Review: CatEye Volt 800

Small light with very good runtime

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The CatEye Volt 800 is quite powerful for its size.

The CatEye Volt 800 is quite powerful for its size (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 6000

This successful 700 Lumen light from last year now ups its output to 800 Lumens. Other than that, not much has changed on this basic, reliable light with CatEye quality.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 800 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 75
Measured Lumens: 782 Lumens Mounted weight: 152 grams
Lumens per $: 6.02 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 5.14 Lumens Price: $130
Run time on high: 2:00 Hours Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

  • Light head has a lip to prevent rider glare and it has cutouts on the side
  • The light can get hot since there’s not a lot of surface area
  • 2 hour run time for this weight and output is good
  • Beam should be wider
  • $120 provides good value for this light

Full Review: CatEye Volt 6000

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 CatEye Volt 800 sports a good lens.

The CatEye Volt 800 sports a good lens (click to enlarge).

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.

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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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