1800 Lumen Stamina Bike Light Set – Review

New Bright Eyes Bicycle light

What best bike night light under 100 dollars which can come with maximum brightness ?

At times there is a requirement of having bright light mounted in the bike which is not as bright but still not that dim. This 1800 Lumen Stamina Bright Eyes Bicycle light , is a very new addition to the Bright Eyes catalogue which offers mediocre intense intense light for your bike.

best bike lights for night riding
Best Bike Lights for Night Riding

1800 Lumen Bicycle Light Set Features


This bike light comes with 5 advance mode main 3 being Powerful with 1800 lumen , Medium with 1200 lumen and low with 330 lumen.
With this bike there is visibility of 3500 ft and 800 ft of brightness.

This particular bike light is a well made piece , nicely crafted with proper instructions to mount is on any bike.

The rechargeable batteries for bike are awesome. It is a must-have if you are riding in low light situations. It only takes seconds to switch it over to any mtb.

The battery night light conditions are good.

Specification


Headlight Specs 4.2 oz., 2-3/4” long x 2-1/4” long.
Battery Specs 10.3 oz., 2-14 wide x 4” long.

FAQ


Is the only for mountain bike lights ?
No. This bike light in particular comes with universal mount for both light and battery. Hence it can be used with any bikes.

What multiple volts charger can be used ?

8.4 volts is the charger for this rechargeable bike light. Ofcourse having an multi country adapter can be used to charge the batteries.

Is there any Guarantee for 1800 Lumen Stamina Bike Light Set ?

Yes , this Bright Eyes bicycle light provides lifetime guarantee for this set .

Are the batteries of 1800 Lumen Stamina Bike Light Set water proof ?

Yes the batteries are water proof and comes with military grade plastic to encapsulate the light.

What is the battery life for this Bright Eyes bike light ?


Maximum the battery can lasts for 4-5 hours on high mode. On medium mode it can last upto 7 hours and in low mode the battery can last upto 12 hours.

Conclusion / Why to buy this bicycle headlight ?

If you are looking for a cheap bike light with good brightness, this night bike light is going to be the perfect choice.

Lezyne Bike Lights – Ones to watch!

Lezyne, best known for their range of high quality bike pumps and tools, recently announced they’re getting into bike lights. From what I’ve seen of their specifications and prices, I think they could well be the ones to watch this season.

All of the lights feature stylish CNC machined cases (black, silver or gun metal), various brightness and flashing modes, USB charging lead, good sealing and user replaceable Li-Ion rechargeable batteries. They are supplied with quick release handlebar mounts for both 25.4 and 31.8mm handlebars and Lezyne are said to be working on a helmet mount which will be available to purchase separately. They have low battery warning and thermal protection, both of which cause the light to switch to its lowest light mode.

Lezyne Mini Drive
Lezyne Mini Drive

Lezyne Mini Drive

There are 3 lights in the range. The baby of the range is the Lezyne Mini Drive. This has 150 lumen output (max setting). Battery life ranges from 1 hour on the high setting to 4.5 hours on flashing. The Battery used is an LIR 123A Li-Ion rechargeable. It has a list price of £49.99. The light weighs in at 73g.

The second light in the range is the Lezyne Power Drive which has 300 lumen output (max), battery life ranging from 2 hours (high) to 6 hours (flashing). This uses an LIR 18650 Li-Ion rechargeable battery. The list price is £79.99 and it weighs 120g.

Lezyne Power Drive
Lezyne Power Drive

Lezyne Power Drive

Topping the range is the Lezyne Super Drive. This has a max output of 450 lumen and a battery life from 1.5 hours(high) to 5 hours (flashing). This light also uses as LIR 18650 rechargeable battery. List price is £99.99. This one weighs 126g.

In my opinion the Power Drive and Super Drive look the most interesting. They should be fine for riding on unlit roads and have brightness levels comparable or 40% brighter than the very popular 325 lumen Exposure Joystick but are significantly cheaper. The user replaceable Li-Ion battery is also likely to be seen as a major plus point to many. The lights are charged via a USB port. Charging time is 4 hours for the Power Drive and Super Drive and 3 hours for the Mini Drive.

I haven’t yet seen one of these lights in the flesh but I’m hoping to obtain one for review soon. On paper they look hard to beat. They look stylish, have a good feature set, and are very keenly priced.

Update: The Super Drive review has now been posted!

The lights are available from the major retailers. e.g. here at Chain Reaction Cycles and Here at Wiggle.

Smart Lunar 35 Review

It’s been a few months since our last bike light review so it’s high time we had another. Several people wrote in and requested reviews of some lights that are less expensive than those featured so far. Not wanting to disappoint, I’ve been putting the Smart Lunar 35 Lux through its paces. The review model is the latest 2011 / 2012 version. Smart is a Taiwanese company founded some 18 years ago and now produce a wide range of good value and therefore very popular lights. The Smart Lunar 35 sits at the top of their range of front lights.

Smart Lunar 35 Review 2019
Smart Lunar 35 Review 2019

The light is a fair bit smaller than you imagine from the pictures, the compact unit being easily pocket-able. It’s made of a shiny black plastic and is lightweight (I measured it at 113g without the bracket), yet feels reasonably tough. The light is 10cm long and about 3.5cm diameter at the widest point. If you imagine a toothpaste tube with the bottom half chopped off you get a reasonable idea of the shape and size.

The lens part of the light is removed by a one sixteenth turn to reveal the battery compartment. It’s quite a tight fit and there is a rubber seal ring to ensure water can’t get in. I’m confident the sealing is very effective but a little care must be taken when changing the batteries to ensure that seal ring is not lost. The push button is also very well sealed.

Smart Lunar Front Bracket
Smart Lunar Front Bracket

The Handlebar bracket is made of plastic and would fit a wide range of handlebar sizes. It features a flexible strap with adjustable length (3 positions). Fitting to the handlebars and fine adjustment is via a thumb screw. The light slides on to the bracket until it secures into place with a click. Once attached the light can be adjusted to the left or right by around 5º even while riding the bike . Removal of the light is simply a case of pressing the small tab to release. It all feels secure enough in use.

Operation is via a single push button. Each press of the button cycles the light through its various modes. High beam -> low beam -> flashing -> off. The button itself can be operated when wearing gloves yet requires enough of a push that it wont operate accidentally in a bag or pocket.

The light takes 2 AA batteries and a set of alkaline batteries are included. The manufacturer specifications on the side of the box say the light has a battery life of up to 8 hours on high beam, 15 hours on low and 30 hours on flashing. In my tests I found the light can achieve battery life approaching these times but as is common with many inexpensive lights it’s very dependent on the type and condition of batteries used, and the brightness continually dims throughout the battery life until it is nothing but a faint glow at the end. Using a good set of rechargeable batteries I would say that you would be looking to charge them after approx 3-4 hours of use on the high setting. What’s interesting with this light is that the low beam setting is hardly any dimmer than the high beam setting yet manages to deliver almost twice the battery life.

Beam Pattern and Brightness

Smart Lunar 35 beam
Smart Lunar 35 beam

For being seen in town, the light produces more than enough light. A focused front beam coupled with a halo of light projected at wide angle ensures excellent front and very good side visibility which is enhanced by a slight cut outs in the plastic at the sides of the lens.

Unlike most cheap battery powered lights, the Smart Lunar 35 does provide enough light for cycling on unlit roads albeit relatively slowly. The centre part of the beam is very bright and actually just as bright as many lights on the market costing several times as much, however the beam is quite narrow and during my 10 mile test ride in town and country I had to spend a bit of time adjusting the light to find the best position. The ability to adjust the light while riding was therefore a particularly useful feature.

Conclusion

The Smart Lunar 35 is a well designed commuter light offered at a very reasonable price. If you ride mainly in town but want to retain the option for occasional jaunts into the countryside this light would be a great choice. It earns a place on our best bike lights page somewhere between the budget and mid-range sections.

Where to buy the Smart Lunar 35 Lux

Smart Lights are sold at most of the major retailers, for example herehere or here.

If you’re also looking for a rear light, look out for the package that bundles the Smart Lunar 35 light with the superflash. They are even better value when bought together.

Lezyne Super Drive Review

Until recently, if you wanted a bike light bright enough for riding at a decent speed on completely dark roads there were limited options. You could spend hundreds of pounds on an expensive branded MTB light, or you could buy a cheap Chinese import (e.g. Magicshine). Most of these lights would come with separate battery packs which for the average commuter are often too much of a faff.

Exposure Lights were one of the first brands to start supplying more compact bright lights with built in batteries. These are excellent lights but cost more than a lot of people are prepared or able to spend. Fortunately, a number of new lights are appearing on the market this year costing around the £100 mark, which have brightness levels at the sweet spot of around 500 lumens, ideal for unlit country road riding.

I have a few of this new breed of lights in for review, all of which all have similar characteristics in terms of brightness, beam pattern, battery life and features.

