Recently I received some information from NiteRider regarding their new lights... and updates to their current LED lights. Let's start with the current lights:
The only change to the MiNewt Mini-USB is the addition of a charge indicator built into the switch on the battery. This is an indicator of charge, and lights up when the charger is plugged in. It doesn't light up during use. I've been using a prototype battery an
d it works nicely--no more guessing about when the battery is fully charged. Otherwise, the light is the same one we looked at over the winter. The price remains the same, too.
Next up, the MiNewt.X2. They are bumping the output from 150 to 200 lumens and are changing the name to MiNewt.200. The X2 Dual will also see the increase, raising its output to 400 lumens. Naturally, it, too, gets a name change to MiNewt.400. The lights also get a price reduction of 5%.
While I see the point in naming a light using the output, it is becoming commonplace. See Seca 400, Seca 700, Stella 200 (all from Light and Motion) and the 800L, 400L, 200L (from
DiNotte Lighting). At least you know which lights are comparable.
Finally, the big news. NiteRider is introducing two new lights: the Pro 600 and Pro 1200 (shown right) with--go on, guess--600 lumens and 1200 lumens, respectively.
While I don't know for sure, these most likely use an LED similar to the
Tesla by Lupine--a SSC P7, for those interested. The Pro 1200 looks to have two different reflectors: one narrow and one wide.
The single LED Pro 600 light head weighs in at 99 grams while the light head on the Pro 1200 will tip the scales at 200 grams.
OK, so there are fewer emitters and more lumens... great! What else is new?
The battery attaches to a hard mount that is, in turn, attached to the bike. The cable protrudes from this mount, not the battery. This should allow for quick on and quick off of the battery, without having to restring the wires. After I get a chance to use the system, I'll let you know how it works out in real life. On paper, it seems like a good idea. The battery is charged by placing it onto a docking station.
The lights have another feature: you the user sets the modes. Want flashing? You got it. What just high or low? No problem. In fact, what you do is connect the docking station to a computer
(the modes are stored in the battery along with the rest of the electronics, it appears) * via a USB port and access NiteRider's web-based DIY software. This allows you to set the number of light levels, the output of the levels, flashing, etc. The light can store up to three "programs" so you could have one for commuting--with flash, let's say--and another for offroad riding--sans flash--and maybe a third for racing. You decide. To me, this is taking the Lupine's customization to a whole new level. I can't wait to try it out.
The electronics are not stored in the battery. NiteRider has moved them to the light head, while the charging electronics are in the docking station. The battery is now just a power source. Nice.
Also, the battery for the Pro 600 is 6-cell and the Pro 1200 comes with an 8-cell. Both are Li-Ion. The is also going to be a 4-cell accessory pack. All three batteries work with both lights.