Commuter front light group test
Now that we’ve taken a look at rear lights it’s time to move around to the front end. We had been given a huge box of lights for this group test from a range of brands but we managed to whittle it down to our three faves from Cateye, Serfas and Fenix
Cateye Volt 800
Hi Output / Runtime: 800Lumen / 2 hours
Rechargeable via micro USBLike: Side visibilityDislike mounting
After getting to grips with several of the Cateye models this season, one thing became very clear. All the lights are let down by funky disappointing mounts. Yeah, they do the job but we found them to be over complicated and fiddly to mount and the Volt 800 is no different. On a positive note, we didn’t notice that all the Cateye lights we tested ran until the very last drop of power. Which should mean this light will help you see and be seen for longer than the other lights on test here. We like that you can switch out the battery for extended but dislike the use of a proprietary battery system instead of a standard single 18650 Li-ion battery like that in the Fenix BC21R
Hi Output / Runtime: 880Lumen / 1hour 20mins
Rechargeable via micro USB
Like: Side visibility and user replaceable battery
Dislike: not much
Next Up there’s the Fenix BC21R. This is a very solid performer from Fenix and the build quality and features are very much what I would expect from the brand. The Fresnel lens does a good job of bending the top of the beam down towards the road and out of the eyes of oncoming traffic. There’s even a touch of side visibility. We also like that you can switch out the battery for extended runtimes and that it uses a standard 18650 li-on battery instead of some sort of proprietary battery. All in all a good show from the Fenix.
Serfas Elume 600
Hi Output / Runtime: 600Lumen / 1.5 hours
Rechargeable via micro USBLike: We like it all
Dislike: not much if I’m honest
Wow, let’s start with the price £50. Now that’s not a lot, especially when you consider its punching way above its price category. Build is on par with lights twice as expensive and it seems brighter than the 600-lumen number on the box. Add to that a fanatically simply, sleek and solid amount that latches shut with a satisfying clunk and your well on your way to a winner. So much so we gave it our bargain buy and dialled in awards.
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