Dinotte XML-1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 51 lux on our ambient Mtbr light measurement facility. In an integrating sphere, we measured acutal lumen output at 459 lumens.    These numbers blow away the claimed lumen rating of 400 lumens by Dinotte as this is really a much more powerful light than what their spec sheet says.

The 51 Lux of the XML-1 puts it right in the neighborhood of the  Niterider Minewt 600 at 50 Lux, claimed 600 lumens and the Light and Motion Urban 500 at 53 Lux and claims 500 lumens

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  • 459 measured lumens is impressive for the price and well above the claimed 400 lumens
  • The beam pattern is wide and has a powerful spot
  • It offers good  value at $159
  • Commitment to quality and safety is unrivaled
  • Installed weight of 200 grams is excellent for the brightness and run time of 2.5 hours.
  • Easy to double up and power with a single battery.


  • It’s less than half the brightness of the XML-3 but price is well more than half
  • Not a flashlight- we’re reaching here but it would be cool if this were available as a self-contained light
  • Mount can not be aimed left to right

Bottom Line:

It’s a good light and a good value. But really, the XML-3 trumps it in every category.

A good use for it is as a helmet light to complement the XML-3.  Also, one can put two XML-1s on the bar powered off the same 4-cell battery. This will offer a good beam spread and brightness at a goood price.

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Value Rating: The XML-3 is a way better value but this is still very competitive with the field

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating: It pales in comparison to the XML-3 but it is a good helmet mounted light for it or for others.

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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