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Petzl Tactikka Core Headlamp

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Tactikka Core Headlamp

While the Petzl's Tactikka Core Pro Headlamp comes with the convenience of a rechargeable battery, should you worry about that battery dying mid-trip this headlamp also accepts three AAA batteries. That being said, on the Tactikka's autonomy setting the battery will last for 160 hours—nearly a week of life, should you leave the headlamp on the entire time. That handy feature not only reduces battery waste, but will save you money.

  • A compact multibeam headlamp with a rechargeable battery
  • Hybrid design can also take three AAA batteries
  • Multiple settings include a red light for nighttime reading
  • Water-resistant build can handle light rain or a brief splash
  • Strap includes morse code for SOS as well as an emergency whistle
  • Item #PTZ009L

Power Source
1250 mAh CORE rechargeable battery
Batteries Included
distance vision, movement, proximity, red proximity
[distance vision] 450, [movement] 100, [proximity] 6, [red proximity] 2
[distance vision] 90m, [movement] 45m, [proximity] 8m, [red proximity] 5m
Burn Time
[distance vision] 2h, [movement] 8h, [proximity] 130h, [red proximity] 60h
IPX-4 (weather-resistant)
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
backpacking, weekend camping
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Does What it Should

I've used it several times

Nice light. Works great as a light to help me see where I'm going. When the sun comes up, and I don't need my path illuminated. I can easily aim the light up toward traffic to be seen better.

>Rating: 5

First headlamp

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

Awesome headlamp! Its really comfy around the cranium and the 3 brightness settings come in handy. The brightest one really is super bright!!

>Rating: 5

Just bought my second

I've used it several times

I don't have business buying nice things, but for this headlamp it was worth replacing. My last Tactikka went MIA. I use the headlamp and the Core battery every day commuting to work on bike or running my son into daycare. The battery life is great for the 30 minute trips and I charge it probably every 10 days or so. The single button is easy to use to flip low/mid/high, and the memory is nice (between white and red). The strap is comfortable enough, and the angle clips solid enough so it's not flopping while trail running. There isn't much weight to the lamp, so it doesn't take much to keep it solid to the forehead. I've had it on night hikes and it's more than enough amperage for hiking (low/mid) navigation (at high) and trail running (at medium). Red is sufficient around camp to save your buddies eyeballs. I've worn it through rain without problems but I wouldn't trust it during an all day monsoon. There is no seal and I'd assume water would make it's way in there somehow. But the occasional shower seems to not cause problems. My wife uses her Tikka every day for bike commuting also. We zip tied it to her helmet (she just removes the battery for charging). In town, I don't notice the difference between the Tikka and Tactikka, they are both adequate for seeing (and being seen). The difference is likely not worth the extra money unless you have night navigation plans in the woods. I would rather have the white strobe than the red strobe for low light conditions (be seen). That's my only gripe. In short, if you want a great light you'll use often, this is perfect. Stop wasting hours reading reviews and just get this one.

>Rating: 5

Rechargeable Battery

The battery life lasts quite a while and the light is super bright on its highest setting. The lower settings are great too if you don’t need as much light. Much better then replacing batteries all the time