NiteRider Lumina 650

In 2012, NiteRider took advantage of LED advancements and managed to double the output of many of their lights. While we do see some increase in overall lumens output this year, NiteRider also focused on innovation, and refining other aspects of the products, such as design, runtime, weight, and price.

One of my personal favorites is the NiteRider Cordless 650 USB rechargeable light. For 2013, the Cordless series is gone, being replaced by the Lumina Series. The new Lumina series is made up of the aptly named 350, 500, and 650, each having USB recharging and each being approximately 40% smaller than their predecessors. Priced at $89.99, $109.99, and $139.99 respectively, you get a lot of bang for your buck here.

The Mako series introduced last year hit the mark for a budget friendly, quality commuter light. For 2013, the series is expanded to include the Mako 200 USB rechargeable light. Priced at $64.99, this is one of the best value commuter lights you’ll find. And while seeing where you go is important, so is being visible from behind. NiteRider has the super bright Solas 2 Watt USB tail light for that.

For those night time trail riders and endurance racers, the ever popular Pro LED series gets spec bumps too. NiteRider has upped the baby 1500 lumens light to 1800 lumes. The daddy 3000 is now upped to a blinding 3600 lumens output. The best part, both lights remain the same price. And back for 2013 is another one of my personal favorites, the MiNewt 750 Pro.

Full press release and images after the jump.

June 14, 2012 (San Diego, CA) – For the 2013 product line, NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems shows significant innovation aimed at delivering serious light output and value pricing for cyclists.

Leading the lineup is the new Lumina Series, replacing the widely popular Cordless Series. The Lumina will be available in three models aptly named by light output – the 350, 500 and 650. These wireless USB rechargeable lights have approximately 40% less overall mass than its predecessor. Noticeably smaller and lighter, these lights deliver substantial output in an incredibly compact package, making them the most versatile, no compromise lights suitable for both urban and trail use. Even bigger news is the pricing that starts at $89.99 for the Lumina 350, $109.99 for the Lumina 500 and $139.99 for the Lumina 650.

NiteRider Mako 200 USB


NiteRider Solas 2 Watt Tail light

Building upon the successes of the highly popular Mako line released last year, NiteRider re-released the line with five models geared at maximizing light output and affordability all within the $25-$65 price range. The series includes the Mako 5.0 and three models signifying lumen output with the Mako 100, 150, 200 and 200 USB. Riders can now have 200 lumens of light, USB rechargeable and spend $64.99. Across product lines, the Mako and Lumina Series’ represent the best cost per lumen since the application of LEDs in cycling lighting. Also new is the blindingly bright two-watt USB rechargeable tail light, the Solas.

NiteRider Pro 3600 LED

Known for its top of the line, race ready rechargeables, the flagship Pro 3000 LED is now replaced with the Pro 3600, delivering 600 additional lumens with no increase in price. The Pro 1500 LED Race is replaced with the Pro 1800 remaining at $349.00 and the 2012 favorite MiNewt 750 Pro returns in 2013 with an all new handlebar mount and a price reduction of $20.00. “More and more often we are seeing lumens being touted as the number one attribute when talking about bike lights. While certainly important, we believe there are other factors that also figure prominently into a well designed and performing bike light, such as beam pattern, run times, weight and price. We pushed the limits to bring our customers the absolute best product in terms of output, performance and durability at the best possible price,” noted VP of Sales and Marketing Mike Ely.

Product will begin shipping early July and the full line live online July 1st.

About NiteRider

NiteRider Technical Lighting was founded in 1989 and is the leader in bicycle lighting. Located in San Diego, California, NiteRider products are regarded for durability, performance and cutting edge technology combined with superior customer service. To learn more, visit


  1. With the cordless 300, connecting an external battery caused the light to switch off and go into charge mode. Have they changed their design to allow running the light off an external battery through the USB port?

  2. ‘….The Lumina will be available in three models aptly named by light output – the 350, 500 and 650. These wireless USB rechargeable lights have approximately 40% less overall mass than its predecessor…’

    I would assume the Lumina is the replacement for the cordless Minewt series (350 and 600). The 350/600 weighs 190g. The Lumina series weighs 172g. How does that equate to a 40% reduction in overall mass? It looks more like 10%.

    Not that it’s anything to frown upon seeing that the light output on the top models are up by almost 10% too, as well as the drop in price (which is made irrelevant really by how quickly the prices drop soon after general release), a better handlebar mount (the Minewt cordless series in 2011 and 2012 had a terrible handlebar mounting system). A 10% overall improvement on an already good product is great indeed. Longer burn times and models with a flood pattern (currently the cordless series only offers a spot pattern) would be a huge improvement over the next few years.

  3. We pulled Niterider from our shelves because they were so deceptive about their specification claims on brightness and run time. Maybe they don’t have a very thorough quality control when their lights arrive from China? or maybe they just don’t care? Seems to me like this year’s offering from Niterider is the same overpriced chinese lights as last year with a slightly different look.
    Still the same bulky body and awkward mount. I will be curious to see how their lights test this year at MTBR – they usually over rate the brightness of their lights by about 30%

  4. Hey, I can’t even get them to properly repair my Pro700..Came back to me with a worse short than before I sent it!!! For the money,….. I think it’s engineered to fail
    Pretty disappointed

What do you think?