There once was a time, not too long ago, when the bike light world was illuminated by a small selection of giants and choice among reputable brands was limited. Now, many more brands have got involved and as a result price points have fallen so you can get a pretty amazing light for not a huge amount of money.
FWE is the in-house brand from Evans Cycles founded in 1921. They are a fairly new player in the bike light field, but they’ve already got a pretty conclusive range, starting with 20 lumen blinkers and going right up to the new 500 lumen juggernaut we’ve got on test.
What’s in the box?
- Lumens: 500
- Run time: 1.5-12 hours depending on mode
- Modes available: four
- Charging mode: USB
- RRP: £34.99
Packaged up in a typically vintage, minimalist brown cardboard box, the rather sleek looking FWE 500 lumen rechargeable light comes with a handlebar bracket and a rubber strap that can be adjusted to suit handlebar widths of 19-32mm.
There’s also a USB cable – though the light rather handily comes readily loaded with one full charge. This kind of reminds me of the way my dad used to charge birthday and Christmas presents on the understanding that I’d never wait for a full charge before the first use.
When it does come time to charge the light, the rear end unscrews to reveal an easy access USB port. Evans Cycles suggest you’ll need to recharge every 1.5 hours if you’re using the light on full beam and based on my test rides this seems accurate. On medium they give you 3 hours, low mode you get 6 and on flashing you’ll get 12 hours.