Petzl E+lite – good enough for bivi?
My wife has asked for present hints and I was wondering about one of these.
I like the one with the zip band:
£18.75 from wiggle seems the best price.
But only if it’s bright enough to use as the only light with me.
So is it good enough for setting up a bivi/hammock?
Or should I just stick with my tactikka?Posted 4 years agobenp1Subscriber
I’ve got one on my xmas list too. I got the previous version for a pressie last xmas, that one resides in my saddle bag. I want the other one for other backup uses (like travelling and as a general spare)
Its not massively bright so you could ride with it, but for close up tasks and general camp duties (setting up, breaking down, cooking, chores) its fine. Once you’re out in the open your eyes are night adjusted anyway so you don’t want anything massively bright, in fact you really want a red light so your eyes remained night adjusted, the e+lite has this.
The new one is smaller, the old one has an elastic strap so it packs bigger (and comes in a little case), but it has a whistle on the strap so is good for keeping for emergencies)Posted 4 years ago
Thanks. So it’s on the verge of being bright enough.
Mostly I need it for tying knots and inspecting for obstacles.
A potential downside is the lack of rechargeable batteries for it.Posted 4 years ago
That would irritate if I did actually use it (instead of just having it as a backup).slugwashMember
I find that my one is bright enough for cooking and sorting your gear out on bivis and also handy for night ride bike fettling (when you don’t want 1000 headlight lumens reflecting back off your components)
One downside though is that it’s easy to knock out of alignment when it brushes against tarps, jacket hoods and light vegetation, etc, and I’m always having to straighten it out and point the beam back in the right direction.
It’s still a handy tool to have though.
EDIT: Battery life, IME, is excellent.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
“alpkit is much betterer”
at being bigger.
Hmm – seems you can get rechargeable batteries – although they seem rare:
ML2032 or LIR2032 is what they’re called – often made by Maxell.
i wouldnt bother – by their nature rechargables will be flat by the time you have an emergency.Posted 4 years agobenp1Subscriber
Its primarily a backup torch, so rechargeables aren’t actually much help
These primaries are small and light enough to carry spares, and cheap (online)
Plus their chemistry means they won’t discharge over time and they have a long tail, so fade over a period of time rather than run at full whack and suddenly drop off
For that reason I reckon it makes a good lightweight bivi type light, or as a backupPosted 4 years ago
i wouldnt bother – by their nature rechargables will be flat by the time you have an emergency.
Yes, I get you.
Although, I was hoping it might be usable as my only light on summer trips, where obviously I could charge the batteries in preparation.
The alpkit head torches are fine (both my boys have them), but I prefer the tactikka (because it’d brighter) and I really liked my old Zipka for compactness and pocketability.Posted 4 years ago
I have considered just buying a zipka 2+ instead, but then I noticed this, so thought I’d ask opinions.
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