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- ASIN: B000R5NR9E
- Item model number: HL-EL220
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,392 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Cateye HL-EL220 LED Bicycle Headlight
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- Five-LED headlight with extra-bright beam, side visibility
- OptiCube technology for optimal lens/reflector brightness
- 80 hours constant-mode run time
- 200 hours flashing-mode run time
- Uses four AA batteries
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|Item Display Weight||1.317 Kilograms|
|Package Height||2.2 x 3.1 x 5.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.45 pounds|
Cat Eye's EL220 sports a full 5 LEDs and focuses their beams through Cat Eye's OptiCube lens to pour out a wide, bright beam for excellent visibility. You even get a flashing mode and side visibility. Plus, you'll get more than 120 hours of run time from the 4 included AA batteries.
Providing side as well as head-on visibility for added safety, this extra-bright five-LED white headlight features an extra-wide beam. It runs on four AA batteries and produces 80 hours of run time in constant mode and 200 hours in flashing mode, which is useful for cycling under city lights. Cateye's OptiCube technology optimizes lens and reflector brightness.
Founded in 1946 in Osaka, Japan, CatEye is the leading manufacturer of cycle computers, lights, and reflectors to cyclists in the world. In 1964, CatEye was the first in the industry to create a flashing lamp for bicycles, followed by their first battery headlamp in 1982, and the very first bicycle head lamp using white LEDs in 2001. The company's Opticube lens and reflectors make the brightest and most efficient LED headlights. while their LD500 remains the only rear safety light that can meet the rigorous CPSC standards for reflectivity.
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Top customer reviews
Great light, may need 2 if your used to these newer external super bright CREE etc.. LEDs but for the price of 2 you cant really compare to those $100+ units.
I bought this for my occasional commute at night around the city of Los Angeles and did not expect it to fully light the road but expected to light the darker spots. It would seem that it is barley noticeable on the road even in some of the dark areas but is definitely good enough for the occasional street with no street lights at least. It is however bright enough to light up the road directly in front of you ( maybe 5 feet ) so at least I can avoid pot holes in the like. The battery life seems great and people on the road definitely notice me more with this light and in that respect works great. I purchased this light for close to $30 and feel that it was more of a $20 light the build quality is great and I love the fact that it can come off the bike so that I don't have to worry about anyone steeling it, and it makes a great flashlight. Another thing I have noticed is that it is much smaller in person then it appears to be as displayed by amazon, I have posted a picture to show this.
If I knew how this light performed before hand I might have gone with a different light like maybe one of the 1 watt planet bike ones. If all you need is for people to see you this will probably work fine. If you want something that will light up the road so that you can see everything on it even in the darker areas this is not the light for you.
The clamp to hold to the bike seems quite good. I was surprised that it actually holds my handlebar strongly, since it comes open to like 3-4 cm diameter and my handlebar is just 2.2cm. It even seems like it could squeeze something smaller than that. Also, judging by the presence of two different sets of instructions (one of them differentiates Old and New clamps...), it seems that they upgraded this clamp recently.
The holder that connects the lamp to the clamp however, seems a little bit weak for such a big heavy lamp (the lamp is removable, and like 1.5cm thicker than the batteries it contains) I would expect it to break if something hits it a bit hard. Also, it's a bit hard to take the batteries out. Overall, good enough for riding at night. I'm keeping it.
The only downside, IMO, is that this puppy is pretty much street only. It provides pretty good light up to about 30' of road at the most and lights up signs from almost 100 yards, but you don't get a lot of detail. The only way I'd ever take this with me riding single track would be if I had a much more powerful helmet mounted light, and even though I'll do 3o+ mph on the street with this as the only light source, I wouldn't recommend doing the same to those who have a greater respect for their own mortality: a nasty pothole could slip by easily at high speed. Good fun though.
For the price, illumination and ease of use, this baby rocks.
I find the mounting very good so far, tight fit & no slippage (no tools required for attachment).