Pros: Good value, Looks great, compact, extrememly bright at night., bright enough during the day., the part that holds the light can be rotated.
Cons: Expensive, badly designed mounting bracket., barely fit a 31.6mm seatpost. cannot use the rubbe, not waterproof!, need to cycle the light pattern to switch the unit, zero instructions!, no battery life indicator!, not very bright from the side.
This is by-far the brightest & most compact rear light I have ever used. And I have used Cateye TL-610, Rapid 3 & Rapid 5 before. But this is extremely bright & just as compact as a Rapid 3. Rapid 3 & 5 are bright & eye-catching during the night however during the day, Rapid 3 is hardly visible and Rapid 5 is just a bit better.
But this little guy is bright enough for daylight use!
Charging: When you are charging the light, there's an indicator for charging (RED) and fully charged (BLUE). And it shares the same micro USB cable with my phones, etc. so I don't have to carry extras. BUT it does not indicator battery life!
Mounting: The mounting bracket is badly designed, compared to the Cateye SP11 bracket. 1) You can't use the supplied rubber strip when you mount it on a 31.6mm seatpost. 2) No matter how tight I tightened the screw by hand, I can still move the light up/down. Whereas a Cateye SP11 bracket is so easy to mount, tighened and never slips. 3) I also didn't like the long screw as it protrude on both sides, and I was afraid my shorts would be ripped by the exposed portion of the screw.
My solution: I have tried various methods to solve this issue. I tried to adapt a Smart bracket (couldn't hold it in place but was a better fit for the 31.6mm seatpost). I then tried to find ways to adapt Cateye SP11 & the NR light holder. But I in the end I settled with: 1) M4 nylon spacers. This is to fill the gap and provide support to the clamp. So the gearing in the bracket will bite and hold the arm in place. 2) I switched to a M4x25mm screw so that the clamp can be tighten properly and not exposing too much screw to rip my shorts.
Once the light & clamp were secured, I took my bike to the car park to ensure I have the right angle setup so that drivers can see the light. From 4 or 5 car lengths away, the light is extremely bright!
The other design flaw: The bottom part of the light where the USB connector is located has a rubber cover covering the 'hole'. That area is not sealed or isolated so that's why it's NOT waterproof. One solution would be to put a sandwhich bag over it during a wet ride.
In short. Even with the flaws, it's one of the brightest and compact LED tail light I have ever owned & used. I recommend the NiteRider Solas but with caveats. So buyers beware.
Because of these flaws, I'm only giving it 3.5 stars.
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