Cateye HL-EL620RC Nano Shot Front Light
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Nano size, massive output. CatEye’s Nano Shot HL-EL620RC is a compact, super light-weight USB rechargeable headlight featuring OptiCube technology to produce a powerful wide beam.
Top Features of the Cateye HL-EL620RC Nano Shot Front Light
- Dimension: 86.0 X 50.0 X 32.0mm
- Weight: 280 grams (with bracket and rechargeable battery)
- Light source: High intensity white LED X1
- Light output: 2000cd
- Run time:
- High mode: approx 1.5hrs
- Low mode: approx 3hrs
- Flashing mode: approx 12hrs
- Battery: Li-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V-1110mAh)
- Recharge time: approx 3.5hrs (USB2.0 recharge)
- Recharge/discharge number of times: about 300 times(until the rated capacity drops to 70%)
- Other: Low battery & charging indicator, lighting mode memory function
The Li-Ion battery and included USB cable recharges the Nano in 3.5hrs and the low battery indicator warns you when your charge is getting low. Mode memory will remember the last lighting mode you used, be it High, low, or flashing modes.
Run time of up to 12 hrs keeps you safe throughout the night and the optional helmet mount gives you added safety options.
About the Cateye brand
Cateye is the leading manufacturer of cycle computers, bike lights and reflectors. In 1964, Cateye became the first company to create a flashing lamp for bicycles. Cateye invented the first battery headlamp in 1982, and the very first bicycle headlamp using white LEDs in 2001. Cat Eye is a true leader in lens and reflector technology; Cateye's Opticube lens and reflectors allow them to make one of the brightest and most efficient LED headlights in the world.
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Magazine reviews for Cateye HL-EL620RC Nano Shot Front Light
Review from Bikeradar
CatEye's Nano Shot weighs in at 97g (including handlebar bracket) and measures just 85mm long, 50mm wide and 32mm deep, making it one of the most minimal rechargeable lights we've seen. Despite that, on its high power setting it packs a real punch.
The clever beam pattern combines a bright centre which reaches 30ft up the road with an impressive peripheral spread of light. This shines in an arc approaching 180 degrees, with enough power at the extremities to project 6ft high shadows of your brake hoods onto roadside hedgerows. The lens shape negates the need for any side-facing LEDs.
We measured a run time of 1.5 hours on this highest setting. The low mode, which is ample for lit streets and to be seen by, lasts for three hours. Double click the on/off switch to engage the flashing mode and the Nano Shot will run for 12 hours. When it flashes, it's as bright as when run on the high setting, so it's more than powerful enough to alert other road users to your presence.
Should the battery level drop significantly the rear facing on/off switch will glow red, then you can switch to flash mode to extract enough juice to make it home. We've managed to extract more than the claimed run times from the Nano Shot by switching between modes mid-ride, saving the high power setting for lanes and unlit roads.
Charging is via the included USB cable. Connect the light to a USB 2.0 port on your computer and it'll recharge from flat in just shy of 3.5 hours. The Nano Shot is guaranteed for 300 recharges; after that, expect capacity to drop to 70 percent.
The unit is solidly built and fully sealed against the elements. The simple thumbwheel operated bracket is easy to take on and off, and we found it would fit standard and oversize bars – even the huge Deda Trentacinque's 35mm diameter.
The Nano Shot falls somewhere between a high performance light for training rides and a commuter light. It's plenty powerful enough to see by, with a beam pattern that provides both precise forward illumination and a wide spread. But short battery life means it's not the best choice for long rides on unlit roads. It's more than enough for long commutes, though – especially if you switch between modes. That it takes up so little real estate on your bars is a bonus, as is the ability to charge it through your PC.
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In the instructions in the box it says the Helmet mount is an optional extra.
It would be handy as then I can swap it between the three bikes easily.
The mounts are a lot smaller as a result.
What usb charger should I use to charge a nano shot?
It is worth checking out, whilst it is more expensive the performance is very good.
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