Moon Light is a very new brand both in Singapore and overseas. They were publicly launched during the 2009 Taipei Bike Show. All its lights are designed in Hong Kong and have a distinctive look like no other. In addition, they are tiny and weigh next to nothing! Perfect for those looking for non-intrusive lights that do not clog up valuable handlebar space. Moon Light is able to produce such small lights as they use custom Lithium Polymer re-chargeable batteries or standard CR2023 alkaline batteries in all their lights. These batteries are smaller than what their competitors are using, thus allowing them to reduce the sizes of their torch.
For this review, we will examine 6 of their models, 3 headlights and 3 rear blinkers, providing a broad overview of their product range.
We will start with the 3 headlight models we have. The 3 models are the Gem 1.0, Gem 2.0 and M-3W. The 2 Gem models are on re-chargeable batteries while the M-3W runs on alkaline. All energy sources are supplied together with the lights.
I really like the Gem 1.0 for its small size and the fact that it can be pluck directly into any USB port for charging. For those riding after work, simply pluck it into your computer during the day and you will be ready for your ride the moment you knock off. Full charge takes about 2 hours and can last you up to 6 hours, depending on the mode you run them on. It even packs an indicator informing you when it is fully charged or when battery is going to be depleted. The light comes with 4 inter-changeable modes, low beam/high beam/strobe/flash, controlled via the on/off button. Do not expect this minuscule light to cure your lumens addiction though. No, it will not shine its way through the trails at night, but it packs abundant candle power to announce your presence to other road users. Its bigger brother, Gem 2.0, comes with similar feature but packs 2 more ultra bright LED. Another difference that sets the two apart is that charging has to be done via a USB cable on the Gem 2.0.
For the M-3W, it has similar outlook and size of the Gem 1.0, but runs on alkaline. For those who do not like the idea of rechargeable, this would be your alternative. 2 X CR2032 will supply enough juice for the unit to run for up to 50 hours. Compared to the Gem 1.0, the strobe mode is also missing from the M-3W.
On the rear, we have the Gem 3.0, KL-02R and M-1R. The Gem 3.0 is identical to the Gem 2.0 up front except for the red LED. It is the only rear blinker here that runs on rechargeable.
The KL-02R is circular in design and resembles the shape of a full moon. 2 ultra bright and 2 super bright LEDs reside within the unit and emit light in either flash or steady mode. Its circular design allows a broad visibility angle in excess of 220 degree. A new set of batteries will last you up to 45 hours.
The M-1R shares similar traits except it has one LED less than the KL-02R. What is really interesting about the M-1R is the super wide visibility of up to 300 degree. Imagine the strobe light on top of Emergency vehicles, and that is what the M-1R exactly looks like.
Putting Them through the Test
Mounting all the units is effortless since they are secured by elastic band only. No tool is required throughout the process and the elastic band can be stretched to accommodate various seatpost diameters. Adjustment of the light angle can be done by twitching the unit itself or via the adjustment knob found on some units.
As blinkers, I find their brightness adequate for the job, even for the Gem 1.0 and M-3W which only have 1 LED each. If you are a lumen addict, the other units which have at least 3 LEDs or more should give you plenty of assurance. Personally, I will choose Gem 1.0 for the front and the M-1R for the rear. I like the Gem 1.0 for its convenience and M-1R for its ultra wide visibility angle which allows you to be seen from all sides (that includes from the top and bottom) except from the front. Switching between the various modes is straight forward for the front blinkers with the button within easy access. The rear can be slightly trickier since the buttons can be too small for on-the-move switch.
All the units are water resistance, and the wet weather for the last few weeks has allowed me verify that claim. I have ridden the KL-02R and M-3W in the rain and I am happy to say that they have passed the splash test well. For those units with rechargeable batteries, do take extra care to cover the charging port will the rubber seals, else the unit could be a goner.
Like it? Trash it?
The Moon lights spot very intricate design and would appeal to those looking for components which bear some form of fashion statement. To add to the icing, they work as well as they look. They have ample power to announce your presence and various modes depending on your needs. The choices are good to have, but from experience most of us really need only the flashing mode. The battery life is also decent. The only disclaimer I have is that this is not a long term test and I could not determine the durability of the rechargeable batteries over the long run. The pricing for the lights are also very competitive and is in line with their competitors offering. The alkaline model starts from $25 onwards while the rechargeable ones cost $40 upwards. So there you have it, I would think these are keepers for me.