Cygolite Hotshot 2-Watt USB Rechargeable Taillight Review

cygolite-logo-200x133pxThe Cygolite Hotshot 2-Watt USB Rechargeable Taillight – Bright and visible, with a few basic design and usage issues.

Here’s the deal:

It’s a red blinky tail light for your bike. From the manufacturer:

Integrating Cygolite’s 20 years of tail light expertise, the HotShot 2W USB features a powerful 2 watt H.B. LED for max visibility, USB rechargeable Li-Ion battery, 5 flash modes, and adjustable flash speeds for additional safety. This Hotshot includes a USB cable and wall charger. (OSP Patent Pending)

What I love about this:

Super bright and easy to see from a distance. This light will surely get the attention of people behind you. It has a few flashing modes so you can choose one that’s the best for your situation. Its mounting bracket allows you to strap it to your bike, but also remove it easily to carry with you or clip to your bag/jacket.

What I hate about this:

The charging connector is Mini-USB. Nobody uses Mini-USB anymore – all the new phones, and everything else charges with Micro-USB. So it’s a pain in the ass to have to carry another cable, when there are already Micro-USB cables at home and office. This light should be updated with Micro-USB – or ideally, it should be updated with USB-C.

Should you get it?

I don’t use this – in fact, I returned it, and am waiting until something better crops up.
Cygolite Hotshot 2-Watt USB Rechargeable Taillight Product Page

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