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NiteRider Mako 200 USB Review

niterider_mako200_usbA while back I reviewed the NiteRider Mako 2 Watt, a $50 light that provided an estimated 130 lumens and was powered by 2 AA batteries. NiteRider has added a more powerful version of the Mako to their line with the Mako 200, which is rated at 200 lumens, and there is both a battery powered version and a new USB rechargeable version which I tested.

Many features of the Mako 200 USB are unchanged from previous Mako models, including the size, shape and construction of the light. It features the same tool-free, quick release mounting bracket and still has red side lighting for additional visibility. Claimed run times on the latest and greatest model range from 36 hours on low to well over 4 hours on high.

The Mako 200 USB retails for $65, and for the money, it’s an absolutely great light. Every model year NiteRider improves their lineup significantly, so perhaps the only downside to this particular light is that NiteRider is probably going to release something that offers even more bang for the buck in a year’s time. Check out www.niterider.com

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  1. Justin WinokurSeptember 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    How are the optics? I love my MiNewt 600′s light pattern even on low, but I find my Mako 2-watt to be too focused to be useful alone or not mounted very close to the ground

  2. Andy LincolnDecember 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I use the Mako 200 USB as a front blinker light and a NiteRider 650 lumens light on low/medium/high for main illumination (depending on speed and ambient light). I commute for about 2 hours each way and haven’t had any issues with battery life, charging before each ride. I don’t think the Mako 200 USB pattern would be good enough to use as the main headlight.

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