Petzl Tactikka Plus Headlamp


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When having light is not an option, the Petzl Tactikka Plus Headlamp makes it easy in a compact and lightweight design. Four long burning LED's with three lighting levels (and strobe) adjust to help conserve battery life with just the needed amount of illumination. A red flip filter option emits a soft beam in order to maintain clear night vision. Easy to switch from white to red light, the beam can be aimed easily on its swivel mount. Water resistant, this all-weather light rests comfortably with an adjustable elastic headband.


  • 4 LED produce flood beam lighting with a long burn time
  • 3 lighting levels (maximum, optimum, economic)
  • Strobe mode
  • Emits discreet light beam while helping preserve night vision
  • Red filter made of impact resistant polycarbonate covers LED
  • Easy transition between red and white lighting with flip filter
  • Lighting level can be adjusted to help conserve battery life
  • Beam can be easily aimed where needed
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Comfortable and adjustable elastic headband
  • Water resistant for all-weather use
  • Single compartment contains LED and batteries
  • Operates on 3 AAA/LR03 batteries (included)
  • Weight: 78 g including batteries

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

12 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 5
  • Build quality: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 3

Brightness: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.6 / 5

12 Ratings & Reviews

Brightness: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

November 10, 2010

A good product. Bright, reliable, comfortable, durable and light. Love the red light function.

Pros: Ease of use

excellent headlamp
March 16, 2010

White LED shines a lot, tested during earthquake rescue operations at Conception -Chile.


Well-designed headlamp
August 24, 2010

The lamp is light enough that you don't need to tighten the headband too much, so it's very comfortable to wear for long stretches. It's also easy to orient the beam, and the red flip filter is incredibly convenient. On many other lamps you need to swap out filters, which is very impractical, or you need to press a button several times to switch light color, which increases the risk that you might accidentally flash someone's night vision with your white beam. So having the flip filter is really good.

Good Call
June 07, 2008

I like the red LED a lot. And the normal light on it shines a lot farther than any other LEDs.

Great Lamp
April 12, 2010

No frills, but the red filter is really nice for pre-dawn summit bids. The red is also great for doing camp chores after dark when backpacking. If you use it mountaineering, opt for lithium AAA batteries instead of alkaline batteries. They are lighter and less affected by extreme cold.

Best of both worlds...
August 15, 2007

It's nice to have a headlamp that isn't all these wacky colors.... not to mention functional. The ease of going from red to clean, white light is great.

Brightness: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

25-34 yrs

great headlight!
December 10, 2011

Very compact, ultralight, and super-easy to operate! Extremely convenient with its built-in night-vision filter. In addition to its 4 white-light settings, if you put the filter on, you also get 4 red-light settings. Recommended~

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, ultralight, very bright
Brightness: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from midwestern illinois
25-34 yrs

perfect light
February 07, 2012

I recently started camping almost every weekend, and needed a tough, reliable hands free light. I had originally bought a cheapie and was disappointed. But this petzel product does the job. Its bright, its not heavy or bulky, and the battery life is seemingly neverending. I just got back from a cold rainy camping trip and used it around the house. It lasted through the downpour and the cold. I am definately please with this purchase.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, lightweight

thumbs up!
January 22, 2008

This is my second tactikka and it is excellent! No need to look elsewhere for a headlamp. My old one was given to my friend since he needed one. Told him to keep it and I got a new one. This light is the best for all around use and the red lens makes map reading at night great. No loss of sight!

Brightness: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon
35-44 yrs

the BEST headlamp!!
November 20, 2011

I had my first Tactikka Plus headlamp for over 2 years and used it almost each & every night throughout that time. It proved to be very durable & water resistant, and only finally failed when a large, enthusiastic dog found it to be also useful as a chew toy! The only other issue the headlamp had was when one of my favorite features, the red flip filter, failed. It suddenly disappeared, without any warning of being loose, after 12-18 months. This is the only reason I gave a 4 quality rating rather than a 5. I look forward to having another one of these headlamps very soon... don't like being without it. The red filter is very valuable when working with farm animals at night, so they are not blinded. Also, if we wake up during the night, it is recommended to use red light only, which will not disrupt our melatonin secretion, so will not decrease the quality of our sleep. The ease of using red light with this headlamp makes it the Best headlamp choice I've found, and an especially valuable back-up light source for every home. Get one!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, red light source

Great pick
November 23, 2008

I love the red, you can see much more around you at night rather than just the blaring beam of the white light. Though the white light is great for reading at night.

Brightness: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

gift for the hunter
January 12, 2012

This was a great gift for my brother the hunter. Headlamps are always useful to have around and this one will not let you down; long lasting, durable and I got a great deal on it as well.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

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