Petzl Tikka Plus 2 2010

The Petzl Tikka Plus 2 is a well-established classic with a great weight of just 83g, yet it provides 50 lumens of light and can stretch a beam to 35m. The housing has been reshaped too and unlike most battery houses this is incredibly easy to open, fit batteries and close in the dark. Also you get a power remaining indicator. The bulb is a single high-powered LED. There is also a red LED, and a single button allows easy switching between maximum, economic and flash modes on the main white LED as well as continuous and flash operation of the red LED. This is a very useful performance and for just £37 it provides just what most walkers and campers will need, making this a superb-value option for general outdoor user. But there is no wide-angle option on the Petzl Tikka Plus 2, so you cannot broaden the beam – a feature that is useful say when wandering across open moorland slopes. Of course there are brighter options here and also lighter and lower-priced alternatives.

Bulbs 1 white high-output LED; 1 red LED
Brightness 50 lumens
Maximum beam 35 metres
Max burn time 140 hours
Batteries 3 x AAA (included)
Battery charge indicator yes
Weight with batteries 83g
Made in France
Stores in the UK 250

Verdict
The Petzl Tikka Plus 2 is unbeatable at the price and weight, and ideal for general hill-walking and camping.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2010