It might look like a Star Trek Taser, but Niterider’s MiNewt 250 punches out a meaty 250 lumens and, at £129.99, is a top-end light on the commuter scale.
The compact one-piece design houses a Borofloat lens and reflector which together are used to ‘tune’ the light beam for making the most of the available lumens, shaping the beam to nicely light up the road ahead of you. On its highest setting it casts a wider beam than something like the similar Exposure Joystick.
The light features three levels plus a flash mode and the Li-Ion battery allows for 2.5hrs on the highest setting, increasing to just over 4.5hrs on the lowest.
With the commuter in mind, recharging is a cinch with the USB smart charger (with mains adaptor) topping up the depleted battery in about 4hrs, which you can do at work by simply plugging into your work computer.
However, as the MiNewt requires regular charging – and as simple as it sounds – remember to remove from bike to desk in order to not be caught short on the way home. A small rubber button on the top of the unit cycles through the different lighting modes, with the ‘fuel gauge’ LEDs tucked away underneath.
Attachment to the handlebars is by a tool-free plastic quick release mount which, while undoubtedly easy to use and secure once fitted, didn’t strike us to have the build quality expected from a £100-plus light. We also had to modify the mount – which fits up to 31.8mm – to fit the wide KHS CX200 handlebars on which the MiNewt 250 was tested. It’s a shame as while the light is excellent, the clamp seems an afterthought compared to some of its competitors’ solutions.
Niterider also do essentially the same light but with a 150 lumen output and, aside from a £30 saving, much is in line. Both weigh 190g, more than light enough to sit inconspicuously on the ‘bars of more weight-aware riders.
Niterider’s MiNewt 250 packs a punch more than satisfactory for commuting and comes with a two year warranty on the light and battery and one year on cables.