Review: Ravemen PR1600

Pros: Non-dazzling ‘dipped’ mode, quality construction. Cons: Short run time on max
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Review: Ravemen PR1600

Dan Joyce reviewed the high-power headlight with on max alternative beams: full and ‘dipped’

Ravemen PR1600 £104.75 

High-power lamps generally throw light everywhere, including into the faces of oncoming drivers and cyclists, with different modes only turning down the brightness. Not so Ravemen’s PR1600. You can switch between differently shaped beams as its two LEDs have different lenses.

One is a standard torch-like beam. The other has a cut-off at the top so it only throws light down onto the road. It’s like being able to choose between full-beam and dipped in a car. ‘Dipped’ uses just the leftmost LED; full beam uses both.


Each beam has different power levels: low, mid, and high for the full beam (400, 800, and 1,600 lumens); flashing, eco, low, mid, and high for the ‘dipped’ beam (400, 100, 200, 400, and 800 lumens). Different buttons on both the lamp and its remote switch change beam and power, so you don’t have to cycle through intervening modes to ‘dip’.

Run-times range from 1.4 hours at 1,600 lumens up to 24 hours flashing. To ride confidently on unlit roads and trails I needed at least 400 and 800 lumens respectively. Lower settings were okay with more ambient light or while riding carefully.


Off-road the full 1,600 lumens is best but 1.4 hours is short for night-riding, so I switched to lower settings when the lamp’s countdown timer dictated. The PR1600 will run for longer if you plug an auxiliary 5V 2A battery (not supplied) into its USB-C port. Brightness then tops out at 800 lumens, which isn’t always enough off-road. There’s also a USB-A output port: when the lamp has power remaining it can charge your phone etc.

The PR1600 is well made, with a body that’s largely aluminium. It survived a crash on tarmac with only scratches. The bracket, a weakness of many eBay lights, is pretty good too. It’s designed to fits bars 31.8-35mm in diameter. Weight: lamp 217g, bracket 26g.

Verdict

Great on road, where the simple and effective dipped-beam facility puts other high-power lights to shame. A short run-time on the highest setting limits rides off-road.

Other options

Exposure Strada MK10 SB £260 


1,500-lumen all-in-one light with dual lenses: a flat, wider angle beam and a spot for distance. The latter can be dimmed for oncoming traffic via a wired remote switch. 

Busch und Müller Ixon Space £161.49


StVZO-compliant 150-lux lamp with a controlled beam shape that doesn’t need dipping. Has USB output so can charge your phone. 

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