As I have said many times before, one of the things that I enjoy most about reviewing products is running across unique items from lesser known companies within the trail and ultra space. While the big names continue to bring us new, innovative products, I have had the best luck with companies that aren’t so entrenched in the space. They often tend to think a little outside of the box. The Moon RC2 rechargeable light from XTAR is one such item. Let’s have a look!
The XTAR Moon RC2 is shaped like an egg and only a tad bit larger. It comes with a clip on the back that is used to secure it in place. It offers flood-mode lighting in 4 levels:
- High: 120 lumens / 4.2 hour runtime
- Medium: 60 lumens / 9 hour runtime
- Low: 30 lumens / 16 hour runtime
- Moonlight: 3 lumens / 120 hour runtime
It is waterproof and offers a built-in battery that is rechargeable using Micro USB and at 87.5 grams, it is not too bulky either. You can get a basic idea of the shape and size from the photo of the Moon RC2 in my hand. The light is controlled by a single button on the top of the light that allows you to toggle between the four different light modes. Here is a link to their product page as well for more details:
The easiest place to get your hands on one is at Amazon, and at $20, it is a pretty solid deal!
As with all of the reviews I write about lighting products, I like to show images that give you some feel for the light coverage. On the left, you will see an image of the light in HIGH mode and on the right, you will see the light in LOW mode.
The Moon RC2 does not offer a beam mode, but as you can see, it is capable of outputting a good amount of light. I found it to be pretty ample for running, but I did find myself missing beam mode for those times when I wanted to focus on something in the distance. What I liked most about it was the ability to clip it on to pretty much anywhere. While running, I clipped it on to the waistband of my shorts. It provided for a great light angle and didn’t slide around at all. The clip is strong enough to hold it securely in place, whether you want to clip it on to your shorts, water bottle holster, or hydration pack. This versatility may be the best thing about the Moon RC2. In terms of battery life, it was on par with other lights that have similar lumen output, but the lack of a swappable battery does make it difficult to use as a primary light for all night runs.
- Can clip it anywhere making it versatile for many types of use.
- Light quality was good.
- Simple to use interface and easy to recharge.
- Battery life was on par with competing products with similar lumen output.
- No beam mode
- No swappable battery
In general, while I am sure they could do some things to improve upon it, for the price and size/weight, the Moon RC2 will make a great backup light to keep around or to use for shorter distances in the dark. Along with it’s versatile clip-on interface, I will find myself using it for many other purposes as well. For example, it would be great as a secondary rear-racing light to put on my pack, camping, hiking, and even those times when you simply need a hands-free light. Worth checking it out for sure!
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