Adventure Nitelights 1200 Destroyer review

Our first hands-on experience with New Zealand-based Adventure Nitelights was their 1600 Pacifier that we tested recently (read the review here). The design, beam pattern and battery life impressed us, so the smaller 1200 Destroyer here should tick the boxes with less of a dent on your wallet.

To keep the costs down the Destroyer uses a simpler single LED (rather than the Pacifier’s four Cree XPG R5 LEDs) and as a result the light doesn’t have the punch to throw far enough down the trail for fast riding, but we were surprised at just how well it coped. The beam pattern is similarly consistent from the centre to the outer edges, with a smooth fall-off. No nasty halos, rings or dark spots evident.

Adventure Nitelights 1200 Destroyer. At £129 it’s an affordable package and performs even better than we expected.

A single button operates the light. It also acts as a fuel gauge indicator, changing colour to warn you when battery charge is getting low. There are three modes: high; medium; and flashing. The high beam gives a good 3 hours from the 5000 mAh Li Ion battery pack, and can be extended to nearly 8 hours on the medium 600 lumen mode. Recharge time for the battery is a very rapid 4 hours. That flash mode means the light can double up for commuting duties for those of us who also cycle to work on a daily basis.

A single LED projects 1200 lumens in a surprisingly useable beam pattern

The light unit is lightweight but it’s not very compact, we’d prefer to see a smaller unit given the single LED specification. It’s winter-ready, sealed from the elements with an IP65 rating so it can withstand torrential rain and jet washers. The curved clamp fixes to the handlebars with a rubber band, which isn’t the most secure clamp. However it’s light enough to be used as a helmet light with the supplied helmet mount, and there’s an extension cable included for storing the battery in your hydration pack.

Verdict

Not quite as punchy as its more powerful bigger brother but still offers a very usable spread of light, good burn time and construction. The price makes it worthy of consideration.

Pros

Light
Good beam
Battery life

Cons

Rubber band mount
Lacks reach

Price: £129
More information: Adventure Nitelights

The on/off button also indicates battery level by changing colour as the charge drops.

What Nitelights say:

This is the light to get excited about. We have utilised the latest LED Diode technology to offer 1200* Scorching Lumens! If you haven’t seen one of these in action then prepare to be blown away! The Destroyer blows our tried and trusted Illuminator to the weeds, the difference is like night and day. Using our 5000 mAh Li Ion batteries, run time is impressive for such a powerful light*. Full, half and strobe functions. Each Pack comes with Head, Battery Pack, Helmet and bar mounts, 230V charger and Extension lead.

  1. ian macfadyen

    Save your self £100 use the one from go-market on ebay the light is 1600 lumens …

  2. Paul

    Looking at the light, the lens, the relector, the LED, the battery pack and the back button look very similar to the ones you can get for £30. £99 for a slightly different body and a name? No thanks!

  3. ian macfadyen

    I have both one from China the best crap you for your buck and Adventure Nitelights 1200 Destroyer to be honest the the only difference is the cost if you can get both see for your self (remember just my opinion)

  4. James Wilson

    I brought one of these and while out riding compared it with my mates Gemini Xera (850 lumens), both beams were very similar. There is no way its 1200 lumens! What a crock!

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