CatEye Nano Shot+ – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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CatEye wowed us last year with the tiny Nano Shot light putting out 200 Lumens in a very handy package. This year, the Nano Shot+ measured in at more than twice that at 463 Lumens. More than doubling the output of the light only came with a 20% bump in price so this is a very competitive little package.

Specifications:

  • Price: $120
  • Claimed Lumens: 600 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 463 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 42 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 161 grams
  • Installed Weight: 178 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Category: Flashlight


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Strengths:

  • Excellent materials and construction
  • Solid, adjustable mount
  • Very good output and beam pattern
  • Good value at $120
  • Great commuter  and  decent mountain biking light
  • More than twice the brightness as the Nano Shot but only 20% more price

Weaknesses:

  • Not as bright as its lumen claims.
  • Got a lot bigger than the Nano Shot so not as handy in the pocket as an all-around flashlight

Mounting:

Handlebar mounting is done with the standard CatEye light mount. It is threaded strap style that is tightened by a wheel that can be turned by hand. This allows for  a tool-free mount that can handle any sized handlebar. This mount has performed admirably for most CatEye bike computers so it should work fine even for the weight of the Nano Shot+.

MTBR Light Meter Measurements: Compare all lights here.

This light measured 42 Lux on our ambient light measurement facility.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens: Compare all lights here.

463 measured Lumens. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 600 Lumens.

Backyard Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern.

Tunnel Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern. The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and actually show detail when they are lit up by a light with a wide angle. Cones and targets are set up with the far target set up at 80 yards.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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