Dinotte 200L, 200L Dual & 600-LI-4C

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Dinotte 200L $ 249.00

Dinotte 200L Dual $ 349.00

Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Dinotte 200L $249 200 8hrs Lithium Ion 64g 237g 303g 0.66 0.80
Dinotte 200L Dual $349 400 4hrs Lithium Ion 130g 237g 385g 1.04 1.15
Dinotte 600-LI-4C $399 600 3.5hrs Lithium Ion 138g 237g 397g 1.51 1.5

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

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Description:

The Dinotte 200L consists of a small light head cylinder and a compact, plastic-encased battery. The connector is a non-directional plug that snaps into place and keeps water out. The rubber switch is very easy to operate as it scrolls through the three light levels available. Mounting is simplistic with a rubber hoop that goes around the handlebar. The light is bright and the beam fairly wide with no hotspot.

All Dinotte lights have three ‘flash’ modes for commuting. They are very effective and visible for greater visibility for oncoming traffic. These flash modes are extremely visible on the red tail lights as well. And the best part is that the ‘flash’ modes do not interfere with regular use. The user has to press the button for six seconds to enter this mode. After using other lights where the flash mode is always in the way, this feature is very welcome.

We consider the Dinotte connectors as best in class as well. They are non-directional and pop into place and are thus the easiest to connect. Initially, they were a bit too hard to disconnect. But a little bit of Vaseline fixed that right up.

The Dinotte 200L comes with one lithium battery. The 200l Dual and the 600-LI-4C bothe come with two batteries. There are two batteries available with these lights, a 4-cell and a 2-cell battery. The batteries are selectable by the buyer at the time of purchase. All our run-time measurements were performed with the 4-cell battery.

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting Options: The 200L can be mounted on the handlebar or on the helmet. The 200L dual is meant for handlebar mounting. The battery is ideally mounted on the stem but can be mounted on the frame as well.

Light Meter Measurements:

On our ambient light meter measurements, the Dinotte 200L came in at 16 Lux. The 200L dual measured in at 32 Lux.

Strengths:

  • Light and bright
  • Great beam pattern with no hotspot
  • Top notch design and construction
  • The 200L Dual is a great value with two light heads and two batteries
  • Great run-time
  • best switches and connectors
  • Flash mode is available but not in the way of normal operation

Weaknesses:

  • Can be difficult to aim left to right

Bottom Line:

The Dinotte demonstrated good design, quality and flexibility. The 200L and 200L Dual are great lights at a great price. For $400, the buyer gets two light heads and two batteries. Each light is very bright and having two light heads allows the user to customize the beam pattern. The beam pattern is very even with no hot spot. Also, the switches, connectors and charger are excellent quality and the easiest to operate. Finally, having the flexibility of connecting 2-4 or more lights (or a tail light) on one battery allows for a very configurable system.

The Dinotte 200L dual seems to be the best value and most flexible system. For $349, the buyer gets two lightheads that can both be used on the handlebar. Or one can be used on the bar and the other on the helmet.

Beam Pattern Photos:

200L, 200L Dual

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200L, 200-L Dual

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

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Dinotte 600-LI-4C $ 399.00

Description:

The Dinotte 600 is as bright as any HID and it’s light and lasts a long time on a compact battery. It can be mounted on the handlebars or the helmet and performs each task very well. For the ultimate set up, use the 600 with one or two 200s or heck, use multiple 600s.

For the price, Dinotte ships two Lithium Ion Batteries. The user can select the size of the batteries as well to optimize for either run-time or weight.

Our test light came with a standard lens. A wider beam pattern lens is available from Dinotte a well.

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting Options: The 600L can be mounted on the handlebar or on the helmet. The battery can be placed in the camelback or the small battery can be mounted on the helmet.

Light Meter Measurements:

On our ambient light meter measurements, the Dinotte 600L came in at 33 Lux. This compares to the Exposure Enduro Maxx at 30 Lux and the Niterider Trinewt at 33 Lux.

Strengths:

  • Very bright with a great beam pattern and no hotspot
  • Top notch design and construction
  • Two switches make turning the light on and off simple
  • Cables are the easiest to connect and disconnect
  • The available flash modes are powerful and they are out of the way when not needed

Weaknesses:

  • As a handlebar light, this could have a wider beam

Bottom Line:

This is a great light. When coupled with the Dinotte 200L, the combination is incredible with many possibilities.

Beam Pattern Photos:

600-L, 600-L

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200L Dual Bar and 600-L, 600-L on bar 200L Helmet

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

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  • Gregg S. says:

    The other reviews to this point gave the Lux measurements. What are they for the Dinotte? Specifically, the 600 and 200 combined. Geat shootout so far!!!

  • Francois says:

    >>The othe reviews to this point gave the Lux measurements. What are they for the Dinotte? Specifically, the 600 and 200 combined. Geat shootout so far!!!

    Good catch. I added all the Lux numbers now.

    The 200L and 200L Dual are quite surprising.

  • Scott says:

    Also worth noting that the 200 can be run on AA NiMH rechargebles or even AA Li disposables!

  • Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t petroleum-based Vaseline degrade rubber and plastic?

  • fritzaholic says:

    These lights are awesome, I have been using them for almost 6 mos. and ride about 2x / week at night. I also use them for commuting to work in the AM.
    Great value, really light, ultra long burn times.

