CatEye Daylite II Twin HL-RC 230 Lights

3.26/5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $80.00


Product Description

Twin lighting system mounts easily to your bike, and features two 10-watt headlights--one spot beam and one wide beam.. Sealed rechargeable lead-acid battery mounts to your bottle cage, seat post or top tube with two vibration-proof hook-and-loop brackets. Remote control switch mounts to handlebars, and operates both headlights. Battery is rechargeable at least 150 times; standard charging time is 8 to 10 hours. Lamp units detach easily from their mounting brackets for safe keeping when not in use.
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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark Begbie a Cross Country Rider from Edinburgh, UK

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2006

Strengths:    Lamp units

Weaknesses:    Battery, charger, clips

Bottom Line:   
Like others, I wish I'd read this site first.

1) I NEVER got anywhere near the burn time that Cat-Eye claim for this set. Maybe 70% of quoted time, but no more.

2) I now understand why my battery lasted about 2 charges before it became almost useless.

3) The clip for the switch unit are garbage.

I came here cos I was wondering if I should get a replacement battery. I'm going away safe in the knowledge that I am not alone and will not go near one of these sets again. Supplying a killer charger with an already overhyped battery should be criminal. Now trying to find info on Electron lights.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Bike Setup:   Wheels, saddle, handle bars etc.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sheldon from Brittany

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2005

Strengths:    good entry level price
can be upgraded to certain extent
battery charge indicator is useful


Weaknesses:    dumb charger charges at 8 volts +
battery case not waterproof
battery case won't fit into most bottle cages


Bottom Line:   
I you've only used small, cheap, 1-2watt alkaline powered lights, this is a huge step forward.
The battery supplied with my system was a Panasonic, I disagree that these are bad quality. The problem is a 4.2 aH SLA bat will only provide limited burn time.
I've placed my battery case in a bag secured to the frame (it is definetely not waterproof).

To improve the system somewhat:
a) buy a light timer (not as effective as a smart charger, but at least you'll never exceed the recommended charge time).
b) buy a smart charger (more expensive)
c) buy a voltmeter, this will help you amongst other things determine the battery's state of charge when disconnected (if you don't have a smart cahrger)

If you have the solo RC220 system (same thing but with only one 10w lamp) you can buy a 15w ABS bulb and an ABS alloy lamp body. This is an expensive upgrade, but it works.



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Favorite Trail:   any one that's empty

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Gunung from Cranfield

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2004

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Crap batteries and charger

Bottom Line:   
Crap battery. Using both lights will only last 40 min max. Heavy too. So, there will be no opportunity to use both lights.. Charger for me ok.. if you are careful.. been using gor 6 months and no prob. with overcharging.. Set an alarm evertime I charge.

For people in UK who wants better quality charger and extra set of equivalent sla battery.. you can buy one of those handheld massive torchlight at Homebase for 11 pounds. You get good charger, one battery and of course the torchlight!!

I've upgraded the SLA to NiMH batteries.. Use 6 1.2V 9000mAH NiMH batteries and place them on seat pouch.. Can get 3 hours both lights and a brighter too..

Cycle express are selling these lights for 42 pounds.. The price is tumbling down at a fast rate.. I wonder why??

If I'm given another chance, I'll get one of those electron 5W + 10W.. Same value, but with NiMH bottle battery.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   halfords

Bike Setup:   Hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chet a Cross Country Rider from Las Cruces

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004

Strengths:    Good light, separately adjustable beams.


