad about it. One of the first things I pack to go anywhere, to do anything, when there is a remote chance I might get caught in the dark.

      Perfect light weight headlamp

      I've spent months at a time backpacking, and have learned that making due with as little as possible greatly improves the experience. This is the lightest weight headlamp I've seen, and will be perfect for my primary light in my pack. Although it's not the brightest light on the market, I was impressed with the output - more than enough by my standards. It has settings that allow you to maximize the battery life if you only need minimal light. I haven't worn it for a long period of time yet, but the strap is quite comfortable and I don't anticipate it getting uncomfortable with time. I'm excited about this light and look forward to putting it to the test on a. Trail.

      Perfect light weight headlamp

      The best backup headlamp around

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This compact and lightweight headlamp is perfect for stashing in the glove compartment, first aid kit, tool box, or wherever you think you might need it.

      Weighing in at 1.1 ounces, the Petzl E-lite offers 26 lumens which has a max beam distance of about 30 meters. The light is substantial enough to hike in the dark with, and has bailed some of my forgetful friends out when their headlamps didn't make it to their packs. Don't let that fool you, this shouldn't be your trail running headlamp, this is meant to serve as a emergency light. Where the light really shines however is in close proximity, the permanent home for my E-lite is in my first aid kit.

      The E-lite runs on a 3v lithium ion battery and has a projected battery life of 55 hours running on high. Thats quite substantial when compared to other headlamps in this class. (check out the Black Diamond Ion and the Petzl Tikkina for the closest comparable options). The E-lite is waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, just in case you drop your back up headlamp in the lake as well.

      The headlamp itself is two pieces connected by a ball and socket, allowing the light portion of the headlamp to rotate 360 degrees, which is a great feature for customizing where the light is pointing without needing to move your head (I use that feature when changing oil and breaks on the car). The E-lite uses a retractable string instead of a headband to save space and weight. At first glance, the string looks like it would be fragile and uncomfortable, but on the contrary has turned out to be both durable and unnoticeable when worn on the head.

      Bottom line: The perfect headlamp in its particular niche, emergency application. Toss it in whatever drawer, kit, or compartment you see fit and at some point down the road, it will save the day.

      Really Cool!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Had the chance to play with this little guy tonight at Petzl, and thought it was the coolest thing! A must-have for anyone going outside, in case of an emergency. Was really impressed with how much light 26 lumens actually is - especially after using the higher-powered headlamps. Light is definitely sufficient to make your way back to the car, or set up camp in an unexpected situation. Will be putting one of these in my chalk bag for those long approaches.

      Love it!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is a great option for someone who thinks a headlamp is a waste of space but knows deep down that going out in the wilderness without one is a terrible plan. It takes up hardly any space and I love that it has red LED options. Bought it to replace my old go-to that broke and I'm happy I did. Seems to be durable so far.

      Great Backup Light

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This sits in my pack at all times as a just-in-case headlamp. It's waterproof which is definitely a plus for heavy rain scenarios and it's ultra small so until you need it you wont even notice it's there. As far as utilizing this as your main headlamp I would say go with something slightly larger/brighter such as the black diamond spot or the the black diamond revolt. However, if you are going ultralight and you don't do to much hiking in the dark you could probably get away with just bringing this. Overall I would say it's a quality product and I would definitely recommend it to others.

      Perfect balance of weight & brightness

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My previous lamp of choice for backpacking was the Petzl Zipka and still love it. However, I am gravitating more and more towards the ultra lightweight backpacking philosophy (without being crazy). This thing is CRAZY small, but puts out a decent amount of light. I've never understood people that need spotlights when camping, especially backpacking. This thing is more than adequate. If I expected to do a fair amount of actual hiking in the dark, I might consider a different lamp, but even this one would be serviceable. And although I don't bring backup batteries on week long trips, the CR2032 lithium batteries are very light/compact (I use the flashlight on my iPhone as my backup with solar some would say even having a headlamp is redundant). Used for a week backpacking in the Absaroka-Beartooths. 30-90 minutes every noticeable decrease in output. You really have to see this thing to appreciate how small/light it is. Most wouldn't use as a primary light and it's not meant for such, but for me it fits the bill perfectly.

      Perfect balance of weight & brightness

      Fantastic light

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Yes it says "emergency light but its so much more. I have used this as my primary light backpacking and it is truly amazing for its size. It gives you more than enough light to hike or just around camp at night. I always carry a second set of batteries but it must have lasted at least a good 10 hours so far on the first. Its so small a light that its hard to put your trust in it as your only light but so far it has not given me any reason to doubt it. Plus I have been backpacking with others so if this light fails its not the only light source. Yes, more light is always nice, you just have to decide where you want to carry the extra weight. One note, I see there is a new version with a kind of string looking head band. I have not used this and do not know how well it works. I have the version with the slightly wider headband.

      Referring to the tech manual on Petzl's website, lumens are only mentioned for the highest setting. While the highest setting is 26 Lumens, this number quickly diminishes with use. From the e+Light tech manual, this is what a person can expect in terms of distance:

      FRESH BATTERIES: High-- 29 meters; Low-- 15 meters

      AFTER 30 MINUTES: High-- 13 meters; Low-- 12 meters

      AFTER 10 HOURS: High-- 6 meters; Low-- 6 meters

      AFTER 30 HOURS: High-- 4 meters; Low-- 4 meters

      So, as you can clearly see, the "high" setting is practically useless after the first 30 minutes. At first, I thought I had a damaged headlamp because I couldn't visually see a difference between high and low after a couple of uses.

      One can also see how spending an hour reading in your tent greatly diminishes the usefulness of this light.


      The above chart already shows the diminishing use of battery life after a mere 30 minutes. The tech manual lists battery life as follows:

      HIGH--55 hours

      LOW--70 hours (BTW, all the marketing outside of the tech manual says "75 hours." Why is that?)

      RED--30 hours

      Add to this a hard-to-find, specialized battery (two Lithium CR2032), and you have a light that does not belong on any kind of extended trip.

      Weightless and Bright

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I gave this to my brother-in-law for Christmas. He is a runner and runs a lot at night after work. He has said that it is so weightless you don't even know it's there but it stays in place while running. He usually wears it over a hat which helps keep it from moving around on his head. Its multiple light options help to see and be seen at night.

      E+Lite Headlamp

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Pretty bright considering the size. Can be used in a dark hut/tent or early morning skintrack. Not my primary headlamp but its a good backup that lives in my pack with my multitool and some handwarmers.

      Let their be light

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased this light as something that can always just live in my pack as I've arrived at many a trailhead only to realize I forgot my lamp. Never again.

      Despite it being touted as an emergency light I use it for dawn patrols as it provides enough light to get up a skin track and to futz with my gear until the glowing orb in the sky appears again.