Last weekend I had the opportunity to test the Petzl e+Lite Emergency Headlamp as a part of our 4 day, 3 night trek to the Texas Hill Country for a long weekend of deer hunting. I spent three nights testing the headlamp in the pastures of our hunting ranch and my deer blind. I must say that overall I am impressed with the operation of the headlamp.
The Petzl Emergency Headlight is ultra-lightweight (28 g), it has 3 white LED’s & 1 red LED, operates at 2 different lighting levels: economic and maximum, and the light source rotates 360° on ball & joint. The headband lock is actually a survival whistle capable of producing up to 100dB of very shrill sound and the whole unit is shipped complete with a set of CR2032 batteries and a very nice protective case to store it in when not in use. Rounding out the rest of the specifications… the headlamp has an operating temperature range of -30 to +60C as well as waterproof to one meter deep.
One of the things I really liked about the e+Lite Emergency Headlamp is the fact that you can clip it to a ball cap. It can also be worn around the head or neck with the adjustable strap. I used the headlamp on my ball cap most of the time and it is so lite you don’t even notice it’s there… except of course for the light beam. Inside a deer blind this headlamp is awesome. In the economy mode it produces enough light to see your way around without being blinded.
While out in the woods I couldn’t really see my way around unless I used the higher output and then the amount of light was respectable. Keep in mind, this is intended to be an emergency headlamp where shelf life (10 years) and functionality are the primary concerns, so it is not a blowtorch of a lantern, but I still found light output to be enough to walk trails on a cloudy dark night. The whistle worked remarkably well, even in the rain, and the red light function was another feature I really liked in close quarters as the use of a red light will actually help to preserve your night vision.
Bottom line… I liked it well enough to purchase it, a stack of batteries, and add the whole setup to my hunting dry box. Small, light weight, adjustable light beam, waterproof to 1 meter, integrated emergency whistle, and storage case all make this emergency headlamp a winner and highly recommended by the Armadillo times crew.