Everyone knows about the several different manufacturers out there for lights used for riding bicycles at night. Some seem as if they offer amazing value and others offer excellent performance. When choosing a light, there are several things to consider and here is my input on a certain brand of light.

I bought, probably 2.5 years ago, a Niterider MiNewt X.2 Dual. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on a light and I remember it being on sale at Jenson USA for $200. It seemed like the best fir for my situation. I needed something that was bright, for night riding off road, and it had to have a decent run-time so that I would be able to handle the 12 Hours of Temecula races. This light fit just what I needed.

So, I have been using it a fair amount over the years. I use it whenever I go out on night rides. Even today, I continue to use it when riding when the sun isn’t up. Over the last two days, I sort of did a burn out test, just to see how well the battery still held charge. On Wednesday, I got in about 80 minutes of run time on low. On Thursday, I got in about 90 minutes of run time on low. After about 2 hours and 10 minutes of running on low, the red light turned on, signifying a low battery. However, I did not see the light burn out. So, I’m estimating that I can expect 3 hours of run time on low.

According the Niterider specs, I should get about 3.5 hours of run time on low with my light. If I am only getting 3 hours, that is still 85% of the originalery,  run time. That is not bad at all for an almost 3 year old light with lots of use. I also believe that if I was to start with a completely charge battery and run it continuously, without shutting off, I could get more than 3 hours of burn time.

What am I trying to say? I guess I am trying to convince at least one person that Niterider lights are worth the money. Sure, you can get one of the Magic Shine lights for less, but you are getting a much lower quality light. With a worse battery, that probably wont hold up as well over time. Are you willing to save a little bit of money now, for less visibility and a higher probability of having to replace that light at more frequent intervals?