MTB Batteries V2 XML light review

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£89

MTB Batteries V2 XML light

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80.0 out of 5 stars

"All the lighting power and features most riders need with full UK support at a bargain price"

Monday, August 27, 2012 9.00am By

The new V2 XML from MTB Batteries is as much light as you need at a bargain price. The latest XM-L LED used in the V2 is a claimed 20 percent more efficient than previous XP-G LEDs. It’s easily enough for confident singletrack riding. 

There’s an outer edge twin halo at the highest power setting but otherwise the textured reflector gives a good balance of long-distance reach and peripheral vision. Three well-graded power outputs and a flashing option massage battery life from 2.5 hours to a week’s worth of commutes.

The single back switch gives basic low-battery indication, and the ribbed alloy case reduces the chance of overheating and auto dimming.

The simple Lupine-alike O-ring mount is secure and reasonably stable and the cable is long enough to use with the included helmet strap. The four-cell 4.4Ah Li Ion battery is small enough to stem mount, and the whole unit is usefully light at 387g. 

The price is higher than buying a similar light direct from China, but MTB Batteries provide a UK charger and full product support, and there’s no inter-continental delivery lag either.

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This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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