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The Niterider Mako series is the affordable option for the budget-conscious commuter. It features AA batteries (included) to keep the price affordable and to allow the user to put fresh batteries any time. It also features a Cree LED and a reflector like the one found in more expensive lights. This allows the light to control the beam pattern more efficiently.

Side lighting is also available through three slots on each side. This is consistent with the commuter target for this light where side visibility is important to enhance visibility to side traffic.

Finally, a good quick-release mount is available just like the ones found in the Minewt Series of lights from Niterider. This mount allows single-hand locking of the light and it allows side to side aiming.

Specifications:
  • Price: $50.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 130 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 133 grams
  • Installed Weight: 164 grams
  • Run Time: 25 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 11 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 92 Lumens
Mounting:

Handlebar mounting is done with a quick release mount that works quite well once snug. It can be aimed left to right. There is a bit of shake on the light head on very rough roads or trails. But it's really not an issue for commuting.

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MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 11 lux on our ambient Mtbr lux light measurement facility. In an integrating sphere, this light measured at 92 lumens. The Mako 2 on the other hand measured 5 lux and 46 lumens in our lab tests. Clearly, the Mako 2 is twice as bright as the Mako 1 at $50 vs $40.

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Strengths:
  • $50 is a good price point for 92 actual lumens
  • Cree LED and reflector is good to have at this level
  • Quick release mount is very good for a commuter level light
Weaknesses:
  • The beam pattern is very narrow.
Bottom Line:

At $50, we give it a big thumbs up. Get a hand 4 pack of rechargeables and charger if you intend to use this light regularly.

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Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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