One of my favorite all around pieces of gear in the car, the house or in any of my go bags is the Petzl Tactikka headlamp. I received my first Petzl headlamp from a former coworker of mine who was an avid rock climber. He didn’t like it because it was camouflage. His loss was my gain since I love camo. The headlamp came with several different plastic inserts that you could use to diffuse the light. I popped in the red filter and threw out the rest.
Since I got the first one for free I was hooked. The headlamp took three AAA batteries and they lasted forever. The headlamp had several different power settings and even has a boost button that increased the output temporarily. The flaw with the boost button was that it needed to be pressed down continuously in order to work. Aside from that I have used this wonderful headlamp for years without any issues. I’ve lent it to friends who were going on trips and they used and abused and it’s still going strong.
I recently checked Petzl’s website and they have a lot of newer and fancier headlamps that I could choose from but since I know this model works so well I don’t want to change things up and possibly get disappointed.
So to summarize I’ve had a Petzl E89 PD Tactikka XP headlamp for several years now and I am very impressed with its durability and battery life. The headlamp takes three AAA batteries. The batteries are easy to come by and are not that expensive. This headlamp will use the same set of batteries for over a month when using it on the lowest setting and is really durable.