Lupine Betty R7

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4,500 lumens! That’s the headline that I predicted I would focus on here. Oh, and the fact that it costs £735. (£735!)

The build quality of the complete kit is admirable, but then it really needs to be at this price. The light and 6.6Ah battery are rated as IP68, meaning they can be operated completely submersed in water. The kit supplied includes the charger, helmet mount, 12V car charger, wireless remote, extension lead and a couple of velcro straps. The battery has no bag, but has a tough plastic casing and some non-slip material, as do the velcro straps. The optional bar mount clamp is a slim CNC quick release job, allowing the light to be mounted directly over or under the stem.

The charger is user programmable, as is the light unit, allowing the number of light settings and their power to be changed. Even the battery indicators can be changed.

The claimed battery life at full power is just one hour, so being able to switch between power levels using the remote is more than just convenient. At full power, the spread and intensity of light is so great that any reference to ‘hot spots’ is largely irrelevant. You are ostensibly riding in daylight. Despite the silly power on show, the real brilliance comes from the wireless remote control, especially when using the light mounted on a helmet. No need to fumble about to switch to full power, or back again once the trail calms.

Overall: Astonishing light output that also features a very handy remote, but a staggeringly high price to pay.


Review Info

Product:Lupine Betty R7
From:Leveret Productions,
Price: £735
Tested:by Gavin Baxter for One month

Mark Alker

Singletrack Publisher

What Mark doesn’t know about social media isn’t worth knowing and his ability to balance “The Stack” is bested only by his agility on a snowboard. Graphs are what gets his engine revving, at least they would if his car wasn’t electric, and data is what you’ll find him pouring over in the office. Mark enjoys good whisky, sci-fi and the latest Apple gadget, he is also the best boss in the world (Yes, he is paying me to write this).

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