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Princeton Tec - Vizz Headlamp

Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp

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Tech Specs

Bulb Type:
2 Ultrabright LED, 1 Maxbright LED, 2 Red Ultrabright
Power Source:
Backup Power Source:
Battery Location:
front housing
Batteries Included:
yes, 3 AAA
Headband Type:
Tiltable Housing:
Voltage Regulator:
Maxbright High, U.B. White High, U.B. White Low, U.B. Red High
Burn Time:
(Maxbright/U.B. High/U.B. Low) 110 / 120 / 200 hours
to IPX-7 standard (submerged 1 meter for 30 mintues)
Claimed Weight:
(with batteries) 3.7 oz
Recommended Use:
hiking, camping
Manufacturer Warranty:

Compact and powerful.

For a versatile and powerful light source that takes up minimal space, look no further than the Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp. The lamp's powerful Maxbright LED will cast a narrow beam 90 meters into the darkness and has a burn time up to 110 hours while the two Ultrabright LED can put out a wide beam that simulates normal daylight conditions. Plus, the Vizz is waterproof so a rain shower won't leave you bumping around in the dark.

  • One Maxbright LED and two White Ultrabright LED provide up to 150 lumens
  • Maxbright mode provides a 90 meter beam
  • Ultrabright high and low modes provide 39 and 28 meter beams respectively
  • Multiple Beam pattern provides narrow beams for distance and wide beams to simulate normal daylight conditions
  • Runs on 3 AAA batteries(included) compatible with lithium batteries
  • 4 modes include Maxbright High 110 hour burn time, Ultrabright High 120 hour burn time, Ultrabright Low 200 hour burn time, and Ultrabright Red 150 hour burn time
  • Push button on housing allows you to select modes and turn the lamp on or off
  • Adjustable elastic headband provides a snug fit
  • Waterproof integrity down to 1 meter for 30 minutes

Really lightens the mood

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this mostly for camping, backpacking, mountaineering, and looking for the occasional lost phone, in the PNW. I'm a fairly fair weather adventurist so I don't have too much experience with its use in incliment weather, but in the months I've owned it it has held up well with no signs of weather damage.

I have a smaller headlamp I use for running due to the other's lighter weight and flashing red light to ward off oncomers but I got this because the other lamp is weak in the main white light.

This light is BRIGHT. I don't use the low power mode much but if you're trail jogging in pitch black strap this on and anyone camping near by will think a stray motorcycle with a high beam wandered into camp.

The weight seems fine, I don't have a problem with it staying on my head or being particularly uncomfortable. I also like the button lock. Constantly draining batteries on my other headlamps because they switch on in my pack.

Figuring out how to switch between lights is a bit tedious, I mostly just mash the button until what I want comes on. While it's mostly user error and there is only so much you can do with one push button, that would be my only gripe.

Edit: Battery life seems perfectly acceptable, I will usually have it for several weekend trips on one set of batteries with no problem, usually a mix of red and SUPERLIGHT (trademark pending). Extreme cold might shorten it a bit, but that happens with all gadgets pretty much.

mas o menos... more or less!

    Hola! I bought it and used it here in Patagonia... not too weather proof, it broke and I went back to my Petzl!
    Good price though!

    Worse than I expected, but still good.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have to say, the cited specs don't really line up with my experience with the product. I purchased it for a two week tour in the Tetons, and while the Vizz sufficced, I would not buy it again.

    Beam: The red beam is perfect, but the low-power white light is really, really weak. The high-power version worked well.

    Battery: The battery lasted several days on the low-power setting but was drained by the high-power setting in a matter of 4-ish hours even with fresh batteries.

    Other: The headlamp is surprisingly bulky and definitely front-heavy. Strap is pretty basic and works fine. The button is terrible and pretty much inoperable with gloves on. I am hoping it will loosen up/break-in but if not I'll be forced to return it.

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      Decent headlamp!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This light is bright. Almost too bright for tedious duties around the camp site. I love the quality and durability. My only complaint is with the batteries. It drains juice quickly and when it is low, a red flashing light comes on and it is tricky to get that to stop blinking.

      Less Features than Black DIamond's Storm

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The Vizz is a great headlamp for the backpacker, paddler, and climber alike. It has a powerful beam on the first setting that can produce a spotlight 90 meters away on full battery. The battery allows it to stay at full distance for a time period and then kicks in to the reserve which makes the distance slowly decrease as the battery does. It also has adjustable proximity lights and dual red lights (non-adjustable). The Vizz is fully waterproof.

