Home > Clothing-Gear-Tools

Review: Compact and Powerful, the Lezyne Super Drive XL & Power Drive XL Shine Through

7
Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

Lezyne-Super-Drives-in-Packaging

Self-contained lights are becoming seriously impressive. We got a first look at the Lezyne Super Drive earlier in the year, and now we take a look at its sibling the Power Drive XL, and compare the two lights. These small self-contained lights are targeted at commuters and recreational cyclists, and include simple, easy to use handlebar mounts.

In typical Lezyne style, they cost similar to lights of similar lumen ratings, but come with a full aluminum enclosure and feature the nice touch of a replaceable internal battery.

We tested both lights back to back commuting in the city, and riding singletrack in woods. What is the difference between them, and which one is the winner? Click more to find out…

Lezyne-Drives

Looking at the specs, it is hard to understand why Lezyne chose to offer both of these products. Separated by only $20, 100 lumens, a small visual treatment and small run time differences, the lights are extremely similar. Both lights feature the same mounting system, same battery, same options of silver or black, same side cut for 180 degree light visibility, and the same 5 modes, only changing the run time and light output slightly in those modes. This isn’t a bad thing, as it gives the consumer choice on what is more important to them, lumens (700 lumens for $119.99) or money (600 lumens for $99.99).

Lezyne-Power-Drive-XL-Everything-in-the-box

Each of the lights comes complete in the box with the internal, replaceable battery, charging cord, handlebar mount kit for 31.8mm and 26.0mm handlebars, and rubber shims to fit variances in those handlebar sizes. In our testing units, the black light is the Super Drive XL and the silver light is the Power Drive XL, but both lights are offered in both colors.

Lezyne-Power-Drive-XL-Total-WeightLezyne-Super-Drive-XL-Total-Kit-Weight

Both units use the same battery and mounting system, which can make it easy to swap them around if you have more than one light.

Lezyne-Super-Drive-XL-Light-Weight Lezyne-Super-Drive-Weight

With only 4 grams between them, and the overall dimensions being the same, there is no real difference in the weight or size of the main light units.

Lezyne-USB-Port Lezyne-Plug

The only small complaint that I have is the micro USB charging port. Seeing this, I was initially excited at being able to use the same charging cord from my Samsung phone. However, the Lezyne cord is a custom peice, with a longer than normal tongue to reach into the recessed port on the light. This is most likely done to allow the rubber seal to snap into place and keep everything protected from the elements, but it meant that even though the cord is a Micro USB standard, you need to keep track of it in order to charge these lights. Spare batteries are available and easily replaceable for these lights since they are a common standard size. External chargers are even available on Amazon.com, but Lezyne recommends only using the Lezyne branded LIR18650 battery.

Lezyne-Helmet-Mount

I used both lights back and forth commuting in the city, and could not tell the difference between the two units. Trying them on trail, I used one on the helmet and one on the bars, and had more than enough light to ride singletrack.

So which one should you get? Get both. With the full aluminium housing and replaceable battery, these lights are sure to be durable items, not throw-away short-time electronics. Pick up the optional $9.99 helmet mount, put one on your helmet, and have enough lumens to illuminate the singletrack at night. Electronics with sealed internal batteries that are not replaceable disappoint me (yes, I am an Apple hater…), so I really applaud Lezyne for making the batteries easily replaceable and available. Spare batteries are only $19.99, and of a standard size you can find on Amazon.com, so you can even carry a few charged up spares with you, and be assured to always have light.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

7 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jeb
Jeb
8 years ago

Have the Lezyne light and frankly the mount is a let down. Compared to my Serfas Light it’s a pain in the ass to install and remove, so I don’t end up using it much. The special charging cord was also a huge buzzkill. I have a bunch of Lezyne stuff and like it all but the light was a disappointment.

Tom
Tom
8 years ago

I bought last years Power Drive XL. Its a nice looking light but it will not hold a charge. I tried their web inquiry twice and phoned them once. I haven’t received a reply. Its been over a month.

Seems that you shouldn’t expect any customer service from Lezyne.

Trog
Trog
8 years ago

I’ve had good results with my Lezyne light. I did have to call twice for the rubber cover I ripped (my own fault) but they sent it out super fast. I found the mount is more secure than a rubber strap that has to be pulled super tight to keep from slipping. A really good beam pattern better than my serfas which is just a hot spot.

Sam
Sam
8 years ago

Cygoooooolight

Simon
Simon
8 years ago

I’ve been using the PowerDrive for over a year am my commuter light. Perfection. I’ve dropped my light more times than I care to admit, but it just keeps on trooping. Still on the original battery and have to say that recharging hasn’t been an issue for me, unlike for another commenter.

I’m not sure what the author, Tim Krueger, is going on about when it comes to the micro USB cable – every micro USB cable I own fits into the light – maybe it’s just Samsung providing an overly large cable with their bloat-ware phones (I hate TouchWiz).

Paul157
Paul157
8 years ago

I have been using the first generation Super Drive since Aug 2012 without any issues.
I do use a seperate charger for the battery. I recently purchased a Fenix BC30 and now ride with the Super Drive on my helment.
The Suoper drive has served me well and continues to do so.

Martin
Martin
5 years ago

I bought my Power Drive XL three years ago and have used it around 150 days per year for commuting. The light still works, although the rubber power button is starting to crack and become unresponsive at times. That being said the aluminum casing is really sturdy, and the light survived some brutal drops – that were mainly due to the click holder not securing it adequately.

The standard holder has got a weak grip on the handlebar causing it to nod downwards due to the weight of the light as you’re running over bumps. I instead bought a helmet mount, modified it and mounted it on the bike with cable ties. Works much better!

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.