The Moon Meteor Storm Lite is a sturdy torch-style light that offers excellent output from its two Cree LEDs, good battery life and a raft of modes at a decent price. Bright enough for night rides on pitch black roads, there's a lot to recommend it.
- Pros: High output, decent battery life, included extras
- Cons: Helmet mount and remote switch may need modification
In Moon's large range of bike lights, the Storm Lite slots in at the bottom of the Storm range, offering only slightly lower outputs than the top two but no fewer features.
Inside the packaging you'll find the light itself, a handlebar mount, helmet mount, remote switch and a USB charging cable – pretty much everything you need for most riding types, on or off road.
The light unit is somewhat wider than most torch-style units because of the two LEDs sitting side by side, in an all-aluminium casing that also acts as the heatsink. There is one button on top to switch on, off and between the 11 modes, along with an LED display panel that shows both battery level and mode setting.
The handlebar mount is pretty standard: a hinged two-piece plastic clamp that tightens with a finger-operated screw – no tools required. It's designed as standard to fit an oversize bar, with rubber inserts supplied to pack it out and fit smaller diameters. The light slides on and clicks into place, with a button on the side of the mount to release it.
The included helmet mount is a simple plate with the same mount as the handlebar version, which can be angled up or down, and secured with a Velcro strap.
There is also a remote button that plugs into the USB port on the underside of the light and mounts to the bar to give an alternative to using the button on the light.
The clamp is simple to fit, as expected, and nice and tight. The light is a bit stiff to click into place at first, though it did wear in a bit, and when on, the head swivels 360 degrees so you can place it and adjust its position as you please.
The remote button plugs in underneath and is attached with a Velcro strap. Its lead is 35cm long, which is more than enough for a road bike and should be sufficient for most mountain bike bars too. However, I did find that even when done up as tight as possible the button would slide around the bar, the small rubber pad not enough to keep it in place. I fixed this by using a cable tie in place of the strap.
I also tested the helmet mount; I don't normally ride with a light on my lid, and this certainly didn't convince me otherwise. The flat plate didn't sit too well on my helmet, and the Velcro strap that you have to feed through the vents never felt too secure. The extra weight also felt odd to me, but if you use a helmet light more regularly you might find it perfectly acceptable.
A la modes
To operate, the Storm took a bit of learning. With many lights you simply switch them on and cycle through the modes. With the Storm you switch it on it and can cycle through five modes, but to switch between steady and flashing you have to hold the power button down for two seconds. To do this it passes through the 'off' setting (a one-second hold), which means you really need to be somewhere lit or stationary if you want to swap on the move.
The modes themselves have something for just about all situations, with the maximum 800-lumen setting enough for dark roads and lanes, and the varying flashing modes ideal for low light or day use. One of the five flashing modes is an emergency pattern, signalling SOS in morse code.
As mentioned, the remote button replicates the button on the light, and although I was initially sceptical, having it on the bar tops by my thumb did prove useful for changes – especially the boost mode, giving both LEDs at full power, 1,100 lumens, which required a quick double-press to switch on and off again.
Run-times and charging
Run-times were spot on as advertised, and pretty good too for the size of the light. Running boost mode permanently will kill the battery in an hour, but the modes I used the most, 600-lumen steady and day flash, gave 2 hours and up to 65 hours respectively, more than enough for the riding I do at this time of year. With mixed use I got three days or so from the light before it needed a charge, with that handy LED panel showing the battery level in 20% increments.
Charging is via micro-USB, which is useful as no end of products use this standard. In my house at least there were plenty of places to plug in without needing the supplied cable. It takes around six hours from flat to a full charge. Another feature commonly found now is that the battery packs are removable, meaning they can be replaced at the end of their life to give longevity to the main unit.
Other similar spec options include the Lezyne Macro Drive 1100XL – this is also a twin-LED light with a 1,100-lumen boost, has six modes and similar run-times but only a bar mount and retails for £16 less; it's a viable option if you don’t need (or want) the extra accessories (we'll have a full review soon). Another one to consider is the Ravemen PR900, 100 lumens higher than the Moon’s 800-lumen high mode but missing the boost up to 1100, which retails at £84.99, the same as the Moon.
