Petzl Spelios Helmet/Headlamp
Pro’s: Great lighting in confined spaces, uses common AA battery, good burn time on LED
Cons: Feels underpowered in larger caverns and tunnels.
The Petzl Spelios is the industry standard for caving helmet/headlight combo’s and for good reason. If you’re considering venturing underground to carry out hibernation surveys or carry out cave research then this is the helmet you need to consider as a starting point.
The lighting element of the Spelios is delivered via an integral Duo 14 LED headtorch which features a switched halogen / LED light. In confined spaces such as small caves and roofspaces the 14 LED array should deliver as much light as is needed but the flood style spread will suffer in larger systems. The Halogen can be focused to an extent but it’s rare that I find a use for it and it obviously has an impact on battery life compared to the LEDS.
The rear mounted battery pack balances the helmet nicely in use and houses 4 AA batteries. A rechargeable unit is available as an extra purchase but I find it’s just as easy to carry spare rechargeable batteries with you.
The helmet is available in two sizes covering head circumferences of 48-56 cm and 53-61 cm.
- Beam pattern : wide or focused
- Max. light quantity : 67 lumens
- Max. lighting distance : 100 m
- Max. battery life : 183 h
- Constant lighting : yes
- Operates on four AA / LR6 batteries or ACCU DUO (not included)
- Battery compatibility: alcalines, lithium, rechargeables ni-mh, rechargeables ni-cd
- Watertightness : IP X8 (waterproof down to -5 meters)
- Spare halogen bulb included
- Certification(s) : CE EN 12492, UIAA
- Weight : 505 g