It wasn’t long ago that commuter bicycle headlights were basic low lumen lights with bulky mounts. As technology has improved, bicycle lights have gotten better with the increased features, more compact form factors, and higher output. The Magicshine Allty 2000 headlight illustrates just how far we’ve come in terms of advancement. Not only does the Allty 2000 incorporate two Cree XM-L2 V60 LEDs, but there is an additional low-output LED designed to be used as a day-time-running-light (DRL). With a retail price of $149.99, the Allty 2000 is aimed at cyclists or commuters who want a high-powered all-in-one headlight.
The modern exterior design is complemented by the three light element design and a built-in Garmin style quarter turn mount. This makes the Allty 2000 a top choice for those running out-in-front style Garmin mounts, as you don’t need an additional adapter to mount the light. The light is also rated at IPX5 and is powered by two 18650 Li-ion batteries with a micro USB charging port. The Li-ion batteries uses a cartridge style encasing for 3500 mAh of power and runtimes that range from 14.5 hours for DRL only down to 1 hour for the full 2000 lumen output. Let’s take a detailed look at the Allty 2000.
|Category||Bicycle Head Light|
|Likes||+ OLED Display Screen|
+ DRL and Dual Cree LEDs
+ Built-in Quarter turn Garmin mount
|Dislikes||– Cartridge Battery|
– Too many Output modes
– Limited run-time on higher settings
|Where to Buy (US)||Magicshine|
The Magicshine Allty 2000 is an impressive feature packed all-in-one headlight. Incorporating a DRL light, built-in Garmin style mount and an OLED screen the Allty 2000 is substantial improvement over previous commuter lights.
The Allty 2000 is packaged in a clear plastic box with the light prominently displayed on the front of the package. Although you don’t get the sleek zippered case with the Allty, Magicshine includes everything you’ll need to use the light.
Inside the packaging you’ll find:
- Allty 2000 Headlight with 3500maH cartridge battery installed
- User Manual
- Garmin style handlebar mount + 2 alternate length straps
- Allen key for mount
- Micro USB charging cable
The different length straps allow for the mount to be used on different radius handlebars and is similar to the Eagle style mounts from previous lights.
In a bold step towards standardization, Magicshine has incorporated a quarter turn Garmin mount directly into the Magicshine Allty 2000. This is a feature we are excited to see, as most bicycle light manufacturers have developed proprietary mounts and then offer Garmin adapters at an additional cost. This design enables you to utilize the Allty 2000 with your existing Garmin style out-front style mounts.
If you don’t already have a mount, Magicshine include a simple plastic handlebar mount with a padded rubber strap. The mount is similar to the Monteer 1400 and requires an allen key to rotate a bolt and loosen/tighten the rubber strap. We’ve seen reports from people that the strap cracks with excess tightening, but we haven’t had any issues despite long term use with the Monteer 1400. We recommend picking up the Magicshine TTA out-front-mount of a similar style mount to avoid cluttering the handlebar. Note, that while you can mount the Allty 2000 upside down on a out-front Garmin style mount, you won’t be able to see the sleek OLED screen and hence the battery level.
FIT & FINISH
Visually the Magicshine Allty 2000 is a thoroughly modern all-in-one bicycle light. While other commuter lights use the same metal/plastic/rubber designs, the Allty 2000 has an elongated rounded square body. The two Cree LEDs push the front lens below the main body of the light, which consists of a cartridge style 3500 mAh battery. The top portion of the body feels like aluminium and has a frosted black texture, while the bottom portion and cartridge door feel like plastic. The cartridge door uses the same quarter turn design as the Monteer 1400 and is easy to open/close.
One of the best features of the Magicshine Allty 2000 is the OLED screen on top which displays the current output mode, battery level and alternates between percent battery left and current run-time left. With this feature, you don’t have to guess how much battery is left based on one or two colors, and have realtime information on the battery level. Additionally, on power-up the Magicshine logo splashes on the screen which is a slick touch.
At a measured 194 grams, the Allty 2000 is also lighter than the Monteer 1400. It’s a light that you can easily carry in your hand, and utilize as a temporary flashlight. The Garmin style mount is molded directly to the bottom of the Allty 2000 and looks and feels sturdy. Charging the Allty 2000 can be done on or off the bike, as the USB port is easy to access below the rear of the light. The charging port is part of the battery cartridge itself, so you could potentially carry a separate cartridge or only remove the cartridge for charging.
The Magicshine Allty 2000 boasts an impressive 2000 lumens from the dual Cree XM-L2 LEDs. Unlike the ‘theoretical’ lumen ratings of some of the previous Magicshine lights, the output for the Allty 2000 is the actual output according to FL-1 testing. The LEDs each use a total internal reflection (TIR) lens, however Magicshine has incorporated a honeycomb style cover for the left LED and a clear cover for the right LED. This results in the left LED having a wider beam with more uniform beam pattern and less throw than the right LED. In actual use, it’s a bit difficult to tell the left and right LED outputs apart as the differences are subtle.
With the added DRL, the Magicshine Allty 2000 has a total of 5 unique output modes. The modes are: DRL only, DRL + left LED, DRL + right LED, DRL + both LEDs and finally the DRL + both LEDs flashing. On top of this, everything but the DRL-only-mode have 4 different power settings (25% – 100%). Together, this means the Allty 2000 boasts an impressive (or impractical depending on how you look at it) 17 different mode options. The OLED display screen does show the output mode with a simple circle display, but does not indicate the power output setting aside from the runtime display decreasing on higher modes. On the road, it’s often difficult to tell the left/right LEDs modes apart, and you can easily get lost in the different power settings.
To cycle through modes you have to double click on the button, while a single click will take you through the different power levels. We’d prefer a two button design like the Magicshine Eagle F3 though, as you can find yourself accidentally changing the output mode when trying to quickly change power settings. Also, due to the single button interface you have to cycle through flash mode while trying to get to a different mode. With the high power output of the light, this can be distracting and potentially unsafe on darkly lit roads.
The DRL doesn’t provide enough light to see with, but is great for daytime riding and allows you to use the Allty 2000 has a flashlight when parking your bike in the dark. The dual LED design does a great job at lighting the road with good blend of horizontal beam spread and throw. Due to the narrow body, the Allty 2000 doesn’t have as much spread as the wider Magicshine mountain bike lights, but it’s more than enough for road riding or commuting with. Due to the number of output modes, we recommend you view the run-time/output table on Magicshine’s website. One thing we’d like to point out is that on highest output modes you’re limited to 2 hours or less, which is a little disappointing. For real-world use we found the lowest power settings too dim for night time riding, while the medium and medium high settings offered a good blend of output and run-time.
Overall, the Magicshine Allty 2000 is an impressive commuter light. Magicshine has addressed a lot of the weak points of the Monteer 1400 resulting in a feature packed and modern commuter light. With the dual LED and DRL design, the Allty 2000 is great for both daytime and nighttime riding. Also, the integrated Garmin mount and OLED screen are both highly desirable features at this price point. While we wish the Allty 2000 had replaceable battery cells and simplified output modes, it’s a great improvement over their previous commuter lights and one of the best all-in-one lights we’ve tested yet.
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