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    Review: Satechi RideMate 500 Head/Tail Light

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    I was looking for a set of lights for the wife and I, and the Satechi RideMate 500 head / tail light seemed to be the best priced combo per lumen. The Cygolite metro 550 and or NiteRider lumia 500 + tail light combo was about $25.00 more per pair, costing an additional $50.00. I bought the combo on Amazon for ~ $75.00.

    First up is the tail light. The packaging is pretty bare, you'll get the light, and USB cable, and nothing else. The claimed battery size is 540 mAh, and has three modes; bright, medium, and flash. The stated run time for bright is 3 hours, while the rated run time for medium and flash is 6 hours. The light recharges through the USB port, and requires 2.5 hours to charge from full depletion.










    The USB port is covered by a rubber tab, as shown in the last picture. The light itself seems very solid, everything fits seamlessly, the electronics I can see look well soldered, ect... The rubber mount twists so that the light can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The included cable fits, but only just barely. If you have a micro USB cable for a cell phone that has a smaller bit of plastic surrounding the plug itself, it would probably work better. The included cable is also short, 9 inches. The light is light enough to let dangle from a USB port without harm though.






    The light is rated for 26 lumens, but honestly that seems a bit low, from what I've seen. It's very bright on bright, enough to be seen from anywhere. It would be annoying to ride behind, that kind of bright. The medium setting is a little more behaved, but still very bright. I wish they would have included a low setting, or at least a low flash. The flash mode is the full brightness, but flashing. It's not something I would ride behind, unless forced. The rubber mount seems sturdy enough. Here is a pic of the light mounted to the bike, in vertical mode. More pics of the light on later.




    Headlight below.

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    Now the Headlight. It's rated for 500 lumens, and has four modes; bright, medium, low, and flash. This light uses an asymmetrical reflector, and throws a very nice beam pattern away from drivers eyes. It has a battery level indicator, two USB ports, and according to the specs, a 2500 mAh battery. Included in the packaging is the light and the same USB cable that was included with the tail light - along with the handlebar mount. The construction is very nice, everything seems to just fit together in a well-designed manner. The front of the light is metal, and is certainly used as a heat sink for the LED.






















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    The rubber cover in the back fits well, and should be enough to keep out rain. I can tell that the USB cable was designed for this light, and not the tail light. It was probably an after thought to include it with the tail light. When charging, the lights on top of the light are red, when finished they turn blue




    The mount includes three rubber shims, for different diameter handlebars. I removed all three of them, and the clamp fits nicely on 31.8 mm handlebars snugly. The mount lets the light be removed very quickly, and holds it well. It does not allow for side to side adjustment though. The light mounted on the bike (turned on, but no pattern):




    I tried to get a good picture of the beam pattern, but the cell phone camera didn't handle it so well, in fact, these pics are terrible and the light shouldn't be judged by them. To describe it, there are two wide spots of brightness, just in front of the front wheel, and a large trapezoid down the road. Here are the pics, just in case.






    A final pic of both lights on; the pic is terrible, but hopefully serves to show the brightness of the lights.




    Final thoughts - I'm surprised the lights are as bright as they are for the price. I'm not sure if Satechi is trying to enter the market with a price tactic, or what, but the build quality is fantastic, and everything just works. I can't yet comment on the accuracy of the run times, but I certainly will in the coming weeks. The 500 lumen rating seems to be accurate, but there isn't really any way I can test it.

    If anyone wants more specific info, just ask and I'll do my best to answer.

    tldr;

    lights are great for the money
    Last edited by KBentley57; 08-30-14 at 09:39 PM.

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    How do to the real life battery runtimes compare with the times stated in the specs (2 hrs. high, 4 hrs. med., 8 hrs. low and flash)? They don't list lumens for med. or low beam; I wonder what those numbers are. Thanks for the review; this could be a useful light.

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    I'm still not certain about the numbers, I've only had a chance to run them at night a few times since the review. I also haven't ran them on anything other than low, medium, or flash. full brightness is simply BRIGHT. I will say that the beam pattern is delightful! its formed well, an not like all of the lights with spherically symmetric reflectors. Will update more with run times when I get an accurate measure.

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