Am-Tech Cree LED front light review

Produced by a DIY tool company, is the Am-Tech Cree LED front light up to scratch?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Am-Tech Cree LED front light impressed with it indestructibility, especially consider the sub-£20 price-tag, although the fact that it is not rechargeable could make it more expensive in the long term.

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    Long guarantee

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    Multiple light modes

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    Not rechargeable

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    Not bright enough for the lanes

Attaching things to your handlebars can be a risky business, especially when heading out onto dark lane littered with potholes. Thankfully you should be able to relax when strapping on an Am-Tech Cree LED front light, which is pretty much indestructible.

This hardiness shouldn't be too much of a surprise considering that Am-Tech really specialises in DIY tools, and the light comes with an anodised aluminium body that was more than up to the job when dropped onto tarmac from handlebar height as part of our rigorous testing process. Am-Tech is obviously confident about the longevity of its light, giving it a 10 year guarantee.

Buy now: Am-Tech Cree LED front light at Amazon for £14.26

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As for the light itself, it is fairly impressive, especially when you consider its £18.20 price-tag. The single beam gives out 180 lumens, which is more than enough for riding under street lights and in twilight. However, if you're looking to hit the lanes in real darkness, it's worth spending a bit more money, as the Am-Tech Cree LED front light doesn't do the best job of focusing its beam on the road, meaning that you can miss potholes and rough road surfaces.

The light comes with three modes - full beam, half beam, and strobe - meaning there are options for preserving battery life on days where the light is mainly there to help you be seen in gloomy conditions. This is definitely a good thing seeing as the Am-Tech Cree LED front light is powered by a trio of AAA batteries, which won't last that long if you're planning on riding regularly in the dark over the winter. With this in mind it might work out cheaper in the long term to invest in a light with rechargeable batteries if you're looking to keep up your riding around work in the winter.