Btwin as a brand has evolved from just selling cycles to having everything a cyclist will need. From apparel to accessories to components they have it all. Visibility for a cyclist is very important and lights have become one of the essentials for any rider to have on their bicycle. LED lights are powerful and have a longer life. We got the opportunity to test the Btwin Vioo 700 USB Front Light and here is what we thought.
Btwin's Vioo 700 front light has a huge surface area and a surprisingly bright beam. The light comprises of a single LED which is amplified through a collimator lens and fuelled by a rechargeable lithium-ion cell. The cell is said to have a 500 charge-cycles as its lifespan and the wrapping protects it against low level vibration. USB ports are sealed perfectly as it is tucked beneath the light. 0 to 100 percent charge takes two and a half hours, slightly more from a laptop or other portable devices and a run time of close to 3 hours when continuously on. The steady mode casts a reassuringly pure and potent arc of light, though it's not as visible at dusk. In the dark this light can be easily spotted from 500 metres away when on the move at high speeds. The light beam reaches up to 40 metres which is great for a light at this price.
The Btwin Vioo 700 comes with a fixed mount and a USB cable for charging. I tested this on a road bicycle handlebar and it was very easy to mount and unmount without any tools. This light will fit on to all standard and even oversized handlebars. Powering up is an easy affair even in full-finger gloves thanks to its top mounted switch. The black coloured front light is covered by a silicon body which is strong and durable. Dropping it on the floor with anything but the lens facing down will not damage the body of the light. This light weighs around 47 grams which is great for its size.
This front light has enormous potential with its easy attachment, light weight and high visibility. The top placed on/off button makes this light easy to operate. Cyclists wishing to significantly improve their visibility, using a rechargeable light should definitely consider buying the Btwin VIOO 700.