LED Lights Shootout – Dinotte 200L, 200L Dual & 600-LI-4C

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Dinotte 200L $ 249.00

Dinotte 200L Dual $ 349.00

Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Dinotte 200L $249 200 4.25hrs Lithium Ion 78g 172g 248g 0.81 0.80
Dinotte 200L Dual $349 400 2hrs Lithium Ion 156g 172g 353g 1.13 1.15
Dinotte 600-LI-4C $399 600 3.5hrs Lithium Ion 153g 271g 488g 1.23 1.5

Description:

The Dinotte 200L consists of a small light head cyclinder and a compact, plastic-encased battery. The connector is a non-directional plug that snaps into place and keeps water out. The rubber switch is very easy to operate as it scrolls through the three light levels available. Mounting is simplistic with a rubber hoop that goes around the handlebar. The light is bright and the beam fairly wide with no hotspot.

All Dinotte lights have three ‘flash’ modes for commuting. They are very effective and visible for greater visibility for oncoming traffic. These flash modes are extremely visible on the red tail lights as well. And the best part is the ‘flash’ modes do not interfere with regular use. The user has to press the button for six seconds to enter this mode. After using other lights where the flash mode is always in the way, this feature is very welcome.

We consider the Dinotte connectors as best in class as well. They are non-directional and pop into place and are thus the easiest to connect. Initially, they were a bit too hard to disconnect. But a little bit of Vaseline fixed that right up.

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting Options: The 200L can be mounted on the handlebar or on the helmet. The 200L dual is meant for handlebar mounting. The battery is ideally mounted on the stem but can be mounted on the frame as well.

Light Meter Measurements:

On our ambient light meter measurements, the Dinotte 200L came in at 16 Lux. The 200L dual measured in at 32 Lux.

Strengths:

  • Light and bright
  • Great beam pattern with no hotspot
  • Top notch design and construction
  • The 200L Dual is a great value with two light heads and two batteries
  • Great run-time
  • best switches and connectors
  • Flash mode is available but not in the way of normal operation

Weaknesses:

  • Can be difficult to aim left to right

Bottom Line:

The Dinotte demonstrated good design, quality and flexibility. The 200L and 200L Dual are great lights at a great price. For $400, the buyer gets two light heads and two batteries. Each light is very bright and having two light heads allows the user to customize the beam pattern. The beam pattern is very even with no hot spot. Also, the switches, connectors and charger are excellent quality and the easiest to operate. Finally, having the flexibility of connecting 2-4 or more lights (or a tail light) on one battery allows for a very configurable system.

The Dinotte 200L dual seems to be the best value and most flexible system. For $349, the buyer gets two lightheads that can both be used on the handlebar. Or one can be used on the bar and the other on the helmet.

Beam Pattern Photos:

200L, 200L Dual

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200L, 200-L Dual

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Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

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Dinotte 600-LI-4C $ 399.00

Description:

The Dinotte 600 is as bright as any HID and it’s light and lasts a long time on a compact battery. It can be mounted on the handlebars or the helmet and performs each task very well. For the ultimate set up, use the 600 with one or two 200s or heck, use multiple 600s.

For the price, Dinotte ships two Lithium Ion Batteries. The user can select the size of the batteries as well to either optimize for run-time or weight.

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting Options: The 600L can be mounted on the handlebar or on the helmet. The battery can be placed in the camelback or the small battery can be mounted on the helmet.

Light Meter Measurements:

On our ambient light meter measurements, the Dinotte 600L came in at 33 Lux. This compares to the Exposure Enduro Maxx at 30 Lux and the Niterider Trinewt at 33 Lux.

Strengths:

  • Very bright with a great beam pattern and no hotspot
  • Top notch design and construction
  • Two switches make turning the light on and off simple

Weaknesses:

  • As a handlebar light, this could have a wider beam

Bottom Line:

This is a great light. When coupled with the Dinotte 200L, the combination is incredible with many possibilities.

Beam Pattern Photos:

600-L, 600-L

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200L Dual Bar and 600-L, 600-L on bar 200L Helmet

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A comparison of all beam pattern photos is available: Coming Soon!

Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

 

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.



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  • Jonnym says:

    Hi, great pics… Is that Ashworth Valley?? Looks very familiar :-)

  • man910 says:

    Great review, especially with the pics. To the naked eye, it looks like the 200L-dual is as bright as the 600L even though the spec has the 600L 50% brighter.

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