CatEye Volt 400 review

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The CatEye Volt 400 serves as a good flashlight.

The CatEye Volt 400 serves as a good flashlight (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: CatEye Volt 400

The CatEye Volt 400 will not wow you with its blazing output or diminutive size relative to its brightness. Rather it will impress you with its day-to-day performance and solid design. Price is good to at $80 for a light that is bright enough for the needs of most cyclists, specially commuters. Put one of these on the bar and one on the helmet and you’ll get a good, trail-ready system with excellent run-time and flexible beam pattern.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 400 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 31
Measured Lumens: 379 Lumens Mounted weight: 128 grams
Lumens per $: 4.74 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 2.96 Lumens Price: $80
Run time on high: 2:00 Hours Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Construction and beam quality are top-notch
  • It’s not the brightest for size and price
  • $80 puts a reliable, rechargeable light in the hands of many
  • Could use a brighter center spot or wider halo
  • 3 hour run time is very good
  • Option for safe field-replaceable batteries

One of the fascinating things about the CatEye Volt 400 is its impressive lineage. One can choose up and down the line to meet a price and brightness level for one’s need. The constant is the quality of CatEye and the line’s honest performance in reference to their claims.

Full Review: CatEye Volt 400

Battery life on high is 3 hours with a powerful 2200 mAh battery. Charging time is 6 hours with a 1 watt USB or longer with a standard phone charger, as the light can detect and take advantage of more powerful USB currents.

The beam is shaped as well, with squared-off edges to track the trail better and use the light more efficiently. The riding video will show that this light is more of a commuter light but use two of them and you’ve got a great trail system.

The CatEye Volt 400 has the same chassis as its more powerful siblings.

The CatEye Volt 400 has the same chassis as its more powerful siblings (click to enlarge).

The real possibility here is mixing and matching the CatEye Volt Series for an ideal setup for one’s needs and budget. Put a Volt 800 on the bar and this on the helmet and you’ve got quite a system.

Continue to page 2 for more on the CatEye Volt 400, the beam pattern and Lumen measurement »
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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