Dinotte 800L

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Dinotte: 800L – $439.00

Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Dinotte
800L
$439 800 2:35 Lithium Ion 170g 230g 442g 1.81 1.82

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

The Dinotte 800L is a 4-led light and is currently the most powerful light in the Dinotte line-up with a claimed output of 800 lumens. Similar to the 600L, it features two buttons on the rear of the light. One is for turning the light on/off and the other is for selecting the light output. The light is quite fat but not as long as the 600L. The light head weighs in at 170 grams and is ideal for handlebar mount only.

For the price of $439, Dinotte ships two Lithium Ion Batteries. The user can select the size of the batteries as well to either optimize for run-time or weight.

Light Head close ups:

Mounting:

The 800L can be mounted on the handlebar with a very sturdy plastic mount. The light can be snapped in and out and the light mount itself can be released with a quick-release action. In addititon to up and down adjustability, this mount allows the rider to aim the light left to right with detectable ‘clicks’ at each placement.

Light Meter Measurements:

On our ambient light meter measurements, the Dinotte 800L came in at 55 LuxFor comparison, the 600L measured in at 33 Lux. Among other brands, the 800L matches up well with the Light and Motion Seca at 52 Lux and the Lupine Wilma 5 at 56 Lux.

In other words, the light output of these top of the line lights is almost identical. What differentiates them from each other is the size and shape of the beam pattern, features and craftsmanship of the light.

Strengths:

  • Very wide and bright with a great beam pattern and no hotspot.
  • Light mount is one of the best and the battery can mounted on the stem.
  • Top notch design and construction
  • Two switches make turning the light on and off simple without having to scroll through light levels

Weaknesses:

  • It’s a big light and mounts tall on the handlebar

Bottom Line:

Last year, we complained that the 600L could have a wider beam pattern. This year, with 800L, we got the wider beam pattern and a much brighter light. This really is  a world-class light. It is not cheap but it comes with two batteries. And it is cheaper than the competition with the Light and Motion Seca at $549 and the Lupine Wilma 5 at $590.

It’s not good as a helmet light since it is big, but that’s ok. It’s easy to operate, mount etc. And when there’s any issues, the support from the company is first-rate.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Dinotte 800L



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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  • rick says:

    This is a great light. I’ve found that it works well mounted upside down next to my left grip and then re-aiming the mount so that the light is centered. This allows me to control the light without moving my hand all the way to the center of the bar. The only downside to this configuration is that if you crash hard, the light can possibly come in contact with the top tube.

  • Abe says:

    Not included here but my favorites. Internal batteries! No wires, great mounts, excellent quality and run times. My Exposure Joystick is great for night rides, you might want an even stornger light than it’s 240 lumens for racing. They make them.

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