CatEye HL-500 II Micro Lights

4.24/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $21.99


Product Description

The Micro Halogen uses exclusive micro-bulb technology that conserves battery life while emitting a brighter beam. The Micro's bracket allows it to be mounted above or below the handlebars. It can swivel 10 degrees to point the light beam where it is needed and has a thumb-screw quick mount for easy installation. Four "AA" batteries provide a run time of three hours, and the Micro Halogen can be adapted for extended run times of over 12 hours with the optional Auxiliary Battery Kit using four "D" batteries. With features like these, the Micro Halogen can meet the demands of any night time rider
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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bortoletto a Cross Country Rider from São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2008

Strengths:    Great performance at single tracks. Robust and ready for all weather conditions

Weaknesses:    Very difficult to disassembly. I even got hurt one time.

Bottom Line:   
For the price, you can´t get any thing better. I usually take a night ride every week and I never lost my lamp.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Bike Joe

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC, Reba SL, Shimano XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jang Shian (Yin) Chen a Weekend Warrior from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2007

Strengths:    Compact & good source of light at that time (1999)

Weaknesses:    So far so good

Bottom Line:   
I've been using this light since 1999 & at that time it was a good light.

I did some modification on it & has changed it to Luxeon 1watt LED...

http://www.fakawitribe.com/tribaltalk/viewtopic.php?t=531

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Favorite Trail:   Kesas motor lane & most of KL Bike Hash Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   Joo Ngan Malaysia & Probike Thailand

Similar Products Used:   No

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS Team, Mavic 217, XT grouppo

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Aaron Zyms from Florida

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006

Strengths:    Friend calls it the uberlight, very bright for price and can be seen for more than 500ft. Very wide beam like car headlights. The screw needs no screws and can be adjucted on the fly. Has about 15 degree rotation L/R.

Weaknesses:    AA batteries last 3 to 4 hours. Spend $10 for Energizer lithium batteries if you want to ride longer. Sometimes gets loose, but the easy screw fixes that. Not as water proof as advertised, but keeps out light stuff.

Bottom Line:   
Halogen is good if you want to ride like a car, LED is more expensive but drains as much energy as a hibernating bear. If you ride a lot and need to be noticed as opposed to light up the world, go with LEDs. Price may go into triple digits if you want multiple LEDs to get as bright and white as this minihalo.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Bike Setup:   Two of these light, one under and one over mounted. Use cheap batteries and switch out after about 2.5 hrs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jared a Cross Country Rider from Auburn, NY USA

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2005

Strengths:    This light throws a pretty good beam for using AA batteries. Lets you see the road, and lets others see you. The mounting kit is pretty easy to set up, seems to hold the light securely.

Weaknesses:    It is made of plastic, and helps to keep the weight down, but doesn't seem like it is built to take much wear. I haven't taken it off road yet.

Bottom Line:   
It's an inexpensive light, and having good experience with Cateye in the past, made it a pretty easy buy. I currently use this light for commuting back and forth to work (saves $$$ with these high gas prices lately). I am interested in how the light performs on an unlighted trail. Overall, no major complaints.

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Favorite Trail:   Bear Swamp, Sempronius, NY

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Bikes, Boards and Bows

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   2003 Giant Rainier with upgrades.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2005

Strengths:    It's bright.....

Weaknesses:    there is a dark hole in the center, also some connection is loose weater it be the switch or something else, it just quits at random.. ohh and the batteries don't last long in it, good thing i have rechargeables!

Bottom Line:   
This is a great cheap bright light. if your not going to be out all night riding this is a great light, its lightweight, easy quick relase clip, as long as yours doesn't randomly loose connection and go out like mine does its a great light. remember though i have owned it for almost 5 years

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Sports Traders

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   KHS, LX all around

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yoshi Zemba a Weekend Warrior from Southern California

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2004

Strengths:    Bright, compact one piece unit.