      The only true difference between Princeton Tec's Vizz and Black Diamond's Storm is that the Storm has adjustable lighting on all three settings (the beam, proximity, and red lights). With the Vizz, you have to go full power on the red lights and full power on the beam constantly which may not be appropriate in certain settings as well as for maintaining battery life. The proximity setting is adjustable just like on the Storm, but the Vizz's is a much more concentrated proximity, unlike the Storm's which is smooth up to the highest setting and without any particular spotlight-- which is great in social settings or inside. These two headlamps are virtually identical other than that; both fully waterproof, though for $10 less in price and apparently Princeton Tec also incorporates a different technology for battery life which allows the light to stay at maximum brightness for a longer period of time before it begins to decrease, whereas the Storm's brightness begins gradually decreasing with battery life the moment you turn it on.

      I used the BD Storm headlamp for a long time and am very familiar with it; it is a good headlamp. In switching to the Vizz, my main reasoning was to see what I could get in a headlamp for slightly less money, not to mention a LIFETIME warranty, unlike Black Diamond. It seems to be a good choice, though more field testing will need to be done.

      Overall, a great headlamp for the price: waterproof, proximity lighting, spotlight beam, and red lights; decent battery life.

      From the lab: VIZZ

        The Vizz is feature-loaded with three distinct beam profiles easily accessed via a simple press, hold, or double press of the button.

        One Maxbright LED (double press) creates a powerful 150 lumen spot beam for long-throw illumination, a pair of white Ultrabright LEDs (hold) deliver a dimmable flood beam, and two red Ultrabright LEDs (press) handle close-range lighting while preserving night adjusted vision.

        As with all of PTEC Professional Series headlamps, the Vizz is waterproof (IPX7), equipped with regulated circuitry, and lithium battery compatible.

        Great headlamp, horrible battery life

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have had the Quad for a couple years and and enjoyed it for running on trails. I did notice the batteries died quickly even when I wasn't using the light a lot (I even resorted to taking out the batteries). I upgraded to the Vizz thinking the high end light should be more near the market norm of better battery consumption since I want to do a 100 mile trail race but was disappointed to find the low battery warning comes on after only a couple runs (not using the light for more than 90 minutes). I love the light, brightness, and settings; I just need something that lasts longer with the battery

        Check out the Apex series. These might be just what you're looking for as far as battery alternatives.

        Great headlamp, reasonable price

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I think this is an excellent alternative to Black Diamonds equivalent headlamps, in my opinion you get more bang for your buck here

        It has great intensity, love the adjustable output setting and red lamp as well for the evening, hinge seems to work well, battery life is great, strap and battery door are easy to operate

        If your looking for a quality headlamp and don't want to drop cash on spendier alternatives, I encourage you to try this out

        Super Bright Compact Light

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I just got this headlamp last week and took it out this weekend. I loved how super bright the high beam is for such a small headlamp. Plus it is water proof which is a huge plus for while I am canyoneering. Having the red LED is a plus at night so that bugs do not dive bomb my head and I love the dim able white LEDs for around camp was nice for reading and cooking. Overall a nice durable, waterproof and bright headlamp

        Hinge bracket is way too weak

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I am not sure if this is a fault with my particular unit, or a design flaw with all Vizz Headlamps, however I am not happy with the hinge that adjusts the inclination of the lamp on the head bracket. The hinge is very loose, and flops down so the light is pointing at my feet under even a light jog (it does not flop down with a gentle walk). There does not appear to be a way to adjust the hinge to make it tighter to avoid this issue, and I have resorted to trying to jam bits of paper in it to keep it up. I am not sure if all of these lights are like this or if this particular one is faulty, however I don't see how they all wouldn't have this issue if the hinge cant be tightened.

        The lamp is also not as bright as I expected given the lumen rating. The main bulb (max bright) cannot be operated simultaneously with the 'ultrabright' LED's, meaning you have to use one or the other. While this is fine 90% of the time, there are times I need a bright centre, with the additional wider spread.

        Hi KiwiGuy. I work for Princeton and wanted to let you know that the hinge tension is easily changeable. If you send me your address I can send you a higher tension pin for your headlamp. Also, the Vizz units are actually testing well above their printed lumen output, so if you feel that your unit is not producing proper output we would be happy to replace it. Please call Princeton Tec (800) 257-9080 if you'd like the tension pin or to exchange your headlamp.

        Thanks, but I have already returned it to Backcountry. It was unclear if it is going to be refunded or replaced, but if replaced, and the replacement is also faulty, I will give you a call. Thanks. It's a shame this model doesn't come with an adjustable tensioner on the bracket.

        Yes, I can confirm this unit was not producing the specified output. I compared it directly with a couple of dive torches I have (which have much lower ratings) and it was well outperformed by both dive torches.