Review: Sigma Buster 200

The Buster 200 overdelivers at its $45 price

Lights Lights Shootout

2015 Lights Shootout

Sigma Buster 200 Front

The Sigma is alright. Every year, there are a few lights that surprise us and the Buster 200 is one of the pleasant surprises of this batch. Claiming 200 Lumens for $45, this light outperformed at 235 Lumens with a very stable output. Better yet, the beam pattern was nice and clean with a broad beam and a focused center.


The $45 rechargeable light price point is usually for ‘to be seen’ lights that aid commuters in becoming more visible to motor vehicles, but this light can actually be used to see on the road. For the trail, two of these would fit the bill.

Mount is the handled by a simple yet reliable rubber strap with multiple holes for bars of different diameters. The light also comes with a rubber armor skin that is not that useful, but it offers protection and personalized colors for the user.

Run time is an impressive 3:30 on high and weight is light at 98 grams.

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 »

Sigma Buster 200 Backyard Beam Pattern

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 235 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 200 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 »

Sigma Buster 200 Lumen Chart

Strengths
  • Very affordable at $45
  • Construction quality is top-notch
  • Beam pattern is excellent
  • 235 Lumen output is stable and better than claimed
Weaknesses
  • Not really handy as a flashlight because of non-removable strap mount
Specifications
  • Price: $45
  • Claimed Lumens: 200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 235 Lumens
  • Lumens per $: 5.22 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 2.40 Lumens
  • Time on High: 3:30 Hours
  • Charge Time: n/a Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 98 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter


Overall Rating

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

We’ll have to give 5 Chilis not because it is the brightest, but because it is extremely well executed at $45.

For more information visit sigma-lighting.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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  • CLaranjo says:

    I’m charging mine for the first time, isn’t it suposed for the red light to turn green when its charged? It’s charging for some hours and still red! And it’s getting really hot!!!

  • Cornholio says:

    I bought this light largely due to this glowing review and I’ve been rather disappointed with it. It doesn’t seem the reviewer spent any actual time using it beyond taking a picture of the beam pattern in his garden. The run time is 3.5 hours but in medium (100 lumens) not high where it’s only 2 hours. When the battery falls below 75% the eye scorching green led on the button turns on – it’s so bad I had to tape some thin black fabric on the top of the unit to stop it from blinding me at night. The button is very stiff and if you want to increase the power you have to press the button FIVE times and cycle through all the stupid blinking modes. You press it twice to tun on but press long to turn off – ridiculous. The green led on the button is lit between 25% and 75% battery so you’re either nearly full or almost empty – very helpful.

    • Konrad says:

      Thank you Cornholio! I was thinking seriously about buying this light, not anymore. I took my time with modyfing my pc case to stop eye schorching blue led (I still wanted it to be easily visible, had to go trough many foils etc until I found matching one) – I don’t want to buy something new only to do this again (if this would be possible at all to modify it).

  • Cornholio says:

    I forgot to mention that at least in my country it doesn’t come with the soft silicone stand but a hard plastic one that didn’t fit my run of the mill MTB handlebar and I had to grind the soft rubber on the inside with a modelling knife. All in all a really frustrating product – technical specs and build quality are great but the user experience is poor to put it mildly.

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