Electron Terra Mini front light review£59.99

Simple and reliable

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Electron’s self-contained torch light is low on overall power, but has a clearly focused beam and low weight. It would make a usable and affordable helmet light, if only it came with a mount.

Electron only claim it has a 165 lumen output, but its reach is good and there are no distracting holes or halo disturbances in the beam. There’s barely any light thrown to the side though, so it only really works on technical trails as a helmet light. The problem is that it doesn't have a mount though, so you have to fudge one out of a velcro strap or zipties.

The small mode-change/power switch next to the charger port on the back can be hard to find, especially when you're wearing thick winter gloves, but the audible click it gives means you know when it’s switched outputs. Battery life is good enough to let it run full chat through most two- to three-hour night raids without it going flat.

Despite the affordable pricing we’ve had good reliability in three years of running Electron lamps, and this year’s crop has been trouble free too. The Terra Mini is great for commuting or even as a general-use torch, and the inclusion of a USB charger is a bonus.

Electron terra mini front light beamshot: electron terra mini front light beamshot
Electron terra mini front light beamshot: electron terra mini front light beamshot

Electron Terra Mini beamshot

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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