First up is one of my favourites, the Lezyne Super Drive light. This is the brightest in the new range of Lezyne lights. When I spotted these a couple of months back I thought they looked interesting and was eager to try one out. It took me a while but I finally got hold of one and having used the Super drive for few weeks I’m happy to report I’ve not been disappointed.

Manufacturers Specifications

WEIGHT: 126gMODES: High—450 lumens, Medium—300 lumens, Low—150 lumens, FlashCOLOURS:  Silver, Black, Gun Metal grey.RUN TIME: High – 1.5hr, Medium – 2.5hr, Low – 4hr, Flash – 5hr

Lezyne Super Drive Design

The light's rear cap opens easily to reveal the battery

The light is made of cool aluminium and feels solid and of high quality. The review model is the silver one. The light with battery but without the handlebar clamp weighs 127g. A cap at the rear of the case unscrews to reveal the battery, a standard 18650 rechargeable type which would be easy to replace when and if it eventually reaches the end of its life. It’s a lithium battery cell which offers excellent power to weight ratio.

The light comes supplied with a simple but effective and sturdy handle bar mount with two sizes of clamp to accommodate a wide range of handlebar diameters. It can be fitted without tools – a thumb screw is used to tighten the clamp to the bars. Once fitted, the light can be swivelled to the left or right. A helmet mount is not supplied though I’m told one will be available some time in December as an optional extra.

I’ve not yet taken the light out in any more than a light shower but I have no worries about using it in heavy rain. The sealing on the rear battery cap is good and a rubber plug covers the USB charger socket on the underside.

2 sized clamps are shown and the USB lead

The light is supplied with a USB lead for charging. A mains USB adapter is not supplied so if you don’t have a USB socket handy you’ll need to buy a USB mains adapter. These are widely available and inexpensive so I don’t find its omission from the box a huge issue. Charging the light takes approx 4 hours. The light does not have a charge indicator LED, but instead the main beam LED dimly flashes to show the light is being charged. It seems to flash slower as the charge level increases until it stops flashing altogether when fully charged.

A single button on the top of the unit controls the light . Pressing and holding the button down for a couple of seconds switches the light on. Then each press switches the mode through high, medium, low and flashing. Holding the button down for a couple of seconds switches it off again. There are no problems with operating the light when wearing gloves.

In the battery life test on high power mode I got approx 1 hour 45 minutes before the light triggered the low battery warning which is indicated by the light flashing every 20 seconds or so. At this point the light automatically switches to its lowest power mode. The light lasted around a further 30 minutes before it finally switched off. This is a very good battery life for such a bright light with low weight. Of course use of the lower brightness modes will let you travel further. You also have the option of carrying spare batteries to let you ride all night.

Lithium batteries really don’t like being run down so I would suggest keeping the battery topped up after every use. This will ensure you get maximum life from the battery.

A thermal protection circuit is included so in the unlikely event the light should overheat it automatically switches to its lowest power mode. In normal use the light will be more than sufficiently cooled by air flow while riding the bike.

Beam Pattern

Shown about a foot from a wall

The beam pattern is roughly circular with a sharper top edge and slightly feathered at the bottom. It provides plenty enough oomph for fast confident riding on unlit roads. As can be seen in the road shot below, the shape of the beam provides for fairly even brightness from near to far, and is also wide enough to cover the entire width of the road (and beyond). I was careful to point the beam slightly downwards to ensure oncoming drivers were not dazzled. I found they approached cautiously but I don’t think the brightness was overpowering.

I have some other lights in test rated from 500 to 600 lumens. The Super drive is rated at 450 lumens but I would suggest ignoring the numbers when choosing between lights of similar ratings – I find it difficult to distinguish between this and those other lights rated at up to 600 lumens.

A video showing the light in action is shown below. Some parts are in town and others in the countryside. Note that these are challenging conditions for a video camera and it doesn’t really do the bike light justice.

Conclusion

Lezyne have hit the ground running with a very appealing set of bike lights. They combine luxury build quality and sensible feature set with great light output, reasonable battery life, low weight, and all for a very competitive price. They’ve quite rightly taken the top spot in the mid-priced category on our best lights page.

The Lezyne Super Drive is unsurprisingly selling like hot cakes and they do seem to sell out quickly as soon as anywhere gets them in stock. At the time of writing they are available at this online store, or this one.

Manufacturers Web Page

Here is the official web page for the Lezyne Super Drive.

