Headtorches & Petzl Headtorches

Which is the best Headtorch?
Everyone seems to have those Petzl ones.
Any good?
And if so, which are the best?
Spend no more than £30 notes.

I've had mine for 4 years its done 3 tours and been on atleast 6 major exercises, not to mention been borrowed by my sister for a school trip.

Still fighting through in good nick. Albeit with the word "C0CK" on the head strap.
Petzl Tactikka XP - absolutely gleaming (haha) bit of gear but a little pricey at around 40 smackers!
We have just bought a fair few, on the GPC card, of these http://www.peli.com/

They are quite good and you can use them in a explosive atmosphere area, hence why we bought them.
I like the yellow ones we were issued in Bosnia. Made you look like a doctor from a "Carry On" film. It took something like two AA batteries.
I find that dousing my swede in petrol and sparking it up, saves me a fortune in batteries whilst providing perfectly adequate illumination.

Most head torches use AAA batteries - can be hard to get hold of and don't hold a lot of charge.

I use a common Mini Maglite (AA batteries) and a NiteIze headband. Does the trick and (surprisingly) is a normal torch as well. And is an electric candle etc.

The headband has two loops, one for AA Mini Maglites and one for AAA Maglites. As the headband gets older, you'll need to move the AA Mini Maglite into the AAA loop.

The biggest advantage is the range. Most headtorches used LEDs which give a flood of light. The Mini Maglite can be focussed, allowing you to illuminate at a distance (spot) or at close up (flood).

Petzl produce a good range of headtorches, but they're specialised. Great for caving, less good as a versatile torch for range, area and visiting the turdis on a dark night.
Got a petzl mirco which is powered by aa batteries .Cheap shops have led
head torches for a £5 .and ever ready do for £9 which does red and white light quite good and not a drama when you break it lose it .
SparkySteve said:
putteesinmyhands said:
I use a common Mini Maglite (AA batteries) and a NiteIze headband. Does the trick and (surprisingly) is a normal torch as well. And is an electric candle etc.
Does it turn you ginger?
Only if you get the redhead band. :)

But the photo confirms one of my statements - AA Maglite fitted in the AAA loop!
Ive got the nsn for the green issued one at work if you want it just say
also got the mag lite comp with filters c class item so dmd on expense
POUNDLAND £1 does the needfull
Agreed - 10 of those will last you a long time and only cost you £10.

a Square metre of red lighting gel (it's not actually 'gel', its coloured plastic!) will cost you a few quid, cut out a nice circle and stick it on with some superglue and you have one with a red filter and one without for about £3 total.

Alternatively, you can get a headstrap for maglite AA torches. This means you can always take it out and use it as a normal maglite should you want to do that. Red filters for those are about a quid from army shops. If you're going down this route, buy the LED conversion for the torch, it makes it much better. It's only 3 LEDs, which IMO is a bit more practical, as whilst those headtorches with 25 LEDs in mean you can see everything within a square mile of you, it means when you're looking for your teddy bear in your bergen and somebody says your name, you looking at them causes them to lose vision for the next 10 minutes... which may lead to fists flailing blindly in your general direction.
I use a Petzl Tikka Plus, Painfully bright white, reading bright white, flashing painfully bright, red constant, and red flashing, will flash red for 750 hours apparently on 3 AAAs

I converted my two AA maglite from single bulb, to 3 LED, definately brighter but unable to focus, and can't use in candle mode.
I find a pig-fat, tallow candle works superbly. As an added bonus when on ops it can be given to the ANA as lip balm

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