CatEye LD250 Older Lights

Cat Eye LD250

User Reviews (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8  
András   Racer [Mar 21, 2001]
Strength:

Small, VERY bright, long battery life, only constant mode (on mine).

Weakness:

Uses unusual batteries, thus expensive, no rechargeables available. Battery indicator warns you much too early. Beam could be a bit wider (although I haven't seen the light from another vehicle, so it might be OK).

Great light, no problems at all apart from the mounting bracket whose retaining clip was too tight; but then it broke off anyway, I don't think it's needed.

No rubber insert in mine, but still no problems with water. It isn't exactly dry here in England, but still very little water enters the light, but the light keeps working nevertheless. Also, I don't have mudguards, so most of the water comes from the rear wheel.

Don't trust the battery indicator and you will have 3-4x the battery life.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Chua Lian Min   Racer [Nov 12, 1999]
Strength:

Same all around on this page

Weakness:

Doesn't like to get wet.

Will most definitely fail in foul weather. Unless you'll only be riding when the sun shines, this light is a no good. Anyone who's ever own one can vouch for it. Cateye, please do something about this problem. I can't believe you guys would actually release a product with a quality and performance this sloppy!

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Amran   Cross-Country Rider [Apr 23, 1999]
Strength:

Bright light

Weakness:

isn't water-proof

Mine doesn't come witha rubber gasket .. just like Nat's .. I rode it in rain too & yes it's not working now, I was going to check if it's the batteries but I've only used it not too long .. then I read the review here .. now I'm not sure if I should get replacement batteries, might be wasting my money as I don't need that batteries that size for anything else ..

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
yakko   weekend warrior [Feb 14, 1999]

Unlike with Nat my ld 250 does have a rubber gasket (a yellow one), so maybe yours was missing something.
It does give a good bright light, and the clips to put it on your clothes are a good extra.
Also act as a funky light display on my clothes when i go clubbin.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Nat   weekend warrior [Feb 07, 1999]

The Cat Eye LD 250 is a bright tail light. It is smaller than most tail lights and uses camera batteries which gives you 100 hours (according to box) of use. The body is made of plastic as is usual for most tail lights, it has 2 modes, flashing and steady. I used it for a month and a half and it served me well.. Until I rode in the rain. It refused to blink or turn off after the first rainy ride, staying constantly on intead. I removed the batteries and dried the unit. I noted that the unit had no waterproofing gaskets at all. Got it to work again. The very next day, I rode in the rain again (a friend borrowed my car). When I got to work.. CatEye was dead. No amount of drying would make it work again. Needless to say, I was pretty miffed. I bought a Trek tail light as a replacement. The Trek unit has a rubber piece presumably to keep water out. Hopefully this works. To CatEye's credit, their HL-500 headlight, though feeble, has been giving me good service for almost 10 months now. I have replaced it with a Gary Fisher Super Nova halogen light and it (the HL-500) now serves as a flashlight in my car. But no more Cat Eye Tail lights for me for sure.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Greg   Weekend Warrior [May 14, 2001]
Strength:

small, light, and bright

Weakness:

failed after a ride in the rain

This light is great if you never get caught in a rain storm. I had it mounted at the bottom of the seatpost so it took quite a stream off the rear tire. I cannot believe there is no provision for waterproofing it. I feel this is totally unacceptable. Maybe it would be okay if you use a fender.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Pavel   Weekend Warrior [Jun 14, 2001]
Strength:

small, bright, lightweight, attractive

I actually had two LD250s. The first one was made of translicent plastic and it died under the winter rain. The second one is black and it seems to be quite waterproof. This winter (2001) the bike was accidentally left in the backyard for two weeks of heavy rain, but the light is alive and blinking.
I cannot think of any weaknesses of the second light, so I'm giving it five peppers. The first one may have beed a sour grape, after all.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
S.Ganesh   Cross-Country Rider [Apr 27, 1999]
Strength:

1. Bright
2. Transparent(360 degree view)
3. Small
4. Light

Weakness:

None Yet

I have contacted Cateye USA about the problem you guys stated(the LD-250 not being waterproof). Well... Cateye said that it should hold up to rain although, they did state that some riders have had problems with the rear wheel pounding water on the cateye. They recommended me to avoid that(Maybe just to play safe, I'll cover my CATEYE with a clear plastic sheet). This light is one of the brightest lights I have ever seen! Many of the cyclists in my group are amazed at it's brightness. At SING$15 each, this rear light is a value for money!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Showing 1-8 of 8  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.