NiteRider MiNewt 600 Review

NiteRider have been around for a little over 20 years. The motivation behind the creation of their first light was to enable the inventor to go surfing at night, and its initial design was targeted at that purpose, but it was soon realised they were equally, if not more appropriate for cycling. A couple of decades on they now produce a wide range of front and rear cycle lights suitable for night time mountain bikers and commuters (but sadly it seems that they’ve dropped the surfing market!). Here, we review the NiteRider MiNewt 600 cordless, the latest and brightest of their range of cordless rechargeable lights.

Manufacturers Specifications

Lumens: 600

Run Time: 1:30 hr (high, 600 lumens), 3:00 hr (med, 400 lumens), 4:30 hr (low, 275 lumens), 30:00 hr (walk, 40 lumens)

Charge Time: 5:30 hr

Weight: 190g (with battery & handlebar mount)

Design and Features

NiteRider MiNewt Review 2019
NiteRider MiNewt Review 2019

From the pictures, I wasn’t a huge fan of the styling of this light. To me, it seemed chunky and somewhat agricultural looking. Fortunately, it looks a lot nicer in the flesh than it does in the pictures and is more compact than I was expecting. Most of the light is made of tough plastic but the grey part at the front of the light is metal presumably for cooling. The whole light has a sturdy rugged feel and I expect it would be able to withstand a few spills. It weighs in at around 160g without the handlebar mount.

Waterproofing seems excellent. The front metal part of the light is bolted to the plastic rear via a rubber seal. The push switch is covered with a transparent rubber surround and the USB charge socket at the rear has a rubber plug to keep out the water. That plug does have a tendency to pop out with a little vibration though luckily it’s attached so it wont get lost.

Both a handlebar mount and a helmet mount are supplied. The helmet mount is attached with straps which are threaded through the helmet’s vents and fixed in place with a locking clasp. Once in place, the mount allows the light to be tilted up and down. It all seems to work reasonably effectively though takes a little experimentation to find the best position to avoid the straps slipping. The design of the handlebar mount is not so effective. It’s made of tough plastic and is attached to the bars by a ratchet style mechanism which requires no tools to fit and remove. Unfortunately it’s impossible to fit the clamp particularly tightly and while it feels secure enough on first fitting the light has an annoying habit of dipping at the front when riding along a bumpy road. With a little experimentation, I soon found an effective workaround – the fix being simply to stick an adhesive rubber puncture repair patch to the handlebar first to provide a little extra friction for the mount to grip.

Niterider Charger
Niterider Charger

The light may be simply attached and detached from either the helmet or the handlebar mount via a quick release mechanism that’s easy to operate.

Like nearly every bike light I’ve ever seen, the NiteRider MiNewt 600 is operated by a single push button. It’s easy to press when wearing gloves but sufficiently hard that accidental operation when the light  is stowed in a bag is unlikely. To be doubly sure, the light is protected from unintentional operation by a locked mode. When in this mode the button needs to be held down for about 5 seconds before the light will operate. Once on, each press of the button toggles between high, medium and low modes. A red and green indicator light is hidden behind the switch to provide battery life, charging and mode indication.

Niterider Battery
Niterider Battery

A flashing mode is also available which requires the button to be pressed for around 3 seconds. I’m not a huge fan of flashing modes on any front light but this one has a particularly unpleasant rapid flash similar to the strobe effect popular in discos. The aim of flashing mode is to get you noticed and I have no doubt it would be effective at this. A low brightness ‘walk’ mode is also available. Walk mode is activated by a single press after activating flashing mode. I think the rationale behind separating out the 3 normal brightness modes and the lesser used flashing and walk mode is for easy switching between the brightness modes when on the road.

In my battery life test on high power mode, the light ran for a measured 1 hour 25 minutes before the indicator light turned from green to red indicating low battery and ran for a further 15 minutes before it shut off completely. Recharging the battery is via USB power and takes a little over 5 hours. A mains USB adapter is supplied in case you don’t have a computer or other USB socket handy.

Niterider Beam
Niterider Beam

I was intrigued to know what battery type is used and whether it’s replaceable. In the name of science I took the review model apart by removing the 3 screws that hold the light together. The battery is a standard 18650 part, in this case made by Panasonic. I doubt NiteRider would particularly encourage the user to replace their own cells but it’s nice to know it’s straightforward enough to do if and when it wears out. It would be too fiddly to perform this operation on the road though so carrying an extra battery to extend ride time is not a practical option.

The beam pattern is slightly narrower and more focused than the Lezyne Super Drive light I reviewed recently. Despite this the light still provides more than enough peripheral light for fast road riding. The country road beam shot photo and the video give an idea of how the light performs in use though as I always point out, video cameras don’t work well in the dark so the video doesn’t give a particularly accurate view.

