DiNotte Lighting XML-1 Lights

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $169.00

Product Description

A new DiNotte innovation, the XML-1 uses the newest CREE-XML LED for maximum performance in a single LED light. This affords the rider a very bright light in an extremely small package (estimated 400 lumens, but it's so new we haven't had it officially measured yet). The XML-1 is most similar to our 200L series lights, but with increase light output, updated look, and smoother beam. The XML-1 uses the same lithium ion battery and charger system as previous models ensuring maxium performance, value and safety.

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Dinotte XML-1 Pro Review

2012 is the year of the Cree XML Led. This new emitter is so powerful that any light that is engineered around it is going to be a winner. The XML emitter has the ability to put out 1000 lumens under ideal conditions. That means that it is up to the designers to allow this XML to shine to its potential. So we were surprised to see the tiny XML-1 from Dinotte rated at only 400 lumens. The good news is it measured higher than that at 459 lumens so it is brighter than many 500 and 600 claimed lumen lights today.Continue reading →

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2012

Strengths:    This is a light weight, compact, bright, efficient, well-made light. I use it on my helmet along with a XML-3 on the bar. Together, night riding is amazing even on technical trails. It stays cool and has a simple and effective mounting system. The charger and battery seem first rate. The light output is very conservatively rated at 400 lumens. Used it recently on a rare road ride -- blinking. Was able to leave it on for the full 6 hour ride. Really helped for daytime visibility on roads.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Hard to beat this one when you look at quality, lumens, weight, and run-time relative to price.

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Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Dinotte

Similar Products Used:   Dinotte XML-3

Bike Setup:   Trail Bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Structure a All Mountain Rider from San Luis Obispo, CA

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2012

Strengths:    VERY clean and simple to use. I didn't need to read the instructions or fiddle with anything. Just open the box, charge, and strap on. I did read the instructions anyway (personality thing), but the system was all so simple and well-made that there was really no need. I love the positive connections on the cables. I love that they include a long cable (which works great when putting the battery in a camel back and the light helmet mounted. Or leave the extension out and mount light and battery both on the helmet with the including mounting hardware. They even included a Velcro cable tie.

The O-ring system for connecting the light to the helmet or bar mount is also a thing of beauty. So simple but so good. I was worried the light might slip, but so far it's easy to adjust while on the ride, but stays where I point it.

The helmet mount (which is what I've been doing with it) is goes on easily and is secure. I leave the light in my camel back and mount it if needed (ride running late or whatever). I like having some an easy to use and light weight system. It makes it viable as a "carry in case" thing or as a primary riding light.

I realize others are using these lights in tandem with some other light. Or running the more powerful XMLs. However, I was quite impressed by the brightness. For very high speeds one could outrun the beam, but for "normal" riding it's enough just by itself. Don't let the low price fool you. This is a well made and very usable night riding system. It's not just for a "secondary" light or emergency use. That said, if I was night riding a lot, I would probably get two. One for the bars and another for the helmet. For my use, mounting one on the helmet is plenty.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
An excellent, high quality light as a very affordable price. Perfect for someone looking for an intermediate night riding light or a "oh cr@p" emergency light for just before dark rides. It provides very respectable light for even aggressive riding, but would probably be ideal as a second light in such a use.

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Favorite Trail:   Rock Garden

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $169.00

Purchased At:   DiNotte

Similar Products Used:   NightRider

Bike Setup:   Helmet or bar mount. Mounted to my MET Parachute with ease. Should mount equally easily to just about any helmet. I've run the batter on the helmet and in the camel back. Both work, but I'd tend to run it in the camel back just because that's easy and one less thing to deal with.

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