Petzl e+LITE Review

A few weeks ago I decided to pull the trigger on a new headlamp simply because I was tired of being that guy in camp (or in the shelter) with the bright white light in the middle of the night! Simply put, it is much easier to make friends when using a red light in a crowd that is trying to sleep than when using a bright white light! (But to be honest, mine was usually off by the time everyone began laying down, however, I have been on the receiving end of the bright white light while trying to snooze in a shelter, and well, it just isn’t nice.)

Initially I had all intentions of getting the Petzl Tikka Plus 2 headlamp, but at the last-minute I pulled the Tikka out of my cart and threw in the Petzl e+LITE and hit “Submit!” So, it was definitely on a whim, but honestly, the e+LITE looked to be quite promising…

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My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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10 Responses to Petzl e+LITE Review

  1. josh camp says:

    I used to love the e-lite but I agree it doesn’t put out enough light for real use. I use a Black Diamond Spot for real night hiking or if I need directed red light in camp. I also bring a photon freedom white and a photon micro II red for back up or just hanging in my hammock/tent. I saw that zebra light in a few of your recent posts and it got me wondering. I like the Spot (3.1oz with 3 AAA but it has a red light) but sometimes I wonder what 200 lumens would look like instead of the 90 lumens of the Spot. My real question is… why did you choose the h51 (AA) instead of the h31 (CR123)? I couldn’t see any pros or cons for either, other than the CR123 is lighter by .23 ounces. Do you have some inside knowledge that I should know because I’m thinking about buying a zebra?

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    • Stick says:

      Josh,

      The biggest reason I went with the H51 as opposed to the H31 was availability. When I ordered mine, the H51 was the only model in stock, which was through Amazon. However, if I had to choose, I would still go with the H51 simply because I prefer to use AA batteries over the smaller CR123 batteries. I feel like I would be able to find AA batteries easier than the CR123 batteries if I needed them (although, I will admit, the CR123 batteries are becoming more popular and found in more places now-a-days). So, for me, despite availability, it is still personal preference…

      As far as the 200 lumens, it is bright for sure, however, I rarely use it. I have used it for throwing a bear line at night, but other than this, I generally use the medium for much movement on the trail, or around camp, and the low for in shelters or what not. Also, I myself love that there are 2 settings for the low, medium and high setting. This is a total of 6 different levels, plus a 7th, flashing light…

      Bottom line, I love my ZebraLight. It was a bit expensive, but after having it, I am happy I spent the money on it, and would do it again. I made a DIY headband for it, so, with the DIY headband, a single L91 battery and the headlamp, the total weight is 2 oz. This is very acceptable for me… may not be for the next person though…

      Hope this helps.

      ~Stick~

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  2. Tanya says:

    Thanks Stick, and everyone, for your review of the e+lite… I was given one recently as a birthday gift as I’m heading off in a few weeks to hike the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. This will be my first real hike (excluding day hikes!) and so I’m keen to ensure I’ve got the right kit! Sounds to me like this may be perfect for my needs (no night hiking). Thanks again!

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    • Stick says:

      Tanya,

      I have actually stopped using my e+LITE because I found it to be somewhat inefficient for my needs when actual night hiking does come up, for one reason or another. (I learned this one night when hiking with my son and we had to hike out unexpectedly around midnight. The e+LITE was a serious let down for me.) My headlight of choice now is the ZebraLight H51 with a DIY headband. It comes in at a total of 2 oz, so it is twice as heavy as the e+LITE, but it is so much more versatile. But, I am not saying that the e+LITE is necessarily bad. It just didn’t put out enough light for me. I hope that you have better experiences with yours.

      ~Stick~

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  3. Dave B says:

    Thanks Stick. I appreciate the honesty. I was thinking about one of these but was worried about how it would perform during solo night hikes. I’m ususally up and gone from camp before the sun comes up. I think I might get one to throw in the pack for backup. Ive had headlamps fail before, kind of changes your plans. I had one fail on a night hike about 10 years back. I was so pissed when it happened, but after I cooled off, I noticed the glow worms that were everywhere on the surrounding rocks. It made me smile, then the moon got high enough to shine through the trees and I made my way by moonlight to camp. Turned out to be one of my most memorable night hikes.

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    • Stick says:

      Dave,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a reply! hope everything is going good on your end!

      As far as the e+LITE, they are great little lights. I really have no complaint about them. They are what they are, and maybe a little more… However, I am just trying to figure out if it is enough light for me. At this point I don’t think I would be happy with it if I planned to do much night hiking, and especially if I were alone. Like I said, if there were others with me, it may be ok since I would benefit from their lights as well. For doing things around camp it is ok, and then in a tent it is great. But I am not giving up on it yet. I look forward to using it more and seeing if I can adapt…

      I also recently picked up one of the Mini Photon lights and it is surprisingly brighter than the e+LITE! Crazy. But I keep it attached to my ditty bag.

      ~Stick~

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  4. Joe says:

    Hey Stick! Nice review! I usually wear it around my neck before dark with it set for the red to turn on first( switch set all the way to bottom). I find that it is adequate light for what I have to do after dark. The fact that it can be set so that the red comes on first without cycling through all the white light settings is what sold me on it. Plus it is light for a light.

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    • Stick says:

      Joe,

      I usually do the same with my headlamps. Usually when I get to camp and begin to unpack I go ahead and put it around my neck then. But I have also been known to walk around with them on my head and still not realizing it…. And I agree with you, the features of this lamp were well thought out. All in all, it is a great little light…

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Chad

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  5. Alan says:

    Hi Stick,
    Had one of these little beauties for a couple of years and its superb. No lightweight backpacker should be without one.
    I also like the fact that when not in use you can fasten it around your wrist without it getting in the way too much and therefore when it’s dark the light is easy to find.
    Just using it for purely backpacking and not home use the batteries last a long time.
    Good vid BTW.

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    • Stick says:

      Thanks Alan for stopping by and leaving a comment. The light itself is a very sweet little piece of kit. I am looking forward to using it more to see how I really like it though. I am just going to have to get used to not having a huge glaring light on at night….

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