A rechargeable rear light that you can power up with your computer's USB port, the CygoLite Hotshot 2W SL USB bike light alerts others to your presence with bright light and multiple modes.
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CygoLite Hotshot 2W SL USB Rear Bike Lightis rated3.6667out of5by12.
Rated4out of5byagedavisfromWorks for me.I bike to work almost everyday (even in winter) and have run this little light through all the elements. I bike through the city and needed a light that was super bright and I could charge when I got into work. Also one that has a variety of mounting options. So i bought this little guy a few years ago. At some point the little USB cover came off and I started having problems with it, though after it dried (which takes awhile) it is back to working until its subjected to moisture again. I could have dealt with it, but thought i should replace it. I looked at some more expensive waterproof rear lights but at the price this one is hard to beat. I ended up buying another one of these and plan on trying to make sure the USB cover doesn't get lost.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated2out of5byCA MarcfromIf it falls off, what good is itI bought this light because of the rave reviews on its brightness. It was bright, but there were two things about this light that I did not like. The short of it is issue 'b)': the clip is poorly made, such that the light can easily pop off from normal bumps in a paved road without the cyclist even knowing that he has lost his light.
My two issues:
a) the two-sided switch used for power and modes; I always forgot what side did what, and I found this annoying.
b) the clip isn't very good at holding onto a strap; I used this on my roadbike, attaching it to the back strap of a Topeak MTX trunk bag. I would attach it before each night ride and take it off when I got home. I got a mere 10 uses out of it; at the end of my tenth ride, I found that the light must have fallen off midway. I can't say that I was surprised....every time I would attach it to the strap I had a bit of trepidation about it hanging on; apparently my trepidation was warranted.
The Niterider Cherry Bomb appears that it will attach better:
Today I went into REI and bought two rear lights, one of which was the night rider Cherry Bomb (AAA battery operated). In the store I compared the clip for the Cherry Bomb to the clip for the CygoLite and noticed a world of difference. Not only does the Cherry Bomb appear to be a snugger fit, but it also has a very nice reverse angle spur that really grabs a strap to help prevent it from falling off. In the store I put the Cherry Bomb on the MTX trunk bag, and it appears that it attaches much more securely than the CygoLite (we'll see what real world usage yields with the Cherry Bomb; I also bought a bright Serfas Thunderbolt to attach to the rear seatstay for USB rechargeability and brightness).
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated1out of5bybacon eaterfromMediocre Mount, Lost Light AltogetherBought this two months ago and it is already out of my possession. The mount loosens from your seatpost and does not have adequate locking mechanisms. I ride a lot of bumpy streets while commuting. Poor customer service from the company. It is extremely bright, but what good is it if it falls off.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated4out of5bytod1dfromgreat safteyimproves my visibility day & night.
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated2out of5bydancingoutlawfromDisappointedI did a lot of research about the top rated rear safety light before narrowing my choices down to the Cygolite Hotshot and the Serfas Thunderbolt. They both get excellent reviews but the Thunderbolt is $10 more. I couldn't make up my mind, so I actually purchased both.
When I got home, I decided to test them out and see which one I liked better. I placed both of them side-by-side on a fence in the bright, direct, afternoon sunlight and put them in the brightest flash mode.
I stood back about 25 feet away and it was immediately evident that the Thunderbolt was far brighter and more visible. It wasn't even close. I was actually quite surprised that the Hotshot looked so weak, considering the great reviews it gets but I am so glad that I purchased both and did this comparison. I will be returning the Hotshot and keeping the Thunderbolt.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated5out of5byEco Metal HikerfromThe ideal tail lightBecause it's USB-rechargeable, I can keep it charged with my Solio solar panel in an emergency.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated2out of5byRunningDudefromNot waterproofI bought this light because it is ridiculously bright. Unfortunately, the USB charging is a weakness, because the cover doesn't adequately protect the charging port.
The light stopped working after one ride in the rain. This is a required feature for a commuting bike light. I'm glad REI has a great return policy.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated4out of5byRiderRichfromNeat product!It's great that there are varying beams that can be deployed. Also this is the first USB recharge device I've ever used - that's neat!
One caution: it's so easy to use that you need to remember to look at your bike at the end of the ride to turn it off.
Date published: 2013-11-06
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CygoLite Hotshot 2W SL USB Rear Bike Light Customer Reviews