Weaknesses:    Charger, built timer to limit charger time

Bottom Line:   
Guys, you gotta plug the battery into the switch all the way!
If the plug comes out of the light easily, take your pocket knife and split the center pin a little. No problems with the switch. If you label the lights, it's easy to know which is which. Geez

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Favorite Trail:   CJ's Dona Ana

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   cheapie led, worthless


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by James Combe a Cross Country Rider from Uk

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2004

Strengths:    Well made lights bright and look good

Weaknesses:    Battery and crap charger

Bottom Line:   
Good well made lights that are bright and give a good spread of light. They seem to stand up to the mud and stones that are on my local Scottish trails. The wires are very chunky and the plugs need a good shove in. (obviously they will fall out if they are not in correctly)
The sore point is the battery and the charger. The battery is simply to poor to cope with the lighting units and the charger has no indicators to show what state of charge the battery is in( A dumb charger), therefore a battery fry up will occur sooner rather than later.

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Favorite Trail:   jamescombe@supanet.com

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   HAlfords

Similar Products Used:   Petzil Head micro torch

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS 2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Screven a Weekend Warrior from Tucson

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2004

Strengths:    Bright for price. Easy access to on/off controls. Flexable battery mounting. Independently adjustable lights for low beam/high beam operation. Inexpensive SLA battery replacement core.

Weaknesses:    Terrible charger. Should use smart charger.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great light for recreational medium speed trail riding or for night commuting. You can set up the wide angle to face the trail in front of you and the spot for distant objects. The thumb switch allows you to turn on the spot only when you need it.

The mounting of the battery is very versatile. You can use a bottle cage or strap it to the frame in numerous places. The battery core is a standard 4.2A/hr SLA that is widely available for <$10. Cateye sells the battery assembly for $23 so you can add a second battery for longer rides for not much $$$. The lights and control switch module are all easily removable from the mounting hardware

The charger will wreck your battery if you aren't really careful. I can't believe Cateye would chose this charger when you can get a two stage smart charger for <$10 which I did at
http://www.batterymart.com/battery.mv?p=ACC-6BC0500D-1
You can just plug the battery into this charger no matter how much charge it has and leave it and the battery will always be maintained at 100%.

I do not know what the complaints above about the cable and switches are coming from. They seem fine to me. It took a while to figure out that you really have to press the battery cable into the switch assembly so that it’s beveled area can lock it in. The mounting hardware seems pretty firm but I haven’t crashed with them yet. In any case Cateye will see the mounts for a couple of bucks each.

This is not a high performance light for the competitive night rider but definitely will suffice for the recreational rider under most circumstances. If you need more light than this you can always add a helmet light in the future.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Oro Valley Bike

Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pete from London

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2004

Strengths:    gets you seen on the road
relatively low cost compared to other off road lights
Way way better visibility than your average commuter light.


Weaknesses:    Useless charger that will inevitably fry the battery if used daily. If you half discharge the battery then give it the full recommended 9 hour charge, you damage it and rapidly shorten its life.

Bottom Line:   
Got the lights from Halfords on offer for £45.
If you buy make sure the battery hasn't been over-discharged by sitting on the shelf too long.
The battery unit contains a standard sealed lead acid battery which can be easily replaced for around £10.
Don't try and use the charger - replace it immediately
with an intelligent charger that switches to trickle when the battery is fully charged.
I got a Lawtronics SLA500M (£32.50 incl. VAT) (google search) It'll get you a decent 20W system for a reasonable price and no battery problems.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Halfords

Similar Products Used:   no


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Shimon a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2003

Strengths:    Briht light (compared to other halogen), the lamp units are very well designed and build, relatively chip. The "inside" of the batteryy pack is a standard 4.2 mAh lead acid unit - pick one for chip at your local hardware store and replace if you kill yours.

Weaknesses:    The switch design is VERY bad (compared to lamp unit), very heavy (uses Lead Acid battery), very short run time (<1h with both units ON)

Bottom Line:   
Running the system with 2 beams all together is useless - less than 1h (I barely get warmed). Even with only one beam ON, 1.8 h is very short time. The extra battery is heavy - no use.
The only way to make your system usable is to spend more money creating your own battery pack (stick 5x 9000 nAh NiMh D-cells into water bottle, and seal it) and pick commertial NiMh 6v charger. All is about 80$ more. Only than, you will get a system that is trail riding worthy!
Otherwise, scrap it and spend 400$ for HID system (NireRider, not the CatEye).

