Ox­ford Ul­tra­torch 500


Cycling Weekly - - TECH GROUPTEST -

The Ul­tra­torch is Ox­ford’s mid-level front light, com­ing with four modes and a max­i­mum out­put of 500 lu­mens, as the name in­di­cates.

At £39.99, the Ul­tra­torch is the cheap­est in this test. For the price you get a sturdy bit of kit but com­pared to the Ex­po­sure, Lezyne and Black­burn units it’s not a pretty light.

The 500 lu­mens put out by the Ul­tra­torch, how­ever, do more than enough to keep you vis­i­ble on lit streets and even put out de­cent enough power to keep you safe if you hap­pen to find your­self on an un­lit de­tour.

Twinned with a nifty rim of light around the edges of the light, Ox­ford has clearly thought about keep­ing rid­ers seen from all sides.

The UT500 comes with a flimsy plas­tic hol­ster that is fit­ted to the bars with a rub­ber strap, which was not quite up to the job of hold­ing it firmly.

When tak­ing on some of Bri­tain’s more weath­ered roads, the Ul­tra­torch did not fare too well against pot­holes and bro­ken sur­faces, the unit of­ten mov­ing in its plas­tic unit and sup­ply­ing some un­wanted strobe ef­fects.

The bat­tery life varies hugely de­pend­ing on the mode — you get one and a half hours on high con­stant, three hours on medium, six hours on low and 12 hours on flash.

A 90-minute burn time for high con­stant may fall a lit­tle short of the mark, par­tic­u­larly if you’re com­mut­ing in the dark both ways.

In sum­mary, the Ox­ford UT500 can kick out enough light for rid­ing on un­lit roads, but since it will only do an hour and a half

at its max­i­mum 500 lu­mens it’s prob­a­bly worth spend­ing a bit more and get­ting a more pow­er­ful light. How­ever, as a ‘be seen’ light it works well. www.ox­ford­prod­ucts.com


Weight 123g

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