The Petzl Tikka RXP again features Petzl's highly innovative 'Reactive Lighting' technology, but differs from the Tikka R+ by way of a slightly higher output (in terms of lumens) and the addition of varying beam patterns. 'Varying beam patterns' operate based on how long it takes the light to be reflected back from the surroundings. The RXP will then automatically select either a broad, mixed or focused beam, depending on whether you are looking at something close to hand (wide diffuse beam), within a few metres (varying diffuse beam) or in the distance (narrow focused beam).
The Petzl RXP comes with a Lithium-Ion battery which is charged via a USB port and has a 4.5hr charge time. AAA batteries can also be used if you do not have access to a USB charging device, though the adapter is an optional extra.
The advantages of self-adjusting REACTIVE LIGHTING technology:
REACTIVE LIGHTING technology is a revolution in hands-free lighting. A built-in light sensor adapts the headlamp's beam pattern and light output instantly and automatically to suit the user's needs. This means the user gets an ideal amount of light with minimal manual adjustment required. This self-adjusting lighting mode also results in longer burn times, due to more efficient use of the rechargeable battery.
Adapted lighting: The shape of the beam and the power of the headlamp instantly adapt to the need (lighting for close, medium or long-range vision), so the user always has the right amount of light.
A minimum of manual adjustments: The headlamp automatically adapts to changes in surrounding light conditions, allowing the user to remain focused on the activity at hand without worrying about adjusting the headlamp.
Longer burn times: REACTIVE LIGHTING technology increases burn time, due to more efficient use of the rechargeable battery. Lighting adapts to suit the need, reducing the use of wasteful, unnecessarily powerful lighting.
The Tikka R+ has a built in Lithium Ion battery which is charged via a USB lead (included). If a power source is not available then standard AAA batteries can be used instead with the use of an adapter (sold separately). Lithium Ion cells tend to give better cold weather performance than standard NiMH rechargeable cells, which is great for winter climbers and mountaineers.
As well as the reactive lighting option the Tikka R+ can also be used in constant mode, or in red light mode to preserve night vision (or for other clandestine purposes!).
|Sub Type||Head Torch|
|Brightness||215 Lumens (MAX) - 160 Lumens (STD)|
|Battery Life||12 hours (MAX) 3.3 hours (MIN)|
|Range||100m (MAX) 2m (MIN)|
|Water Resistance||Storm Proof - IPX4|