500
Lumen

Petzl IKO Core 500 Lumens Headlamp

500 Lumens max. output / 100 hrs max. battery life / CORE Rechargeable Battery or 3 x AAA
Weighs 78g (with batteries)
Code: AW20550
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For a head torch able to work well for more intense activities the IKO Core is definitely at the top of the pile. Low weight, great fit, amazing output and great all round performance.

Petzl says:

The rechargeable IKO CORE headlamp combines multiple technologies to offer 500 lumens at only 79 g. Featuring an AIRFIT headband, an ultra-thin lamp body and an energy source worn in the rear, the headlamp is balanced and comfortable enough to be imperceptible. The multiple LEDs are ideally distributed to provide uniform lighting, for optimal visual comfort. Thanks to its HYBRID CONCEPT design, IKO CORE comes with the CORE rechargeable battery and is also compatible with three AAA/LR03 batteries (not included). It is versatile: can also be worn around the neck, or transformed into a lantern, using the storage pouch. It can be flattened to reduce bulk, making it practical for all outdoor activities.

Petzl's IKO Core Headlamp is an interesting looking head torch which may put some people off but this is really where it performs much better then others. The combination of plastic and elasticated straps around it allow for a really good fit which keeps the light in place for anything from trail running to hiking. It does mean that it doesn't pack down as small as you might like for storage but the fit makes up for this with ease. It weighs in at just 78g and has a maximum output of 500 lumens which is normally a lot more than you need for even the most technical trails at night.

The multiple LED design makes for a great beam of light and there are enough settings to alter the output and style of beam to suit a range of activities. It comes with a rechargeable battery that is lightweight and fast to recharge with a USB connection. This is the most comfortable and versatile head torch I've ever used and it excels in activities where you are moving a lot, such as trail running.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Help and advice:
  • Ergonomic and comfortable, thanks to the AIRFIT headband (Petzl patent):
    - innovative, streamlined design, with semi-rigid headband and ultra-thin lamp body. The battery pack is in the rear, to distribute the weight of the headlamp over the entire head, making it balanced and comfortable enough to be almost imperceptible
    - water-repellent headband, resists sweat and rain. The thin headband considerably reduces the area of contact and improves air circulation during dynamic activities
    - quick and easy rear adjustment
  • Optimal visual comfort:
    - lightweight and powerful: 500 lumens at 79 g
    - multiple LEDs provide homogeneous light distribution
    - two beam types (flood or mixed) and many white brightness levels, to meet different user requirements: proximity lighting, movement and distance vision
    - three lighting levels, easily and quickly accessible with a single button
  • Rechargeable:
    - CORE battery charges via micro USB port
    - HYBRID CONCEPT design: IKO CORE comes with the CORE rechargeable battery and also works with three standard batteries. The lamp detects the energy source and adjusts lighting performance (IKO CORE with CORE rechargeable battery= 500 lumens, IKO CORE with standard batteries = 350 lumens)
  • Versatile and easy to use:
    - can be mounted in various ways, depending on use: worn on the head or around the neck, placed on a table, attached to a tent pole or tree...
    - storage pouch allows it to be transformed into a lantern
    - reflective components on rear make the user visible at night
    - battery charge indicator when lamp is turned on or off, for checking remaining battery life
    - two LOCK functions to avoid accidentally turning it on
    - can be flattened in its minimal pouch to reduce bulk
    - compatible with all Petzl helmets
  • Weight: 78g (includes Core rechargeable battery)
  • Light output: 500 lumens (Core rechargeable battery) / 350 lumens (standard battery)
  • Beam pattern: flood or mixed
  • Energy: 1250 mAh CORE rechargeable battery (included)
  • Charging time: 3 h
  • Battery compatibility: alkaline, lithium or Ni-MH rechargeable
  • Certification(s): CE
  • Watertightness: IPX4 (weather-resistant)
  • Guarantee: Lamp: 5 years; CORE rechargeable battery: 2 years or 300 charging cycles

Lighting modes

  • Max Burn Time: 6 lumens / 10 metres / 100 hours
  • Standard: 100 lumens / 45 metres / 9 hours (reserve 2h30)
  • Max Power: 500 lumens / 100 metres / 2h30 (reserve 4h30)
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
November 2, 2020 | Kaare Meldgaard
Great fitting, easy to use

This is the newest lamp from Petzl in a line evolved from the Nao, over Actik Core... trying to make something great fitting, light, and with replaceable, rechargeable batteries. It's the most comfortable and "forgettable" headlamp I have tried yet (having tried those mentioned and quite a few more). At 76g, battery in back, close to your head, and this (slightly weird) new style headband, means that it's pretty much glued to your head - performance is great, love the core system (have an Actik Core already - so extra battery there). I mostly use the 100 lumen setting for trail running and night hiking (for me this is fine off paths and on technical terrain also) and the 500 lumen comes out for route finding - this is plenty enough for any kind of night activities (maybe besides climbing, where I would want a bit more of a spot/focus beam for route finding) but for hiking and running, it's great. Only drawback is that because of the headband design, it takes up more space than a normal headlamp (using the bag that comes with it reduces this a bit, and gives you the option of a camp light as well) in general - this is now my all-round - go to headlamp.

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