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What a cracking little light! The Cateye AMPP 200 is a smart little package that gives you enough light to ride by on main roads, and a flash mode that'll get you noticed for many hours. It's simple to use, well made and can fit almost anywhere.
The 200 is one of the smallest lights in Cateye's AMPP line-up, and it's ideal if you just want a light to see by should you get caught out in the dark, or a compact unit with a bright flash to be seen day or night.
There are just three modes, high, low and flash, and – check this out – you don't have to scroll through flashing to get back to high! If Cateye can achieve that on a light costing as little as £24.99 (as low as £12.49 online), why can't larger, more expensive lights come with it?
The clear button on the top controls the modes and power, as well as behaving as a battery indicator.
I found two ways to turn it on: a double-click would bring it on in flashing mode, or a long press would bring it on in solid state. It has a memory function, so whether you turn it off in high or low, it will turn back on in that mode.
To switch between the solid modes and flashing, or vice versa, a double click is required, which keeps them separate. If you are in high, a single press will take you to low, another press and you are back to high again.
A long press on the button turns the light off.
As the name suggests, 200 lumens is the highest output, with 1.5 hours of battery life, while low is 40 lumens with a whopping 13 hours' burn-time. Flash is 200 lumens and runs for around 30 hours. A full recharge takes about 2.5 hours.
The beam is very much a spot, a bright centre with a warm glow around the outside. Not perfect for riding, but you can get the light to punch a decent length up the road ahead, and as long as you aren't going too fast (15mph-ish) it gives enough illumination to see where you are going safely. The 40 lumen, not so much, but there is enough light there to get you home should your main light fail.
For more options, front and rear, check out our guide to the best bike lights.
The lens creates a small amount of side visibility, too.
The AMPP's mount is attached to the light itself, and a rubber band wraps around handlebars measuring from 22mm to 35mm. Its design allows you to spin it by 360 degrees too, so you can mount the Cateye on your stem if you prefer, or even a helmet.
Build-wise, the main body is made from a thermoplastic, ABS, but I'm not going to quibble at this price. It has survived unscathed being chucked in a rucksack and dropped by the kids.
The charge point is covered by a rubber bung, which helps protect it from the elements. Although overall the AMPP only gets an IPX4 rating, which means it can cope with water sprayed from various directions, in real world conditions it handled prolonged rain fine, and the bathroom shower caused no problems.
For the money, I really don't think there is much to complain about with this little light.
Lezyne's KTV Drive 200 has a headline output of 200 lumens, but it only achieves that on Dayflash mode. For static you are looking at 70 lumens with a run-time of two hours. That's quite pitiful for the size of the light, and it's three quid more than the AMPP 200.
If you want a small backup light or a flashing light with the option of being used to see where you are going, the Cateye AMPP 200 is a great option. It's well made, easy to use and offers decent battery life too.
Compact, light and simple to use, plus you don't have to scroll through flash mode – bonus!
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cateye AMPP 200 Front Light
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?
It's a simple to use front light with decent battery life.
Cateye says, "200 lumen USB rechargeable light with excellent side visibility. A versatile rubber strap allows for quick and easy attachment/removal from the handlebar."
And lists these features:
Compact rechargeable headlight (200 lm)
Easy to attach and remove, new rubber strap mount
Excellent side visibility
Low battery indicator
USB rechargeable (Micro-USB cable included)
Mode memory function
Three light modes (High / Low / Flashing)
Turns on Flashing mode with double-click of power button
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?
Dimension： 86 x 35 x 33mm (excluding the rubber strap)
Weight： 62 grams (light unit and battery)
Light source： High intensity white LED X1
Run time： High mode 200 lumens：approx 1.5hrs, Low mode 40 lumens：approx 13hrs, Flashing mode 200 lumens：approx 30hrs
Battery：Li-ion rechargeable battery (3.7V-800mAh)
Recharge time：approx 2.5hrs (0.5A)
Recharge/discharge number of times：about 300 times（until the rated capacity drops to 70%）
Other：Low battery indicator, lighting mode memory function
Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Easy to use, and good battery life considering its diminutive size.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the light
No scrolling through flash mode.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light
The spot beam can be narrow for some road riding.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's quite cheap for what you are getting, compared with the opposition.
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
The light output is modest, but there are a lot of small design cues found that you don't even get on more expensive powerful lights. Well made, and bright enough to get you out of trouble, it's very good.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!