Nite Rider’s MiNewt 150 cordless could be the ultimate commuter/training lamp for those wanting high power without the clutter and faff of external battery systems. Lifetime warranty covers mechanical defects while the lithium ion battery can be charged either from the computer USB or mains socket thanks to a sensible adaptor. That said the twin lamp MiNewt Cordless 250 comes with helmet mount as standard and has the edge if you’re looking for adventures sans asphalt.
Boasting 150 lumens, the compact MiNewt packs an almighty punch in the highest setting returning three hours from the integral li-on battery-enough to navigate those nocturnal rides that take in town centres, suburbs and rural seclusion. A translucent switch incorporates the battery indicator, which engages when charge levels deplete to approximately fifteen per cent, giving the option of toggling down to the lower 110 and 65 lumen mid, low or indeed flash settings as appropriate. By this stage you’ve between ten and twenty-five minutes (temperatures allowing) before being plunged into darkness.
Lens quality is crucial not so much in terms of output but quality of light (old-fashioned ten-watt lead acid types belt out a bright beam but optical clarity makes navigation of shadowy areas tricky). Nite Rider has chosen a Borofloat type lens combining flawless mirror like quality with similar heat tolerant properties to Pyrex while a Fish mouth cowling addresses peripheral presence at the crucial points.
Solid design extends to the tool free universal bracket that accommodates the standard 25.4, 26.0 and oversized 31.8 diameters while the lamp dis/engages well. Weather resistance is every bit as good as more traditional types under normal inclement riding conditions so long as the rubberised charge flap is securely home but a two year electrical component warrantee should give peace of mind.
Performance had me really excited; it’s the first lamp aimed at the commuter market that in the highest setting genuinely brings country lanes to life. Medium setting takes the edge off a bit and is best for town and around whereas low is strictly for urban runs and flashing for low/overcast mornings or emergencies.
Superb commuter lamp that genuinely copes in unlit settings
road.cc test report
Make and model: Niterider MiNewt 150 cordless LED front light
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product 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 MiNewt.150 Cordless offers all of the great features found on the 250 Cordless, the only difference is a lumen output of 150. The new 150 Cordless features a one piece modular design, 3 light levels, flash mode and quick release handlebar mount. A commuters’ dream light at a price that won’t break the bank".
No disagreement here.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)