What They Say:
The Volt 500XC is a great option for those needing a powerful light at a reasonable price. Excellent for commuting or training after the sun has set.
What We Say:
Although this can blare out 400 lumens in a constant beam, it can only keep up that kind of performance for an hour or two at most. We found, though, that by cranking it down to a more modest 100 lumens (which is still more than sufficient for most city and suburban riding scenarios) it would run for closer to eight hours before the USB recharging port had to be bothered.
There are four lighting modes to choose from, what Cateye describe as ‘high, low, hyper-constant and flashing’, while the whole thing is packaged up in a tough plastic body that survived our standard drop test without too much fuss. Weighing in at 95g, it feels solid, too, without being excessively heavy.
Attaching (and removing) it from your bike’s handlebars is a breeze, as the bracket is basically a high-quality rubber band which held the unit snugly in place even when things got a bit bumpy, doing its bit to ensure Cateye’s solid reputation.
Will serve you well on most urban/suburban rides, but also has a bit of extra oomph when you need it.