We ran Troute lights last year without a problem and the machined head, screw-ﬁx connectors and big battery of the Darkness Dominator has proved equally bombproof over the past two months.
Fire up the three XML U2 LEDs in the ovalised head unit and you get a ludicrously bright maximum ‘boost’ setting of 2,600 lumens (theoretical is 3,000). This is – literally – brilliant for deliberately throwing riders in front into shadow for overtaking moves or fast and techy descents, and for 90 percent of the time the (approx 1,000 lumen) High setting is ample. There’s a low setting for cruising too, or you can choose a ﬁve-level version when you order.
Run times on the 14.8 volt, 5.2 amp Endurance battery are two, four and eight hours respectively, but there’s a half size ‘standard’ battery for £300 if your night raids are sprints rather than epics. Production versions will have a battery life indicator built into the switch too. The Darkness Dominator isn’t light, but the head and battery are super-secure and power-for-price ratio is outstanding.
|Name||Darkness Dominator lights (12) (with endurance battery)|
|Description||Leds Cree XML U2 Output boost 2600 lumens measured Output High 1000 lumens output low 400 lumens Endurance battery boost 2 hours Endurance battery Hi 10 hours Endurance battery low 30 hours small battery half the above figures battery endurance 14.8 v 5.2 AH Li ION small battery 14.8 v 2.6 ah Li Ion Battery mounting soft bag with velcro Colour Black only light mounting Bar mount QR Endurance battery size 40mm x 40 mm x 140 endurance battery weight 440 grams light head size mm L=76 W=49 H=45 light weight 200 grams|