NiteRider MiNewt Mini-USB Plus (includes helmet mount kit) Older Lights

DESCRIPTION

The MiNewt Mini-USB is the first bike light to feature a Li-ion battery capable of being charged from the USB port of your PC or wall outlet, providing the ultimate in charging flexibility! Weighing in at an incredible 175g, the mounting options are virtually limitless. Although light on weight, the Mini is no slouch on power. Incorporating a high powered LED the Mini pumps out over 110 lumens and has a run time of 3 HRS! Never in the history of LED bike lighting has this level of technology and performance been offered for less than $100.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 04, 2010]
geber11
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Durable, small and light. stays in position with the rubber o-ring attachment, easy to install and easy to adjust even when riding. Bright enough for commuting probly not night time trail. Use on helmet in conjunction with brighter handlebar mount for trails. Can use USB port to charge it. I Left it mounted to bike in garage all winter and it still works great, holds a charge and still bright.

Weakness:

Snow accumulates in recessed lens. You have to unplug the light from the battery pack or it will drain the battery over a period of time like two weeks even when the light is not on.

Good light for the money, I placed a plastic bag over the light to keep the snow out of the lens area. Make sure to disconnect the battery cable as it uses battery power even when the light is not on. Battery meter only indicates charge status when plugged into charger, red or green light on battery switch. I used a plastic presto valve cap to plug the hole in the battery when light is unplugged because it is exposed to weather when mounted under the stem.

Similar Products Used:

Cheapos

[Nov 15, 2009]
dpastore22
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

plenty of light, weight, price, battery life, long battery cord

Weakness:

for some reason it didnt inlude helmet install instructions, I had to go to their website.

For the money I dont think your going to find a better LED light. Simple to use, once you get the instructions. Overall this light is bight, my partners light died on the trail and the MiniNewt provided plenty of light for both of us - no lie. I had two guys riding with me with older non-led versions they got on sale years past and both are buying the MiniNewt. Great light - great battery!

Similar Products Used:

non led lights

[Nov 01, 2009]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Small light head, small light battery, USB charger. The ability to leave the wall charger at home and keep the USB charger at the office makes this a great little commuter light.

Not wild about NiteRider lights due to their earlier reputation. Several riding buddies had them and were always having issues. This was several years ago. I bought JetLite for night time MTB and have never had an issue.

In regards to this light. I don't consider it to be a night time light. Its bright, but it wasn't intended to be something you ride 25-30 mph with. It works great in the spring / fall when commuting in low light. Doesn't reach out there as far as I would like it to for night time riding. It is very bright if it is pointed right at you but easier to miss from the side. This is the only real issue as far as commuting. I like the light to be over kill, cars see you better that way. It's 120 lumens, it's not supposed to be super bright; designed to be small and light.

For the price you simply cant beat this little light.

Similar Products Used:

Jet Lite. No comparison

[Nov 01, 2009]
gto2000five
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Bright and lightweight. Easy to put onto helmet or bike.

Weakness:

Might need one more if you're doing trail riding.

Great light for commuting. I can definitely see everywhere I'm going. It could only be better if I had on mounted on my handlebars as well as my helmet. Lightweight battery and light make it easy for helmet mounting. Very durable metal housing. Could only be better if it was cheaper.

[Oct 31, 2009]
illcomm33
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright, lightweight, easy to mount, USB rechargeable, 3.5 hour run time, Niterider quality

Weakness:

On this light? No way.

Bottom line is if you commute, and do so in the dark, buy this light. It has really made my morning/evening commute a whole lot better. Cars see me and I can also see the road. It kicks out a tremendous amount of light for such a small package and seems to run forever. I have the new battery with the charging indicator...a nice feature and would recommend you look for it when you buy yours.
This light is easy to mount and has just enough power cable to do so (battery and light mount to bar and stem. Super clean and easy to do so).
NOTE: I use this as a COMMUTER light but could see it being a nice backup bar or helmet light for night-riding. Haven't tried it though...Seriously...just go buy this light. You won't be disappointed.

Similar Products Used:

Cyglolite

[Jul 29, 2009]
Rzar
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

light weight,small, durable, Easy to install. Bright

Weakness:

None that I have found so far.

