Weighing barely more than an ounce the Bindi 200 lumen Petzl rechargeable headlamp proved to be very functional in the dark evenings.
Falling under PETZL’s Active lamp category, Bindi guarantees comfortable and versatile lighting responding to the needs of outdoor activities like running, trekking, hiking, and mountaineering.
We are truly impressed by how PETZL cut downs on weight but still manage to provide a usable headlamp that’s got all the essentials. It is so small that you won’t notice it in your pocket until needed.
The Bindi headlamp is the perfect balance between size, weight, and brightness. It has both the white and the red mode, built-in rechargeable battery and battery level indicator, micro USB port, and more.
If you’re someone looking for a rechargeable, lightweight, and bright enough headlamp to go night hiking then don’t hesitate to read our complete review about the PETZL Bindi 200 Lumens below.
Don’t get fooled by the small size of the Bindi because both its white and red light modes will definitely hurt your eyes if you look closely or directly into them.
The white light has three intensities including low (proximity) of 5 lumens that can last for 50 hours, medium (movement) of 100 lumens for 3 hours, and high (distance) of 200 lumens that can last for 2 hours.
The Bindi also has the red light mode that comes with two settings. Its low(proximity) intensity light is of 3 lumens preserving night vision and can last up to 33 hours.
While the strobe light which is best for night cycling or for emergency purposes can last for 200 hours.
PETZL claims that all these modes will maintain its brightness throughout its battery life and only drop off when it’s drained. This is actually the good thing about PETZL headlamps.
You get a consistent intensity of brightness, meaning the brightness of light doesn’t fade as the battery life decreases unlike what we have experienced with other headlamps.
Ease of Use
The single button operation of the Bindi headlamp is very intuitive. With a single press, it will turn on the white light’s lowest intensity.
To cycle through every light mode, all you have to do is press the button subsequently. An extended hold of the button will turn on the red light and another press will fire the strobing mode.
The 5 lumens having a 6 m range is not super bright or super low, but it is enough for you to see the path in front of you.
If you want to see a little further you can jump on to the second setting which is 100 lumens and reach about 23 m. The 200 lumen which is very bright ranges 36 m.
In its solid red mode, you can expect a distance of 2.5 m range but when it comes to a point that you want to catch someone’s attention from afar, switch to the strobe mode for it is visible at 400 m range.
Comfortable to Wear
Instead of the traditional head strap that most headlamps have, Bindi only uses an elastic cord and a cord lock for adjusting. Surprisingly, the elastic cord used for Bindi’s headband is as comfortable as the regular straps we are used to.
This is mainly because the lightweight of the Bindi matches the cord and the easy and quick adjustment helps you achieve the most comfortable fit.
Getting the right tension in your head is super easy and it won’t cause you any headache even if you’ve been wearing it for hours.
The cord can be adjusted anywhere from 9 to 24 in circumference, so this technically means anyone’s head. You can also adjust the head strap to fit your helmet without needing additional clips.
If you don’t have a pocket or an extra pouch, you can simply hang the Bindi around your neck or cinch it down into a wrist band. We also like that the cord is reflective and very easy to see in the dark.
Size and Weight
Bindi weighs only 1.2 oz including the head strap and the size is super small and compact. The size and weight are really an advantage, especially for ultralight backpackers.
You can place it in your pocket or just hang it around your neck and you won’t feel anything only until you need it. You can bring the PETZL Bindi anywhere you go, from camping to climbing or to whatever outdoor activity you’re currently into.
Battery and Charging
The Bindi uses a built-in 680 mAh rechargeable battery. When the battery is empty, it will take 4 hours to fully charge.
If you have a portable battery bank or power pack then recharging this headlamp anywhere won’t be a problem. You can charge it via a micro USB port and a USB cable which is already included in the package.
There is a battery light indicator to let you know how much battery is left.
The different battery light colors are as follows: green light is between 66% and 100% full, orange light is between 66% and 33% battery life, and red light for lowlight is between 33% to 0% charged.
To avoid accidentally turning on the Bindi headlamp, there are two different ways to lock it.
First is the mechanical lock that works by rotating the light 180-degrees around to the point where it covers up the button so you cannot physically push the button as it is in the lock position.
The second way is to simply hold the power button down for four seconds and the light will blink a few times to indicate that the light is locked. Do the exact same thing to unlock the headlamp.
Benefits of the Product
Rechargeable via micro USB port and USB cable, this way you can plug it into a computer, car, or portable power packs. You can use the light even while charging.
Three white brightness levels so you can adjust at whatever brightness you prefer for a particular situation.
Red light with proximity and strobe options preserves night vision and very useful in emergencies most especially if you’re in trouble, the strobe light will help get the attention of someone.
IPX4 Waterproof rating which means the headlamp can resist water splashes. Even if the water breaches the housing the light will still work perfectly due to the waterproof coating on the electronic compartments.
Light swivels vertically in the housing for beam adjustment, you can actually aim it straight down or straight up on something.
Two locking features help preserves battery life by preventing accidental turning on of the headlamp.
Weatherproof, PETZL claims that the electronic components have some special coating inside that will protect the light against any weather.
Has a reserve mode, according to PETZL if the battery does drain, there is a unique white light reserve mode that will run for an extra 1.5 hours at 3 lumens which will give you enough light to settle for the night before you charge it.
Price is a bit costly because you can already buy a decent full-size headlamp model at this price. Checking it in Amazon the price is $44.00 to $48.00, but if you’re really looking to shed off weight and size then this headlamp is highly recommended.
Warranty, the Bindi carries a three-year warranty against manufacturing or material defects. To get more information about this, do not hesitate to get in touch with their customer support team.
- Weight 1.2 oz
- Brightness 200 lumens
- Energy 680 mAh Rechargeable Battery
- IPX4 Waterproof rating
- Rechargeable and can be used even while charging
- It has a battery indicator
- Two locking features
- White and red light with multiple modes
- One-button operation
- Four hours charge time is long
Questions and Answers
Q: Are you able to put standard AAA batteries in there?
A: No, the Bindi has a built-in 680 mAh rechargeable battery. The headlamp itself is too small to fit AAA batteries.
Q: How long does the battery last?
A: The battery life depends on what light intensity you are using. The white light has three modes, the low can last 50 hours, medium 3 hours, and high for up to 2 hours.
The red light has two modes, the proximity mode can last for 33 hours while the strobe mode can last for 200 hours.
Tips You Can Take Away
- Do not use anything higher than a 1-amp charger because its only 680 mAh, using greater than 1amp charger has the risk of shortening the battery life or also having the battery heat up too much.
- Never keep your headlamp dirty or wet, although it is of high-quality taking good care of it will enhance its lifespan even more.
- As much as possible designate a proper case or pouch for your headlamp to protect the lens.
The Bindi is primarily designed for people with an active lifestyle. Someone who wants something very lightweight, small, and compact but still gives a good performance of a headlamp.
Knowing that it is rechargeable makes you confident of using it for a longer trail as long as you brought along its micro USB cable and a portable power bank.
We highly recommend it for in-camp use on trips where night hiking will not last for more than three hours.
When it comes to comfort, PETZL Bindi 200 Lumens rechargeable headlamp is light as a feather and well-fitting. This headlamp truly amazed us for its tiny size yet it can be more than just a packable backup light.
You can genuinely rely on this headlamp for all your great outdoor adventures.
If you have any more questions about the Petzl rechargeable headlamp, I’d love to hear them and I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments section below.
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