Review: DiNotte XML-3

Delivers a good price, weight and brightness combination

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The DiNotte XML-3 is small and light at 95 grams.

The DiNotte XML-3 is small and light at 95 grams (click to enlarge).

Weight and Runtimes

The weight for this light system is 355 grams and the run time is 2:30 hours. This is an impressive power to run time ratio and even more impressive is that it measured in at 1573 stable Lumens in our lab testing. This makes the system an efficient tool for racers, commuters and endurance riders.

The head of the DiNotte XML-3 is small and light at 95 grams. This includes the mounting system that is probably the easiest to use and the most secure. The switch is very easy to find and use and the cooling fins are very functional for keeping temperatures under control.

Battery and charging is provided by the existing four-cell battery and charger systems.

Battery and charging is provided by the existing four-cell battery and charger systems (click to enlarge).


Couple that with DiNotte’s safety, quality and customer service and this package is a good option. DiNotte uses good batteries and charges them properly. Everything is UN and UL tested and the lights are never over-driven. They are designed and manufactured so the small DiNotte headquarters can spend time producing lights instead of answering problem/failure phone calls.

Battery and charging is provided by the existing four-cell battery and charger systems, so existing customers with these batteries can just buy the new XML-3 light head to experience the latest in DiNotte engineering. DiNotte passes all the UL/UN safety standards for batteries and chargers.

DiNotte XML-3 Beam Pattern

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 »

DiNotte XML-3 Lumen Measurement

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 1573 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 1600 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

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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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  • Tim M says:

    I researched for months before buying a light, and this was my choice. I consider it the best for price, weight, brightness, and run time. Excellent customer service as well. Very pleased

  • Craig says:

    I have a pair of DiNotte XML-3 lights that I have used for two years now. One on the helmet and one on the bars. I have no clue how many hours I have on them, but it’s a whole lot. I have many, many night rides and who knows how many pre-dawn rides lasting between 1.5 and 2.5 hours each.

    I can’t begin to say how extraordinarily pleased that I am with these lights. They have survived cold winter rides and blistering Texas summer rides. I have used them on road bikes, but mostly mountain biking. They have been used in daytime for awareness on road rides in 100+ degree days for hours.

    Only now am I beginning to see battery duration decline. It actually seems to have come on pretty quickly, but it’s manageable. I need to start thinking about battery replacement. These replacement batteries are not cheap, but they have delivered many dependable hours of riding.

    They get my highest rating!

  • Dave O says:

    When you say the beam has an excellent color, is it less blue than some of the other lights, more like a neutral white?

  • Corbinworks says:

    I have this light, Dinotte has it listed as 2000lm not 1600lm
    Do we have an updated test showing the 2000lm’s?

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