I recently received a Petzl CORE rechargeable battery for review purposes. I had seen a demonstration at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in August, and was very intrigued. The charger is programmable to control brightness and battery life. This little piece of technology is easy to use, but may be a bit harder to explain. I plan on using it, and sharing actual usage information, and screen shots to illustrate how it works.
I hate to constantly be replacing and/or looking for batteries, and love the ‘green’ aspect. The size and ease of use are big factors in my interest. The software provides some pretty ‘geeky’ advances, that are pretty unique and allow for customization of the brightness and battery life. I’ve included quite a bit of information from Petzl’s website, in hopes that it will give you a clear understanding of what the CORE is designed to do. I plan on focusing on what it does for me.
Designed for the TIKKA 2 – ZIPKA 2 line of headlamps, the CORE battery offers an advantage over regular batteries. It is very easy to insert and can be charged via any standard USB charger: a cell phone charger, a multimedia device, cigar lighter charger, or even a solar panel, a portable energy source, a computer, etc.
Excellent performance at low temperatures, thanks to Lithium Ion Polymer technology.
With the OS by Petzl software, the user can customize headlamp performance in a number of ways: for example, to adapt the lighting intensity or battery life to the type of activity.
Compatible with the entire TIKKA2 – ZIPKA2 line of headlamps
Battery life is equivalent to that of more than 900 type LR03/AAA batteries: the CORE battery recharges up to 300 times (beyond that, its capacity is approximately 30 % lower than its initial capacity)
Compatible with all standard USB chargers (cell phone charger, multimedia device, cigar lighter, solar panel, portable energy source, computer, etc.)
OS by Petzl software personalizes the functioning of the headlamp according to the needs or the type of activity. ?This software is used to determine the type of lighting: when regulated, the light intensity remains constant during use; unregulated, it diminishes progressively to optimize battery life. It then becomes possible to adjust, in a very intuitive way and with only a few clicks, the battery life or the lighting level (maximum or economic mode) as needed.
Exclusive mounting system allows the battery to be integrated directly into the TIKKA2 – ZIPKA2
Excellent performance at low temperatures, thanks to Lithium Ion Polymer technology
Battery charge indicator when in use:??- 3 LEDs lit: charge > 75 %??- 2 LEDs lit: 50 % < charge < 75 %?- 1 LED lit: 25 % < charge < 50 %??- No LEDs lit: charge < 25 %
Battery charge indicator when charging:??- Constant green LEDs: charge 100 %?- Blinking green LEDs: 66 % < charge < 100 %??- Blinking orange LEDs: 33 % < charge < 66 %??- Blinking red LEDs: 1 % < charge < 33 %
Specifications Lithium Ion Polymer 900 mAh rechargeable battery? Sold with 30 cm USB «micro B» type cable
Compatible with TIKKINA2, TIKKA2, ZIPKA2, TIKKA PLUS2, ZIPKA PLUS2 and TIKKA XP2 headlamps
- Recharge time: 3 hours
- Number of charging cycles: approximately 300
- Weight: 30 g Guarantee: 3 years or 300 charging cycles
- CERTIFICATION: CE/UL
I took the CORE out of the package, along with the USB cord and thought ‘is this it?’. Its small, and very unassuming in appearance. I’m not sure why I was surprised, I had seen it before. Seemed like a lot of technology, packed inside a such a small device. After reading the website and looking at the software, it explained a lot. The website offers 2 options for downloading the software; a Windows version, and a Mac OS X version. I use a Mac primarily, so that is what I will be reporting on. I’m including a few pictures to give you an idea of the size and features.
I’ll be writing more in the next few weeks as I use the charger and software. So far, I haven’t had to recharge the batteries, after at least 20 hours of use. Check back in about a month for an update.