CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight

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CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight
If commuting to work isn't enough to green your life, may we suggest the Cateye Hybrid Headlight? It uses a nifty, high tech, super-sustainable solar panel to recharge your light. We know, the solar powered flashlight joke is old...but this really works. Just make sure the solar panel is facing up, leave your bike in the sun and the battery will store enough juice to keep you riding all night.
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  • Built-in solar panel charges the nickel-metal hybrid battery
  • Solar charge provides up to 6 hours ride time
  • AA backup battery provides 30 hours of additional ride time
  • Weatherproof construction stands up to the demands of commuting
  • Constant and flashing modes make it easy to be seen on dark roads
CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight
  • MFPARTNUMBER HL-EL020
  • WEIGHT 123g
  • UPC 4990173020584
  • RUN TIME SOLAR: 6 hours flashing, 2.5 hours constant; ALKALINE BATTERY: 60 hours flashing, 30 hours constant
  • CHARGER Solar (included)
  • BRIGHTNESS 400 candle power
  • MODES Flashing, constant
  • BATTERY Solar rechargable niMH, AA alkaline
  • MOUNT FlexTight bracket
  • Rating 4

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CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (3)
  • Great components (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting (4)
    • Pavement (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Commuter (6), Avid cyclist (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    2.0

    Recharging is poor

    By Kramer the Kommuter

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Commuter

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      Cons

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          Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

          My bike is locked up inside all the time which means that there is simply not enough light to recharge the battery so I bring the light into my office to recharge. Even two days in decent office lighting was not enough to get the battery to recharge enough to provide more than 10 minutes of light. I had high hopes but this light is not going to cut it for winter commuting.

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          5.0

          Works on a Catrike

          By brurider

          from springfield, mo

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Effective For Night Rides
          • Lightweight
          • Quick Solar Charging

          Cons

          • Required Adaptation To Mt

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Night Time Store Trips
          • Pavement

          Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

          Installed on a Catrike Trail. It took some modification of the mount and using parts from a front reflector mount to set it up on this bike. It works good. Doesn't interfere with my cup holder (for long camping trip rides) and really gets driver attention. Nice price. Nice light. I hope it lasts as well as it might.

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          3.0

          Needs some improvements

          By Forseti

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Commuter

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Backup Battery
          • Charges In Sunlight

          Cons

          • Not Too Bright

          Best Uses

          • Commuting

          Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

          I rode though a long dark tunnel with this light and it was very hard to see where I was going. It works well in flashing mode as a way to make your bike more visible to oncoming traffic. It would be nice if it had a couple more LED lamps (it only has one) and a USB port to recharge the battery for days when it is cloudy.

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          4.0

          Worth a try

          By Paul

          from Chicago area

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

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                Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                Nice design with solar charge panel on top, but mine came with instructions in German. I found English instructions online, but in tiny print, so hard to read.

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                4.0

                i would encourage others to buy this pro

                By hippie

                from Medicine Hat, AB

                About Me Avid Cyclist

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Great Components
                • Handles Well Off-road
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                    The headlight is very easy to take on or off of the bike to charge in a window if your not getting enough light in the day. I take a lot of comfort knowing that I have a solar and a backup battery for a long ride home in the dark.

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                    4.0

                    Good but not a dark trail light

                    By Chris

                    from Mt Vernon, OH

                    About Me Commuter

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                    Pros

                    • Convenient
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Dim

                    Best Uses

                    • In City Riding

                    Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                    I have a 15 minute commute every day and the road has street lights so I just wanted a light that would brighten the shadows. This light does just that but I would not want to use it on a dark trail as the beam is dim (runs on one AA) and narrow. For my purposes it works great and I don't need to worry about batteries. Good for what I got it for. Would like a better on-off button with a "click" feel but that's about all. Only had it for a month and don't use it in the rain (because it's dim) so I don't know how durable the solar panel will be. I hope the battery holds up because I'd like to use the flash mode on my long summer rides.

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                    5.0

                    Solar headlight by CatEye

                    By hippie

                    from Medicine Hat, AB

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great Components
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting
                      • Pavement

                      Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                      I use this light on my way home from work at 11 at night. Well made,lightweight and a great clamp that keeps the light where you want it. Solar is the way to go. Flip the switch and you still have another battery as back up if you need it. I haven't done a test to see how long the solar light will last, but for the hour long ride home. Its still as bright as when I turned it on.

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                      4.0

                      can't read pamplaph

                      By Tom Newman

                      from Napa, Ca

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Great Components
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Pavement

                        Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                        I use it all the time, the only thing is that the manuel was not in English and I couldn't read it I had to call Cateye and ask them about it, they said that it should have been in Enlish...

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                        4.0

                        Nice surprise

                        By Lucky2BHere

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Commuter

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use
                        • Effective
                        • Great Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Low Enviro Impact

                        Cons

                        • Weak Documentation

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                          For the price, I wasn't expecting much. But I really liked the idea of the solar panel recharging system. The Cateye Hybrid turned out to be a great little light and I use it all the time, now. It replaced a Cateye I've had for years that was heavier and ate batteries more quickly. The mounting clamp/strap is a great idea, and easy to put on and take off. The beam throws pretty far, and it stays intact, unlike my old one that had dark spots at the leading edge of the light. An interesting note is the packaging was about as eco-friendly as it could be, with only a small and thin plastic bubble over the light. The rest was post-consumer-renewable. The Hybrid looks great on my bike (Spot Brand Acme), too!

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                          3.0

                          meh

                          By sirbikesalot

                          from wilmington, nc

                          About Me Commuter

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright

                          Cons

                          • Directions Not English
                          • Short Solar Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Night

                          Comments about CatEye Hybrid HL-EL020 Headlight:

                          I had to have a German person read the directions; they are in German and French only. It says to charge for 4 hours in sunlight, but this only lights for about 20 min. I have to use the battery anyway.

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