Nite Hawk Viper (HM) Lights

4.13/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 2.5 lbs MSRP : $69.95

Product Description

  • 10 watt halogen light
  • 2 hour run time
  • 6 volt SLA battery
  • Fully automatic charger
  • Water bottle battery
  • Quick release mounting system
  • Helmet/handlebar mount included
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    Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sean T a Cross Country Rider from Kitchener, Ontario ,Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 22, 2005

    Strengths:    Bright, Dependable battery

    Weaknesses:    heavy odd shaped battery

    Bottom Line:   
    This light is great for anyone looking to ride croos country after dark or into the winter months. I have used this light for up to 2.5 hours with full light intensity. The battery does take a long time to recharge a green light on the charger comes on to indicate full charge. I have used the battery partially charged and it can still provide light for 1+ hours. The battery's odd shape makes it a poor fit for a water bottle cage and its weight makes putting in your pocket impossible. The helmut light installs very easily and can be adjusted even while riding. The light can removed from the mount without tools when not in use. I found this light to be terrific value considering the BLT lights I purchased before these go dim after 30 minutes.

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    Favorite Trail:   Puslinch

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Gears n Grills

    Similar Products Used:   BLT handlbar lights

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Oakland, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 21, 2005

    Strengths:    price/watt, breakaway mount

    Weaknesses:    heavy but waddya expect from a lead acid battery? No helmet mount included in mine...that cost another 20, making the total 60.

    Bottom Line:   
    good light for the money. Plenty of light if you know your trail for higher speeds. Was worried about battery weight in bottle cage, but since I changed to the helmet mount I put the battery in my hydro pack. I have banged the light a number of times and the mouting bracket is designed to allow the light to pop out without breaking anything yet it stays put even during very rough descents. The on/off switch is not always the most precise/responsive and that can get a tad annoying when I'm wearing full finger gloves. Other than that, an excellent first light for anyone contemplating trails at night. I'll keep this one around to lend to friends once I upgrade.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   none, first one

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by emg178 a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

    Date Reviewed: November 10, 2005

    Strengths:    Cheap and bright enough

    Weaknesses:    Connectors, switch, battery size / weight, no helmet mount w/ purchase

    Bottom Line:   
    This light was cheap and works O.K. I mounted it above the bar, and the connector switch comes loose w/ riding. This sucks when it is your only light on a trail. It also doesn't come w/ a helmet mount, and I'm too lazy to look into one. The thumb switch works, but you have to keep a finger on it for a few seconds and put your other hand in front of the light to see if it comes on. This is a nuisance to do while riding. The batter has to be squeezed into a water bottle mount. Do not expect to use that mount for a water bottle when the battery is not in. The bracket will break w/ the constant bending.
    It makes a good cheap bar mount to be used w/ a good helmet light if you get it cheap. I'll probably make a better connector to the light, and will make my own replacement battery.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   performance

    Similar Products Used:   Jet lite phantom 20 watt

    Bike Setup:   Trek 4300

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by al a Weekend Warrior from dallas, tx, usa

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2005

    Strengths:    simple, cheap, bright, beam pattern, WATERPROOF, no mainteance, plug-and-forget

    Weaknesses:    battery dies every 18mo of daily useage - sla limitation. Also, batt is heavy, but you knew that!

    Bottom Line:   
    To be clear, this is the 6v sla 10watt single beam system, toggle (old) switch. ive' been commuting on it for 4 years through the rain, heat, and even occasional snow of north dallas, 15 miles a day, and i just assume every day that it'll work, like you assume your socks will work. That says a lot right there. It has been *almost* trouble-free.

    first small issue was the battery-to-cable connector got a tad loose; 5 seconds with needle-nose pliers to slightly tweak the metal plug fixed that. Next was the same issue on the charger, same fix. you guys complaining about the connector: just tighten it up a touch! this is the same type of connector used in r/c cars and works great.

    second issue was after 18mo of ownsership, run time was down to about 50 minutes - which is the round-trip length of my commute. I called cust. service, and was informed the sla battery is good for ~200 cycles before it starts loosing capacity. I went probably 300 cycles to halve the capacity, so ok. A new battery was ~$35. the current battery has about 350 cycles and is down to bout 50 minutes now too. Cust service was fast and responsive, as was shipping.

    final issue was after 3 years the bulb popped, new one was ~$15 from nite hawk. Again, not bad.

    The system itself is very well made, completely waterproof (i once rode it into a lake while under the influence), the old-style toggle switch is unobrusive and works perfect, I like the straight cords which let me cleanly tie-wrap the cables, the charging system is unobtrusive, the beam patter is PERFECT for commuting (nice and oval, dispersed, no hot or cold spots, with decent peripheral light).

