Thanks to the rise of the LED and compact Lithium Ion batteries, the world of compact and powerful bicycle lighting is changing by the day. Lumens not thought possible just a few years ago are now being found in small, compact lights with rechargeable batteries built right in. Among a number of manufacturers producing some seriously powerful lights, Cateye has expanded their offerings with their best and brightest yet – the Volt 1200. Technically the HL-EL1000RC, the Volt 1200 offers a namesake 1200 lumens with a rechargeable Li-Ion battery that’s good for anywhere from 2-100 hours depending on the setting.
Built into a slick housing that sits comfortably at the top of your bars, the Volt 1200 is up there with the pinnacle of self contained lights as far as performance. Featuring two super bright LEDs with a broad beam pattern and 5 built in levels of lighting including flashing, you’ll get around 2 hours on full power to 17.5 on All-Night mode, and up to 100 while flashing. Just don’t expect to be able to get a quick charge if your forget to in advance of your night ride – charging through the micro USB cable will take 8-14 hours, with an 80% full charge in 10 hours, claimed. But with the built in low battery indicator, you should be able to stay ahead of the charging so you’re ready when night falls.
The light and battery combined weigh in at 214g, and it can be mounted to your bars with the included FlexTight bracket.
However, there is an optional helmet mount available if you want the light where you’re looking. The Volt 1200 retails for $200 and is available now.