Headlamp Review: Petzl Tikka XP

A bright mini-lamp with one-click operation.

SPECS: $50 3.4 oz. 3 AAAs 1 LED

KEY FEATURES: A diffuser lens lets you slide quickly from focused beam to broad proximity light. A booster button increases brightness by 50 percent for 20 seconds, a handy feature for spotting marauding raccoons. And onboard memory means one-click operation.

BRIGHTNESS: *****

PERFORMANCE: Easily the brightest mini-lamp we tested. The 1-watt beam shines 150 feet without hitting the booster. The diffuser creates a strong reading light, and the booster doubles as an instant on/off for checking boiling pots. Nitpick: Small buttons.