Rated 2out of5
by Bali Boy
fromNot Impressed It's all in the beam.
This beam is...OK.
The pattern is good.
The color is...somewhat pinkish.
Now, it's not as bad as the Cygolite Milion pink (and with bad beam pattern).
But, this NiteRider 250 beam is not white light like a Light and Motion or even like the old NiteRider X2.
There is just something about one piece lights that prohibit good beam pattern and color, I think.
This NR has good pattern, but not so good beam color.
It is light, but it can be slightly bulky especially when on your helmet.
For the price, it's an OK deal.
But, it's just not for me.
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 2out of5
fromA real let-down After returning my CygoLite ExpiliOn 250, I purchased this light based on the reviews. Well, I couldn't be more disappointed. The unit seems to be made fairly well, with good heft, although it is slightly larger and heavier than the ExpiliOn. The two major issues with this are the odd pinkish beam, and the mount. I've never seen a pink color cast from an LED before and don't like it. The mount is designed like a handcuff, that ratchets as you squeeze it tighter. It has a large rubber spacer that is designed to grip the handlebars, but since it is thick and dense I could never squeeze it tight enough. As a result, after you ride a while, it slips and does not remain vertically aligned. I will be returning this light to REI as soon as I receive my Dinotte Lighting 800L in a few days.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 4out of5
by Velo Pug
fromNice light, good value I use this light for early morning training rides. This is truly a light to see with (as opposed to be seen with). Oncoming cars dim their high beams when they see this light. It's that bright. They must think I'm a car with one working headlight. It provides plenty of illumination up to 18-20mph for me. Faster than that and I'd suggest getting a brighter light. I am age 40+ however, so younger eyes might do just fine with this light at higher speeds.
I have 2 quibbles with the Mi.Newt 250 that keep me from giving a 5th star:
1) It's hard to get the mount good and secure on my handle bars. I'll get the thing placed just right, then hit a bump on the road and have to re-adjust. I'm using some gorilla tape to assist and that seems to be working.
2) No problems with this light on the highest setting. But when it's on a lower setting or on strobe mode, it interferes with my Cateye Strada Wireless computer causing it to register my speed as 0 mph. This isn't a real big deal for me because I usually ride with the light on maximum brightness. But keep in mind if you need longer battery life and may be running this alongside other wireless devices.
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 4out of5
fromJust purchased - eyeball test OK Slobs, let me give you my eyeball test review of the NiteRider Minewt 250. To begin with, I just got my Minewt 250 today from REI. It's still charging right now. I have not used it on the trails or even mounted on my bike yet. I love bike lights and I just can't wait to review so here it goes. I will give you what I got right now. This light is not so light, but it's not that heavy either. Truth be told, it is lighter than the Minewt 350. But, it's heavier than the Cygolite Expilion. And, it's larger than the Expilion too. The Minewt 250 is bulkier than the comparable Cygolite product. But, the Minewt 250 has that great NiteRider beam. What a great lens! I shined it against a wall side by side with my Minewt X2. The 250 is, of course, more light. Beam pattern is nice, similar to the Minewt X2. Bright in the center, dimmer the further you look out from the center. I did detect a dimmer ring of light towards the periphery. Similar to the X2. I do believe that this ring is intended and planned by their engineers. I really like this overall beam pattern. It's not a Light and Motion, but it is very well thought out and it's a very good looking beam. This light also does not cost like a Light and Motion. It's a bright white light too. Ahhh, that great NiteRider beam quality!!!The competition is the Cygolite Expilion. At REI, I put the NiteRider 250 against the Expilion. That Expilion, like the Milion, again has that strange beam color. It's not a very white light. I believe I also saw that the beam pattern was not as round as the NiteRider Minewt 250.However, the Expilion is lighter and more compact. If size matters to you, the Expilion is the way go to. I only have had this Minewt 250 for a few hours. This is what I have to say about it now.Much of LED bike light quality has to also do with the handlebar mount and, especially, the helmet mount. The NR Minewt 250 and Cygolite Expilion mounts appear to be fairly similar to each other. The gold standard here is the Exposure Joystick MK 5 helmet mount. I don't have one of these but I have read that these are awesome helmet mounts in that they are both secure and adjustable at the same time. The problem is the Exposure Joystick MK 5 $200 price tag. I've always hated helmet lights that bounce around. My old Milion did not bounce around on the helmet. But, I had to make sure that it was fastened nice and snug. I always feared that the helmet mount would wear out to some degree. My X2 light does bounce around on my helmet. But, the balance with battery and headlamp on your helmet is almost perfect. It is heavier, but it is a good feel atop your helmet. I don't know about the NR Minewt 250 helmet mount. But, I will definitely try it out. Light mounts are truly important. If these are not well thought out and integrated with the light body, there is no need to buy bike lights. Just go to [...] and buy an LED Flashlight!A fine bike light is like a fine wine, only better!
Date published: 2010-10-14
Rated 4out of5
fromGood light - questionable build quality This is a great light for commuting. Good beam for 20 km/h travel. I would like it if the beam were even brighter and wider but really, it's sufficient for the price and application I use it for.
I had problems with build quality though. I've gone through 3 of them and noticed that the screws attaching the front of the lamp to the back of the lamp is sometimes loose/missing/or faulty. I initially ordered two lamps and found one of them leaked in rainy situation. I found that the mounting screw was faulty and could not seal the unit properly. I exchanged it for another and the new unit was missing a screw completely. Crossing my fingers and waiting to exchange it again!! Since I had this problem, I checked my other original purchase and noticed that one of the screws was loose. I tightened it myself and haven't had a problem with it.
Bottom line - make sure you check those screws!!!
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 4out of5
fromOutstanding Output at a Reasonable Price I had narrowed my choice to either the MiNewt 350 or MiNewt 250. While the 350 is undeniably brighter, I liked the integral battery of the 250 and the ability to recharge through a USB Port on my computer.
Since I do not ride on trails at night, I found the brightness more than adequate for commuting and casual night riding. Even at 250 lumens, the headlight is bright enough to get you noticed during the day.
My only complaint is the handlebar mount. No matter how much I squeeze it, it just does not feel tight. I do not see much slippage, so despite what I seem to feel, the light holds its position. This negative is offset by the mount being an easy tool free removal for switching the light between bikes.
Al around well spent money for a rechargeable headlight.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 4out of5
fromWorks as advertised. No regrets! I bought this item today and have to admit that I was skeptical. I expect a lot from my lights. I have had several "be seen" lights but this was my first run at a "real" light. I charged it for about 3 hours and hit the trails for a night ride. All I have to say is WOW. The beam is good and solid, no halo ring in the middle and it was wide enough to cover a few feet past the trail I was on. I had no problems seeing the path in front of me. I had a friend hold the bike so I could check out the brightness and it will definitely get you noticed. I have a pair of hand held lights that put out between 240 and 337 lumes and this bike light fits well right in between them. And the price isn't horrible either. I like this light so much I am getting one for my wife's bike too.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 5out of5
by Big Big Mike
fromGreat light This is a real nice light. I commute daily and use the light every morning (and evening soon!). The light is very well made and very bright. The switch is great making it easy to turn on and off. The blink mode is great for cloudy days. I like the recharge mechanism -- simply plug into my laptop and charge fully in 4 hours. Finally, it's easy to attach and detach from bike.
The only negative is the mount, which I find somewhat poor in design and construction. But it's still good and a minor issue in light of everything else.
Date published: 2010-10-04