Last Updated: July 10, 2019

Petzl Reactik vs Reactik Plus: What’s The Difference?

The Petzl Reactik series of headlamps are a worthy choice if you are looking for a versatile and reliable headlamp.

The key differentiator in this series of headlamps, over others from Petzl, is the "reactive" lighting they both have. This is a sensor that adjusts the light automatically depending on the surrounding lighting. This allows you to not only have the light you need in each situation, but also to conserve battery power over the long run.

The Reactik is the simpler of the two, but still comes with most of the same handy features.

The Reactik Plus takes it to a whole new level with the additional bluetooth/app combination, as well as a brighter longer maximum beamOf course, for some people the app just means more complexity, more things to go wrong and features they just don't need. If that is the case for you, the simpler Reactik is the way to go.

To allow you to compare the two in detail, below is a comparison table that maps it all out.

Further down, I have gone over the main differences in more detail to help you make an informed decision.

PETZL - REACTIK, 220 Lumens, Blue
PETZL - REACTIK+ Headlamp, 300 Lumens, Bluetooth Enabled
Brightness
190 Lumens
300 Lumens
Weight
4 oz (115 g)
4 oz (115 g)
Max Beam Length
65m (213 ft)
110m (360 ft)
Max Burn Time
3.5 - 12 Hours (depending on mode)
2.5 - 10 Hours (depending on mode)
Batteries
1800 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included) - Also alkaline, lithium and Ni-MH compatible
1800 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included) - Also alkaline, lithium and Ni-MH compatible
Rechargeable with Headlamp (built-in)
Water Resistance
IP X4 (water resistant)
IP X4 (water resistant)
Night Vision (Red Lamp)
Bluetooth App
Other Features
Lock function, Multiple light modes (close, far and mixed), Reactive or Constant lighting
Lock function, Multiple light modes (close, far and mixed), Reactive or Constant lighting
PETZL - REACTIK, 220 Lumens, Blue
Brightness
190 Lumens
Weight
4 oz (115 g)
Max Beam Length
65m (213 ft)
Max Burn Time
3.5 - 12 Hours (depending on mode)
Batteries
1800 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included) - Also alkaline, lithium and Ni-MH compatible
Rechargeable with Headlamp (built-in)
Water Resistance
IP X4 (water resistant)
Night Vision (Red Lamp)
Bluetooth App
Other Features
Lock function, Multiple light modes (close, far and mixed), Reactive or Constant lighting
PETZL - REACTIK+ Headlamp, 300 Lumens, Bluetooth Enabled
Brightness
300 Lumens
Weight
4 oz (115 g)
Max Beam Length
110m (360 ft)
Max Burn Time
2.5 - 10 Hours (depending on mode)
Batteries
1800 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (included) - Also alkaline, lithium and Ni-MH compatible
Rechargeable with Headlamp (built-in)
Water Resistance
IP X4 (water resistant)
Night Vision (Red Lamp)
Bluetooth App
Other Features
Lock function, Multiple light modes (close, far and mixed), Reactive or Constant lighting

The Differences Between The Standard & Plus

As I briefly mentioned above, the main differences are as follows:

1. Brightness and maximum beam length. 

The Reactik Plus is far stronger at maximum beam with nearly 50% more strength (300 Lumens) and more than 50% extra maximum reach (360ft vs 220ft). So, if the reach and brightness are a big issue for you, this is the better lamp.

It does cost you a bit more battery life of course (at max beam).

2. Bluetooth App.

The other extra feature the Plus has is the ability to connect via bluetooth to your phone via the MyPetzl Light App. (Note: requires iOS 7.1 or later, or Android 4.3 or later)

This gives you the ability to:

  • Use Custom Light Profiles: multi-activity, trail running, trekking, mountaineering and backpacking
  • Create Your Own Profiles: Pre-sets to save you fiddling around each time you do a specific activity
  • Adjust On The Go: Great for activities where you want quick access to the lamp settings (night mountain biking for example, with phone mounted on the handle bars)
  • Realtime Feedback On Lamp Status: Remaining Battery/Burn Time, Current Profile
  • Emergency Signal: Provides a morse-code SOS signal using the light

Video On The Reactik Plus Features

Which Headlamp You Buy?

The standard Reactik is more than enough for most people because it has decent burn time, beam distance and all the cool features of the Reactive series (auto adjusting light) too.

But, if you want a longer, brighter beam OR the ability to have way more control over the beam settings and create presets, then the Reactik Plus is the one for you.

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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