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.