  • B.A.D. says:

    great review, francois, thanks.
    can you comment on the durability of those ‘rubber band’ mounting straps? do they seem like they’d last more than one wet/muddy winter riding season? what about ‘bounce’ when mounted to the handlebar?

  • Francois says:

    >>great review, francois, thanks.
    can you comment on the durability of those ‘rubber band’ mounting straps? do they seem like they’d last more than one wet/muddy winter riding season? what about ‘bounce’ when mounted to the handlebar?

    The bands are very beefy and they hold the light very securely. On the long-term mtbr user reviews, no one complained about them breaking down. Also, there’s a spare in the package and I’m sure the manufacturer can supply plenty more.

  • Craig says:

    The bands appear to be O ring Gaskets: when I did an oil change on my car recenly I noticed the Gasket sealing the oil filter housing looks and feels exactly the same as the dinotte ring mounting. Easy enough to buy.

  • Craig says:

    Oh, I forgot to add: I’ve used my Dinotte 200ls on fairly severe trails, and the mount holds them secure, no bounce at all.

  • Grant says:

    From the photos, it looks like the 200L dual setup is only slightly dimmer than the 600L alone. Is that pretty accurate?

  • Francois says:

    >>From the photos, it looks like the 200L dual setup is only slightly dimmer than the 600L alone. Is that pretty accurate?

    Yes, that is quite surprising but accurate. the 600L has a bigger, wider halo.

    On our ambient light meter readings, the dual 200Ls measured at 32 Lux while the 600L measured in at 33 Lux.

  • Dan says:

    Francois,
    Great job pm the shootout. In the table, it lists the 200L battery as weighing 237g, which I believe is the 4cell battery. But, in the 200L picture, I believe you show the 2cell battery which weighs 130g. With the 2cell Li-ion battery, you still get 4 hours on high…

  • 29er says:

    Great stuff — thanks Francois.

    Dinotte Dual comes with two batteries and is intended for use with both lights on the handlebar.

    Questions:

    1. Can you configure the Dual so that one light is on the handlebar and one is on the helmet? Possible to run both with one battery or require an extra/new cable this way?

    2. Is the stated run time (only two hours) derived from running both lights on one battery or two batteries?

    Dinotte looks to be a leading contender

  • Francois says:

    >> 1. Can you configure the Dual so that one light is on the handlebar and one is on the helmet? Possible to run both with one battery or require an extra/new cable this way?

    Yes, one can be on the handlebar and the other on the helmet

    It is possible to run both from one battery but it is impractical since the rider will be tethered to the bike.

    >>2. Is the stated run time (only two hours) derived from running both lights on one battery or two batteries?

    Measurements were done with one 4-cell battery. The run times have been updated/corrected.

  • 29er says:

    Thanks Francois. I conclude that the new “corrected” run time for the Dual is for running two lights on two batteries (or one on one).

    Still eager to see your spreadsheet for LUX per DOLLAR.

    Thanks,

    –29er

  • Milo Tweenie says:

    Hi Francois. Not sure that you’ve got the battery weights right for the DiNotte. The photos with the weighing scales show the 2 cell battery at 173g and the 4 cell battery at 286g (rounded), neither of which correspond to the 237g in the table.

    Great work, really helpful review.

  • Francois says:

    >> Hi Francois. Not sure that you’ve got the battery weights right for the DiNotte. The photos with the weighing scales show the 2 cell battery at 173g and the 4 cell battery at 286g (rounded), neither of which correspond to the 237g in the table.

    This is really strange but the weights on those photos are all wrong. My scale was low on batteries and all the weights were exagerated!

    fc

  • gustavo says:

    Hi,someone knows how many meter reach de ligh of each one?
    For exmple BETTY 12 reach more than 64 meters.
    thanks

  • BBW says:

    those are numbers that should be submitted in a shootout in my oppinion… all of them should include throw, spill and power(intensity)

  • BBW says:

    So I can ride this again?

  • James says:

    Francious,

    I appreciate you taking the time doing the video review. However a constructive critisim here, if you’re going to show the lights and thier modes could you please next time point them at the garage door and cycle throught ALL the modes with about 3 seconds in between changing modes so the viewers can see the modes clearly? Like I own the Dinotte tail light already (yes to anyone wondering this light makes people BACK OFF quickly. I use a Superflash normally but on busy roads I may have the Dinotte off to save some power but if someone is tailgating and I turn it on (I always keep mine on high setting) next thing I know that car is keeping 2-3 cars distance from me and I have noticed cars changing lanes ~1-2 bus lengths in advance then closer when I was using my SuperFlash) so I know the modes on the tail light but for the other prospective buyers out there they would like to see how all the modes are on the door.

    Same with the Dinotte front lights. I would have loved to see how the flash modes and such are on the garage door.

  • Fred says:

    Hi,
    With which lens did you test the 200L Dual? On the Dinotte web site they offer 2x std lens or 1x std & 1x wide, and I’m wondering which one to order…
    Thanks for that impressive review, it really helped me to select which light to buy.

  • Fred says:

    Hi Francois,
    In the 600L weaknesses, you indicate that for a handlebar light it could have a wider beam. Would you recommend the 600L with the wide lens? Then the question becomes: does it have the same reach as with the std beam?
    Thanks,
    Fred

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