I've been doing a lot of rides in the evening this winter, finishing after sunset and sometimes after it is completely dark. I was using my Cycliq Fly 12CE camera/light as my headlight but found that it just didn't have enough reach for fast sections of roads or bad conditions like wet blacktop that doesn't reflect much light. The Ravemen PR1600 is a huge improvement for a couple of reasons.
- The focused low beam does a much better job of putting light where it is needed compared to a round beam
- The high beam is great for fast sections of road and descents
- The wireless remote allows easy switching between modes. I have mine mounted just under my brake lever (drop bars) and can hit the buttons with my thumb without moving my hands from the hoods or drops.
Things that would make it better:
- While run time has been more than adequate for my use, a bit more run time would always be nice to have. Since it is so easy to switch light modes I try to manage the battery by only using the amount of light I need at a given time.
- The display showing runtime is hard to read before it is completely dark out due to glare.
- I wish there were an indicator for which light level it active. There are LEDs to indicate whether you have the high beam on or not, but the only indication of what level of high or low beam you are on in the remaining run time. Since that changes as the battery level drops it requires more mental effort to interpret than a simple row of LEDs.
- I wish there were a way to go up or down through the light modes without having to cycle all the way through. For example if I want to go from 200 lumens to 400 lumens on low beam, I either have to press the small button (or remote control equivalent) 4 times... first press -> 100 lumens, second press flashing mode, third press 800 lumens, fourth press 400 lumens... or I can do it in 3 presses: First press the big button twice... the first press activates the high beam (1600 lumens),j the second press deactivates high beam (800 lumens), then press the other button to drop to 400 lumens. It would be really nice to just be able to click 'brighter' one time.
I bought the helmet mount for the light because it is essentially a GoPro style mount with a strap-on helmet bracket. Since I have GoPro mounting points on all my bikes I can use the helmet mount to attach the light to many bikes without having to buy separate handlebar mounts for each one.
Thank you for your feedback.