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Petzl Actik Core Gear Review

Petzl Actik Core Headtorch gear review

Simple, no fuss, reliable and versatile. After years of trial and error with different brands and models, I have finally found my go-to headtorch for pretty much any outdoor adventure!

The CORE rechargeable battery has been a game changer for me. Gone are the days of churning through AAA batteries or even rechargeable ones. Gone also are the days of using drained batteries that might fail on you. Charge the CORE battery at home before a trip and leave those worries behind. But even if you're like me and are always forgetting to do that, the CORE can conveniently be charged via USB on the go even in a car, so you can easily do it while driving to the trail or crag. AND for added assurance, the Petzl ACTIK CORE is compatible with the classic AAA so you can still carry a back-up for those more adventurous trips like mountaineering or longer treks.



  • The specs! Compact, lightweight (75g), bright (450 lumens), weather resistant (IPX4) and comes with the CORE rechargeable battery.
  • Simple – doesn’t have a million and one settings, quick and easy to select the desired brightness and white/red lighting colour.
  • Reliable – gives you a strobe warning when the battery is down to its 2-hour reserve and has a green light indicator for when the battery is fully charged.
  • Versatile – suitable for mountaineering, running, hiking, cycling and backpacking.



  • Higher initial cost but potentially cheaper in the long-run – really worth the investment!
  • No strobe setting for the white light.


Recommended for - anyone looking for super-reliable headtorch! Just don’t get caught out with buying the standard ACTIK - same headtorch, but without the rechargeable CORE battery 😉




Review By - Jenny Stansby

Jenny is a dedicated climber and and adventurer and loves all styles of climbing. Boulding, sport climbing, trad, mountaineering all float her boat and she's been a executive member of the UNSWOC for the past three years. She loves helping others get out and push themselves int eh outdoors.