Overall, the Moon Meteor Lite offers a load of usable modes with run-times to suit most situations. With the included extras it works well on road and off, further enhancing the value of what is a very good option for £85.
Twin LED power and a host of extras in the box make for a well-priced and high-performing product
road.cc test report
Make and model: Moon Meteor Storm Lite
Size tested: 2 CREE XM-L2 high brightness LED
Tell us what the light is for
A high output and versatile light for on and off-road use, with 10 modes and a super-bright burst feature for lighting pitch black areas, for commuting through to night riding.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?
2 pcs Cree XM-L 2 (U2) high brightness LEDs
Matrix LED Display
CNC aluminium heat sink casing
Boost Mode (Instantly activate 2000 lumens for 10 seconds)
10 modes: Mode 1/ Mode 2 / Mode 3 / Mode 4 / Mode 5 / FL 1 / FL 2 / FL 3 / Day FLASH / SOS
Over heat protection system
Quick release SAMSUNG lithium ion battery (3.7V 2600 mAh)
Quick release handlebar mount (fits 22-35mm)
Quick release helmet mount
Magnetic battery cover design
Low battery, charging and fully charged indicator
Automatic fully charged cut-off system
USB remote control system
Water resistant USB port
Water resistant (IPX 4)
Day Flash Mode
Size: 115.5 x 48 x 34mm
A well-made and sturdy all-aluminium casing with a neat LED display on top to display the battery and modes.
It's a fairly standard torch style design, wider than most as it has two Cree LEDs side by side, with a single button on top to operate (or the optional but included remote switch). With 10 modes it took a bit of learning to remember the operation and button presses required, but was simple enough after a few uses.
The handlebar clamp is similar to most on the market, with a single size hinged unit that tightens with a finger-tightened screw. Rubber inserts are used to secure the clamp to smaller handlebar sizes. Also in the package is a helmet clamp, with a simple Velcro fastening to hold it on. The handlebar clamp was secure once fitted, but I found the helmet clamp a little insecure with just the Velcro strap and weight of the light.
No issues at all during the test period; the unit is completely waterproof and the USB port underneath is secure and durable. The remote switch that attaches to the USB port is designed to completely block it up when fitted and prevent water ingress.
Battery life is good but not great as a result of using two LEDs and an internal battery. The highest solid output – 800 lumens – will run for 1hr 30mins, the lowest steady mode at 100 lumen will run for 12 hours. Flashing modes will harness much longer run-times, with 80 hours from the lowest setting and 24 hours on the highest (400 lumen) setting. The 1100-lumen boost mode, which is designed to be used for short periods, will drain the battery in an hour if used constantly. Charge time from flat is a reasonable 6 hours.
As long as you plan your run-time and charge times around the activities you undertake, the light is excellent. With such a wide range of modes there is one to suit most conditions, and the remote switch, which I thought wouldn't be much use, turned out to be super-useful, allowing changes without having to move my hands off the bar.
The aluminium case seems tough and is still blemish-free, resilient to light scratches from being carried in pockets and bags. The LEDs can get dirty as the face is flat and there isn't a cowl, but it wipes clean with no effort.
For a high output light it's not too heavy at just over 200g. It's not noticeable at all on the bike but makes itself known when mounted on a helmet, making the lid feel fairly top heavy.
Against other similar output options its £84.99 stands up well, especially with the full range of mounts and remote in the box.
Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The light has proved reliable, holding close to the claimed run-times, and gives a nice spread of light that works well on urban roads and unlit back lanes, the numerous modes coming in very handy.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the light
The simple design, good output and run-times, plus the remote switch.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light
The helmet mount is a little insecure, and the remote switch suffers from the same problem with just the supplied Velcro strap – I replaced this with a more secure cable tie.
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 overall score
Great performance and decent value, with plenty of modes and mounting options, and the remote switch a nice bonus.
About the tester
I usually ride: Boardman AirPro Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives