It’s been over 2 years since I got two of these Dinotte 200L-AA LED bike lights so I thought I’d provide an update on how they are working. Just so I don’t have to repeat myself see my 4 month review for more details about these lights.
What I like:
- lights are in perfect condition and have given me no troubles.
- construction is robust and wiring seems quite tough.
- I have used them on pretty much all my bikes at one time or the other.
- I really like how versatile the mounting system is while being so simple.
- they are more than bright enough for use in the city to be seen by.
- one is enough to see by on dark pathway at slow to moderate speeds.
- at higher speeds you need two aimed at different spots in front of you for good visibility up close and down the road.
- buttons are easy to use with gloves on.
- lights are waterproof.
- colour of button lets you know when batteries are getting low.
- I’ve gone through two sets of rechargeable batteries.
- I’m really glad I got the AA version so I’m not stuck with proprietary batteries.
- run time is good for commuting and errand use.
- for brevets or longer night rides you’ll be carrying several sets of batteries.
- you can pre-load batteries into spare cradles for super fast battery swaps.
- helmet mount is versatile.
- excellent customer service.
What I don’t like:
- optics aren’t focused so a lot of light is going up away from road into the trees and driver’s eyes.
- I have to cover lights with my hand when passing pedestrians or other bikers as there is so much light aimed up into their eyes that would be more useful on the road.
- batteries tend to vibrate loose so I end up taping them into their cradle which makes replacing batteries a bit of a pain.
- you have to remember to detach the power cord from the batteries when not using them as the light seems to drain the batteries after a couple days plugged in even if they aren’t being used.
- helmet mount works well, but with the short power cord and battery pack on helmet it’s a lot of weight which isn’t fun for too long.
- short power cord and cold temps = short battery life. If you ride in winter get the longer power cord and insulate your batteries.
- I’ll keep using these lights as they have proven to be reliable, rugged and effective.
- If they fail I bet it will be damage to the power cord from excessive bending and I bet Dinotte will fix that for a modest repair fee.
- I’ll probably be posting a 5yr update about these lights!
- I hope Dinotte incorporates some focused optics in their lights. When they do I’ll buy a couple new ones and probably be even happier!