There really isn’t that much to say about the Petzl e+LITE, other than that it is friggin’ tiny. It is a pint-sized, $30 headlamp that you can always bring with you. In the end, that’s what is most important, that you have it when you need it.
When it comes to headlamps, there are a couple of different criteria that come into play. Whether you focus on durability, weight, battery length, price, or brightness, it all comes down to the following question: will your headlamp be able to perform when you reallyneed it?
As you can probably imagine, the Petzl e+LITE satisfies two of these criteria: weight and price. It isn’t the brightest and it doesn’t have the longest battery life, but it adds less than an ounce of weight to your pack. When providing light at its brightest capacity (a 26 lumen beam that reaches just about 75 ft), the Peztl will run down in about 50 hours. The Black Diamond Spot, on the other hand, can provide a 150 ft beam for 50 hours. Clearly the Petzl is underpowered as headlamps go, but it isn’t designed to get you through a 24-hour adventure race. It is there if/when you should need it.
Once you look at the Petzl e+LITE for what it really is, it begins to look like a marvelous investment for your gear closet. I carry it with me whenever I travel, regardless of where I am traveling. It is also my go-to ultralight headlamp.
Bottom Line: This little guy rocks!
The Bare Bones
Name: Petzl e+LITE
Brightness: 26 lumens
Battery Type: 2 CR2032
Weight: 0.9 oz