Review: Lupine Piko 4 Smartcore

1500 Lumens with a wireless remote and iPhone app

Lights Lights Shootout
The app shows the current health of the light given the existing airflow and ambient temperature.

The app shows the current health of the light given the existing airflow and ambient temperature (click to enlarge).

Smartphone App

Another remarkable feature is the Lupine Smartphone App that is free for new Lupine owners to use. Why you might ask does a light need an App? Configurability, Control and Monitoring.

The most useful asset of the App is configuring the lights and its available light modes. Want five levels of light or two? No longer will you have to play Morse Code with your light switch to configure the light. Also, you can have infinite light adjustment with the App slider bar if you want ultimate control of the light while riding.

And finally, monitoring the status of the light’s temperature and output is useful in understanding if your light is getting enough airflow. Lupine lights and other sophisticated temp controlled lights throttle down output when the light gets too hot. Using the App lets you determine if this is occurring in your local rides and make some adjustments like purchasing the optional heatsink for example.

Lupine Piko 4 Smartcore 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 »

Lupine Piko 4 Smartcore Lumen Measurement

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 1489 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 1500 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 »

The light output of the Piko is quiet honest and stable. With a small fan directed at the light during testing, one can see that the light starts out at its claimed output level and is very linear with no jagged spikes or drops in output. It gently dims very slightly as the light head gets hot.

Options and Accessories

The available options for the Lupine Piko are quite staggering. There are different mounts that are machined. There is also a plethora of battery options as all Lupine batteries are cross-compatible with any light. There is a battery that will run the Piko for over 12 hours for example.

Optional heat sink can dissipate heat better in low airflow/speed conditions.

Optional heat sink can dissipate heat better in low airflow/speed conditions (click to enlarge).

New this year is an optional heat sink for the Piko that will allow the light to run at higher output levels during low airflow conditions or in hot weather areas.

And finally, there’s even an USB adapter that can turn your light battery into a USB charger for your phone and other devices.


For more information visit www.lupinenorthamerica.com.

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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