But... if you still considering what system to get and budget is the problem - Niterider "TrailRat" will burn the same time, for the same price but 1/3 of a weight (take spare battery and be happy)

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Favorite Trail:   The one have never been done...

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Only small "commuter oriented" units


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Colin Swift a Racer from Leicester

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2003

Strengths:    Bright light! Lamps themselves well made and fit easily into pocket

Weaknesses:    Swith unit rather poor and fiddly. Falls off too - I gave up on it and made my own! Battery charger poor as noted elsewhere, think I've overcharged my bat as I only get 1.5hrs from it - and the bat is rated at 4.2Ah!

Bottom Line:   
Lights are fine, the unit is let down by the charger switch unit and battery. Got a 6V SLA charger from maplins so going to see if that works better, at least you can plug it in and forget as it wwont overcharge! Also put together a NiMh battery pack with biuts from Maplins - a lot lighter and I should get 1.5hrs from it. Yet to be put to the test... The actual lamps are good, bright and you can see well on dark roads - provided the oncioming traffic remember to dip theoir headlights!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Julies Leicester

Similar Products Used:   Everready navigator

Bike Setup:   Trek hybrid, and carlton (!) road bike for commuting

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Lake O

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2003

Strengths:    price On Off switch good light combo

Weaknesses:    LAME BATT.

Bottom Line:   
the batt'. is very lame the first thing I did was to go down to the hobbie shop and get six 2400ma "D" cells soderthem together shove them in a watter bottle now I have three times light brightness and I go up to a week befor charging they on for about 8hrs a week and are just starting to loose their intensady, I use a RC batt charger and it keeps my batt. at top notch performance at all time well worth the extra cash. the spot goes 40 to 50 YRDS nice and bright and the flood about 20-30 YRDS and about 140deg visability this is so sweet for the price...

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm on

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   REI sale

Similar Products Used:   cyg. cheap d cell lights

Bike Setup:   trek 4500 Sram 9.0

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil from Adelaide South Australia

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003

Strengths:    Good light coverage, wide and spot. Easy mouning/removal. Weather proof so far. Relatively cheap. Can point the lights where I need them. Seem tough, no damage from my tumbles yet. Seem to take trails fine, dont shake loose.

Weaknesses:    Lots of cable... crappy standard charger, no battery mount options

Bottom Line:   
I like the light coverage, and the ability to turn on or off either light as needed. handles trails fine. I have had no problems with cable connectors, actually they fit so tight sometimes I dont get them in all the way!! There certainly is plenty of cable. I ditched the standard charger straight away for a trickle charger...plug in and forget!! The switches are actually numbered to match the lights, so what are people going on about what switch does what? I mean really how long does it take to learn the top switch is for the one I normally use ... so the bottom one must be....!!!
I am happy this is a 6V system, so when the battery eventually goes I will buy a 12v replacement and a chopper circuit like from here: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/willie/lvr.html to give me longer brighter burn times probably with a lighter battery!

Overall: Works great for me!! Just dont use the charger supplied.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Cateye HL500, lit match etc!!

Bike Setup:   Bike moves forward at night, needs lights!!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kelly a Cross Country Rider from Auckland, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2003

Strengths:    it is a good bright light that I can see by. I like the wide beam for off road (used with a headlight) and the spot is good for rosd training.

Weaknesses:    It's a bit expensive when in NZ you can order a 35W halogen for about the same price. If I had seen Nightlightnings before I would have bought those.

