Last Updated: July 24, 2020

Petzl Actik vs Actik Core: What’s The Difference?

The Actik series of headlamps from Petzl are the way to go if you are looking for a simple headlamp that has rechargeable options.

Both the Actik and Actik Core keep things simple by only providing you with only those functions you really need:

  • Multiple light options: close, mixed, far beams
  • Night lamp / Red: Don't disturb your tent partner with a low-intensity red lamp
  • Safety Focused: Adjustable reflective headlamp strap with built-in emergency whistle
  • Hybrid Battery options: use either simple Alkaline batteries (for non-frequent use) or other rechargeables, OR the Petzl USB rechargeable Actik Core battery
  • Emergency Signal: Provides a morse-code SOS signal using the light

The Difference Between The Standard & Core

Petzl Actik Core Battery

Petzl Actik Core Battery

There are only two main differences between them:

1. Brightness and maximum beam length. 

The Actik Core has 350 Lumens (vs 300 on the standard) which gives you an extra 5 meters (about 15 feet) beam when you are using it on maximum.

2. Rechargeable Core Battery.

Both of these lights can use the Petzl Core rechargeable battery, but the Actik Core comes with one in the box.

Why are these batteries so great? They fit in the standard compartment, so it's easy to swap in/out with other batteries you might need (spare alkalines are always worth having on hand). 

Also, the battery itself has a built-in USB charging port. So, you just have to open the battery compartment and plug it in while it's in the headlamp. Very little fuss.

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Which Headlamp Should You Buy?

The standard Actik is the best bet if you don't need the rechargeable option. And, you can always buy a Core battery later and use it anyway, as both lamps are compatible.

The only other reason to buy the Actik Core is if you also want a little extra max beam reach and brightness. It's not much at 50 Lumens, but every bit counts in some situations (mountain biking, trail running, night skiing etc).

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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