In the world of bicycle lighting, the past few years have focused on the lumen wars. More is better, right? To a certain extent, yes, but only if you have enough battery to run them for the duration of your ride. That’s why for 2015 NiteRider has focused not only on improving the amount of light, but the battery life of their products. Add in efforts to improve cyclists’ safety and a decrease in pricing and you have a winning combination.
In the case of their most popular all around light, the Lumina series, most of the models gain an additional 50 lumens with a decrease in cost. New lights include the Lumina 750, 550, 400, and Micro 250, with the 400, Micro 250, and Lumina Flare dropping the price by $10. Lumina lights still feature an all in one design for a compact yet powerful self-contained design.
On a smaller scale, the diminutive Mako receives cosmetic changes, and gains a little brother in the form of the Mako Mini. The 50 lumen light operates on a single AA battery which gives it a run time of 12-60 hours all for $25.
Thanks to all of the distracted drivers out there we’re using a tail light every time we’re on the road, day or night. That means you need a powerful light that is still quite visible during the day time. NiteRider’s new Sentinel 2 Watt USB has the brightness covered, but it features an added safety element – Laser Lanes! The light has its own Laser Lane Mode which projects your own bike lane on the road around you since many motorists don’t know what 3 feet actually looks like. At 30 lumens, the Sentinel will run between 4:30 and 36 hours on a single charge with 2 flashing, 2 steady, and the Laser Lanes Mode.
Lights are only as good as the battery, so the Performance Line will also get a boost with the introduction of the new Enduro Battery. Capable of boosting run times by 60% for the Pro 2200 and the Pro 770, the top end Pro 3600 will be available in both the DIY and Enduro versions.
Nitrider mentions that we’ll see additional battery performance features on other lights in the near future – which may have something to do with the San Diego company celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall…