Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp Customized Settings from Software?


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clint helander · · anchorage, alaska · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 438

I just bought the Tikka RXP and downloaded Petzl's customized software. First of all...what a bad ass headlamp! I have the Black Diamond Storm and I thought that was bright until I just did a route with a partner with the Tikka RXP. He was able to outshine my headlamp beam from 20-30 meters above me while we were rappelling throughout the night.

This will predominately be used for alpine climbing, so battery life is rather important. I bought an extra rechargeable battery pack as well as a AAA pack.

Has anyone played around with the custom settings and designed a series of settings they find more useful for alpine climbing than the preset modes? I don't necessarily see a reason to change it, but if people have opinions on other modes, I'd like to hear them!

nathanael · · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 199

I've had mine for a few months and have been meaning to set the lowest "dumb" mode to the minimum brightness for around camp. The smart mode is a pain when there are reflective objects or other headlamps.

One option to avoid buying the $30 battery pack (too late for you I guess) is to instead carry one of the portable battery packs for recharging your cellphone. The Petzl battery is 1,800 mAh, and those packs are around 5-10,000 mAh for $10-30. Not as useful for super long alpine push, but pretty convenient for a multi-day camping trip.

Josh Janes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2001 · Points: 7,953

I set mine up to have a single level of bright reactive lighting which I use when hiking or climbing. I then have three levels of constant lighting for around camp.

The UI of this headlamp absolutely sucks and as much as I love the reactive lighting and rechargeable battery, I cannot recommend it and would not buy it again.

nathanael · · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 199
Josh Janes wrote:The UI of this headlamp absolutely sucks and as much as I love the reactive lighting and rechargeable battery, I cannot recommend it and would not buy it again.
Sadly I have to agree.. I thought it was just a stiff learning curve at first, but now I realize it's just bad.
It's nearly impossible to to figure out what setting it's on at any given time, especially when switching between reactive settings.
The "burst" mode of max brightness is useless because it turns itself off after like 10 seconds.
There's no lock and the light has turned on in my pack more than once.

All that said, it's pretty bright, USB charging is great, and reactive lighting is great a lot of the time. (except in camp) So I still use it.
bearbreeder · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 25
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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