A good light let down by an imprecise mount
The The Cateye 800 Volt has gone up in power by 100 lumens from last year’s model, but the price has stayed the same, which makes it a much more competitive light in this test. You still need to buy the helmet mount separately though, at £9.99. A spare battery and charging cradle are also available for £9.99 and £19.99 respectively.
The Volt fits easily to a helmet with a Velcro strap, which anchors it firmly with no wobble. It tucks in close to your head, too, so there’s less to catch on low branches and it doesn’t feel at all wobbly or act like a pendulum. The mount is spoilt slightly, though, because the angle adjustment isn’t fine enough — it either points slightly too low or slightly too high.
There are five light modes, from high to flashing, dishing out a 715 lumens in a good, concentrated beam. It’s not programmable though, so you have to cycle through all the modes rather than just toggling between high and low. The Volt is certainly very bright, it lasts well and charges quickly, but it was frustrating that we could never get the angle adjustment just right.
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