Conclusion

The NiteRider MiNewt 600 cordless is a very good light and would serve the needs of many cyclists very well. It provides a super bright beam for the money and is rugged and weatherproof. The only niggle I had was with the poorly designed handlebar mount which is prone to slippage, however as described above there is a simple workaround.

Another light which offers similar features which is also worth considering  is the Lezyne Super Drive . I actually prefer the Lezyne though there’s not much between them. The NiteRider includes more accessories but the Lezyne is cheaper and I prefer the styling.

The Niterider MiNewt 600 light is now widely available for purchase, for example from here, or alternatively, this online store.

The official manufacturers web page is located here.

Moon X-Power 500 Review

Well isn’t that just typical? You wait for years for a well designed compact cordless rechargeable bike light bright enough for pitch-dark country lanes to appear on the market for a reasonable price, and then three turn up all at the same time! Here we look at the Moon X-Power 500, a light that offers very similar features, performance and price as the recently reviewed Lezyne Super Drive and NiteRider MiNewt 600 cordless LED lights.

Manufacturer Specifications

Brightness: 500 Lumens

Weight: 143.5g

Modes (Battery Life): Overdrive(1:40), High(2:20), Standard(4:00), Low(6:00), Flashing(4:30).

Moon X-Power 500 Design

Moon X 500 Power Bracket
Moon X 500 Power Bracket

This light is somewhat smaller and cuter than it appears in the photos and it has a solid and expensive feel. It’s half made of a tough plastic, but the business end that holds the lens and LED assembly is made of a cool zinc alloy.

It comes supplied with both a handlebar mount and a helmet mount. The handlebar mount uses a cam lever arrangement which may be operated without tools.  The helmet mount uses a velcro strap threaded through the helmet’s vents to hold it in place. The light fits to the bar or helmet mount with with an easy to operate quick release. Both mounts and the quick release work well.

The light is charged by USB and both a lead and a mains adapter is supplied in the package.

Sealing all round the light is very good and I have no worries using this in any weather. The USB socket underneath is covered by a rubber plug. Using the rubber plug is slightly fiddly and only attached with a very thin strand of rubber. Care must to be taken when removing the cable as I imagine it would be all too easy to accidentally grip the plug with the cable and rip it out.

Moon X-Power 500 with battery removed
Moon X-Power 500 with battery removed

A groove is cut into the rear of the light. Inserting a pound coin and twisting anticlockwise releases the battery. This is a proprietary lithium Ion cell. Extra batteries are available to purchase so carrying extra cells to extend run time is an option. Interestingly the size of the battery is almost exactly the same size as an 18650 type and it wouldn’t surprise me if the plastic shell just contains such a battery.

A single push button is used to operate the light. One press of the button switches the light on in the highest brightness setting. Then subsequent presses switches the lights through the various brightness modes and flashing mode and then off.

The flashing mode has a flash rate of approx 3-4 flashes per second. I would say it is slightly more eye catching than the Lezyne without being overly irritating.

The button can be pressed reasonably easily when wearing gloves but I did find it tricky fumbling around for the switch to dim the light for oncoming traffic. In the end I found the best strategy was to keep the light on maximum brightness but point it slightly downwards to avoid dazzling motorists. (Actually the same was also true of the Lezyne light and NiteRider lights recently reviewed).

A cool blue indicator LED illuminates the switch surround. This is used to indicate charge status when charging and remaining battery when in use. This indicator flashes red when the batteries are running low.

Moon X Power 500 Beam
Moon X Power 500 Beam

In my battery life test on the highest power setting and following a full charge, the battery low power warning light started flashing after only about 45 minutes. But then it continued to run for a further hour before it started to dim noticeably. I ran it for a further 10 minutes (by which time it was getting quite dim) before I gave up waiting for it to run out and charged it up again. All in all very good battery life for such a small and bright light. Charge time using the supplied USB cable and mains adapter  is around 3 hours.

The light is bright in use with a similar but wider beam pattern to the Lezyne Super Drive. It’s a good all rounder suitable both for being seen in town (for which the low brightness mode is sufficient) and also for hurtling down country lanes.

And of course here’s the usual video:

 Conclusion

Overall I’m very impressed with this light. It has a great combination of low weight, sturdy build quality, excellent brightness with a good wide beam pattern, and all at a great price. I would happily use it for my daily commute and highly recommend it especially if you do a lot of riding on unlit roads.

The Moon XP-500 can be purchased from this store.

You can find the official manufacturers web page for this light here.