Review: CatEye Volt 1600

Power goes up from 1200 to 1600 Lumens

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It's a legitimate 1600 Lumen output.

It’s a legitimate 1600 Lumen output.

Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photo was taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. The backyard beam pattern allows you to gauge the throw and the width of the light. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

CatEye Volt 1600 Lumen Measurement

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 1585 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 1600 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 »

Weight is 257 grams which is excellent for its Lumen output.

Weight is 257 grams which is excellent for its Lumen output (click to enlarge).

The small, CatEye standard mount still continues to do the job with its plastic strap and knob adjustor. It holds the light well enough, but it has to be tightened securely to eliminate any shake from this light head. No helmet mount is included but other ‘pipe’ type mounts from other manufacturers can be used with this light. If there are two lights in use by the rider, this 1600 is best used on the bars mated with a Volt 800 on the helmet.

We still love the Volt lights and our key suggestion is to make the beam wider as the Lumen output increases to these 1600 Lumen levels.

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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.

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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