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The not-so-mini XL.
Intended for either off- or on-road use, the Lezyne Mini Drive XL Headlight strikes the company's usual balance between stunning aesthetics and precision engineering. While it may be the smallest of Lezyne's "XL" light series, it's still a virtual spotlight for the road or trail, and it comes loaded with the features that have made the product family so successful.
The Mini Drive's CNC-machined aluminum body doesn't just look great — it's also functional. Aluminum serves to dissipate heat far better than most materials from which light housings are made, and heat can damage Li-ion batteries over time. The Li-ion batteries found in the Mini are rechargeable via Micro USB or wall outlet, and Lezyne's simple-but-genius Infinite Light feature allows the rider to swap out the battery quickly and easily to keep the ride going. The five-mode light can last up to five hours on a full charge, and the rubber button on the top of the housing doubles as a color-coded power indicator so you know how much time you have. The lens has sidecuts that allow the 250-lumen LED light to achieve 180-degree visibility, and a special Overdrive Race Mode allows for quick toggling between the brightest Overdrive and Economy modes for smart functionality when you need it. Constant Current technology is an innovation that extracts every joule of energy from the battery to keep the light's beam consistent, without fading or dimming towards the end of its charge.
The Lezyne Mini Drive XL Headlight comes in a polished finish and with handlebar mounts for two handlebar sizes: 25.4mm and 31.8mm. The light weighs 85 grams and takes five hours to fully recharge.