MAGICSHINE MJ900B

Smart fea­tures and value

Cycling Plus - - GEAR GUIDE -

Weight 211g Run time (max power) 1 hour 45 mins The MJ900B is the only light on test with a sep­a­rate bat­tery. Its power and run time claims are mis­lead­ing, but we think its over­all per­for­mance to price ra­tio is still im­pres­sive. The sin­gle LED head has a fat two-po­si­tion O-ring that hooks around a metal shoe for a sta­ble mount. On the road the quoted 1200 lu­mens ap­pear over­stated, but there’s plenty of dis­tance punch and medium in­fill for all sorts of rid­ing. If the de­fault sin­gle con­stant then pulse, flash and strobe menu doesn’t suit it can be ad­justed via a Blue­tooth phone app. The bat­tery straps on to any frame tube and although our sam­ple died 45 minutes be­fore Magicshine claims, the man­age­able app modes and bat­tery check make it am­ple in prac­tice. It works as a USB power bank.

BLACK­BURN CEN­TRAL 650

£49.99 Weight 165g Run time (max power) 1 hour 40 mins The Cen­tral 650 is a great bal­ance of prac­ti­cal il­lu­mi­na­tion, easy uni­ver­sal fit and price. The ro­tat­ing curved rub­ber foot and broad built-in strap give a solid mount on all bar types and stems, and it fits GoPro mounts. Light­ing is ex­cel­lent for the listed power, with plenty of dis­tance, de­cent pe­riph­eral and out­stand­ing in-front-ofthe-wheel cov­er­age from its re­ced­ing, dif­fuser lens. Five modes cover three con­stant, pulse and flash via a back­lit soft­touch but­ton. Bat­tery life is ad­e­quate if less than claimed. All this makes it great value if you’re af­ter a ver­sa­tile self-con­tained unit.

FAB­RIC LUMABEAM FL300

£49.99 Weight 75g Run time (max power) 2 hours Fab­ric’s Lumabeam is a neat fea­tureloaded ur­ban light but too dim and wob­bly for the open road. At 75g it’s light and the dou­ble di­rec­tion faceted rub­ber foot on the O-ring mount will fit all bar and stem shapes. A lim­ited con­tact area means it shakes con­stantly even on smooth roads though. Add a wide but dim and short reach beam and you’ll be fum­bling if you go far from street lights. In town that broad beam, plus the neat ‘twist to change’ mode se­quence that in­cludes the four LEDs along the spine for use as a rear light or front flasher make it a ver­sa­tile safety booster.

MOON ME­TEOR VOR­TEX

£49.99 Weight 135g Run time (max power) 1 hour 50 mins Moon’s Me­teor is se­ri­ously fo­cused value for fast and far rid­ing but its sticky switch is ir­ri­tat­ing. The rub­ber shoe and strap mount with hinged hook fits okay on flat­ter aero bars and doesn’t rat­tle too much on gravel. The three power lev­els are com­mu­ni­cated via a back­lit but­ton change and pro­duce a long reach­ing, tight fo­cused beam for high­speed rid­ing. A coin-opened bat­tery case makes it easy to swap cells and ex­tend run times, which are longer than Moon claims. A wired re­mote is avail­able but the small main but­ton is stiff and the dou­ble click start was hard to get right on our sam­ple.

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