3 oz.

Max lumens:




What we like:

Easy to use and a good price.

What we don’t:

Average light quality and no red light option..

If you are planning to go camping or just at home A basic headlamp like one from Petzl Tikkina is a fine option that offers 250 lumens of the maximum output from just one white LED. The center button is simple to locate and use while the beam’s power is sufficient for cooking at night or setting up tents during the night. Similar to Actik Core above, the Tikkina is compatible with Actik Core above, the Tikkina is compatible with Petzl’s Core rechargeable battery, however in this instance, it’s an accessory to be purchased on its own (for thirty dollars). If you’re planning to purchase an rechargeable battery we’d suggest sticking to Actik Core. Actik Core for $20 extra and more lumens. However, for the casual user the Tikkina is a good value at $20. Tikkina offers a good combination of power as well as weight and price.

The Tikkina competes with our most budget-friendly pick which is that’s the Astro 300 over. Both are the same in price and feature IPX4 ratings and are designed to work with either AAA batteries or rechargeable batteries (the lithium-ion batteries offered by each Petzl along with BD will cost more than $30). Both models do not have the red light that some prefer for reading at night–but the Astro has an option to lock out (helpful in preventing battery discharge) and is also lighter more compact, smaller and brighter by 50 lumens. However, it’s difficult to make a mistake with Petzl (we’ve discovered the headlamps of their brand to be extremely durable and reliable) and the Tikkina is a good low-cost alternative.


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