There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that in order to enjoy a safe bike ride you need the best possible gear you can get your hands on. We are not necessarily talking about the most expensive gear, mind you, but the type of gear you can rely on at all times. Such is the case with headlights, the items no long-distance cyclist would leave home without.
While traditional headlights involved an entire system with a dynamo and/or a sizeable battery, modern LED headlights are as lightweight as they are small. Over the next few minutes, we’ll try to find out what are the ten best LED bike headlights and what makes them so special to begin with.
10BV Bicycle Light Set Super Bright 5 LED Headlight
This headlight / taillight system comes equipped with a handlebar mount to facilitate tool-less mounting in a timely fashion. Like the name suggests, the package contains a 5-LED taillight capable of making your bike seen to motorists over 1,500 feet away. It also has a 3-LED taillight with an angle adjustable quick-release mount for good measure. Furthermore, both the taillight and the headlight are 100% weather resistant.
9Planet Bike Beamer 3 LED Bicycle Light
Thanks to its quick cam bracket mount, you can set this headlight up in just a matter of minutes without using any additional tools whatsoever. As for the headlight itself, let us just say that it includes 3 white Nichia eXtreme v2.0 LED lights that are guaranteed to provide a very powerful illuminated path without draining the battery life too quickly. Speaking of which, this headlight guarantees 100 hours of runtime using just two AA batteries.
8CREE XML XM-L T6 LED Bike Bicycle Light
Although it looks like a traditional bicycle light in more ways than one, we assure you that this particular LED headlight is as modern as they come. For instance, it features a 2-in-1 system designed to make the headlight behave both as a bicycle light or a head light according to your specific needs. Also worth mentioning is the fact that it has a rechargeable 8,800 mAh battery which is guaranteed to last you for a very long time.
7BV Bicycle 5-LED Headlight and Taillight
This package contains both a headlight and a taillight, each equipped with 5 strong LEDs each. They’re also water resistant, mind you, which is always a useful feature to have when talking about bike headlights for obvious reasons. Not only that but they also make the bike visible to motorists over 1,500 feet away thanks to their strong LED lights, while their mounting clips make them very easy to attach to the bike.
6Supernight Bike Headlight Headlamp Bicycle Light
Thanks to its super bright 1,200 lumens output, this particular headlight will light the way on a 500 meters radius. Another great feature is its anodized aluminum construction which makes both waterproof and weather resistant. Also worth mentioning is the fact that it can be used both as a headlamp or as a bicycle light depending on your individual needs. Not only that but it also comes with a rechargeable 4,400 mAh lithium battery pack for good measure.
5RioRand 4 Mode 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Bulb LED Bicycle HeadLight
Just like the name suggests, this powerful headlight boasts a 1,200-lumen brightness that you will definitely find useful in the long run. It owes its powerful lighting capabilities to the 4 T6 LED bulbs which make the bike visible to more than 1,000 feet away. We would also do well to point out that it comes with four switch modes and a rechargeable 4,400 mAh lithium battery that thanks to its aluminum alloy casting, is entirely waterproof.
4Cateye HL-EL135N Bicycle Head Light
As far as bike headlights are concerned, few are stronger and more reliable than Cateye HL-EL135N. This interesting headlight is at least 50% brighter than a majority of all bike headlights on the market at this point in time. Furthermore, it is guaranteed to last you at least 320 hours in flashing mode and more than 80 hours in its standard mode, thanks mainly to its 3 low-consumption LED lights which only need 2 AA batteries to run properly.
3Cycle Torch Night Owl Bike Light
One of the things that make this particular bike headlight stand out among the rest is its ability to recharge itself via USB. Although its guaranteed runtime is just over 2 hours, its easily rechargeable nature makes it a top-notch headlight by all standards. Its flexibility is also worth mentioning, seeing how it can attach to almost any bike in just a matter of seconds using no additional tools to speak of.
2Super Bright USB Rechargeable Bike Light
Thanks to its 320-lumen power, Blitzu’s Super Bright USB Rechargeable Bike Light can be considered one of the best money can buy. Similar to most high-end bike headlights, this one too can be recharged via USB port, even if it only lasts you for a couple of hours when fully charged. One thing to point out about this particular headlight is that it has a 360-degree swivel capability, meaning that you can rotate it to shine in literally any direction.
1Bright Eyes Rechargeable Mountain Road Bike Headlight
This extremely bright 1,200 lumens CREE LED bike headlight is guaranteed to last at least 3 hours on its highest setting, 5 hours on its medium setting, and more than 26 hours on its lowest. As a result, it is considered by many experienced bikers as a truly professional headlight in every sense of the word. Also worth mentioning is the fact that this high-end headlight has an external rechargeable waterproof battery designed to be both effective and durable at the same time.