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Petzl Actik Headlamp

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17 Reviews


Deceivingly bright.

The Petzl Actik Headlamp packs 300 lumens of illumination into a lightweight design that's ideal for hiking, climbing, and navigating after sunset. Since it only weighs 3.2 ounces, you'll barely even notice it's on your head. The hybrid design runs on three AAA batteries (included) or Petzl's Core rechargeable battery (sold separately). Battery life is an impressive 60 hours at full blast and an astounding 400 hours using red lighting modes.

Regular and wide beams provide versatility for a wide variety of outdoor activities, illuminating distances up to 90 meters away in pitch darkness. Red lighting modes prevent eye strain when you're reading maps after dark and sorting through gear in your tent. Also, there's a red strobe for alerting rescue personnel in emergency situations.

  • Packs 300 lumens into a lightweight, compact design
  • Wide and regular beams aide in navigation after dark
  • Lighting modes: low, regular, bright, red, red strobe
  • 3 AAA batteries last 60 hours on full blast (included)
  • Works with Petzl Core rechargeable battery (not included)
  • Item #PTZ006J

Tech Specs

Power Source
3 AAA batteries, compatible w/CORE rechargeable battery (not included)
Batteries Included
yes, 3 AAA
[white light] max autonomy, standard, max power, [red light] proximity, strobe, [beam patterns] regular and wide
maximum power 300
[white light: max autonomy] 10 m, [white light: standard] 45 m, [white light: max power] 90 m, [red light: proximity] 5 m, [red light: strobe] 700 m
Burn Time
[white light: max autonomy] 260 hours, [white light: standard, max power] 60 hours, [red light: proximity] 60 hours, [red light: strobe] 400 hours
IPX-4 standard (protection from splashes and light showers)
Claimed Weight
3.2 oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition, hiking & camping, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

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Lightweight and bright

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Three different levels of brightness ranging from a good low-light to super bright, also a red night setting. Lightweight all around good headlamp

Sweet headlamp

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp is a great size and super bright. I use it mostly when i'm camping to navigate in the dark. The headlamp has an easy adjustable strap to get a comfortable fit and it has three different levels of brightness which is great. Overall very impressed so far with this headlamp and I am pleased with my purchase.

Just Right

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

This head lamp isn't too big, or too small its just right for a bunch of different activities. I can use it to work on my car, get around the camp site, and its bright enough for other active pursuits.

The plastic shell does feel thin and basic but the trade off is that its lighter weight. There is a plastic emergency whistle on the back strap just in case something happens. A reflective logo has been included on the headband to make the wearer more visible, but if that's not your style you can get the Petzl Tactikka, which has almost the same amount of lumens with a more stealthy design. The Item overall feels fairly sturdy as if it will last awhile as long as its not abused too much.

Quick note: The colors on the site are an exact match to what you should expect in person.

Solid Product

    Bought a pair of these, one for the car, and one for everything else. This is a good offering from Petzl. Seems plenty bright. The red light setting is great for saving your night vision or for when you're trying to avoid illuminating the entire camp while finding a tree in the middle of the night.

    I expect better from Petzl

      I purchased to replace a Tikka Plus that was lost. Not a fan of the switch - switching the red light from On to Off does not seem possible without cycling through the flashing mode. Sometimes it works, but only if I consciously count to 5 before turning it off. I went to REI to check on their display model, and it too does this. It also seems that the band is not robust enough. The light feels like it want to flop forward. I think Petzl missed the target on this one.

      Love It

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Been years since I updated from my last Petzl headlamp and this one is even better. Red light makes a huge addition, and the dual white light for lower/brighter settings is a great addition.

      Brighter than necessary

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I really love my Petzl Actik headlight. There has yet to be a time that I needed it brighter, but when toned down the battery life is exceptional. I am going to upgrade the battery to the Petzl Core to give it rechargability, but other than that for a headlamp that just gets the job done with no bells and whistles, the Actik has done everything I have asked of it.

      Petzl does it again

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I had been using an older Petzl before this and just as I expected Petzl has really improved the brightness and comfort. Every setting is bright, and it is really comfortable even on a sweaty forehead. This will be my go to headlamp for running, camping, and for any of my hands free lighting needs.

      Night Actik-Ity

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I used this for the first time the other night on a camping trip and was blown away by the ease of use and how bright the light is. The 300 lumens is really bright and is not a focused beam or a broad light, but a beautiful mix of both. It has two other settings; one that has a nice low light and the next one up being a good medium light. Than of course it has the red light on it and it is a really powerful red light which is a nice surprise. The fit on it is snug without being to tight and can be easily adjusted to fit over a hood or hat. Another great all-around versatile headlamp from Petzl!

      SO BRIGHT!

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

      I bought this as a b-day gift for my girl. She used it recently to run the Wasatch Ragnar and she said it kept her SO bright and safe!

      Very Bright

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This Petzl Actik Headlamp is really nice. It's crazy how bright it really is once you get out there in the complete darkness with it. 300 lumens is crazy bright for a $45 headlamp! The band on it adjusts nicely to fit your head like a glove, and it even has a whistle built into the adjustment part of the band. I also really enjoy the 3 different brightness settings, as well as the red blinking light setting it has to offer. Overall, super awesome headlamp by Petzl and you can't go wrong with a headlamp with this kind of brightness for this price, i'm extremely satisfied with it!

      Great bang for your buck

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Very solid headlamp. I just used it for the first time over the weekend and it worked like a charm. The brightness is its best feature for sure. I don't often get a light this bright for this price. Another great feature is that this is compatible with the core rechargeable battery. I would definitely recommend this light!