It’s night riding season, which must explain the recent glut of cycle lights arriving in the office for testing. The latest is the freshly arrived MiNewt Pro 750 from NiteRider, the latest from the US company.
Let’s deal with the important stuff first. It packs out 750 Lumens from a single CREE LED, despite its tiny size, putting it right up there with the best trail riding lights. It’s some way short of the 1000+ Lumen lights that are grabbing the headlines currently, but you do save a shed load of cash if you can make do without the extra couple of hundred Lumens. We’re sure you can.
The small 2.6Ah Li-Ion battery, which can be strapped to the underside of the top tube, delivers 1.5hrs on the full 750 Lumens mode. Drop the output down to 500 and that burn time jumps to 2.5hrs, while on 200 it rises to 5hrs and 10hrs on 100 Lumens, useful for extending the output during a longer ride. 1.5hr on max mode isn’t the most generous, so you’ll be wanting to managing the output between the different modes to extend the burn time.
What else do you need to know? Well, as a package the lamp and battery weigh less than 230g, which is pretty impressive. The box comes with all the bits you need to fit the light to any size handlebar, plus it can be mounted to a helmet. A smart charge tops the battery up in a reported 3 hours.
Out of the box it’s easy to setup. There’s a large rubber band loop around hooks on the light unit to fix to the handlebars, and the short cable is long enough to Velcro the battery unit to the top tube. We’re fans of cable free designs but this is a neat setup that appears to offer little bulk and hindrance. Better yet, the LED is light enough to be mounted on the helmet with the supplied clamp, with an extension cable to reach round to your hydration pack where the battery can be kept.
Watch out for a full review soon.
Here’s a nifty video showing the full range of lights from NiteRider for 2012.