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#175304 - 02/24/13 02:35 AM Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp?
rionada Offline
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Registered: 04/19/02
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Loc: Hervey Bay, QLD Australia
Anyone tried this:
PT Vizz
As I get older - I need more light. I saw the recent headlamp thread, but nothing mentioned really works for me. This thing weighs 3.7 with alkaline batteries (which I would replace with lithium) - a little heavy but I'd carry it if it does the job.

I'm looking for a light that has both ends covered - really bright (night hikes), and fairly dim (rumaging the tent while others sleep). This is supposed to have a "dimmer" mode that allows for infinite adjustment (within the specs of course).

So, anyone tried it? What'd think?

Any other lights that you know of meet my requirements?
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#175306 - 02/24/13 02:47 AM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
rionada Offline
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I just read a review that says the Vizz doesn't ship until April - oops. Still interested in alternatives though.

Here's the review: Vizz Review
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#175307 - 02/24/13 06:38 AM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
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Registered: 02/23/07
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Check out the various models offered by ZebraLight (lite?). They have an absolutely ewildering variety. The folks on Candlepower Forums love them/ I have been very happy wih the one I purchased.

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#175308 - 02/24/13 08:09 AM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
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How about something like the Petzl Zipka/Tikka? They have a couple of white brightness settings, but they also have a red light you can switch to. I find I use the red light a lot when rummaging in the tent. The red light seems to be a lower brightness than the low white light. I know other manufacturers also make red-white combo lights. (I apologize if this was mentioned in the other thread - I didn't go read it.)

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#175310 - 02/24/13 12:41 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
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It's perhaps a descendant of/replacement for the Eos, which has been an excellent headlamp, if lacking several of the features of this model.

I've been using the Tikka2 XP for three seasons, the last two with the Core programmable, rechargeable battery. It's not perfect (no headlamp is) but does everything I need in a small, light package. Plus, I can recharge it for essentially unlimited use.

One tip--ditch the alkalines for NiMH rechargeables. You'll get better performance and never again have to leave with half-dead cells. Lithium are even better, but they remain stubbornly expensive.

Cheers,

Originally Posted By rionada
Anyone tried this:
PT Vizz
As I get older - I need more light. I saw the recent headlamp thread, but nothing mentioned really works for me. This thing weighs 3.7 with alkaline batteries (which I would replace with lithium) - a little heavy but I'd carry it if it does the job.

I'm looking for a light that has both ends covered - really bright (night hikes), and fairly dim (rumaging the tent while others sleep). This is supposed to have a "dimmer" mode that allows for infinite adjustment (within the specs of course).

So, anyone tried it? What'd think?

Any other lights that you know of meet my requirements?
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#175311 - 02/24/13 01:19 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: Rick_D]
rionada Offline
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Thanks'
Rick D - have you tried the programmable feature? Do tell.
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#175312 - 02/24/13 04:48 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
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Yup. Via a PC connection to the Petzl software, the Core can be set to regulated/unregulated and the two white levels can be set by percentage of maximum output/time of operation. What's more, you can save multiple configurations by name and by headlamp model (among the models the Core connects to). One could have summer, winter and trail running profiles, as random examples. I reduce the giant gap between default low and high.

Red LED mode isn't programmable, but I don't miss the option.

I confess I like the whizbang nerdy appeal of the thing. I'll add that with NiMH and lithium cells, the Tikka acts like it's regulated, even though it's not. Not the case with alkalines, though.

Cheers,
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#175321 - 02/25/13 01:32 AM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: Rick_D]
rionada Offline
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Thanks Rick,

It looks like the core adds some thickness to the light, but I am geeked out by the idea that I can program it to my liking.

I also like the zebralight h31 - it's lighter than the petzls and has multiple brightness settings that may compensate for it's lack of programmability.
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#175347 - 02/26/13 10:04 AM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: Rick_D]
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A programmable headlamp? Good grief... lol

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#175351 - 02/26/13 12:56 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
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Registered: 01/06/02
Posts: 2932
Loc: NorCal
Funnily enough, I like the extra thickness because the headlamp can throw glare onto glasses so moving it forward a quarter inch or so reduces this somewhat. Weightwise, I think it's a push versus three AAAs, and possibly even a weight savings compared to NiMH or alkaline.

Cheers,

Originally Posted By rionada
Thanks Rick,

It looks like the core adds some thickness to the light, but I am geeked out by the idea that I can program it to my liking.

I also like the zebralight h31 - it's lighter than the petzls and has multiple brightness settings that may compensate for it's lack of programmability.
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#175353 - 02/26/13 02:23 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: Rick_D]
rionada Offline
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Registered: 04/19/02
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Loc: Hervey Bay, QLD Australia
Blue Ridge - you know you like it. Let us know when you've ordered one. smile
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#175687 - 03/09/13 10:25 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
rionada Offline
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Registered: 04/19/02
Posts: 493
Loc: Hervey Bay, QLD Australia
OK so I ended up with a ZebraLight H31.
H31
It weighs 2.9 oz (with battery).
The headband set-up seemed a little excessive to me so I made my own and brought the weight down to 1.9 oz. At that weight I don't see how you can beat it. It has a setting for everything I do - all the way from very dim to super bright.
I'll try to post a pic of the mod that I did.
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#175690 - 03/09/13 10:56 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
rionada Offline
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Registered: 04/19/02
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I posted the pic over in MYOG
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#205910 - 10/05/21 04:49 AM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: rionada]
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Registered: 09/11/21
Posts: 5
Loc: CA, USA
PETZL Actik Core is one of the best LED headlamps, It's also come up with red light. Durability, dual beam, and red light make it a perfect headlamp to use during hiking.

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#205915 - 10/05/21 02:46 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: Keirv87]
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6769
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Why the attempt to resurrect a long-dead thread?

This thread is 8 years old, and I suspect is a bit out of date, since most manufacturers change their models fairly frequently. I would suggest starting a new headlamp discussion about current models.
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#205916 - 10/05/21 03:00 PM Re: Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp? [Re: OregonMouse]
aimless Offline
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Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 3196
Loc: Portland, OR
This same user already started a headlamp discussion in the Beginners forum just two weeks ago, stating:

Hello I'm new here and I want to ask the experienced people, How many lights are guys carry during your 5-7 days camping? As a new camper, is it enough to take a good flashlight and one small to use as a survival?

It seems Kierv87 has accelerated their learning process amazingly, rapidly advancing from professed ignorance to confident expertise in just a matter of days! shocked

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