Ravemen lights, beam patterns

Many of us probably assume ‘the brighter the better’ when shopping for bicycle lights, but few people seem to consider the fact that if your ultra-bright headlight shines directly into a motorist, pedestrian or a fellow cyclist’s eyes, it could be very distracting!

The folks behind Ravemen, who are all avid riders employed in the bike industry, noticed most high-output bike lights have no anti-glare capability. By incorporating design elements from automotive headlights, Ravemen has created a line of bike lights that provide ample visibility without making other road users see stars…

Ravemen lights, low beam

Ravemen’s PR Series headlights use two LED’s and different modes to provide either anti-glare lighting or long-range illumination depending on what you need or where you’re riding. The Road Biking Mode uses both bulbs to provide broad, closed range flood lighting. The DuaLens anti-glare low beams reduce visual distractions for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians.

Ravemen lights, HiLo MTB mode

When you want to hit the trails at night and glare is less of a concern, Mountain Biking Mode turns on the HiLo configuration which adds a longer range high beam to the mix. The low beams still provide flood lighting at close range and a broad mid-range beam, but the high beam allows you to see further down the trail.

Ravemen lights, remote control

The PR series also offers some other nifty features. Most notably, the lights come with a handy remote control allowing riders to switch between brightness modes without taking their hands off the bars. The ‘remote’ is just a wired button that plugs into the lights’ USB port and mounts next to your grip. It’s quite simple, but it is a unique way to make operating the light easier on the fly. If you suddenly need more illumination as you’re riding, there’s also a one-touch Emergency Mode that instantly boosts the light up to its brightest configuration.

Ravemen lights, PR1200, angle

Atop the body, a handy digital display shows your battery’s runtime for whatever setting you’re currently using. Thermal management circuits prevent the LED’s from overheating, and a memory circuit turns the light back on in whatever setting it was previously left in.

The PR lights are enclosed in hard coat anodized aluminum and rigid plastic, and they are impact resistant and waterproof to IXP8 standard (submersible to 2m for 30 minutes). There are two micro USB ports on the rear of the body; one is for charging the battery or connecting the remote control, and the other is an output port for emergency charging of your mobile devices. As for mounting, the lights clip onto a quick-release clamp which fits handlebars between 22.2mm-31.8mm in diameter.

Ravemen lights, PR1200 runtime chart

The PR series includes three models, the PR1200, PR900 and PR600 and as you’d expect those numbers represent their output in lumens. The PR1200 offers three modes (Road, Mountain, Emergency) and eight brightness levels between them. As the chart above shows, run times vary between 2 to 21 hours. The PR1200 measures 100 x 48 x 27mm and weighs 213g.

The PR900 also offers three modes and eight brightness settings, and its run times range from 2.5 to 20 hours. Despite having the same battery and body as the PR1200, it is slightly lighter at 202g.

Ravemen lights, PR600
*Photos c. Ravemen

The PR600 has a few differences versus the higher end models. In lieu of a digital display, the PR600’s buttons light up to indicate what mode you’re in and warn you of a low battery. Run times are between 2- 16 hours. With its lighter-duty LED’s and lower capacity battery this model is slightly smaller at 85 x 48 x 27mm, and hits the scale at 165g.

Ravemen lights, CR500 Ravemen lights, TR20

Ravemen also offers a line of single-beam headlights called the CR series. Again, the lumen output is reflected in the model names CR500 and CR300. The single bulbs provide anti-glare low-beam illumination, and the CR lights also include Ravemen’s remote control. Both models share the same dimensions at 84 x 29 x 32mm, and weigh 92g.

Finally the TR20 rear light’s COB LED produces up to 20 lumens, and the lens is designed to provide additional visibility from the sides and front. The TR20 has a clip on its backside to attach to backpacks, but also comes with a seatpost mount. The body measures 52 x 18 x 22mm and the light weighs just 20g.

Ravemen lights are currently available on Amazon.com. The PR1200 retails for $99.95 USD, the PR900 goes for $74.95, and the PR600 costs $54.95. The lights are covered by a 2 year warranty against defects in material or workmanship.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Nice to see in a reasonably priced battery-powered light. The Edelux II has that kind of light pattern, but requires a dynamo hub and is much more expensive.

  2. Thank friggin’ goodness. Dynamo light makers have known this for decades, but battery-powered lights only come as ultra-powered flashlights that affix to handlebars. Once you put an Exelux or a Luxos on your bike, you’ll never want one of these bright-as-the-sun lights ever again.

    Glad someone finally gets it.

  3. How about a review of this light, BR? If it’s durable, reliable, and the beam is as well shaped as they claim and bright, I’d throw money at one. I’ll take well directed light over a thousand or two lumens scattered every where like a beacon any day.

  4. Finally! There are so few options for these kind of lights. My Philips Saferide is a great light but could use a bit more output and battery life, so I think I may well upgrade to one of these. Well done Ravemen!

  5. Wow. I was impressed as I read about the flagship light…it has lots of smart features, including several I haven’t seen on a bike headlight before (like the ability to charge other devices). As I read, I wondered about the price. I thought, “oh, these guys did a great job with the design, but I bet they’re so enamored with their light (and so burdened by the expense of launching a new product and brand) that they’ll try to charge $200 for this thing.” Then I saw the price.

    $100 is exactly the right price for this. It’s a fantastic value. If this thing performs as advertised, they’ll build market share and a ton of brand loyalty with this light at that price point. They might not make a profit until they’ve sold their 5,000th or 10,000th light, but the way Ravemen is positioning themselves, they will sell a lot more than that.

    I have a Lezyne Deca Drive 1500 which I like very much. The charging port separated from the circuit board, and Lezyne’s warranty and customer service were world class. (Ravemen would do well to try to match Lezyne in this respect). I got the Lezyne on sale for about $110 18 months ago; having used it, I would still be happy if I paid $150. If I didn’t already own the Lezyne, I’d pick up Ravemen’s light in a heartbeat.

    • Ah sure but then you get, no illumination of the road and light shining exclusively into oncoming the eyes of oncoming traffic.

      On a more serious note they could achieve this but the lens assembly would have to be able to be flipped upside down.

  6. I have just received this light – only thing I would mention is that the remote control does not control between high and dipped beam like it would on a car. Instead (and it does say it in this review) this enables you to toggle between the different brightness modes. There are 4 of these, and the last one is flashing, so if you wanted to use this to quickly change between modes in response to a car coming the opposite direction there are quite a few button presses required. I think I will leave the remote in the box and accept if I want to change modes I will have to take my hands of the bars, which is a pain.

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