Petzl Tikka vs Tikkina Review

Brad McLeod 4-18-2016
Check out the reviews and videos for the Petzl Tikka vs Tikkina and you be the judge which on you want to take out in the field on your next big adventure.

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Both lights use 3 AAA batteries and are not rechargeable with a USB cord.

Both come with an adjustable headband.

I personally own both and have used them mountain biking, hiking, camping and short distance caving.


The Petzl TIKKA Headlamp is more than fine for illuminating a trail while walking, setting up a tent, or checking out a small walk in cave.

It is easy to use with one press and its on and the battery life is good also. Even with gloves during colder weather it is easy to switch on and off. I have both the Tikka and Tikkina and love the Petzl brand.

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The Petzl TIKKINA Outdoor Headlamp is a reliable companion for various outdoor adventures, offering an impressive 250 lumens of light output. Its versatile design provides three white lighting levels tailored for proximity, movement, and distance, catering to different needs during camping, hiking, or everyday use. What sets this headlamp apart is the Hybrid Concept, allowing it to run on either the CORE rechargeable battery or three AAA batteries without requiring an adapter, ensuring flexibility in power sources based on user preference or availability.

Petzl’s commitment to superior performance is evident through the 50:50 Brightness-to-Burn-Time ratio, ensuring that the headlamp retains 50% of its original brightness halfway through the Burn-Time, surpassing the typical 20-30% brightness seen in other brands. The single-button control simplifies operation, allowing for quick and effortless selection of brightness levels, ensuring user-friendliness even in challenging situations.

I like that Petzl stands behind the durability and quality of the TIKKINA headlamp by offering a 5-year guarantee against any defects in material or manufacture, showcasing their confidence in the product’s construction and performance. This headlamp’s blend of reliable performance, versatile lighting options, adaptable power sources, and user-friendly design make it an exceptional choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking dependable illumination for their camping, hiking, or everyday adventures, promising lasting brightness and functionality throughout its use.

The Petzl – TIKKINA Headlamp works fine in all of those situations and I keep it in my truck in case I have to find something at night. It takes 3 AAA batteries and you can use lithiums in it to make your light last longer.

It has two different settings for light in case you want to conserve light or just need a lower setting say for reading in your tent. The price very affordable around $20 depending on where you get it..

One thing that I liked is that it does not bounce and slide down your fore head when you are trail running or hiking. That is a plus if you are using it for training or exploring. The adjustable strap keeps it in place.

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Question: Can you recharge these lights with a USB cable? No, they just use regular batteries. The newer Petzl lights do allow for a rechargeable battery.

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Brad McLeod, a former Navy SEAL, brings his firsthand experience in tactical operations and special forces training to gear reviews.

With a focus on quality and reliability, Brad offers insightful and unbiased assessments of military, tactical and fitness equipment, helping fellow warriors and outdoor enthusiasts make informed decisions about their gear choices.

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