The Petzl e+Lite is an ideal backup/emergency torch ideal for all uses, from living in the bottom of your pack or first aid kit or your kitchen drawer. It is designed to be super tough and is able to withstand extreme temperatures (-30°C to 60°C), is waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, can be stored for up to 10 years with the batteries inside and comes with a hard storage case. It's the perfect reliable torch to leave in a useful spot and forget about until you really need it.
The e+Lite gives a 50 lumens and can be switched between continuous or strobe lighting in both white and red - ideal for making yourself seen in an emergency. It has a locking on/off switch so it won't come on in your bag and drain the battery. It also has an emergency whistle on the adjustable elastic headband.
Nice little torch, it`s never going to replace a full-on head torch, if that`s what you want for walking or running at night. but it`s fine for use as a head torch around the campsite. It gives out a pretty good beam of light for such a tiny torch, just what I wanted.
It would be OK for emergency use if needed on the trail.
I adore this headtorch. Big emotions for a tiny functional item but it's true - where other reviewers consider it their back-up this headtorch is my primary and favourite headtorch, adequate for my camping and occasional night-wandering use. It's settings are: normal brightness for normal use, brighter for extra clarity, normal or red flashing if you need noticing, and red which is unbeatable for star-identifying (you can look at your star book without ruining your night vision). It packs into a teeny case but its headband is thick enough not to cut into your head uncomfortably as some of the thread ones do. Love it!
My husband was very pleased to receive the Petzl e+Lite headtorch as a present. He intends to keep it in an emergency pack on his boat once spring arrives. He appreciates its light weight, small size, its brightness, the red light that doesn't destroy night vision and its flashing emergency signal.
This is THE best light going! It has so many tricks, it's solid, the line does stay on your head, it's ultralight, 70 hours of battery and it has a stand built in so you can position it. You aren't going to use this to illuminate the forest, but for around the camp at night it's perfect.
I bought the Petzl E Lite as an emergency headlight for keeping in my Rucksack when ski touring. For being such a compact head torch the torch is very bright and has an excellent battery reserve. The shelf life on this product is very good as well so I can always be sure it will work when I need it too.
I was bought this (on request!) as an additional/back-up head torch to carry/use alongside my main, full sized Petzl one. I wanted to reduce the pack size and weight with a second head torch while having a mini one for use where weight is particularly important e.g. on mountain marathons.
Pros: Extremely lightweight (I was amazed at just how light to was on unpacking it); very small pack size; different lighting options and colours despite small size/weight; having a spare torch is quicker/easier than fiddling with replacing batteries on your main (head)torch - and still lighter too given small battery size.
Cons: Takes watch-type batteries rather than standard torch types - might be difficult to find replacement batteries in remoter environments (even though it is a back-up torch).
For the small extra weight and size, well worth carrying as an emergency back-up torch or very lightweight main torch.
I bought the Petzel e+LITE to be my 'bak up light source' for a 100 mile race which had this as mandatory kit. I wanted something as small and lightweight as possible.The lightweight box is thoroughly ticked. You can pop it in a backpack or waist pack and you'd barely know it's there.If you have faith in the main light source you have and you are not going too far off the beaten track then this is a great product to have with you.It's not the brightest torch you'll ever own but that's not the intention. It is really meant only as a backup light source in case your main source runs out of power or its lamp breaks.If you're looking for something you can run with, then this is NOT for you - check out the Petzl Nao or the Silva Runner for better alternatives.The head strap is chees wire thin so even attempting a light jog it will fall off your head and round your neck. You can only walk in it. Hence the message - if you need a backup you can run with, or you are going far off the beaten track, this is not for you - I would NOT fancy having to walk many miles with this when I had been expecting to run the same distance.The notes above are not a criticism of the torch, but highlight what it can and cannot be used for.Overall, a decent little backup light source if you don't want the bulk of a second runnable headlamp with you AND if you know, in the worst case scenario, you will not have to use it for too long before getting (a) home or (b) to a backup runnable headlamp.
Much smaller than it looks in a photo! Bought this to use for mountain marathon type events where you are unlikely to be actually navigating using it but could if you had to. Perfect for using in a tent or around a campsite, nice and easy to use, and an excellent battery life. Slight downside is that if you do run it flat, the 2032 batteries could be harder to get.
I must say I am amazed at how small this thing is. It has just arrived it weighs in at 25 grams on my digital scale. What I love about this lite/head torch is it takes only two CR2032 BATTERIES, which weigh very very little and you get 50 hours full beam or 70 hours economy. But the best thing for me is you can buy an 8 pack of lithium CR2032 batteries for 99p or a Â£1.00 in the cheap shops I think that is an excellent deal. I know the e lite is not going to be as bright as say the petzl tikka xp2, given the small and the light weight and the cost it is a fantastic head torch . I also like the waythe cord on the head torch auto retractsinto itself that is a very nice design feature. Included in the packaging are the cr 2032 batteriesand a small card with the lighting instructions.
Absolutely superb little light!
I own an older style Petzl headlamp with separate halogen and led lamps but wanted something much more compact that I could carry on me at all times whilst camping and cycle touring.
I was initially leaning towards the more powerful Tikka plus 2 or Zipka plus 2 but was put off by the fact that both those models have fixed angles of illumination and led me to look at the e+LITE.(Facewest note: The Tikka Plus 2 does have vertically adjustable light angle)
The e+LITE is angle-able in all directions thanks to a simple ball and socket joint allowing you to aim the light at it's intended subject without having to resort to using your own neck as an angle poise.
