Gemini Xera Flashlight review£99.99

Straightforward headlamp

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Gemini's cheapest light is basically just a torch with a simple U clip and O ring mount to fit most bar shapes. Two lens options give either an ultra focused beam… or a very focused one, so distance illumination is dramatically powerful. Peripheral coverage is almost nonexistent though, and excessive wobble can be distracting on rougher roads.

Three power options toggle output via a very light brush of the back button (it took us a while to get a feel for delivering the right sort of tap to make it work). The thermal protection circuit soon drops output automatically – hence long run times – unless it's very cold too.

The removeable battery charges in a special holder rather than using a simple USB lead, which is awkward if you want to top it up at the work and home ends of a commute. If you’re OK with separate light and battery units Gemini’s Olympia, Xera and Duo have always been good value, reliable and user friendly when we’ve tested them.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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