December 5, 2013
A superbly well-made product. Easy to use and programme, and efficient in operation. A fair amount of cash for a backup or second light, but if running it as your sole source, you’ll get on fine.
The Piko is the latest diminutive head (or bar) lamp from those clever Lupine folks. The Piko 4 here distinguishes itself from the bigger-batteried Piko 7, with suitably smaller run times. The battery is about the size of two matchboxes while the 55g(!) headlamp would probably fit into a matchbox. You get all the usual Lupine quality – such as waterproof cables, a clever charger and a light indicator that flashes the volts to you in a semaphore of blue and red flashes. If you still don’t believe that, then a press on the battery indicator will give you the battery level in 20% increments.
The 1200 lumen lamp itself features two LEDs and a glowing button used to show battery level and to programme it. Programming is very simple to get the hang of and it allows different modes from the regular high/medium/low, through high/low and high/medium/flashing. There’s even an SOS option. The up/down motion on the head unit is governed by two rubber o-rings, which stay put, though you can’t overtighten them (that would not be efficient, ja?) so there’s always a slight danger of it getting knocked.
Battery life on high is around two hours on full, extending to three, five, even 18 hours if you’re running a lower power option. It’ll fully recharge in three hours and even when discharged, will give you a ‘get you home’ emergency battery capacity.
In use the light is quick on and quick off, with quick cycling through your settings. The button can be a little hard to find with bigger gloves on, and it’s possible to knock the light up or down a little when you do it. If using it as an ‘always on’ backup to a bar light, though, this is a moot point.
Overall: A superbly well-made product. Easy to use and programme, and efficient in operation. A fair amount of cash for a backup or second light, but if running it as your sole source, you’ll get on fine.