2016 Lights Shootout

The TT3000 is a very powerful light that is ideal for the helmet, but can be mounted on the bars too.

The TT3000 is a very powerful light that is ideal for the helmet, but can be mounted on the bars too (click to enlarge).​

Editor's Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview's 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

For this season, the runtime has been improved to 2:25 and the price has been lowered to $299. Given the incredibly light and bright head unit already on this light, these are very welcome changes indeed.

CandlePower Tech is a group of craftsmen that strive to build some of the brightest and smallest lights around. They believe in very bright helmet lights that have a very big and even beam pattern. With a 100 gram light head with 8 LEDs, the TT3000 is a very powerful little device that is ideal for the helmet but can be mounted on the bars too. The battery is 265 grams so it may need to go on a backpack or jersey pocket.

Claimed Lumens: 3000 LumensMtbr Lux: N/A
Measured Lumens: N/A LumensMounted weight: N/A grams
Lumens per $: N/A LumensCategory: Headlight
Lumens per gram: N/A LumensPrice: $299
Run time on high: 2:15 HoursRating:
4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
4.5 Chilis-out-of-5
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Pluses

Minuses
  • Extremely high, hand-made quality
  • Not up to 3000 Lumen claims
  • Beam pattern is bright, wide and square-shaped
  • Can get hot and step down in brightness
  • Light output is bright and competitive with products in its price range
  • Very good heat dissipation and excellent electronics that manage heat well if necessary
  • Very good connectors
  • Made entirely in the U.S.
  • Battery case is one of the most rugged we've ever seen

Full Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

The light heads are very smart to use the universal GoPro compatible mount, thus it is ready for an array of helmets with built-in mounts. And the plethora of GoPro or third party mounts can be used with this light. Construction is first rate on these lights so expect these systems to last a very long time.

The light uses a standard GoPro mount so it is instantly compatible with a host of mounts, including helmets with this interface.

The light uses a standard GoPro mount so it is instantly compatible with a host of mounts, including helmets with this interface (click to enlarge).​

At the end of the day, it's really all about the beam pattern, and the CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000 delivers with a wide, long beam that is very even. There's no hotspots or artifacts in the pattern. It's clean and the throw is excellent. At high speed, this light really delivers as you can see a long way, yet the periphery is lit up as well. The beam pattern is more rectangular rather than round and that's a good thing. That means the optics have been designed to point the light at the trail to make use of all this available light.

Continue to page 2 for the beam pattern and Lumen measurement »



CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000 Beam Pattern

Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photo was taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. The backyard beam pattern allows you to gauge the throw and the width of the light. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured N/A Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 3000 Lumens. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

The light and packaging are  very compact. It even includes a head strap for the ultimate, camping/caving setup.

The light and packaging are very compact. It even includes a head strap for the ultimate, camping/caving setup (click to enlarge).​

This is a very well made product from CandlePower Tech and we would like to see more products from this company. If you want one of the brightest helmet lights around, this is a great choice.

For more information visit www.candlepowertech.com.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview's 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.