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Cateye Solar Powered Bicycle Light

In a similar trend to hybrid car technology – the new Cateye (HL-EL020) Hybrid light relies on Solar Power to charge the nickel-metal hydride batteries and has backup alkaline batteries if the juice runs out. This means 6 hours light with ‘green’ energy and 30 hours backup.

Riders however have the choice to to choose between the power sources and can hence influence the run time and modes (constant or flashing). The flexible mounting strap (FlexTight) can be fastened without the use of tools. The LED lense and reflector is intensified with the ‘Opticube’ lense technology.

The Hybrid light is a thoughtful solution and while the wide solar panel platform is certainly required, the design is somewhat awkward and there is potential to improve the form for a more balanced and integrated light.

400+ candlepower
Solar (Ni-MH) 2.5+ hours of runtime  (Constant)
Solar (Ni-MH) 6+ hours of runtime  (Flashing)
Alkaline (LR6 (AA)) 10+ hours of runtime  (Constant)
Alkaline (LR6 (AA)) 30+ hours of runtime  (Flashing)
Flashing and constant mode

Cateye lights are distributed in Australia by Pacific Brands.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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