At A Glance
Perhaps not the most familiar name in mountain bike lights, Ravemen produce a range of lighting for road and off-road use. With 1600 lumens, it not going to blow the competition away on pure power, but a competitive price, innovative tech and a sleek package all combine to make the Ravemen 1600 worth a closer look.Buy Lights on
The packaging may look like something you could pick up for £20 quid in a supermarket, but the light itself is a solid, well-made piece of kit featuring 2 CREE LEDs and a 6000mAh/3.7V Lithium-Ion battery.
The unit is all in one, so no cables to battery packs here and it mounts directly onto the handlebars with a plastic mount. A head mount is available and uses GoPro type mounting systems.
The battery is charged via a USB type C charger and also has an output to charge phones or other devices from it, if needed out on the trail. The light can also be run with an external power source plugged into it.
Further features include a wireless remote for the handlebars, fuel gauge for remaining power and modes for on and off-road.
On The Trail
The 1600 lumens that come out of the Ravemen are clear, offer a good spread and penetrate the darkness better than I would expect from that power output. It certainly packs a punch despite the modest numbers!
Having an all-in-one unit is always preferable, and simply attaching the light to the bars is straightforward and the mount is reliable. The power options are easy to work through and the remaining burn time for each mode is displayed. The wireless remote is a nice touch and means easily switching between modes without taking your hand off the bars.
On its own, the PR1600 will let you get off-road but may not allow for full-throttle riding. If things get faster then the light can't quite throw far enough into the distance to give the confidence needed for higher speeds. Off-road riding demands as much lighting as your wallet can afford and the PR1600 provides a great base but if you throw a head-mounted light into the mix you'll have a good amount of power. Ravemen make a 1200 and an 800 which, being slightly lighter work well on a helmet. This would bring the power up a notch and wouldn't break the bank. Giving a you a great set up for plenty of fun in the woods after dark!
With the ease of swapping between bikes, it also makes a great commuter light with flashing functions and lower outputs for longer journeys. Although not needed the power output to charge a phone is a nice touch in case of emergency providing you remember to take a cable!
Affordable, reliable and with good power output the Ravemen 1600 gives a good entry-level light for off-road riding and adds some great features. At £130 you'll be hard-pressed to find a 1600 lumen self-contained light as good as this one.
This review was in Issue 63 of IMB.For more information visit Ravemen Lights
By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.