Nite lights Pacifer 1600 light review

With a name like the Pacifier you’d expect good performance and the Adventure Nitelights 1600 Pacifier doesn’t disappoint. Huge brightness, a broad beam pattern and long battery life combined with a reasonable price make this a good choice for first timers or more experienced night riders.

The 1600 Pacifier is the brightest of three lights offered by New Zealand-based Adventure Nitelights. A stonking 1600 lumens is produced by four small Cree XPG R5 LEDs arranged in a chunky and very industrial looking lamp unit that looks large compared to some of the more compact lights we’ve tested recently.

Powering the LEDs is a 5000 mAh Li Ion battery housed in a fabric bag, with two velcro straps to attach it to the top tube. This four cell battery gives a battery life of between two and six hours and our testing found that it did indeed deliver two hours on the highest setting.

Four Cree XPG R5 LEDs arranged in a chunky lamp unit

Switch the light on and it powers up in the brightest of three modes, giving the full 1600 lumens. Another press of the rubber button on the rear of the lamp cycles into a lower setting, and another press gives you a flashing mode. A (very) long press turns it off.

If you want a high-powered light for trail riding and it needs to double up for commuting, then this combination of light modes is a smart offering. The on/off button also acts as a battery level indicator: it’s green when the battery is full, and changes to blue, orange and then red as you burn through the battery charge.

The power switch acts as a battery gauge as well

Included in the box is everything you need for mounting it to the handlebars, helmet or even your head. The light uses a simple thick rubber band to fix to the handlebars, with the curved underside of the lights bracket ensuring a snug fit. Like most clamps that rely on a rubber band, it’s not as stable as we would like, even on a 31.8mm bar. A little wedge of old inner tube around the bar worked a treat and kept it reasonably stable.

It’s light enough to be used as a helmet light and the velcro mount, though fiddly to set up, does offer the choice. Whether you mount such a powerful light on the handlebars or helmet is down to personal preference, but the Pacifier is nearly bright enough that for all but racing and very fast technical night riding you could just run this light on its own mounted to the helmet.

The battery gives a full two hours on the highest setting.

The beam pattern is a broad shape with a good spread of brightness from the centre away to the edges. With the lamp mounted on the handlebars it’s a little wider than it is long, and so lacks reach when you increase the speed and the trail narrows. Drop the speed though and on less technical trails there’s plenty of brightness for making night riding a fun and enjoyable experience.

Verdict

A decent light that is well designed and offers a practical, broad spread of powerful light for a reasonable price.

Pros

Beam
Battery life
Comes with three mounting options

Cons

Lacks reach
Handlebar mount is far from the most secure

Price: £159
More information: Nite lights 1600 Pacifier

What Nitelights says about the Pacifier

Our latest and greatest 1600 Lumen Pacifier!

Utilising 4 x Cree XPG R5 LED Diodes, our own design, tested throughout the New Winter we are now satisfied, and the optics and beam are just sensational! And using our 5000 mAh Li Ion batteries – run time is impressive for such a powerful light*.

Features

3 output modes: High, Low, and Strobe

The 40 x 40 x 70mm – 8.2V, 5Ahr Li-ion rechargeable battery pack weighs just 200 grams, recharges in only 4 hrs and is protected to prevent overcharging or over-discharging.

The battery pack attaches to your handlebar, stem or frame quickly and easily.

The anodized aluminum light housing is IP65 O-ring sealed for all-weather use.

The lighted pushbutton changes colour for every 25% of battery’s life (Green – 100%, blue – 75%, Orange – 50%, Red – 25%).

Attaches to your handlebar with a simple but secure rubber ring which is the simplest and easiest method we have found to date

12 month warranty

Supplied in box with Helmet mount, charger and 1m extension cable

  1. Media Girl @ Nitelights UK

    Thanks to David Arthur for a great review. we’re happy with it. Massively detailed,. Great photos. Just a shame we couldn’t get the very lastest 1200 Mini Revelation in there. Even better!
    Happy riding all…and let us know what you’re all up to via our social media.

  2. Nig

    Please can you print come pictures of the light in use. In real terms that is the only way that anyone can have a clue of the spread/beam.

    There are many lights of differing lumen count and there does not appear to be a universal measurement for the brightness, or pattern of light. So, whilst pics of the light itself may be ‘nice’ …. surely the light ‘in-use’ is far more relevant to most of us consumers!

  3. melvin

    this is the same light i bought on ebay from china cost me £20. 49 delivered to my door in 9 days

    1. Mark

      Melv you are spot on brought 2 off these at £38 excellent on the bike

      1. Chris

        Melv / Mark – any chance you could post a link to the items on ebay – or the search criteria? I can’t find them sorry

  4. Ben

    hi melv, got a similar set of lights for about 25 quid, had them a while with no problems, but used them yesterday and they cut out with no warning / dimming anyone else had this problem with the chinese import lights and is it a case of buying a new charger – sorry that this is the wrong forum for this as i appreciate that the reviewed lights are the proper deal. Cheers

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