I use 2 of these, one on the bar and on my helmet. I use it for xc riding and they seem to be bright enough. I have even crashed a few times with them and no damage. I have also ridden in the rain with no issues. It seems they have fixed the plug problems on the new models. I have timed the lights and they were bright for about 3 hours 10 minutes, then started to dim considerably.

The install was a breeze, both bar and helmet mounts. I also use these for road riding and feel petty safe up to 30 mph, then I start to "pass the beam". Bottum line, great intro into night riding, druable, light weight. I am not sure about the life of the battery. I hear they only last about a year.

Similar Products Used:

CatEye bar lights, but cheap ones.

[Mar 27, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

its a solid little light, high, low beam

Weakness:

nothing yet, price everything seams expensive thou

i wouldn't nite ride again with one on my head, however that might be said about any light on my head

Similar Products Used:

vista lights, nite rider trail rats

[Mar 10, 2009]
Natedogz
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very lightweight, compact (even the li-ion battery is tiny), kit includes EVERYTHING you need....helmet mount, bar mount, light, battery, extension power cord (to put battery in your pack or on bike frame downtube...I've never wanted or needed to use it though), wall charger, USB cord (for charging from any USB port ie. your computer at work) and then ready to ride that night! New Nite Rider power plugs are 1000 times better than the previous style...they are just simple male/female round contact plugs with rubber seals for rain and dirt. Pretty long runtime....only ran it completely out of juice on an extra long night ride. It lasted about 3.5 hours, but the last 45 minutes was not very bright...but bright enough to get back out of the trail. Fortunately other riders had some backup lights that we all shared. Everybody's lights were running out that night. Pretty long runtime....only ran it completely out of juice on an extra long night ride. It lasted about 3.5 hours, but the last 45 minutes was not very bright...but bright enough to get back out of the trail. Advertised run-time is 3 hours.

Weakness:

As my only light, it could be a bit brighter.

I bought this after borrowing a cheapy bar light for my first night ride...after one ride I was hooked! The ideal setup is two lights, one on helmet to look around tight switchbacks etc. and one on the bars to always look ahead and low to help add depth perception to rocks and roots by casting some shadows.

Pretty long runtime....only ran it completely out of juice on an extra long night ride. It lasted about 3.5 hours, but the last 45 minutes was not very bright...but bright enough to get back out of the trail. Fortunately other riders had some backup lights that we all shared. Everybody's lights were running out that night.

This is a great light made even better by the new style Nite Rider power plugs, and the kit has everything you need in one box to mount it on your helmet or bars....awesome value and great performance!!! Now I just have to decide on my second light and move this one to my helmet.

Similar Products Used:

Borrowed cheapy $30 bar light for my first night ride, this light is far superior.

[Feb 24, 2009]
Abneycat
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very light
Nice, even beam is as powerful as claimed
USB charging ability is convenient

Weakness:

Plastic is potentially too flimsy
Poor switch performance in the cold
No charge indicator
One light setting

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this light. Things like it having no charge indicator and only one light setting really aren't a big deal.

Performance when the light is on and working is great. The pattern is a bit narrow, but very well distributed.

Were it not for my experiences with this light in the cold, the review would be a lot more favourable. Here's why:

1. Helmet mount snapped in the cold. Without the helmet mount, the beam isn't wide enough to get any good use off-road, I found.
2. Battery shell cracked on one side where it holds the velcro, while attaching to the bike in the cold.
3. Switch is unreliable below -10c!!
4. The rubber glued to the bottom of the light mount to keep it from sliding around slid off.

I also feel that the run times are misleading. The light certainly does not work for the claimed 3 hours at full power. It lasts between half to 2/3rds of that, with good beam strength.

For the price, this light could be nice for a commuter or leisurely hop around a trail, but I would suggest completely avoiding this light if you intend to use it in cold conditions. It will fail you.

Similar Products Used:

Cygolite Hi-Flux 200
Light and Motion Stella 180N

[Jan 14, 2009]
mtb416
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Produces claimed lumens, good battery life, very even beam pattern, easily mounts, multiple charging options

Weakness:

Only 2 settings ON/OFF, could be slightly brighter

This is a great light for commuting, as a headlight, or as your first "real" bike light purchase. The lamp unit is very small and takes up little space. Very easy to mount, especially with the two different cord lengths. A light can always be brighter, this one is no exception, but it is a clean bright light. I don't have a need for multiple modes, but some people might not like the simple ON/OFF.

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