I’ve become fairly used to having to “reboot” things for which a reboot was inconceivable a few years ago; TVs, video recorders, phones, cameras. But as of this weekend it appears that I can add headtorches to the list.
In a dark tent in Snowdonia at the weekend I tried to switch on my Petzl Tikka Plus and it switched itself straight back off.
There was a very slight pause, during which it stayed on long enough to indicate that it had registered the button properly. But then it just switched itself off again.
I tried it again and again with the same result.
Eventually I held the button down in frustration. At which point it “strobed”, not in the normal on/off repeated pattern that it does if you press the on button four times, but like an eighties disco.
I left it a second. Tried it again, and it worked.
Back to normal: One press; full beam, repeated presses cycling through dim, dimmer, flash and back to full beam again.
It should be happy enough. I recently replaced the alkaline batteries (not the lithiums that Petzl don’t recommend) and it has no visible damage other than some general scuffing. It hadn’t even had a chance to get damp at that point.
But that’s just a head torch. The idea of fully relying on something far more complex than that in the hills, like GPS for example, isn’t one I fancy at all.