Review Bikehut 1600 lumen front bike light

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Product name: Bikehut 1600 lumen front bike light
Price paid: £50
Score (out of 10): 9.8

Review: Specs, pricing and info here:
Bikehut 1600 Lumen Front Bike Light

I bought one of these to do away with the faff of cables and battery packs for shorter night rides

Ok. In the box there’s

The light unit with rubber quick mount fitted
A stabilizer block for the quick mount
A USB to Micro USB cable
Replacement GoPro style mount
Plastic Garmin/Gopro outfront mount including 2 keyed rubber reducer rings to fit different bar diameters
2 allen keys
Very thorough instructions in english with diagrams

The light itself appears very well made and well thought out. Alu case, nice soft rubber buttons, battery life/charge indicator leds along the top, sturdy rubber plugs covering each USB port 2.0 for the powerbank on the rear and microUSB for charging and the remote connector underneath.
It has 3 XP-G2 LEDs (whatever they are)
the size of the unit is 115mm x 34mm x 44mm
the weight is 234g incl quick mount and stabilizer (it’ll be lighter with the go pro mount attached)

The adjustable rubber band on mount it comes with allows easy remvoval/fitting without the need for any permanently fitted baracket or tools and is actually fairly decent. it’s bolted onto the underside by a single 4mm allen bolt. This has silicone rubber on the base and a small dog to stop it rotating/vibrating loose. The design includes a silicone/rubber stabilizing block to help it grip your bars more securely. This mount without the stabilizing block would probably be fine for roadbars or commuting but there’s no way it’s secure enough not to move if used off road or hard street stunting
With the stabilizer block it’s actually really secure. Not entirely convinced it would stay put on the roughest terrain but a millinion times better than the generic chinese O-ring style mounts.

The Outfront mount is possibly one of the best plastic outfront mounts I’ve ever seen. it’s stiffer than most aided no doubt by the moulded with hollow honeycomb section underneath. I’ve used quite a few Garmin/Gopro OF mounts to run a garmin and a chinese lamp together and all but the Alu ones have flexed, some so badly that even road riding the vibration is so bad you can barely read the garmin and your light noticable shakes on the road ahead. This one seems a lot stiffer. The Gopro mount bolts on below by 2 allen head screws and the garmin mount by 2 allen head screws above. Both are well made and fit well. (not all generic ones are) The OF mount also comes with 2 rubber/silicone rings to shim it to anything between 22mm and 35mm bar diameters (35mm go pro/garmin bar mounts are like gold dust) great for someone like me with multiple bikes from multiple eras. I’m not planning on using this mount as I have a quality alu one on the only bike I use a garmin on (roadbike) but will definitely be keeping it as a spare.

First impressions.

After sticking it on charge for an hour or so (not fully charged, but one light off) first ride was only a short fast road descent, streetlit residential street and some woodland single/double track. Not the worst ride to the pub here ;). I’ve no idea how many minutes it took me getting home. (Say half an hour mainly on full) and hadn’t even used one more bar on the battery indicator

Beam review:

Bright AF, quite floody with shitloads of throw. You won’t be disappointed. Not for this sort of cost.

I’m not sure how to describe the beam so you’d understand but with the light on full power it shines all the way down the (unlit road) hill to the pub (400m?) and illuminates the road sign at the bottom. and with the light pointing straight forwards and dipped only a tiny amount if I manual my Ebike (much higher balance point than normal bikes) The light still reaches the ground infront of my wheel. No other light I have does this at the same angle and it’s nice and wide to the sides too.
No weird hotspots.
the next 3 lower brightness modes are all useful for proper riding the next is more of a commuter be-seen light then 3 different flashing type light modes rather than something useful to ride by.
A couple of the strobe modes could actually be used to ride by when you’ve almost drained the battery fully.

The wee remote feels like an old skool kinder egg toy, Not a bad thing, old skool kinder egg toys were genius. Not like the 3 piece crappy cartoon figurines they put in them these days. push the lever up for one sec to switch on/off. push it down once to change mode. it’s a very light action and like an excited milf easy to flick fast.

it’s really intuitive and easy to cycle through all the (too many really) modes quickly. it doesn’t attach to the bars all that securely. I think it might be designed to be fitted to a grip/bar taps as well as bars and as such isn’t a tight fit on a 22.2 section of bare bar. it seems to have been designed for fitting over bar tape and perhaps your grip. (I ended up sticking a slither of M3 2228 Mastic tape around the bar right next to my lock on collar and it's far better fitting/secure when fitted now)

8 modes are as follows (1600, 1000, 640, 240, 15 Lumen, day flash, flash, pulse)

Brightness: 1600 Bright AF, Next one down brighter than a Solarsun X2, next again probably a little less than an X2 (like X2 medium)

The rubber mount (done up very tightly) didn’t budge at all. Stuntage wasn’t high though and the trails ridden are far from gnarly.

additional features.
the light has an extra USB port and can be used as an external powerbank to charge phones etc. Not something i'm likely to ever need but handy all the same.

Negatives.
The mode selection cycle could have been better implemented. Some lights have a long press to switch between constant modes and strobe modes. I feel this would have been a far better way to have programed the mode selection. Without the remote (which really is super easy to use) I feel it would be a PITA pressing the button on the top of the light. Especially so if you chose to mount the light underneath the outfront mount (upside down).
The diameter of the remote clamp isn't sized to 22.2 bars (easily fixed with tape but still not ideal)
When the remote is connected to the micro USB port the rubber plug has to be removed leaving an area around the plug open to the elements. It will remain to be seen whether it's a problem in real life with any water ingress but if so Sugru around the plug should be enough to sort it out and fully waterproof th connection.

It’s £50 all in with BC discount.

