Review: CatEye Volt 700

$120 with a measured 773 lumens is a winner

Lights Lights Shootout

2015 Lights Shootout

CatEye Volt 700 Side

Now this CatEye Volt 700 is an incredible light. It shares the same body as last year’s Volt 300 and it got a serious treatment from the tuner shop. They now claim 700 Lumens and we measured it at 773 Lumens of rock-steady output.

Battery life on high is 2 hours with a powerful 3100 mAh battery. Charging time is 5 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 has graduated from a commuter light to a legitimate trail riding light. Use two on the bars or one on the helmet and bar for the ultimate setup.

Video: Test loop with the CatEye Volt 700. Camera is on a locked ISO setting and is set to Wide Angle mode

So color us impressed with this latest product from CatEye. It sports quality construction that CatEye has been long known for. The mount is the old bike computer ‘radiator clamp’ type mount and it works perfectly for this application. It accommodates all handlebar sizes and the light can be cinched down very securely.

Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

CatEye Volt 700 Backyard Beam Pattern

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 773 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 700 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

CatEye Volt 700 Lumen Chart

Strengths
  • $120 is a good deal for this light
  • 773 measured Lumens is quite a bit above the claimed 700 Lumens and it is the brightest in this class
  • Excellent CatEye quality
  • It is the perfect helmet light to complement the Volt 1200
  • Light head has a lip to prevent rider glare and it has cutouts on the side to provide some side visibility
  • It is modular and the rider can buy two or three of these lights and be able to customize the aim and beam pattern
Weaknesses
  • Square shaped beam pattern would be much better served as rectangular to offer better peripheral view
Specifications
  • Price: $120
  • Claimed Lumens: 700 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 773 Lumens
  • Lumens per $: 6.44 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 5.52 Lumens
  • Time on High: 2:00 Hours
  • Charge Time: 5:00/11:00 Hours (Can sense high powered USB charger)
  • Mounted Weight: 140 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter
Overall Rating

5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 5 out of 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

For more information visit www.cateye.com.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2015 Lights Shootout. To see all the bike lights tested CLICK HERE.


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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  • Paul says:

    Great smart light, I also have been using the 300 for quite some time and just received the 700 a week ago.
    The quality is superb and it seems pretty much indestructible (Had the 300 running in Hurricane torrential rain, without a problem).
    Its really smart, easy to charge or to replace battery, long lasting battery, small size, light, good fixing mount, good lighting for commuting without blasting light to oncomming traffic, 5 different light modes including a nice mix of constant and flashing and much much more…
    Only for night time trail riding I would look at something that has over 1000 real Lumens.

  • MBR says:

    For all your light tests, please include run times for lower power settings, not just the highest light setting. Please, please, pretty please…

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