Despite this, I always have an extra light mainly one that flashes - the brighter the better. This has been my trusty Hope Vision 1 - which is an excellent light. There has however been a slight problem with this light and the limited space of the P type handlebars.
Having the Hope Vision 1 fitted to the bars has been a struggle. The brake cables get in the way and it has been a bit of a squeeze. I have been looking for a solution and after much searching I found the answer in the CATEYE Volt 300.
As far as specs go it is more than an equal for the Hope Vision 1 and in many regards beats it hands down:
- Maximum 300 lumens output (the Hope has about 200)
- Compact and lightweight (120g making it less than half the weight of the Hope)
- Cartridge battery (more convenient than 4 x AA batteries)
- USB rechargable
- Five light modes, with memory function
- Fast charge well under 3 hours
|Much easier to fit on my P type's limited handlebar space|
The Volt 300 is well made and the silver parts are metal. The black portion is the cartridge battery section that simply screws out.
In terms of runtime the Volt 300 is pretty good:
Hyper constant 11h
The high setting is very bright as is the hyper constant which is much brighter than a similar mode on the Hope.
The light can be charged via a UBS connection. My pack came with a spare cartridge battery, desk charger and 2 x USB cables. This means that you could charge both simultaneously.
|My pack came with the spare cartridge battery|
|Desk charger dock and 2 x USB cables|
The small desk charger is very compact and the cartridge screws in. You can connect this to a USB port or any plugged USB charger.
|Cartridge battery in the docking station|
|Charge light on|
The CATEYE mount for the handlebar - also included naturally - is a tried and tested formula that works well. All is held in place very securely and there is little chance of things slipping. For me it also means that it is small enough to be left on the bars. Putting the light on and off this mount is quick and easy.
|Standard bar mount|
For me this is a win, win situation. I have a light that: is brighter, fits my P types handlebar space more comfortably, more compact, takes up less weight and generally more convenient.
|Quite a size and weight difference|
I have no intention of getting rid of my Hope Vision 1 as it is too good a light, however as far as my P type is concerned this new light is just a better fit in all regards.