Really pleased with it.

Longer term review to come later
 
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Thank you for the review.
A couple of Q's, if you don't mind. I can't find any PDF manuals and videos online about the light.

Can you please tell me what are the run times for each of the output levels?
What batteries does it take and can they be easily removed so they can be charged outside of the light?
How much is the optional remote and is it worth getting?

Thank you :)
 

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Hi mate. The answers to all your questions can be found in the review or from the link.
Runtime is good. Over an hour in 1600lm (full) and longer than you'd ever need on min.
It is a sealed all in one unit so no you don't remove the Li ion batteries to charge them you'd be kinda missing the point by doing so with a light of this type. .
 
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Hi mate. The answers to all your questions can be found in the review or from the link.
Runtime is good. Over an hour in 1600lm (full) and longer than you'd ever need on min.
It is a sealed all in one unit so no you don't remove the Li ion batteries to charge them you'd be kinda missing the point by doing so with a light of this type. .
Thank you for the reply (y)
But I can't find the run times for each setting.
 
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Work them out from the highest setting.
I can't, because I don't know precisely how long the highest output level lasts for.

Are the run times listed in the manual?
 

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No. They are listed on the back of the packaging.
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Don't expect the sort of accuracy from it you are craving . It's a rough guide at best. This is why I was intentionally vague when I said "over" an hour from full 1600lm mode.
 
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No. They are listed on the back of the packaging.
Don't expect the sort of accuracy from it you are craving . It's a rough guide at best. This is why I was intentionally vague when I said "over" an hour from full 1600lm mode.
Thank you very much for your help :)
 

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Apparently the light will recharge from an external pack through the full sized USB port at the rear while still allowing use of the remote via the smaller microUSB connection underneath. I think this could extend runtime to whatever your external pack is capable of.
I say "I think" as I don't have an external USB pack to try this.
 
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I’ve just took a punt on one, at that price should save mucking about with battery packs and wires, will also see what it could be like on a helmet with a go pro mount.

Just need my hip/thigh to sort it self out so I can ride and test it.
 

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Personally I wouldn't want to use it on a helmet with the gopro mount. it's 250g+ and the gopro mounts tend to raises up from your helmet. Mounting it lower (if possible) would be better but it's still quite a lot of weight to be mounted in one place. Bikehut do a smaller 1000lm one for £35ish that might be more suitable helmet mounted. I didn't spend too long looking at that though. Be interesting to see how you get on if you do though.
 
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I brought one of these before i saw this review. Not used it in anger as a light yet. However it has been useful as a power pack. That said charging of my phone appeared to be intermittent so i need to investigate that one further. May actually need to read the manual.
 

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Does not seem to be available in USA, Amazon has a light that looks the same, Fenix BC30R, 1600 lumens, but at a high price of $129US
 

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No Halfords is a UK shop. bikehut is one of their in house bike brands.
I guess the link won't let you buy one from the states?

Fenix isn't the same, infact it's not even similar output at all.

Lezyne do similar lights Deca drive 1500 and super drive 1500 (bit more expensive though)
 

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Nice recommendation Gary, just picked one up, with the remote and a 50 Lumen rear for 70 quid, bargain
 
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1 hour on 1600L doesnt float my boat - I am getting 2.5 hours before my (10 yr old) Mk1 Six pack (1800L) is dropping to Amber.

Is it possible to upgrade the batteries in it for longer burn time?
 
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Doubt it - appeal to me is to be able to go for a quick evening blast without getting dressed up like a miner!

Would be interesting to know if you can hook the usb up to the Shimano lights output on the motor
 

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1 hour on 1600L doesnt float my boat - I am getting 2.5 hours before my (10 yr old) Mk1 Six pack (1800L) is dropping to Amber.
You need 1800lm for 2.5 hrs riding in Wiltshire?

Try these mate

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it's a £50 light... try to be realistic, eh?
 
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You need 1800lm for 2.5 hrs riding in Wiltshire?

Try these mate

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it's a £50 light... try to be realistic, eh?
yeah I suppose if you pay peanuts you get peanuts....Im sticking to my six pack for now -until the Flex E hits the shelves (now estimated for mid NOV)
 

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yeah I suppose if you pay peanuts you get peanuts....Im sticking to my six pack for now -until the Flex E hits the shelves (now estimated for mid NOV)
No one's asking you to buy this. Its simply a review of an affordable all in one light for anyone interested. Not yet another discussion on your love of exposure lights.
 
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I guess it shows you can still get good value well made products if you keep your eyes open. This is a well made product with a good spec, it’s a great throw on light for a quick ride. I would never ride in the Peak District with a single light, this give me a very powerful addition to my Lumicycle LED for longer rides, or on its own with a smaller limp home light.

Looking at a similar Exposure light it looks like an over priced torch with a bar mount on the end as an afterthought.

So £50 for what Gary found as a quick cheap blast light or £250 for this.
Race MK13

I’d spend the £50 every day.
 

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Yeah i have to say the instructions, mounts etc that come with it are top notch too for the price
 

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Well if you purchased 2 of them and used them one at a time then you would get over 2 hours of continuous light for £100.
Like Gary said, it is a cheaper alternative to the well and truly overpriced Exposures
 
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Good points but I am really hoping to find an affordable alternative to my old Six pack and ideally smaller and lighter - surely after 10 years the technology should have caught up? Which is where my disapointment set in on this light..having said all that, for a short commute I think it would be perfect.
 
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Bought two of these, tried them on a good trail tonite they were spot on couldn’t be happier never budged even on some proper rooty rocky sections bargain for the price and more than enough lumens.
 

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I think the remote is essential for mode selection on an mtb (Especially with the light having so many modes) and sort of the main reason I was interested in the light in the first place.
 



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