Reviews of Cygolite Expilion 850 USB Rechargeable Headlight

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StarStarStarStarStar One of best products

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Product works for all conditions at would recommend it highly.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar Bright, reliable

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: low

Easily clips in and out of harness, battery holds charge well and charges easily, bright light seen by incoming traffic, lights the road well, durable. Great experience with this light so far.

StarStarStarStarStar Bright!

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Bright.

Cons

Lasts only about 8 hours, so have to recharge often.

Other Thoughts

Love it.

StarStarStarStarStar Cygolite Expilion 850 usb

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Great light use it day and night commuting to work and fun rides.

Cons

none

StarStarStarStarStar Very Bright

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Bright - I have used the low power setting, and it has been adequate in the mornings when there is just a bare hint of light in the sky.
Has both handlebar mount and helmet mount.

Cons

Helmet mount may not be for everyone. It gives the helmet a top-heavy feel.

Other Thoughts

I wanted to get a light that was more than a glorified flashlight. This light is exactly what I was looking for.

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent Light and store

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Bright, light

Other Thoughts

Girlfriend needed a brighter light for morning rides. This is a great one, after researching on web (find sites that compare lights with pictures). ModernBike is a great company!

StarStarStarStarStar Amazing light, perfect price

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

This light is awesome. ..as a sole light? No..as in combination with a helmet light? Yes.
I use it for road and trail riding. In both occasionsides it's perfect. The price was in the sweet spot too.
I would recommend this light to anyone that it on the fence. It's as every step as good as NiteRider.
Pull the trigger on this light if you're on the fence

Cons

Non

StarStarStarStarStar Cygolite Expilion 850 Headlight - Not on a Bicycle, but a Mobility Cart

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: low

Pros

Easy to assemble.
Easy to mount.
Beautiful bright light.

Cons

Instructions said it was to be used on a bicycle as it is apparently air cooled. While my mobility cart travels at about 8 mph, so far I have not
had any overheating of the light. The important thing to remember is that if you are not moving for a time, turn off the headlight to be sure it doesn't overheat. Certainly not a big deal.

Other Thoughts

I am an 87-year old man, physically handicapped whose only mode of transportation is a Pride Wrangler mobility scooter. While the lighting system on the scooter is good for tail lights, turn signals and hazard lights, the headlight leaves much to be desired. Combine that with the poor eyesight of an old man and you have a situation where one has to do something during the light of day or not at all. Ah, but not now - not since I got the Expilion 850. Thank you Modern Bike for putting this item on sale to where it was affordable for me.

StarStarStarStarStar Love using the Cygolite. Great build quality!

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Ownership: one year
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Great light. Can see in pitch blackness well enough to ride full speed down hills. Very visible to others. Lights up the environs like a motorcycle light or car light would.

Light is a great safety feature to have with you always in case an accident/mishap requires you to return late from a day ride, in addition to being a good commuting light.

Light pivots left to right somewhat, which is helpful when approaching other riders.

So glad I bought it.

Modern Bike has been great (good prices, good policies, fast shipment) & will use again for other purchases.

Cons

None.

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent product

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

looks durable and solid build
very bright light
many different lighting modes (from steady to flashing)
good ion-lithium battery life

Cons

a little bit expensive but it's worth the money.

Other Thoughts

I use this light for many purposes: walking at night in the neighborhood, automotive work, biking (perfect when used in blinking flash mode on my bike helmet). I have a Maglite flash light at home, very solid construction and heavy duty, but I rarely use it anymore since I bought this marvelous Cygolite Expilion 850 model. The difference in the brightness magnitude is incomparable. The Expilion is way brighter than any traditional flash lights while it weighs much lighter. Furthermore, the recharge capability through the USB port which can be hooked to anything from a laptop to the wall outlet adapter or even via the car cigarette lighter makes this product perfect for travel. No more worry to carry tons of batteries in the suitcase. At night in the dark, the light can go as far as 100 feet with the lighting mode set to the max position. The battery life is really good. I only charge it once every few weeks when in light use or once per week for heavy use.

I also have a Cygolite Expilion 350 that I bought a few year ago, but I prefer the 850 model because the light beam it yields is spread out to a wider angle (approximately 40 degrees compared to 10 degrees on the 350). This gives you a much better lighting zone when biking at night. I would give it five stars if it costs a little bit less, but in the end, you pay for what you get.

StarStarStarStarStar Awesome

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Bright, light, easy mounting

StarStarStarStarStar Great light. Would buy again.

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Compact. Bright. Holds a charge for stated time. Good light pattern

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

Great light. Would buy again

StarStarStarStarStar Light and bright

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Light, bright and easy to use, keep charged

Cons

Somewhat slow to charge but not bad

Other Thoughts

Love this light. You can get spare batteries if you need extended lighting

StarStarStarStarStar Cygolite Expilion 850

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I bought this light as a replacement for my Cygolite Milion which finally died because of abuse... The new light is far brighter. It is wonderful. While I haven't done a lot of night riding with it. I have come to rely on the safety strobe while daylight riding. The first time I used it I watched cars ahead stop to let me pass. I am much more visible. That is appreciated. The light is quite sufficient at the middle brightness setting for the bit of after dark riding I have done. The light was easy to install and seems to last to spec...though I haven't tested it specifically.

Cons

None.

Other Thoughts

This was also my first business with Modern Bike. Shipment was same day... quite impressed.

StarStarStarStarStar product works as expected, good quality

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Ownership: two months
I would consider looking into a dual beam light for my next purchase.

StarStarStarStarStar night riding at speed

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Bright light with wide beam no problem seeing the trail at night. Comes with charger and helmet bracket which i love as all i need is in one box.

Cons

usb plug is a usb-1 style and all my other lights are usb-2 style so i need to carry 2 charging cables. small bummer.

Other Thoughts

as good as all their other products just brighter.

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"Founded in 1991 by a group of Southern Californian cycling enthusiasts who envisioned bicycle lighting systems utilizing the latest technology with trend setting designs, Cygolite developed a line of systems that made it synonymous with innovation and quality. Over 20 years later, we still lead the way, creating rechargeable lighting systems inspired through test rides on the trails and roads then engineered and assembled in our California headquarters."

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These include a mount for bicycle helmets.

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