We’ve been in the market for a new light just recently. Kate has been looking for something fairly compact to fit her mountain bike for general use.
Now, a couple of years back, having tried lots of the “just as good as that expensive stuff” lights that are about, we decided some time ago that they were a false economy and I bit the bullet and bought myself a Diablo from Exposure and a Hope R8. This combination has been everything I could want and was money well spent.
Kate didn’t want a separate battery pack so the Diablo was one possibility, and was a known quantity for us but the advent of the Hope R2i gave us an interesting alternative too. The issue we found with the R2i was that (at the time of writing) there is no information about running times on the Hope website so we couldn’t really do a comparison.
R2 / R2i running times:
So, I got in touch with Hope technical support and got the following info:
- Mode 1 – 400 Lumens – 4 hours 30 minutes
- Mode 2 – 700 Lumens – 2 hours 15 minutes
- Mode 3 – 1000 Lumens – 1 hour
- Mode 1 – 40 Lumens – 30 hours
- Mode 2 – 200 Luments – 7 hours 30 minutes
- Mode 3 – Flash mode – 11 hours minimum
With that info, we could compare the specs with the Diablo. We’re just trying to get our hands on an actual light at the moment so we can compare the beam quality (lumen ratings are meaningless on paper – the quality of the light output is what matters)
Hopefully this info will be useful to someone until Hope publish the data.