Cateye El540Rc Econom Force Bike Light - Black
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Cateye Econom Force RCEcology meets Economy in the Cateye Econom Force RC high power rechargeable head light. Features: Ecology meets economy. The Cateye Econom Force RC uses ROL technology and 4 NiMH rechargeable AA batteries to provide an efficient, regulated 4000cd light beam. With high, low and flashing beams, a run time of up to 60hrs, and the option of using standard alkaline batteries give you as many lighting options as you have needs. The included battery charger with charging indicator refreshes four AA NiMH rechargeable batteries in 5 to 7 hours, so youll never be left in the dark.
Top Customer Reviews
The more expensive ones were all usb rechargeable with lithium ion batteries but they didn't last long enough for a light that I could depend on at weekends etc.
This one is perfect! It operates from 4 rechargeable (supplied) batteries and throws a light that I can only compare to a car light on full beam when pointed straight ahead.
When pointed towards the floor in front of the bike it lights up everything fine and I was using it on its lower setting.
It comes with its own charger which I've not had to use yet, so no removing batteries to charge.
As it operates on 4AAs they are easy to replace, charge in multiple locations and last far longer than lithium ion.
So far, so good. Just make sure it's the EL540RC that you're considering buying!
There are some nice practical implications of the controls:
hold button down for 2s to switch on or off
double press button to switch to or from flashing mode
press button once to switch between high and low settings
all that means that you can switch between high and low without having to go via "off" or "flashing" - so you'll never lose sight of the road and other traffic users should have no cause to lose sight of you.
It's still a bit fiddly to control when wearing winter gloves, but then what light isn't?
The 540 is much brighter than my old Cateye EL530. The thing to note is that it doesn't throw a round beam, but projects a rectangular block of light. Initially I found that strange but it does spread out the light to the sides.
Great for commuting!