An App Manages The Brightness Of Petzl's New Headlamps To Maximise Battery Life

An App Manages the Brightness of Petzl's New Headlamps to Maximise Battery Life

When you're heading out for a night run, or hiking through the bush after dark, a working headlamp is almost as important as the shoes on your feet. So Petzl is upgrading its hands-free headlamps with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity to intelligently manage brightness and battery life.

An App Manages the Brightness of Petzl's New Headlamps to Maximise Battery Life

When connected to the free accompanying MyPetzl Light mobile app, the company's new 300-lumen REACTIK+ and 750-lumen NAO+ headlamps (available starting in July) will report back their remaining battery life and runtime right to your phone, and also allow you to adjust the brightness from its touchscreen, instead of having to blindly fumble with tiny buttons on your forehead.

An App Manages the Brightness of Petzl's New Headlamps to Maximise Battery Life

What's even more useful is that the Petzl app allows you to set a desired burn time, and the headlamp will automatically adjust its brightness to ensure it stays lit for as long as you need. So if you know it will take about an hour to hike back to your campsite, you can tell the headlamp you'll need an hour's worth of light and it will ramp down the lumens based on how much battery life it has left.

[Petzl via The Gear Caster]


Comments

    If you think clicking a button on a headlamp is too hard to deal with that you need an app, you probably aren't in a position to be working on something that requires a headlamp in the first place.

    What's next, an app that flushes your toilet?

    Way to go. A lamp which is designed for "ADVENTURE" use, and the RUGGED Outdoors "lifestyle", needs a charged phone (typical 1 day usage) to operate at its intended level...

    Next, put a solar panel on the Petzl branded hat to keep the phone charged (day wear obviously), wait, don't; leave that for enterprising, non-app using outdoorsy people to do for themselves.

    (If going caving, take a spare battery or tank, don't forget the ziploc bag.)

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