Cat­eye Volt 800


Cycling Weekly - - TECH GROUPTEST -

The Volt 800 has a slim cigar shape and feels very ro­bust with its alu­minium cas­ing. It screws to the bar very se­curely via a knurled-knob mount that works bet­ter than some elas­tic band types, though it does leave a sharp plas­tic end stick­ing to­wards your stomach.

It has high (800 lu­men), medium (400 lu­men) and low (200 lu­men) con­stant modes, giv­ing claimed run­times of two, 3.5 and eight hours re­spec­tively. There’s a flash­ing (100 hours) and an al­ways-on pulse mode (seven hours).

The top-mounted switch is re­cessed so that it can’t be turned on ac­ci­den­tally, and a sin­gle click cy­cles the light through its five modes. A dou­ble click switches it straight up to its high­est out­put. We found this was a great fea­ture and we would like all lights to have this func­tion, but we would like the ‘click’ to be slightly more pos­i­tive for when you’re wear­ing full-fin­ger gloves.

The switch is also a bat­tery in­di­ca­tor, turn­ing red when you’re down to the last 20 per cent, but there’s no in­di­ca­tion be­fore that. Other lights, such as the Lezyne, have dif­fer­ent coloured LEDS to show bat­tery sta­tus in more de­tail.

The high­est con­stant light out­put (800 lu­mens) is good for rid­ing on un­lit roads, but there are more pow­er­ful lights out there and you only get two hours. Medium gives you 3.5 hours and low eight hours, while on flash­ing you get 100 hours — per­fect for com­mut­ing un­der street lights.

The bat­tery is re­place­able and, as is the case with most Li-ion bat­ter­ies, Cat­eye es­ti­mates it is good for about 300 recharges and dis­charges.

The Volt 800 isn’t the most pow­er­ful light here and it only has one LED — two would pro­duce a more even cov­er­age — but we re­ally like the Cat­eye’s dou­ble-click func­tion that re­turns it straight to full beam. www.zy­


Weight 140g

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