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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

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5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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
5 5

Fantastic light

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

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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.

5 5

Woah, this thing is tiny

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

This thing is about as ultralight as a true headlamp can get. Very worth it if you're shaving ounces but still want to see in the dark.

5 5

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.

5 5

E+Lite Headlamp

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

5 5

Let their be light

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

3 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Brightness is really underwhelming, but it's your backup... and for the weight it's pretty good.

SAND - I was traveling with my e lite without the case and sand/grit has caused the on/off switch to almost completely lock up. This seems like a huge failure for back up gear. It is not a rugged product out of the case. With cold / weak hands and grit in the light it would be difficult/impossible to operate. Be warned.

4 5

seems like a good product...

  • Gender: Female

I will never get the full use out of this because I dropped it near/in the fire the first trip I took it on. It tumbled out of a case, and I regret not storing it somewhere more secure, but it was in the fire a couple seconds and the little string thing is gone now. Nice settings as far as the lights go (bright, low, blinking), and it's pretty bright for it's size and weight. Nice enough that I'm planning an (at home)repair. Seems durable enough, but don't bring it near the fire! ><

5 5

Ass Saver

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing lives in my little emergency kit. I keep the usual sh!t in there, and it makes it into every pack I put on, every time. This thing has saved my ass more times than I can count. Mechanical failure pushed your afternoon ride into dark? The answer is elite. You brought your headlamp but your ski partner didn't and now the sun is down? The answer is elite. I've used mine over a dozen times now & I just bought some replacement batteries. Getting benighted happens. When it does, this thing is a savior. It's pretty darn bright too!

5 5

I have two of them!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great little light. I have two. I keep one in my EDC bag and the other in my car. It puts out just enough light to get the job done. Great for many uses.