I have been extremely impressed with the light output and have found even the low power setting more than adequate for most, close quarters, after dark, camp site activity.
The retractable cord feels very strong and I have never once feared as to it's integrity. It is also so much more versatile than a standard strap as the fact that it self tensions, renders it able to be easily attached to items other than yourself. I often use it strapped around a bike bottle providing a constant illumination of the camp cook site for the benefit of three people as opposed to just mirroring my own head movements.
Allied to this and unlike several other models, the e+LITE is fully waterproof.
Another feature I really appreciate is: the pull toggle for the head strap is specifically sized to open the battery compartment; a job usually reserved for a two pence piece that ends up gnarling all the plastic edges. Not necessarily a deal clincher but nicely thought out design.
It's tiny(about the size of a tea light candle) weighs nothing and is so unobtrusive I carry it without consideration.Unless you require a higher output model for more energetic pursuits, I can't recommend this product highly enough.
I would not like to be without an emergency headtorch in my pack and have always carried a full size Petzl. It has rarely been used (hence for emergencies) but I would not like to walk without it.
As it is a relatively large item to carry I was tempted by the Petzl e+Lite but have to admit to being a bit sceptical as to its capabilities.I should not have had any doubts.
It must be the most compact headtorch on the market, weighs very little at 27g and takes up next to no room in my already loaded pack. But more to the point the light it gives out is exceptional and although the light level drops a little if it is on constantly for a long period it still performs well. I have tried it out and can confirm that it will give me all the light that I need if I am caught out after nightfall.
Also unlike the full size one I can forget about the batteries as it has a remarkable 10 year shelf life.
I bought the Petzl e+Lite as an emergency spare for lightweight camping, and I think it is perfect for the job. The low power white mode is plenty for reading or use inside a tent, and the high power mode is enough for walking in reasonable conditions. The retractable head strap is comfortable because the torch is so light-weight. The direction of the light can be adjusted using the swivel mount, and turning it around completely protects the LEDs and switch when it's stored in a bag.
The e+Lite will not be powerful enough for all tasks, but for a lightweight emergency backup, or for short-range use I think it is excellent.
The e-Lite is a well designed product, but for me of limited use. I ended up selling mine recently as although it's good at what it's designed for (a backup/camp site light). I really didn't see the point of having two head torches when one good one does the job. It's super light weight and has a great range of modes and extremely comfortable to wear. But all I used mine for was a reading light as on the trail it's of no real use. So if you are looking for a lightweight camp site light then look no further, but if you want something to work both on and off the track, look further afield!
Great compact headtorch. Purchased as a safety light to go in my touring rucksack. This is lightweight and should be used in emergencies only. If you are looking for a headtorch to use on a more regular basis I would recommend something more heavy duty but for a back up light it is perfect. 10 year guarantee on a head torch! You can't go wrong for the price, I would thoroughly recommend I have many Petzl products and if this is as reliable as the others I expect many years of use from it.
I have had this little sucker for 5 years - I use it as the only torch I take into the Cairngorms on night hikes into the bothy and Howff.It has performed extremely well and I have found the lumen's sufficient to 10 meters, in snow the illumination is markedly better given the bounce off a white surface.I doubt a brighter unit would make navigation better on those trips though we knew where we were heading even across open ground.Probably not what you want for caving or climbing but a great piece of kit I now buy as presents.
Excellent little light. I purchased this primarily to run off road through our unlit local park in the depths of winter, so chose with attention to weight and versatility of fixing. This was with some trepidation as to whether the power of the light would be good enough. I need not have worried. Its extremely well made and surprisingly powerful. I haven't yet decided on the best location for it for best illumination of the trail ahead but very happy with the product.
This is an excellent piece of kit which I carry on all expeditions. I have a main light and rely on this as a back-up for emergencies. It fits easily onto kit or on your person, advantages being that it is very light, small, and comes in a small red case - which stops it getting turned on by accident and makes it rainproof. I found it very useful for a 4 month expedition to Malaysian Borneo trekking in the jungle, as the red light feature doesn't attract insects when around camp! So yes, worth the price for that piece of mind.
Impressive little light for keeping in your luggage. Really compact so suitable for any trip, even if going ultra-lightweight. Inadequate light for serious navigation - wouldn't take it out as my sole light on early alpine starts. Great for lightweight duties eg on the campsite, in the hut.
Bought this headlamp to provide a lightweight solution to camp lighting but the power output is quite sufficient to light your way down the mountain in an emergency. You can use the headband or use the clip to attach it to the peak of your hat. Uses watch batteries but these can be purchased cheaply on the internet. Can be switched to a red light without cycling through white light thus avoiding destroying your night vision. It appears to be a little delicate and I would suggest it is stored in the plastic case supplied. Nevertheless, I would recommend it.
I bought this head torch mainly for leapfrogging or boxing in the BreconBeacons. What a fantastic buy! Does the job very efficiently and the light is cracking on it as well. You buy this make and you will not be disappointed. The only let down I think is the price as I tend to buy is a bit cheaper. Nevertheless, awesome product!
Excellent little torch. Assisting me in making the transition to the fabled 'lighter load' for hill walking. Superb design (can lose the elastic head band if counting grams and willing to don a baseball cap!)
Particularly appreciate the switch allowing you to avoid cycling through all light settings prior to 'red' to preserve that all important night vision. A good investment.
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