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NiteRider MiNewt 150 Cordless

The NiteRider MiNewt 150 Cordless is pretty much exactly what most commuters need. It’s a reasonably high-powered LED headlight that’s self-contained and recharges via a standard USB cable (or the provided wall mount charger).

The internal lithium ion battery runs for three hours on high (150 lumens), four on medium (110 lumens) and six on low (65 lumens). The translucent on/off button doubles as a power meter, glowing green when charged, and red when the battery is getting low (15% charge or less).

The quick release handlebar mount easily fits 25.4, 26.0 and 31.8 handlebars, and it really is one of the easiest on/off systems I’ve encountered. I have noticed the hinge pin slipping off to one side once in a while, but it’s easy to push back in, and hasn’t resulted in any problems on the bike.

The MiNewt 150 Cordless retails for $99 and includes a lifetime warranty on all mechanical components, two years on electrical components and 180 days on rechargable batteries. Visit www.niterider.com for more info.

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8 Comments

  1. Alan@EcoVeloNovember 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Good looking light.

    Do you know if the batteries are user changeable and how much replacement batteries cost?

    Thanks,
    Alan

  2. Greg SmithNovember 8, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Been using one of these for a while now and it is great. I can pop it between several bikes easily and I use two for off road trail riding. Sweet!

  3. PDXbikerNovember 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    For a bit more you can pick up a MiNewt 250 cordless. Same package as the 150 but more power and light.

  4. Alistair WilliamsonNovember 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Alan, about battery replacement …

    I recently bought one, and yes it’s possible for user to replace the battery. I opened mine up out of curiosity and popped the battery out, the only tool required is the supplied allen key. They use a lithium 18650 cell that’s the standard building block for laptop batteries, larger power packs and even some electic cars. It’s about 30% longer and wider than a AA. You can buy them online FOR AROUND $13 (google 18650 lithium)

    However the user is not expected to nor should need to change them. The battery can reasonable expected to have a minimum of 500 charge cycles = 1500 hours of full beam night commuting. That’s 10 years in my world.

    Cheers, Alistair

    P.S. Many lithiums had problems a few years ago because the rechargers were not sufficiently sophisticated. The recharge cycle is well understood now, and the recharger is built into the light so you can’t really screw it up.

    I’m very happy with the light believe that it’s a viable dynamo alternative for regular commuters.

  5. CassandraNovember 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    The 250 cordless also includes an awesome helmet mount for great trail visibility!

  6. MarcoticoNovember 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Ahh the forward march of technology. I really like the output of my minewt 100 usb, but it is a little bit of a pain to transfer between biked. Le Sigh.

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  8. Alan@EcoVeloNovember 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    @Alistair

    Thanks for the report.

    Regards,
    Alan

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