Princeton Tec Switchback 2
|Light||Price||Claimed Lumens||Runtime||Battery Type||Light head weight||Battery Weight||Installed Weight||Lumens per gram||Lumens per dollar|
|Switchback 2||$299.00||n/a||4:50||Lithium Ion||132g||416g||548g||n/a||n/a|
The Switchback 2 is a 2-LED light and the Switchback 3 is a 3-LED system. Both light heads are encased in big aluminum housings with a big yellow switch on top. The construction is top-notch and it looks to have ample cooling available.
The battery for each model is a big 5-hour battery in a hard plastic case with a rubber top to rest on the bike frame. The connectors are slotted and lock on to the battery.
The packaging is unbelievable. There is so much attention to detail to all the boxes, spacers, accessories included in the box. Everything is in here and stuffed neatly in these cube-shaped boxes.
PHOTOS: Switchback 2 w/ Battery | Switchback 2 Box | Switchback 3 w/ Battery | Switchback 3 Box | Battery Connector:
Helmet mounting is established by strapping a wide base onto the helmet. The light can then be swiveled up and down.
For the handlebar, the mount is a big, solid offset mount that can mount the light at the center of the handlebar. The light can be aimed left to right as well as up and down.
Light Meter Measurements:
On our ambient light test, the Princeton Tec Switchback 2 measured 10 Lux and the Switchback 3 measured 19 Lux. These are on the low side of our tests specially at the pricepoints that these lights are at.
- Included accessories and packaging is excellent
- Mounting for bar and helmet is included and both are very good
- Charging is fast and easy
- 5 hour run times are A+
- The amount of light is just not that bright
- These systems are quite heavy.
- No battery guage or indicator lights
- No carrying case
These Princeton Tec systems are overbuilt, heavy and not bright enough for racing or aggressive riding.
However, they are designed like tanks, have first rate construction and have extended run times. Thus if you are a commuter looking for a bulletproof system or an endurance racer that need run time and reliability first and foremost, this might be a good set for you.
Beam Pattern Photos:
Switchback 3, and Switchback 2 & 3
3.5 out of 5 Stars
3.75 out of 5 Stars