NiteRider MiNewt Older Lights

NiteRider MiNewt Older Lights 

DESCRIPTION

At first glance you’ll notice the MiNewt is like nothing you have ever seen. From the stylishly designed aluminum headlamp to the matching power module case, everything about the MiNewt shouts “limited edition”. By using highly efficient reflectors, the ultra bright Luxeon LED is able to deliver a nice and even light pattern void of rings or halos, this combination also allows for up to 3 times higher peak intensity than the competition. The MiNewt incorporates a one of a kind low battery indicator into both the headlamp and battery case that you’ll have to see to believe. What about burn times? How about an amazing 6:00hrs! If one MiNewt isn’t enough for you, then you’ll want to opt for the MiNewt Dual for twice the light output. All of these features are packed into a feather light package able to fit in the palm of your hand weighing an amazing 227g/8 oz. The MiNewt will redefine the way you view lighting technology.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 09, 2011]
todd z
Racer

Strength:

Easy to use, very bright. The minewt 600, on the lowest setting I had people telling me they thought I was a car.

Weakness:

The run times are way off. I couldn't get more than 3 hours out of them on low.


The run times are way off. I could only get 3 hours out of them on the lowest setting, during two 24 hour events. I called niterider. They asked me to do a "static" test at home. I did that, the run times were off again. That's 3 times now. So, I called them back again and they asked me to do another "static" test at a different setting. Really? Are you kidding me. I gave up on them and never called them back, kind of worthless in my opinion. I now own 5 of these...with the diminished run times, that's what you need to get through the night in a long event.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 16, 2011]
arnieman007
Racer

Strength:

Bright

Weakness:

Failed on First Trip. Had to send it back and it's a 10+ day turnaround. This is horrible for an out of the box problem. Customer Service is TERRIBLE! Avoid this company like the plague!

Don't buy from these guys if you want service.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 05, 2011]
caltrop_3
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

small & brite

Weakness:

battery pack does not hold a charge long in storage

I have NOT had good luck with NiteRider products.

I had two Evolution Smart's that failed and now the MiNewt 350. The MiNewt batteries do not hold a charge very long when stored, a few weeks at best.

That's the problem with push-button stuff. It is always on and if it is not designed right the drain on the battery will be high causing it to discharge rapidly even when OFF. If you discharge a LiIon battery to far it will never charge again. Again, if the electronics are not designed right the battery will be ruined.

I DO NOT like the new NiteRider design where everything is in the battery pack. It was better when the controls were on the lite that way when you disconnect it there is absolutely no drain on the battery.

My NiteRider experience:
1) Evolution Smart - bad out of the box. Cable short somewhere. It would work sometimes and not other times.
2) Evolution Smart - battery / charger problems. Never ran more than 10 - 20 minutes even on low.
3) MiNewt 350 - bad battery packs. I have two packs and both have failed.

My recommendation - DO NOT BUY NITERIDER!!!

Similar Products Used:

Evolution Smart

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Sep 12, 2007]
Dredge Johnston
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Strong light, good run time (4-6 hours), great flasher mode. Stays cool even after 2 hour rides. Smart charger.

Weakness:

short cord...meant only for stem mount. Blue indicator glow on light and battery is too bright for dark nights-stretched section of old innertube over, now can retain night-vision. Could use a better mount (newer models have addressed this), o-ring mount a hard to install or larger one slips when hitting road bumps. $$

Great light for pre-dawn rides. Medium focus spot perfect for riding at full speed (18-26mph) on rural roads and paved trails in pitch black. Wider general light allows side vision and to be seen. Smart charger makes it easy to take care of. Great flasher mode makes being seen in urban areas easy. (Pedestrians walking in same direction turn around to see what is coming because everything for 100+ yards is flashing).
Much more focused and useful than cygolight...that prevented riding confidently over ~16 mph at night.
Gave only 4 Chilis due to price. $120 for a light just seems a bit too dear...but i've kept it, so maybe i'm not too bright.

Similar Products Used:

misc dry-cell, cygolite night-rover

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 30, 2007]
Arthur Johnson

Strength:

small and easy to use. its just a plain simple light that works wonders on the trail for basic and agressive riding. its easy to install and take off.

