Light your way
As the sun goes down, and you're on your way home for the night, your 20 lumen light provides some visibility but lacks the ability to light up the ground in front of you. So, if you love blindly hitting potholes at speed, we recommend keeping your wimpy light. However, if you want to see and be seen, you need to step up your light-game with the new NiteRider MiNewt Mini 350 Light.
The MiNewt Mini 350 packs 350 lumens into a small light that, instead of projecting a concentrated beam, casts a broad beam in front of you. It has three solid light levels -- high, medium, and low, and it also has a flash setting that lets you adjust the brightness during your ride. Depending on your setting, the battery will last two hours at 350 lumens, four hours at 200 lumens, and six hours at 125 lumens. And to save you from a mid-ride blackout, the battery indicator tells you when it is time to recharge.
With unsightly, bulky constructions that clutters your handlebars, most high-lumen lights are beyond frustrating to use -- not so with MiNewt Mini. The lights compact construction keeps the body low on your bars, and NiteRider also made it a breeze to install and remove in hurry. To minimize its profile and visibility on the bars, the battery pack mounts under your stem. And for versatility between your bikes, the light mount accommodates handlebars up to 31.8mm.
The NiteRider MiNewt Mini 350 Light comes with a USB charger, and takes about 4-1/2 hours to fully charge. The entire assembly weighs in around 175 grams.
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First light I have owned...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
...and it is working great. It is bright. It is water resistant. It is tough. It's under $100. What more could you ask for? I have used it for trail rides, XC rides, commuting, hiking, rucking, and as a work light for trailside repairs. I have dropped it, thrown my ruck down with the battery inside, dropped it while connected to my helmet and pretty much given it all the abuse one clumsy dude can give it and it still works great. Some say it's not bright enough and you can "out ride" the light. I think it works just fine, or maybe I'm not going fast enough. Highly recommend.
Only problem I have had is the little rubber bands that come with it to connect it to your handle bars or whatever are pretty flimsy. I ripped all of them within 6 months of owning the light. But you can sub them with zip ties or rubber bands.
Perfect light for bike commuting
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used the older and lower power version of this light for commuting for several years and I am a huge fan of this light. But in the last few years NiteRider has been making these things cheaper and better (more lumens and less $$?!). If you are looking for version that comes with the all the bits to mount to your helmet mount, you're looking for the 350 plus.
It's very low profile on the handle bars, so your chance of smacking it on things (other bikes in the bike cage at work) is reduced.
The battery is quick and easy to remove or change mount position. Increasing the chances that you'll remember to pull it off the bike and charge it at home.
The mount is pretty much flush to the handlebar so you don't get quite as much jiggle in the beam when riding down war torn streets as you do with some of the more bulky mounts.
It's not as easy to pull the light on and off the bike. So for my bar bike (read: leaving my bike outside of sketchy dive bars) I've swapped to use something with a quick release mount.
Good light for the price
I've had this light for about a a year now. Its decently bright for night riding, but you would want another light with it for use in totally unlit areas. A fast rider can out ride this light, especially down a hill(think 20+mph). The battery life is pretty good and the mounting is pretty easy. I most often use the daylight flash mode, which is awesome. It really makes drivers see you. For a sub $100 light, you're not going to do a lot better. Also, for a few bucks more, you can find this light with a kit that includes an extension cable and helmet mount. I added a pic that gives some idea of the size.