Published on February 4th, 2014 | by Greg0
NiteRider’s Bright, Convenient MiNewt Mini 350 Plus Bike Light
Some company names are so great that they seemed obvious in retrospect, the sort of brand that simply has to exist. Some product names are so silly that they seem to have come from a blender filled with vowels and syllables. It’s unusual when these things both happen at the same time, but so it goes with today’s product- a high-end biking headlamp that was just updated last year and offers plenty of power for even the thickest fog or deepest rural night.
The NiteRider MiNewt Mini 350 Plus Light is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery-powered 350 lumens headlamp that is among the brightest lights we’ve ever seen in this size. The super brightness means a corresponding decrease in battery life, and a much larger battery pack than your average bike light, but at the highest level (of four) you still get about two hours of blinding, shining time (and up to three times amount of life with the lowest setting, which will still be enough for most folks and situations).
At 175kg for the system, you might notice it if it were all in one spot- but divided into the battery pack at the rear and the light itself in the front, it’s feels like it’s barely there for the most part. Installation takes a little bit, but the straps are pretty simple with most helmets. Other drivers can’t miss you coming, but you will need a separate light for your rear, unlike some lamp systems which come with both included. Some might prefer non-rechargeable batteries since they can easily be replaced, and you might miss the red light and extra modes on some of the lights we’ve seen, but we couldn’t deny the handy extra brightness and cool USB recharging capability on the MiNewt Mini.
The only major criticism we had was that the controls could be hard to use while biking- larger buttons, or slightly different placement, would be a nice change. And NiteRider offers a wide range of models to cover just about any need, from the pro-level 8600 lumens model to handlebar versions. Available for around $90 online and in stores, the 350 Plus is a solid choice for making your commute a lot safer.