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Ridden & Reviewed: A Dedicated Commuter’s “Must Have” Light

August 31, 2010

As summer draws to an end and the days get shorter, those who are riding in the morning or evening may find that their rides are nipping into the dark edges of the day.  So it’s time to start thinking about getting that headlight back out, mounting it to your bar, and keeping it on the bike.  But is your current light up to the task of keeping you riding through the Fall and Winter’s shorter days?  If you’re considering a new light because you want something brighter (and thus safer), easier to mount, and rechargeable, look no further than the Nightrider MiNewt Mini 150 USB Plus!

NightRider's MiNewt Mini USB Plus - Big light in a little package!

The MiNewt Mini 150 is a big light in a small package.  It features 150 lumens that can be used in three steady settings (low, medium, high) as well as a flashing mode for added visibility.  With a run time of 3 to 6 hours, depending on the setting used, there’s plenty of power for a trip home from work, or an early morning training session.  And at 175 grams it is perfect for the commuter that is already carrying everything and doesn’t want to add anything else to the load, the roadie looking to keep that lightweight rig ready for a spin up the local monster climb, or the trail rider looking for a feathery helmet light.

I picked up the MiNewt Mini 150 because I do some early morning rides that see me out the door at 5:45 am.  The MiNewt Mini 150 is perfect for my early romps around Southwest Parkway and through Barton Creek Boulevard where there isn’t much ambient light.  The MiNewt Mini 150 casts a good, fairly wide beam that readily lights my path and lets me ride confidently before the sun has risen.  It also works great on in town loops as the sun sets and the city’s lights come on, like when riding home from the Driveway.  While it still lights a path well even in an urban night setting where there is ambient light, it does a great job of keeping me visible to evening traffic.

The MiNewt Mini 150 is incredibly easy to use.  It comes with a battery that can be charged either via a standard wall outlet, or off your computer via the included USB cable (hence MiNewt Mini 150 USB).  The “Plus” is the included helmet mount, which I haven’t used, but my dirt riding friends tell me is quick, simple, and easy to set up.  Given the MiNewt Mini 150’s light weight, everyone says that the unit is the perfect supplemental trail light, particularly when helmet mounted.  From my perspective, this is the light for the dedicated bicycle commuter.  Period.

Mounting the unit to my road bike was a quick affair.  The battery pack secures to the top tube with velcro, and the light is mounted to the bar (or stem)via 1 of 3 included o-rings with a handy pull tab.   The lamp and battery are connected via short, sturdy cable.  The power button, located on the battery, also serves as a low battery indicator, which is a nice touch.

Now here is the best part.  This light used to retail for $129.99.  But NightRider lowered the price!  Yes, lowered!  Now $109.99, the MiNewt Mini 150 USB Plus is also 50 lumens brighter than its predecessor!  If that doesn’t light your fire, nothing will!

Be sure to stop in and check out the MiNewt Mini 150 USB Plus at any Bicycle Sport Shop location.

  1. john permalink
    August 31, 2010 11:02 pm

    Good light. I commute by bike and use it all the time. I even used it on the Colorado River 100 mile race mounted to the front of my kayak.
    When the cord on my light began to fall apart, the NiteRider people fixed it for free.

    • djcurtin permalink
      September 2, 2010 6:24 pm


      I’m loving my light! Glad you like yours too! Never heard of using it as a kayak light, but good to know it’s possible!

      Thanks for reading!


  2. Mark permalink
    September 7, 2010 3:48 am

    I am loving my light as well. it has so many uses, its just great. Lots of clean light for riding, just the best.

    Dirt Bike Games

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