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The MaxxD is our favorite light from Exposure this year. It sports 4 Cree XPGs and puts out a wide beam pattern rated at 1285 lumens. When used in tandem with a helmet mounted Exposure Diablo, this is a system that will provide excellent light in a lightweight, hassle-free package.

And its craftsmanship is typical British so expect only the best machining, CNCing and laser etching. We like the ergonomics of this light except the off switch which requires a long 3 seconds of pressing the small button. If you get it wrong, you'll fall in the dreaded flash mode.

New for 2012 is a gold-plated smart port and a rubber smart port cover. The smart port is typically used for charging but it has other nifty tricks like:
  • Accepting a remote switch
  • Integrating with a tail light
  • Charging another light by leveling the battery levels
  • Accepting a remote battery
  • Charging a smart phone

Specifications:
  • Price: $500.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 1285 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 276 grams
  • Installed Weight: 276 grams
  • Run Time: 3 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 85 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 800 Lumens
Mounting:

Handlebar mounting is done with a handlebar clamp that is bolted on. It has a spring loaded pin that locks a cleat on the light unit. It's nifty but not ideal if you take the clamp off and on the bike to move it to another. It requires a tool and a rubber sleeve to lock the clamp in place. Left to right aiming is possible but it requires positioning and locking on the cleat with an allen tool as well. This system is really better suited if the clamp just stays on the bike.

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Light Meter Measurements:

The lux measurement of 85 MTBR Lux is very useable. This measurement is on par with the Dinotte 1200L which also claims 1200 lumens In a laboratory environment with an integrating sphere, we measured the actual lumen output of this light to be 800 lumens. This is about 38% lower than the claimed 1285 lumens.

Strengths:
  • Good useable brightness
  • Self contained
  • 3 hour run time
  • Great beam pattern without a hot spot
  • Very smart Smart Port can charge a phone, charge a light, power a tail light.
Weaknesses:
  • Long hour charge time.
  • $500 price is very expensive
Bottom Line:

This is a very useable and desireable light. However, the $500 price for 800 actual lumens is not the best value.

Beam Pattern Photos:



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Value Rating:

3.75 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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