    I have NEVER had an issue with cars not seeing me, they give me plenty of respect. The light is anough to comfortably commute at about 15mph without overrunning the light. I really like the under-bar mount, gets it out of the way, and provides excellent contrast and shadows for junk and small dead animals on the road. The mount is solid and everything is well made.

    since the battery is going out i researched mtbr again for lights nad just ordered a Jet Lites 20watt single; we'll see how it compares. it's bout 4 times the price, more powerful, and lighter, but time will tell if it's as durable and reliable as this one. Figured i'd try it since i can afford it and it'd be nice to have more powah!

    but anyway, 5 flamin chillies for this one. I got my use out of it!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   nitehawk

    Bike Setup:   commuter - i use the light 80% of the time every day

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ian G a Weekend Warrior from Surrey, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 14, 2004

    Strengths:    Take note that this is the first review of this light since they released the new 2003 model. The price listed above is $98 US dollars; I paid $130 Canadian Dollars.
    - Battery life is 2 hours (Good Enough)
    - Secure mounting System (durable velcro straps)
    - Very bright light for how small it is
    - Easy access one touch remote on/off switch.
    - Battery pack is light and very small for easy mounting. (about the size of a pack of cigarettes)
    - Coiled power cable (stretches to needed length)

    Weaknesses:    I found it difficult to arrange the helmet mount and the remote power switch on my helmet. Once I figured out good positioning it works great. This probably depends on the size and shape of the holes on the top of your helmet. As another note it seems that the power jack on the light has threads for a more secure connection but the actual power connector on the cord does not have threads (its like a TV RCA connector). I wouldn’t say that either of the above are actually weaknesses.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great entry level light. It is bright enough for any trail and works great as a handlebar or helmet light. If you are a hardcore night rider you might want to get a dual light or just something more powerful. Then again maybe this is sufficient enough for hardcore night riders. My friends bought the more expensive BLT lights and after comparing I think this light is as good as, if not better than theirs.

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    Favorite Trail:   Watershed & Burnaby Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $98.00

    Purchased At:   Cap's Bicycle (New West)

    Similar Products Used:   Never used a helmet mounting light before.

    Bike Setup:   Stock 2004 Devinci Hucker

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Karl Coddington a Weekend Warrior from Candor, NY USA

    Date Reviewed: August 20, 2002

    Strengths:    compact mount, well built, inexpensive, bright 10W bulb, fast and easy charging

    Weaknesses:    heavy battery

    Bottom Line:   
    Very happy with the construction, quality and output for a light in this price range.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Nite Hawk

    Similar Products Used:   flashlight type

    Bike Setup:   Lemond Nevada City

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by SGT. ROCK a Racer from Edmonton, AB

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Low price, cheap replacement bulbs
    Versatilty - bar and helment mounts
    Smart charger - plug in and forget it
    Lead acid battery - doesn't have to be completely discharged before charging

    Weaknesses:    Battery/cord connection doesn't look very durable
    Non-coiling cord
    Lead acid battery - heavy, limited life vs. NiCd/NiMH, not as good in cold weather

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this as a backup for my aging, obsolete Niterider. Very bright for a 10W system. Two hour battery life is reasonable considering system cost. Lead acid power source is only rated for lifespan of 300 cycles, but who rides that much at night? After five years with my Niterider, doubt it's been charged more than 100 times. Replacement batteries are only $30 US, cheap enough to buy a couple for those solo 24 hour races. Replacement bulbs available for only $10 Cdn ($6.50 US) at MEC. Only negatives I can think of are:
    a) The lamp cord/battery connector is pretty weak, wouldn't take much to break it;
    b) Lead acid battery performance suffers more from cold than NiCD/NiMH, winter performance may be and issue.

    Good alternative to the other over-priced systems; I'd rather spend $300 on a new fork than a light system any day.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $56.00

    Purchased At:   MEC

    Similar Products Used:   Niterider Super Sport

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave Arthur a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 27, 2002

    Strengths:    Value, Value, Value. Bright enough, durable and recharges fairly quickly.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy battery. Only 2h of light; might be able to stretch it longer.

    Bottom Line:   
    I'd recommend this light. It's plenty bright enough for a great night ride and is very cheap compared to other light systems. Who says you need to pay $300 to have fun on your bike at night?!

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    Favorite Trail:   Ewok Forest/ River Valley

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $54.00

    Purchased At:   Mountain Equipment Coop

    Similar Products Used:   First REAL MTB light system

    Bike Setup:   A Kona beauty.

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