Electron Nano 9 front light review£24.99

Nine-LED front unit

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Electron's Nano 9 has the same benefits and same weaknesses as Oxford’s similar UltraTorch. Both have nine LEDs, which offer a blue/white light, and both are powered by AAA batteries – four for the Nano, two for the Oxford.

If you’re planning on using it in flashing mode, there’s a claimed running time of 80 hours, but on constant mode we got little more than four hours, which is far from ideal for day-to-day use.

That run time would be okay as a backup, as the light isn’t really bright enough to use on its own. The CNC-machined aluminium casing inspires confidence for long-term durability.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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