NiteRider MiNewt 600 Cordless Rechargable Headlight
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- 600 Lumens
- One Piece, Modular Design
- 4 Light Levels Plus Flash Mode
- Quick Release Handlebar Mount
- Helmet mount
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The NiteRider MiNewt 600 Cordless Light:
The new MiNewt.600 Cordless is everything a one piece, modular bike light should be. This compact light features best in class lumens per dollar ratio, tool-less quick release mounting and a retina searing 600 lumens of light output. With this much power on tap, the Cordless not only blasts your way through the city street, but the trail as well. The reflector and lens are custom tuned for bike riding application delivering a superior beam pattern when compared to off the shelf optics.
One Piece, Modular Design
4 Light Levels Plus Flash Mode
Quick Release Handlebar Mount
2:30 HR High - 600 lumens
3:00 HR Med - 400 lumens
5:30 HR Low - 275 lumens
10:00 HR Walk - 100 lumens
5.5 HR Smart Charger
Internal Li-Ion Battery
Handlebar Mount - Fits up to 31.8mm
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On the trail, the light is fantastic as well. This light is different than less expensivee lights in that it is a very wide beam. It lights up not only the trail ahead but also some of the periphery as well.
I really like the fact that it is rechargeable. I haven't been on a ride long enought to test the limit of a charge. However, I believe the instructions say that on low power (which I have found to be plenty for street and trail), that you have 3-4 hours. And the switch turns red to indicate that you are nearing the end of your charge. The switch also turns from red to green when the battery is fully charged. My previous NiteRider light didn't have that feature. It's nice to know that you're leaving the house with a full charge. Also nice is the fact that you can just leave the light plugged in all the time without causing damage. This is another improvement over my previous NiteRider.
I've seen reviews where a zip tie is recommended to hold the mount fast. Those reviewers must be mountain trail riding because for normal street and moderate trail riding, simply closing the mount has been enough for me. In fact, I really like the movability of the mount. The light interferes with my wireless Sigma 1609 STS bike computer, so I simply move the light mount out to the hand grip and then everything works fine.
Yes, I know the light is a bit pricey, but I feel that the quality is worth the money. I truly feel spoiled when I'm riding with this light. I highly recommend it.
It's has a lot of modes including 4 solid, 1 flashing, and 2 off modes (yes two). All are accessed with a single button. I could see being a bit brain-addled near the end of a long ride and getting a bit confused.
The locked-off mode is a good idea. I can see that the button could easily get pressed while transporting the light in a gym bag. Best thing to do is carry it in the box it came in. I heard some people returned the light saying it didn't work because it ships in this mode. That's pretty retarded.
The flashing mode is too bright. I would use it in daylight especially around dawn or dusk but it's so bright that it causes distracting reflections on all sorts of stuff.
The walk mode is actually bright enough to ride at 15mph with and is possibly the most useful mode for me.
I test rode it last night on the brightest setting and it switched to low mode about 80 minutes into the ride. That's exactly what it was supposed to do.
Now for the bad.
The mount sucks. That's really the only word for it. I've never seen a light mount that didn't have some kind of force-multiplier to get a really good grip on the handlebar. Cateye uses a screw thread, Planet Bike uses a cam/lever, but this mount only grips the handlebar as hard as you can squeeze it. The light will not stay pointing in the direction I set it. Every couple of miles it droops down and I have to readjust it. The pavement was pretty smooth too. Off road would be dreadful. I have a 25.4mm handlebar - I've no idea if it's better on 31.8mm.
Perhaps a couple of turns of electrical tape would help but at $100+ I expect a much better mount. I took a star off just for the mount.
Niterider Please Read: You need to design a good mount and make it available for purchase for $10 or less. Dump this crappy mount immediately.
These are the features I like about the new light over my perfectly adequate old halogen system.
- Multiple brightness levels - Lets me conserve the battery if it is down and still be seen. Medium is 400 Lumens and is perfectly adequate for most riding. High is 600 lumens and is more than enough but good for fast downhills on unknown or rough roads. Low is 275 lumens and is good enough to be seen but just shy of enough to ride to.
- Beam Pattern - It's better.
- Smart charging - The old charger had to be monitored and unplugged when it was time. Can't be bothered with keeping track of it every day at work. This is probably what pushed me into buying the new one.
- USB charging - I like being able to charge it at home or work without lugging a charger back an forth.
- Cordless - not a huge deal but nice.
- Low battery indication - Really nice to know if you are going to be left in the dark and gives you the option to switch to a lower power if you still have a ways to go. So far I haven't seen this. I run it on medium for about 90 minutes and it charges in 4 1/2 hours plugged into my computer at work.
Complaints: It doesn't give a lot of side lighting for really dark streets. (almost missed the left turn into my own driveway) but still much better than the old one.
I didn't have any problems with the mount like other reviewers. I transfer it between 2 bikes a few times a week and it only takes a few seconds longer than pulling it out of the mount. Bottom line, I'm glad I got it. I may actually get a second one as a backup light.