E-lite replacement. ..

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech' started by Enzo, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

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  2. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    IMO from backpacking perspective it's absolutely of no use to me....the short battery life is a killer & then there's the problem of recharging it.
    I can't see this as being particularly popular amongst serious outdoor types when the e-lite's 50lm output for 9hrs makes for a good 3 season headtorch & a good winter backup light....plus the batteries are easily replaced when needed.
  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    What he says.

    A nice every day homebased unit I guess. Or maybe high summer use.

    The name is a bad move. Lazy cultural appropriation.
  4. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    Now if they could make it at <60g with 120 lumens for say 8-10 hrs....
    I'm done night hiking with an e-lite, though I've always got one in my pack.
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  5. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    You'll need a significantly bigger battery ( more weight) for 8-10 hours at that brightness.
    120 lumens constantly is unnecessary surely? My original alpkit gamma was 50lm max, and for non misty conditions was overkill half the time. Despite it's awfull lens.
    ( It was pants in the mist - thank goodness for Cree LEDs).
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  6. tom

    tom Ultralighter

    I'm not quite ready to dismiss this outright. I agree with @Mole that high output is only needed in some circumstances. In addition to a 2nd generation e-lite, I usually take my 200 lumen Leyte cycle light (with a MYOG headband) which last 3 hours at 52gr - enough to get me through some sections of unmarked and trail-less alpine terrain until I either find a place to pitch or a marked trail or a hut. The Leyte has USB charge too and is easy to charge with a solar panel since I'd rather not carry spare batteries as well! Obviously I'd take something more substantial if I expected a night hike. 2 hours would take 30% of my safety margin with a little weight saving - worth it?. One concern would be how the Petzl behaves when the battery goes down - the Leyte maintains full brightness until its actually empty. But certainly no e-lite replacement...!
  7. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    Pretty sure I used the newer e-lite for a few hours at night on the Ridgeway, so easy going, and personally I'd prefer more lumens. Yes it's doable but 50 more would make it massively more pleasant for me and I'd put up with the 70g extra for something like the alpkit viper
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  8. benp1

    benp1 Day Walker

    I have 4 E+lites - 1 original, 2 zips and the latest 50 lumen one

    I like how compact they are and the fact the batteries last for ages without having to worry about recharging. And a spare is easily carried. Plus they're so compact you can dot them around - I have one with my bike commuting gear, one in the car, one in my MTB bag and one for general use (with a tritium glowlight attached)

    Bindi looks like a good option in certain circumstances, but the E+lite is still a winner
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  9. Arne L.

    Arne L. Ultralighter

    Got a chance to play around with the Bindi today.




    I wasn't that impressed though. 3 light modes but I can't imagine battery life will be very long at 200 lumens.

    IMO the tilting felt very loose. Then again, these were samples, no definite sales models.

    Battery is only 670 mAh and retail-price will be € 49,95. Battery is not replacable.
  10. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    670, so less than a ni cd aaa, pity if they made it 2000 and not too much heavier I'd consider it for 50eu.

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