Weaknesses:    1)Battery holder is not strong enough. Front part start bending forward just from the force of battery holding spring. It seems like coming off any moment. 2)Cateye customer service doesn't answer the Email. I bought a couple of spare bulb from Cateye web site. When I thought the shipment taking pretty long, I sent them my Email asking for tracking number, no reply. After about a week I called Cateye, asked what happened to my shippment and Email. The guy said "You'll get it." and didn't give me the tracking number. It was about 20 days after my initial order. Two days after I called again talked to another person and found out that its record shows ot was delivered 4 days after my initial order. They sent me another shipment and this time, I got the package. Mistake happenes either Cateye's or UPS, but if the people at Cateye are willing to communicate, it could have solved much sooner. Or even better, if Cateye send the tracking number as soon as they get order, it may have found the mistake was at UPS and they didn't have to apy for it.

Bottom Line:   
While all the attention are on LED, they are not quite as bright as HL500 II, yet. HL500 is a great product over all, but missed its target by a little, and that little bothers some people a lot like me. Who wants a product like this and the battery holder keeps breaking? You expect the bulbs to burn out after some use, but battery holder is not something you expect to break regulary. Another problem but minor one is that the beam is narrow even you can adjust it some degree. If you want to feel safe riding your bike at your normal speed, you want to get another light, and that's what I did.
If you are tempted to buy LED(1W) lights on the market, you should try HL500 III(or similar) first, it's much brighter. It runs 2.5 hours on 1400 mah NiMH before starts dimming, and 4 hours on 2300 mah NiMH.

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Favorite Trail:   Local street

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike outlet

Similar Products Used:   Cateye HL500, PlanetBike Super Spot.

Bike Setup:   Beat up road bike with flat handle bar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christopher a Cross Country Rider from Trinidad W.I.

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2004

Strengths:    This is a very bright light! Have used this in pitch black, in the bush and it has been more than adequate. comparable to some of the more expensive heavy rechargeable battery type lights. It's cheap!!

Weaknesses:    Only 3 hours of run time. No more!!

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommended for 2 to 3 hours of riding in the dark. Way better than some of those leds that claim to light the way.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stanpol from Moscow, Russia

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2004

Strengths:    lightweight, compact, has engineering focusing

Weaknesses:    spares here in Moscow are pain!

Bottom Line:   
very good side marks at -100, -45 +45 +100 deg

can be custom focused: you need just to get to the bulb and to push it back or forth. more you can choose round or ellipse spot turning glass by 90deg in the cradle (please note special glass "tooth"-thingy) to make things right

I ride with 3 of them unfocused like Audi brand logo - so you get the idea!. Need extra 4th one to put well down while standing at the top of the hill - three light center, right and left and the one is needed to light the descend.

The whole setup can be easily repositioned on the fly according to your needs

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Similar Products Used:   HL1500, HL500, EL300, EL200


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Diverjun23 a Weekend Warrior from Makati City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

Strengths:    Compact. Strong Light and nice focused beems.

Weaknesses:    Battery drains fast. No worry though as I use NiMH 1300ma batteries, and just keeps on recharging them.

Bottom Line:   
I've used my lights (I got two) whenever I go trailriding that would end up nightriding, or when I go nightriding with friends, or whenever I bike commuting to and from work. I know already that its weakness is its short battery life, so I bought two lights. I use one after the other (eventually from a single light of just 3hours, I now have another 3hours as backup), to enable me to finish the ride with still a good working light on! I had these lights with me more than 2 years already. Not bad for such a small light.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Makiling, Maarat, Commuting

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Paulina's Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Moab 3 with Shimano Alivio groupset, WTB 2.2 EnduroRaptor tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ricardo a Cross Country Rider from Portugal

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2004

Strengths:    Bright beam, mounting, easy to fit the batteries, Auxiliary Battery Kit

Weaknesses:    Very focused beam

Bottom Line:   
Very good light!! I payed 15$ with the Auxiliary Battery Kit, which gives me a long running time. I have 12 hours of light now!!! WOW!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Speeder from The Netherlands

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2003

Strengths:    Compact size
Easy to change batteries
Has a nice mounting bracket (tool-free with quick-release) which enables you to mount the light above or under your handlebar
Side cut-outs allow for 180° of visibility (very good for riding in traffic)
Highly water-resistant (have used it in pouring rain with no problems)
Very bright (initially, of course)
Casing can take a beating
Decent beam pattern for road riding
Optional accessories


Weaknesses:    Sometimes the switch acts a little funny
I could say that it eats batteries fast (which it does), but that's really no wonder considering it uses a bright halogen lamp. Other 4 x AA halogen lights have this problem too.


