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NiteRider Pro 1800 Review

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Price:   $350 List | $194.48 at Amazon
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Pros:  Great beam distance and quality, lasts five hours in high mode.
Cons:  Very heavy, expensive and time-consuming to install and remove.
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Manufacturer:   NiteRider

Our Verdict

The NiteRider Pro 1800 is the highest scoring bike light we've tested. We give it a 10 out of 10 for its beam pattern and brightness. It had the most even beam and by far the greatest maximum distance (a whopping 172 meters) of all 20 lights tested. This is our favorite light for mountain biking, since the brightness and battery life make it unmatched for long trail rides. Unfortunately, its large size, heavy weight and time consuming installation, make it ill-suited to commuting unless you really need a super bright light for safety, or have an unusually long commute. For most commuting situations, our testers in four U.S. cities much preferred a more compact lights with integrated batteries. But, if you wants a powerful light that rivals some car headlights, look no further.

If you're looking for more of a balance between a powerful light that is still easy to remove, charge and is much less expensive, we recommend the Cygolite Expilion 800, our Editors' Choice award winner. See our complete Bike Light Review to compare all of the models tested.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Saturday
June 28, 2014

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Performance Comparison


The Pro 1800 (highlighted in blue) scored the highest across the board, as seen in the chart below.


Beam




Beam Diameter and Pattern


NiteRider Pro 1800Cygolite Expilion 800

This light has the second widest beam and likely the most even beam pattern of all lights tested. It is phenomenal for trail finding. The photos below compare the Pro 1800 (left) to the Expilion 800. The Expilion 800 was the clear winner for commuting lights, but the 1800 clearly is much more powerful and has a more even beam pattern.


Brightness




Beam Distance Photos


NiteRider Pro 1800Cygolite Expilion 800

As you can see in the table above, this is the brightest light we tested. It has a maximum beam distance of 172 meters. It is roughly twice as bright as the average light tested. See the images below to compare beam distance and beam pattern. While the Expilion 800 shined almost as far, you can see in the photo below that at that distance it didn't illuminate the path nearly as brightly as the Pro 1800.


Portability


This is by far the largest and heaviest bike light we tested. It weighs a whopping 17.9 ounces and including the external battery, takes up nearly 22 cubic inches.


Installing this light requires mounting the battery onto your frame with Velcro strips, screwing on the handlebar mount, attaching the light, and attaching and securing the battery cables that run to the light. This process can take a couple of minutes. In comparison, most handlebar lights with integrated batteries go on and off in less than 10 seconds. For mountain biking, the Pro 1800's installation is not as big an issue — the superior bream quality and brightness is worth the effort.

Other Versions


NiteRider Lumina 700
NiteRider Lumina 700
  • Cost - $140
  • 700 Lumens
  • Weight - 176 grams
  • High performance bike light for commuting and occasional off-road riding

NiteRider Lumina 550
  • Cost - $110
  • 550 Lumens
  • One of the best value bike lights we've tested
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Summary of All Ratings

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