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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great light for cycling, camping, hiking outdoors or home, 1 Dec 2013
As somebody who has been regularly road cycling for over 35 years I am well aware of the need for a good set of bike lights. I've been through loads over the years finding each next one is the best and this latest one is no exception.
Upon arrival I found in the box. . .
- The light
- Two silicone o rings that attach the light to your bike
- A 4400MhA battery pack housed in a nylon bag that can be attached by Velcro to your bike or belt
- Charging plug with LED charging indicator light on it
- The Headband to use the light as a headlamp
- Simple instruction booklet
I am really impressed with the build quality. Nicely finished in a anodized matt black. Upon easily screwing the satin finished crown off to access the insides the aluminium reflector has a very good mirrored finish. The Cree LED's are well fitted and there's plenty of room inside for heat dissipation because these lights can get hot! Better dissipation means they will last longer. Just inside the crown under the glass is a glow in the dark green silicone ring. The clicky type button at the back end is also silicone with a LED indicator behind it.
I had a quick look with a jewellers loupe at the LED emitters and they're definitely XML types.
So, this light seems to be (to me) well made, inside and out.
In use -
You need to be permanently connected to a power source to use it. You do get a rechargeable battery pack with it.
This is a 4400mAh battery pack enclosed in a waterproof/nylon velcro case which can be attached to your bike frame or a belt/rucksack. With the light attached to the battery pack you have 38 inches of cable in total. For my bike the cable was tied to my frame tidily to run this light on the front of my bike and I attached the battery pack under my seat and was good to go.
The light has three functions which are activated by pressing the green illuminated silicone clicker type button at the back of the lamp.
- Full power (supposedly 3800 Lumens?)
- Low power (Supposedly 1000 Lumens?)
- Strobe (Supposedly 3800 Lumens?)
I cannot 'prove' the Lumen power of this light but can compare it to a 1600 Lumens light I have. . .
This is one powerful light! On full it 'is' blinding. It has a good centre-spot throw with a wide filter. It's good for around 100ft forward by 20ft wide with brilliant visibility. To be honest on full belt on the road I'd say it's way too much for oncoming traffic unless it's pointed downwards at the road ahead. I'd be worried to be stopped by the police. Comical but true!
Low power is well sufficient for road cycling in my opinion. Still very good indeed but less harsh, still great visibility. Again, the strobe effect is so powerful I imagine it to be epileptic fit inducing. I personally would not use the full or strobe unless it was 'pitch' black and I could not see a thing or there was no traffic around/I was off road or in an emergency.
I've done a few short night rides which took 3 hours there and back and the light was spot on for the duration, no fading, flickering or anything. The manufacturers do say it's good for 2.5 to 3 hours on a full charge.
For cycling this is a brilliant light. In regards to the silicone ring attaching the light to the bike. . not brilliant but sufficient. It would be easy enough to tinker something together from another light to attach it better.
This light definitely has other uses. It's like a small halogen lamp! It does come with a headband so you can attach it and use it as a headlamp. Perfect for camping or like myself to throw in your rucksack (there's no weight in it at all) if you go walking/hiking and you often come across caves/potholes/dense woodland. You could use this in work as a floodlight in dark situations/emergency lighting. To look inside your car engine or attic or even as a back garden floodlight. It is that powerful.
An amazing little powerhouse.
This light was kindly sent to me for review by the manufacturer