Bottom Line:   
This is a really good light. When loaded with fresh batteries, the beam is very white and bright and throws a good beam. You can actually see where you're going. I would strongly suggest using rechargeable batteries to save on costs, as this bright little light eats batteries quickly. I've dropped it a couple of times and it always kept working. It may disassemble into different parts, but you can just put it all together and it will work again.
One time, I accidentally didn't shove it in the mounting mechanism (you need to hear a soft "click") and it flew off my bar on high speed. It had some scratches and light dents and the housing came loose a bit, but I just pressed to parts against each other and all worked fine. Sometimes the switch can be a little funny as if it doesn't make contact or it feels like it is broken. I then usually open it up, take the battery cartridge out, put it back in and put the swich back on. This seems to help sometimes, other times it goes away after some use. Also, the beam of light can differ per model. I have one that had a small black hole that would grow when the distance increased. In such a case you should check if the lamp is seated right in the reflector. If it's not, try to re-position it using a very soft object. There are a couple of accessories available for this light such as a more powerful halogen lamp and a battery pack for use with "D" cell batteries. All in all, a very nice light with terrific value. You won't be disappointed if you buy it!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Georges Pelpel a Weekend Warrior from Lafayette, CA

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2003

Strengths:    Bright, small and light. Good battery life.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
For the price it's difficult to find a better light. Very easy to install or remove. The light beam is very bright and focused very straight in front of the bike, not much light wasted to illuminate the surroundings. Requires 4 AA batteries for 3 hours of illumination. Works well with Lithium AA batteries, I expect at least 6-8 hours of life from them.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Company, Henderson, NV (ebay)

Bike Setup:   Specialized Allez Epic Carbon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clement Takumi a Cross Country Rider from Sigapore

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2003

Strengths:    absloulety bright...

Weaknesses:    Short battery life.. The cover is kindda difficult to open..

Bottom Line:   
Great for a frequent night rider.. not suitable for hardcore cyclists...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $14.00

Bike Setup:   Kona Blast Millenium Edition

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Foo Freddy a Weekend Warrior from Singapore

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2003

Strengths:    Mount either above or under the handlebar. Solid hard, drop it once. The casing split into half and the battery pack fell out. Assembled it back and voila back in good working condition.

Weaknesses:    The switch may be a bit loose. A hop might cause the switch to go back to off position.

Bottom Line:   
Bright, Solid and weather proof.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Nil

Bike Setup:   Scott MX-1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George a Downhiller from Rochester, NY USA

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2002

Strengths:    This light can take a beating! I have had the light on the bike even below freezing and after a few endos works great. I like the way the batteries are placed in a holder then slide into the light; very smart, rugged, easy to change batteries even in the dark. This light will not break. Still on the first bulb.

Weaknesses:    None. I can't believe I got it with a tail light for $10.
Uses 4 AA alkalines in about 3 hours (well, it still works after 3hours, it just ain't bright...)


Bottom Line:   
This light is much better than its newer replacement, the HL MC200 360 degrees, because it is more rugged and does not cause you to lose your night vision (You stare at the bulb when riding with the HL MC200 360 degrees...)Buy it if you can find it. Bright enough to be seen and see with it. If you got two of these and pointed one close, one far, you would have a good, cheap off-road light system that runs on AA batteries and is virtually indestructable.

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Favorite Trail:   Cracked Helmet Ridge, Tryon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar.com

Similar Products Used:   HL MC200 vis 360 which flies apart at mild impact and you have to look for the bulb and reflector....

Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive 5 w/ LX and XT shimano all the way!

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