If you spend much time under a car or inside equipment cases, it’s just a matter of time before you finally give in to your inner geek and try a headworn flashlight. You’ll quickly discover that they’re sweet — if you get a good one.
After all the interest lately in inexpensive LED lighting, Stuey wrote in to tell us about Petzl’s headworn lamps — what he considers the best ones made because of their quality materials and solid build. And his favorite Petzl? The Zipka Plus, pictured above.
It features a retractable wire head strap, and it’s four-LED array can be set to three intensities (high, medium, and low) and even to strobe via presses of its one-button control. It runs on three AAA batteries and weighs only 2.3 ounces including batteries. This is important because heavy headlamps suck. Trust us.
Street pricing starts around $40, and the best place to find it locally is via REI — the outdoor adventure store. You can find it online via quite a few vendors as well.
Note: Sorry for no manufacturer link, but the Petzl site is confusing as hell and we couldn’t find the direct product link there.
Bill says: “The ones with elastic headbands are not only bulky, but they tend to get wrapped around just about everything. In start contrast, the Zipka doesn’t wrap itself around anything when it your toolbox, but can easily be placed around your head, wrist, shoulder, a pipe, the handlebars of your bike, etc. It also sitis nicely on the workbench.”