CatEye HL-500 II Micro Lights

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

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 14, 2019]
danniedmon


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I’ve owned a cat eye as to this work fine. It may seem heavy even in 1996 it still was ok to place a lesser brightness to the road.

Weakness:

Dims quickly heavy.

Price Paid:
35
Purchased:
New  
[Jun 04, 2008]
Bortoletto
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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

[Sep 19, 2005]
Jared
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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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[May 24, 2003]
Clement Takumi
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

absloulety bright...

Weakness:

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

Great for a frequent night rider.. not suitable for hardcore cyclists...

[Mar 22, 2006]
Aaron Zyms

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

[Dec 05, 2001]
Martin
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright enough for most purposes. Cheap enough to buy two for when I need more light. The second is a good back-up too! I can unclip it and take it with me when leaving the bike at the AMTRAK station all day. It takes AA batteries

Weakness:

Batteries don't last long enough.

I have had this light for a long time because it works really well. I would prefer a handlebar mounted dual light with a battery pack in the bottle cage, but it would probably be stolen the first day I left it. The bigger light assembly is too big to put in my pocket. The cateye micro works fine (it doubles as a flashlight too).

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[Dec 26, 2003]
Speeder

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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!

[Oct 28, 2003]
Georges Pelpel
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright, small and light. Good battery life.

Weakness:

None so far

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.

[Jan 30, 2004]
Ricardo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Very focused beam

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!!

[Jan 04, 2003]
Foo Freddy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

Bright, Solid and weather proof.

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