I recently received this question by email:
What headlamp and flashlights do you use? I noticed when we were in (…) that your lights were far superior to anything anyone else had.
So here are my current lights and some thoughts on where to go next.
I have two headlamps…
Petzl MYO RXP (Primary)
This is a programmable regulated version of the MYO XP. (I believe it is slightly brighter than the XP.) Although the “programmable” seems pretty useless at first, it allows you to program the lowest setting to be the first click–usually it is the last. Key feature: AA batteries.
Petzl Tikka (Secondary)
This is “secondary” as in I don’t even carry spare batteries (AAA) for it. It really only gets used if I’m needing a reading light while in command. It has a built-in red filter.
I also have two flashlights… both are very bright, the difference is mostly in the colour of the light.
This is a very cool looking light that has a very warm yellow light, which apparently is better for finding evidence. It is also very narrow beam, which allows it to throw light extremely far. 2 AA batteries.
This one has a wider beam and is the classic LED bright white colour.
Also, if you were going to replace them…is there better out there that you know of?
EagleTac has a new light, the P20A2. It is a touch brighter than the P10A2. According to the website, both the P10A2 and the P20A2 are available with a “Neutral White” LED. You might like that better.
You can usually find these on eBay or elsewhere on the ‘net.
For the next time I have extra money burning a hole in my pocket, I want to get a bigger searchlight, something like the Fenix TK40.
Update: see my other post for how to power these toys.