Review: Bicycle Lights – CATEYE Volt 300

Suraj LN Swamy Reviews Comments

Bicycle headlight Cateye volt 300
The CATEYE VOLT 300. Available online at: http://bit.ly/cateye-volt-300

Amazing to know how this sleek head light can emit about 300 lumens of light!

We recently got our hands on the CATEYE Volt300 and decided to test it out on our weekly wednesday night rides. The Volt300 is a rechargeable headlight with a quick charge battery that can detect a high powered USB power source and reduce the charge time. It comes with 5 modes which is perfect for various kinds of riding.

We started of by charging the rechargeable battery before we head out to ride in the dark. Bangalore roads can hide potholes in the most unexpected of places! This light attached to the handlebar was bright enough to spot all of them comfortably! Commute – tick!

The device has a super sleek build and is handy as it can even be used as a hand torch too – at home or to fix a flat when you are out there riding in the dark!

The clamp on the Volt 300 is strong and sturdy unlike some of the other brands we have used. You hardly notice it on the handle bar. An helmet mount (not available with the standard package) is an option to make the light more portable when it comes to riding multiple bikes on various occasions.

CatEye Volt 300 LED singlebeam bike headlight
photo credit: Cyclocross magazine (cxmagazine.com)

Interestingly, this device weighs in at 120 grams and even though CATEYE markets this as 300 lumens output, tests conducted by MTBR proves that the actual output is around 349 lumens (source)


Tunnel beam pattern shot by MTBR

 

The Cateye Volt300 is priced at INR 3190 in India (source in Dec 2013). A winner in our opinion because of the great set of features and the fact that it is rechargeable.

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