Bottom Line:   
It does what its supposed to, if you remember to keep it charged you won't ever run out of light, but if you want lots of power save money and build your own.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Cateye non rechargeable lights

Bike Setup:   2002 Kona caldera, road bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by azzoh killoh a Weekend Warrior from the ghetto; marple

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2002

Strengths:    i fort dat dis was well sick man!!! i is like faster dan steve peat but i is arder dan im, so i dont want to race cos ill well win, is it. so cos i is fast i can go on da run from 5 o wiv dese ya know what i mean

Weaknesses:    my dad put speedholes in my car wiv an axe when e was pissed yo,so i levod im, so e it me wiv da battery and nocked me out, e is well dead now, i is from marple, i is well ard. part from bein smacked with da battery da lights are safe, respect to cateye!

Bottom Line:   
dese are well phat lights, respect to cateye cos i fort dat no one could do better, cos i is well da best in da world and i avent broke dem so dey must be ard like me.

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Favorite Trail:   mellor, delemere forest, compton

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   halfords

Similar Products Used:   smart l.e.d, but dey is well gay, so i frew em at my neighbours cat, cos i is ard!!

Bike Setup:   barracuda, with 20 inches front and rear, it is well sick, got 90 gears and machine guns, in it!wiv dampnin il yo.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lord Sideburns a Cross Country Rider from Oxford

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2002

Strengths:    Bright lights mean more respect from motorists, and the twin beam means a more useful spread of light on dark trails. The ability to use one lamp at a time means that longer winter rides (45 minutes each way to work and back) can be lit on a single charge.

Weaknesses:    Oh god, I WISH I'd read this site's review of these lamps before I bought mine! Stupid cable, with pointless curly bit. What is it for? The clip which attaches the switchbox to the bars broke in the first week, and now the switchbox falls off on bumpier trails; The battery is, as many others have noted, way to easy to overcharge, which I think I've done already, as the lamps are not nearly as bright as they were; no way of telling which switch is for which lamp.

Bottom Line:   
You get slightly less than you pay for, I feel. Quality of build (switchbox clip)and attention to detail (fiddly to take off and put on, piece of CRAP for a charger)detract from a light set that started off as a top purchase (respect from motorists= less chance to eat hospital food), and now I feel that maybe I should've saved my pennies and gone for something with a bit more durability, and a battery that would produce full charge for longer than a few months.
On the plus side, it is cheap-ish, bright and has saved my bollocks on more than one occasion.
Oh well, live and learn...

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Favorite Trail:   North Devon Coast Path

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Halfords

Similar Products Used:   old Cateye Halogen battery (C-cell) headlamp.

Bike Setup:   Stock Marin Hawk Hill, but with nice BG saddle and Time pedals, semi-slick commuter tyres/ Fire Mud for trails.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Aardvark a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2002

Strengths:    Powerful beams - no problems seeing well into the distance. Easy to get ready for a ride, once the mounts are in place. Battery fits snugly into the bottle cage. Reliable battery life.

Weaknesses:    Charger is a bad design which will fry the battery. Read the great article on Sealed Lead Acid {SLA} batteries at http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harart-commute-lights.html. It seems all SLA battery bike lights are supplied with this sort of junk. I replaced the charger with a Jaycar MB3516 trickle charger (AU$30) which works a treat - just plug in and forget it - it will charge safely to 100% every time. I plan to use this light for many years, so the charger will be a good investment.
Also, setting up the mounts the first time took an hour of fiddling, but now its OK.


Bottom Line:   
Very happy with this unit. Mostly just use the spot beam, aimed about 5 meters ahead. I turn on the wide beam as a boost, mainly for the dark & hairy bits of road. I ride about an 90 minutes, with second beam on about half of the time, with no hassle, even in mid-winter. Good honest lights these. I can't understand the other reviews complaining about the wiring - I found the connections to be very secure.

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Favorite Trail:   Beach Road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   Dean Woods Direct

Similar Products Used:   Planet Sun Insight (aka SMART BL912HW) NiMH - utterly useless battery which lasted 30minutes, which I traded in on the Cateye. NiMH might be highly rated, but not when it gets cold outside. Be ready to use your night vision, because you wont get much help from that light set.

Bike Setup:   Giant TCR1 road bike.

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