Moon Mask 5 LED Front Light  £34.99

8/10

Extremely bright safety/town light a longer charge cable would be good though

Weight 48g   Contact  www.raleigh.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   October 31, 2011  

Moon Mask 5.

Form definitely meets function with the Moon Mask 5.0 LED, which claims to delivers a whopping 70 lumens in the highest of five modes-just enough for tackling well surfaced lanes at 20 odd mph and a real boon for roadside repair, pannier rummaging and map reading. It certainly gave a punch performance in our beam test and the stats seem to bear that out too.

A red pulsing light indicates low battery giving the option of charging home in twenty minutes, or toggling to economy settings as conditions dictate. Fully charged in two hours, it shouldn't attract unwanted attention from the office snitch and forgetful folks can sleep soundly in the knowledge intelligent charging prevents the 3.7 volt lithium polymer battery from being boiled within an inch of it's five year life expectancy...

However, it's a little thirsty in the higher settings beyond point-to-point commutes/training runs. Essentially the Moon Mask takes the alternative approach to run time over output than something like the similarly priced Cateye Jido which runs for much longer but also puts out less light. Either approach works, it simply depends on which works best for the type of riding you do. The Moon Mask's potential drawback is that if you are running it at it's brightest setting most of the time you need to remember to keep it charged up, and while the short charge cable is cosy beside the laptop or tablet, plugging into the desktop tower could leave it vulnerable to careless size nines.

Measuring a diminutive 6x3 by 5x1 the Mask earns its moniker from the option of aftermarket top caps for the last word in personalisation. I understand the appeal but will pass at £12 a pop. More impressive are the five Nichia LEDs developed for optimum front and peripheral illumination, which project a razor sharp beam of light that seems particularly potent when performing tricky right turns. Driver acknowledgement is to a grin inducing 550 metres, dropping to around 350 through congested town centre rush hour traffic.

Thanks to the clever rubberised strap mount that seems a genuinely universal fit to 30.8 bulge diameters although it struggled a bit on some oversize bars, it can also be persuaded atop a helmet. Choosing this option seemed to increase its efficiency-encouraging myopic drivers to dip their lights sooner while discouraging some of that all too familiar casual indifference shown by larger vehicles when crossing staggered junctions.

Switching between modes, is easy wearing full-weight winter gloves and on the fly. Run times seem broadly faithful to the blurb, unaffected by plummeting temperatures and delivering a consistent 2 hours 47mins, 5 hours 50 and 8 hours 24 (mins) in high, strobe and flashing respectively.

Verdict

Extremely bright safety/town light a longer charge cable would be good though

 

road.cc test report

Make and model: Moon Mask LED Front Light

Size tested: Black/Silver

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?

Moon give little away as to the Mask's target market but testing suggests it's a very powerful secondary safety lamp that transcends genres (save for touring without a portable charging interface). Bang on for desk bound commuting, it consumes nominal space so equally welcome for summer's swan song and those afternoon training runs that overlap into dusk.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?

Tool free quick release handle bar bracket

5 Nichia super bright LED's

Constant & Flashing modes

Water resistant

Horizontally adjustble

Low battery indicator

3.7V Lithium polymer battery

USB rechargeable via PC or mac

Upto 70 lumen light output

Up to 8.5 hours run time

2 hours charge time

Cover exchange system. You can change the cover of the Mask 5.0 to match your bike

Rate the light for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the light for design and ease of use. How simple was the light to use?
 
8/10
Rate the light for the design and usability of the clamping system/s
 
7/10

Good but struggles a bit on oversized drops.

Rate the light for waterproofing. How did it stand up to the elements?
 
7/10

Generally fine, although USB types are more vulnerable to extreme conditions simply by virtue of the charge interface. That said, water resistance is very good-just check jacket pockets before slipping them in the wash.

Rate the light for battery life. How long did it last? How long did it take to recharge?
 
7/10
Rate the light for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the light for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the light for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

48g

Rate the light for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the light for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The Mask is a remarkably bright safety light that trounces a lot of traditional town lamps in terms of output and makes a perfect complement to minimalist cockpits. However, at £12 a time the interchangable top-caps seem a bit gimmicky and a longer charge cable would've been welcomed.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the light

Good looks, commendable output and convenient charge times.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light

Nothing but a longer USB charge cable please.

Did you enjoy using the light? Yes

Would you consider buying the light? Yes

Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  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,

 

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Shaun

With the USB charging lead, is the lamp end connection a standard mini USB connector (like Garmin), or is it a plug specific to this lamp?

Regards
Ramaye

posted by Ramaye [25 posts]
1st November 2011 - 13:31

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Ramaye

I got one of these lights last week and it is great, and it is nice and small but gives good light. The charge cable is relatively short at around 50cm (but fine) and looks like a regular USB connection. It has a small connection at the other end the same as my digital camera and MP3 player but the instructions tell you only to use the supplied charge cable.

Comrade

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posted by Comrade [132 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 23:07

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Standard USB-mini connector, after a year of casual city and provincial evening use - they turn the street lights off from 2am in this part of the world... - I'll be replacing it with the very same model.

posted by visserlabs [2 posts]
14th May 2014 - 9:12

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I've had no problem using any USB mini cable, be that the provided 'power-only' cable or run of the mill 'power + data' cables used with other USB accessories.

posted by visserlabs [2 posts]
14th May 2014 - 9:15

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