Petzl America Warns of Burn Hazard from Headlamps

Thursday, 18 September 2008
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Petzl Myo XPPetzl has just put out a press release on the wire warning people that there is a potential safety issue with their “Myo” and “Myo Belt” headlamps.

They have received 13 reports of sparking and/or melting, with 2 reports of flames. One consumer received a minor burn to the hand, and another experienced singed hair.

Why is this happening you ask? Well, it seems the headlamps are over heating when people are using them with rechargeable batteries.

Newer, high performance rechargeable batteries are putting out a higher output during discharge which is causing a short-circuit in the cable connecting the battery case to the lamp. Ouch.

Petzl says that the lamps are perfectly safe as long as you only use disposable batteries and they are currently modifying the design of the lamp to be compatible with rechargeable batteries.

The models (with model number) affected are:
MYO E26P
MYO-black E26PN
MYO 3 E27P
MYO 3-black E27PN
MYO 5 E28P
MYO 5-black E28PN
MYO Belt 3 E29 P
MYO Belt 5 E30 P
MYOLITE E31 P
MYOLITE 3 E32 P
MYOBELT SB5 E33 P
MYO XP, blue E83 P
MYO XP, gray E83 P2
MYOBELT XP, blue E84 P
MYO XP BELT, gray E84 P2

You can find more information about this issue on the following sites:
petzl.com
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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