Petzl Tikkina repair

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Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lophophaps » Tue 21 Jun, 2022 12:16 pm

For many years I have had Petzl headtorches. The current one is a Tikkina, working well after four years, with one problem. The button is now 2-3 mm under the level of the top of the torch, making it hard to operate the button, especially while wearing gloves. Has anyone experienced this? I'm considering building up the button with a rubber-like glue such as a silicone filler. Would this work and are there better alternatives?
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lamont » Tue 21 Jun, 2022 12:29 pm

Not the same HT, but a NU20 did this to me-ended up not being able to turn it off. Couldn't fix it as you suggest.
Replaced by company.
Fenix has a 15% off sale at the moment.
Just in case....
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 7:11 am

Thanks. The torch still works, albeit with a button that is hard to operate. I'm going to clean the button and surrounds thoroughly and apply silicone. The worst case is that the silicone falls off.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby WestcoastPete » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 9:39 am

Can you crack it open? It sounds like there's a structural problem under the button and fixing that should be a longer term solution than building the button up
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 10:19 am

I cannot see a way to open the button and light housing. I've seen setups where there are angled flexible "grips" (I cannot think of another word) that are forced open when the other part is pushed in, and then the grips snap shut, impossible to open. I'll ask Petzl about this.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby tastrax » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 11:39 am

Maybe not the same model but might be some clues for you

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Opening+an ... lamp/51573
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 3:14 pm

That is my former Petzl, retired after many years. This is the Tikinna.

Tikkina front S.jpg
Tikkina front


Tikkina top S.jpg
Tikkina top


Tikkina back S.jpg
Tikkina back


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Tikkina inside


It's a bit hard to see that the button is depressed.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby north-north-west » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 4:05 pm

Lophophaps wrote:It's a bit hard to see that the button is depressed.


I know a good psychologist.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 22 Jun, 2022 4:38 pm

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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Neo » Thu 23 Jun, 2022 7:36 pm

I swapped from a Princeton Tec byte and kept it as a spare, ended up in a ziplock bag in a glovebox. Recently got out the Ptec after a couple of years to find the rubbery 'on' button had diminished. Seemed to click but the thing wouldn't work even with fresh batteries. So I lamented then ditched it, but kept the headband which still has elasticity.

Then I lost my Fenix 50 v1.
Replaced it with a Fenix 23. Very happy. Takes one AA and I carry a spare rechargeable battery or two.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby gbagua » Thu 23 Jun, 2022 7:58 pm

Lamont wrote:Not the same HT, but a NU20 did this to me-ended up not being able to turn it off. Couldn't fix it as you suggest.
Replaced by company.
Fenix has a 15% off sale at the moment.
Just in case....



Welcome to the new era: Fenix & Zebralight

Game over Petzl, expensive overrated piece of junk. Never buy them again.

I also have the NU25 but as a backup only and for camp use.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lophophaps » Fri 24 Jun, 2022 7:03 am

The best price I can find for Tikkina is $40. NU20 is $53, and Fenix is much more expensive. On longer trips the USB port on my computer is too far away, and spare batteries are lighter than a solar panel.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lamont » Fri 24 Jun, 2022 9:55 am

Lophophaps wrote:On longer trips the USB port on my computer is too far away :lol: , and spare batteries are lighter than a solar panel.


Yeah, swings and roundabouts I s'pose.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Lamont » Fri 24 Jun, 2022 10:34 am

gbagua wrote:
I also have the NU25 but as a backup only and for camp use.


The NU20/25 are good pieces of kit walking and bushrunning, outside the depths of Alpine winter. My NU20 has hundreds of hours on it.
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Re: Petzl Tikkina repair

Postby Neo » Sat 25 Jun, 2022 9:53 pm

Lovin' Fenix. I'm OK with $65 nice weight metal body and waterproof. The 23 takes one AA, of which I have a few eneloops so I didn't want to buy the 50 V2 rechargeable HT.

Since I lost my first Fenix 50 I have a 123 battery spare! Will post for free send me a DM.
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