CATEYE VOLT 1700

£169.99 Is the huge 1,700 lu­mens worth the spend?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

You’ll rarely need to un­leash the full 1,700-lu­men max power of this im­pres­sive light on much of Bri­tain’s road-cy­cling net­work. But it il­lu­mi­nates along dark ru­ral roads, and lasts the stated run time of 2hrs at max power. You can pur­chase an ex­tra bat­tery for longer ef­forts, which is a neat touch at an ex­tra cost. Then again, most rides will be ne­go­ti­ated in one of the other four modes: mid­dle (500 lu­mens); low (200 lu­mens); hyper con­stant (flashes be­tween 1,700 and 200 lu­mens); and 200-lu­men flash­ing mode. Our ur­ban rides were ticked off in 200-lu­men mode, which didn’t re­quired recharg­ing un­til 15hrs in.

For par­tially-lit rides, the 500 mode is plenty; in fact, whichever mode you click into, the beam’s im­pres­sive thanks to a flood of light that also ben­e­fits from side vis­i­bil­ity. At the heart of this ray of light are two ‘Chip On Board’ LEDs pro­jected through an Op­tic­ube lens and re­flec­tor and pow­ered by the re­mov­able Li-on cell, recharged via mi­cro USB. It takes 5hrs to fully charge via the mains. So you can’t crit­i­cise the light, but you can crit­i­cise its bulk (273g), which bat­tles your bike com­puter for bar space, and the price, which is ex­pen­sive when you rarely need that full 1,700 lu­mens. zy­rofisher.co.uk

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