Weakness:

charging time, but if you keep on top of charging it when you need to its not a problem.

you get what you pay for, which is not a bad thing, this is a small but surprisingly powerful light, great for handle bar or helmet mount.

Similar Products Used:

mag-lite and 2 small hose clamps

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 30, 2007]
Doug Greenall

Strength:

Very compact, light, strong light body, LED

Weakness:

Power botton a bit fidgity. took a litte time to mount light on bars. Bit $$$, but what's the price of safety??? Brighter = Better = $$$$

This light is by far the brightest commutter ligh I have ever used. Makes me ride real fast in traffic. Only issue i have really had is with the power button. Somtimes the button sticks, or does not register when i press it. But apart from that, it's a freakin sweet light. GO BUY ONE!!!!

Similar Products Used:

nothing as bright

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 26, 2007]
Matt

Strength:

- Long battery life
- White, LED light
- Very secure, versatile mounting hardware
- Attractive aesthetic
- Very light weight

Weakness:

- Charge indicator too bright
- Doesn't come with helmet mount
- Somewhat inconvenient to put on and take off

At one point, mine accumulated moisture in the lens housing after a short ride in the rain. It's not supposed to do this, and NiteRider sent me a new light housing - they were courteous in the process, with only a hint of hesitation. A few uses later, the moisture was completely gone before I even received the replacement unit. There was some variation in the pattern and brightness between the two housings in a side by side test, but the differences were pretty minor. I disassembled the new unit in order to clean the interior of the lens glass - it had a spidery film that wiped away.

Another small gripe is the choice of charge indicator color. Why must the battery unit glow blinding blue during use rather than a more subdued red? I don't know. This is why police cars have tactical red lights in the interior, so that you can see without losing your night vision.

A pretty good light overall, and a decent value. If I had to do it over, I'd get the MiNewt dual, as I don't need the extended battery life possible with the single.

Similar Products Used:

None. This is my first bike light.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 04, 2007]
David Hatley
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Very light and compact, good battery life, adequate light

Weakness:

Mounting is a bit fiddly, but is quite secure when done.
No helmet mount, cord is a too short.
Indicator light is too bright.

A very good light for commuting, and would be adequate for cross country riding.
Because of its size it would be ideal as a helmet mounted light, if Niterider made a helmet mount for it. It needs to have either a longer cord, or have extension included to allow more flexibility in battery mounting.
The battery indicator light is bright blue, and is brighter than it needs to be, which does not help with night vision.

Similar Products Used:

Various Halogen systems

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 19, 2006]
loren bolton
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

very small, very light and very affordable compared to most other lights

Weakness:

not the brightest of all light but it is the brightest of all led lights

this light is amazingly small and provides a great amount of light for a single LED. It is very lite and will last for a good 3 hours on high. It even has a low battery indicator. It also recharges fairly quick. It is the fastest and easiest mounting light of all lights. If your looking for a light and don't need to light up the whole vally then this light will be perfect. It also makes a very good headlamp because its so small and lite that you can mount the light and battery on your helmet and don't have to mess with cables running down to your water pack.

Similar Products Used:

trail rat 2.0

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 03, 2006]
Tim
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Weight,(8oz)., ease of use, setup, price, run time, (6 hr. at half power, 3 hr. at full) It is enough light for the commute at half power.

Weakness:

brightness.

I use this light for the commute to and from the trail. By itself in the trail it is a bit weak. But for My commute it is just awesome! It is 8 oz. complete when mounted on the bike. This is almost 12 oz. lighter than the trailrat! If You have younger eyes than Mine or ride with others then I think it would be adequate. When I hit the trails by Myself I switch on the H.I.D. It can be aimed almost anywhere. If You use Mary bars (like I do) this is important! I gave it 4 chilis only because it is not bright enough by itself in the trails.This might be due to leaf coverage(fall riding), making it hard to see the trail itself?

Similar Products Used:

Niterider trailrat. Niterider H.I.D. helmet mount.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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