The Moon Meteor Storm Pro is a well made all-in-one light with more modes than you probably need, making it great for all conditions both on and off road.
Whether you are commuting, getting your winter training miles in or just popping out for an evening joy ride, a good light is key through the winter. At £138, the Storm isn't cheap, but the functionality heavily outweighs that price.
With five constant modes, five flashing and a boost, the Meteor Storm Pro can be set to provide the ideal output for just about any riding environment. Naturally, the 1700-lumen full beam is best for particularly dark conditions whether on a bike path, trail or country lane, while dimmed settings (850 and 450 lumens, for example) are good for better lit and traffic-heavy areas such as town riding. The 2-hour run-time at 1700 lumens is more than enough for an evening ride and you can get up to 25 hours (claimed) on the lowest 150-lumen setting.
Flashing modes also range in strength, include a day flash mode and even a Morse code SOS option, which is an interesting addition. The 10-second boost at 2000 lumens can be useful when covering a particularly poor road or rough section of path, but requires a double click, which isn't the easiest to perform while riding.
The light also has a mode memory to remember the last used mode at turn on, which is a nice touch to make a quick setup easier.
Charging from a wall socket is quite a lengthy 6 hours from flat, and although there's a USB cable included the wall charger is an optional extra (any USB plug charger will do the job). If that is too long, you can buy additional batteries to replace instead, but it seems a little extreme to me. It has an automatic fully charged cut-off system so no worries of overheating when plugged in for a prolonged period.
The double barrelled LEDs, with optical lenses, sit snuggly inside a CNC machined aluminium heat sink cap to help with heat distribution. The main body holds the Panasonic lithium-ion batteries, which are removable via a magnetic 'quick' release cover at the rear; the cap is locked and needs a screwdriver or a penny to open, though, hence not all that quick in my book.
The matrix LED display and power button are embedded into the plastic casing. They are kept away from the hot lights so no worrying about burning your fingers like on some high power lights I've used. The USB port is hidden under the body and well protected by a thick rubber case, keeping it water resistant.
The Storm Pro comes with both handlebar and helmet mount as you may expect. Both use the same simple slide and locking mechanism, also seen on the BBB Scope 1500, with a small push tab to release. It seemed a slightly tight fit at times, which may be intentional to reduce vibration, but definitely required a strong tug to get it moving.
The handlebar mount is strong and rigid with no noticeable flexing or movement. It's only compatible with 35mm diameter bars, but an extra shim is available for narrower bars. The protective rubber layer is only secured at one end, so was annoying to keep it in the centre when mounting, but not a big complaint. The hand-tightened screw made it easy for removal if you're frequently changing bikes.
The helmet mount is a standard Velcro strap with padding to protect your helmet. The addition of a hand tightening angle adjuster allows you to set the light how you like. Included is a 'remote' which plugs into the charging port. It attaches to the side of the helmet with Velcro, allowing you to change modes without having to reach to the very top of the light.
Mounting it on your helmet does, however, highlight the only major drawback: with it being a self-contained unit, the batteries do make it heavy and large. On the handlebar it sits tall and can get in the way, especially if you're using an out-front computer, and when on your helmet, the 215g is very noticeable, pulling your head forward while riding.
I realise a two-part light and battery unit are more of a pain to set up, and a smaller battery would reduce power and run-time, but it's a point to note if you're after a sleek look or light weight.
Overall, the Meteor Storm Pro is a very impressive self-contained light with great power and all the features you could need. The light modes can be set to match your riding surroundings and run-times vary but can last over 4 hours on the middle strength settings. My only major criticism is the size and weight, but that's a tricky one knowing that many of the positive features arise from the large, powerful batteries.
And finally, though it's not cheap, it is far less than many competitors such as the Exposure Strada Mk6. If you need the power, looking at bang for your buck this surely has to be up there.
Excellent functionality, though at the expense of size
road.cc test report
Make and model: Moon Meteor Storm Pro
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the light is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The light is designed for all uses, from complete darkness to well lit areas and even day use with flashing modes. Very much for those who want to see where they are going as opposed to just being seen by vehicles.
Distributor Raleigh says: "The Meteor 1600 is designed for durability and style. The chassis contains 2 Cree LEDs for superior output."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?
Light Source: 2 pcs Cree XM-L 2 (U2) high brightness LEDs
Beam: The LEDs are angled seperatley to provide true spot and flood options
Brightness: 1700 Lumens in standard mode. Up to 2000 lumens on Boost mode.
Battery: LX-BAT-3200 (PANASONIC Li-ion battery 3200 mAh) X 2
Run Time: From 2 hours - 140 hours depending on which modes used
Charge Time: 6 hours
Battery Life Indicator: Low battery, charging and fully charged indicator
Mounting: Quick release handlebar mount (fits 22-35mm), Quick release helmet mount
Light modes: 11 modes - Mode 1/ Mode 2 / Mode 3 / Mode 4 / Mode 5 / FL 1 / FL 2 / FL 3 / Day FLASH / SOS / BOOST
Construction: CNC aluminium heat sink casing, Water resistant (IPX 4)
Extra Features: Over heat protection system
Weight: 215 grams
Extremely well made. Sleek transition from the aluminium into the plastic casing.
Nice looking design with main features kept away from the hot aluminium casing. Impressive to have packed in the two larger batteries in there too. Easy to cycle through the many modes, even if the LED matrix screen doesn't make it all that obvious which setting you are in.
Helmet mount was quick and easy to attach. Handlebar mount is slightly more fiddly but a hand-tightening screw makes life easier not having to get an Allen key out. The slide and locking mechanism was very good although a little tight, making removing the light a slight struggle.
Well designed unit with tight magnetic release at the back to keep it watertight. Only worry was when using the remote and having to use the USB charging port, but a large case around the cable seemed to keep water out.
Recharging is long at 6 hours (claimed), and not having a wall charger included seems harsh. The run-time of the batteries is plenty, ranging from 2 hours on full beam mode through to 25 hours on lowest.
Excellent range of modes for all conditions. Easy to change between modes, and nice added touches such as the mode memory and day flash mode.
In the short term it's been faring well, showing no signs of wear over the first few wintry weeks of commuting and riding 'cross.
The self-contained unit means the batteries make it heavy and large. Mostly a problem if you ride it with the helmet mount, pulling your head forward somewhat.
Very good value for money, especially when you compare it to its direct competition. Very few lights offer the same high end power and range of functionality at this price.
Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well. No flaws.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the light
The number of modes made it perfect for all scenarios whether riding home via the woods or on the busy roads of Bath.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light
Just the size and weight due to the large batteries.
Did you enjoy using the light? Yes
Would you consider buying the light? Yes
Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
If it wasn't for the size this light is nigh-on perfect, with modes to fit all your needs and good run-times even on the most powerful of settings.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Cadx My best bike is: Scott CR1 Pro
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives,