Moon Shield 60 Review

I must admit I wasn’t expecting much from this light when I received a model for review. It’s pretty tiny and I was anticipating a correspondingly small light output from the diminutive package. I was wrong – It’s a great little rechargeable light capable of an insane light output, has a decent mounting bracket and great build quality and weather sealing.

 

Moon Shield 60 Manufacturers Specifications

Up to 60 lumens light output
1 x CREE XPE LED
Tool free quick release bracket
Constant & flashing modes
Water resistant
Vertically adjustable
Low battery indicator
3.7V Lithium polymer battery
USB rechargeable
Up to 6 hours runtime
2 hours charge time
Weight 38.4g
Dimensions 5.5cm x 3.5cm x 3cm

Package Contents

You don’t get much in the package but you get what you need – the light itself, a USB charging lead, a rubber seat post mount and an instruction leaflet. If you don’t have a USB socket in a convenient place for charging, you’ll need to buy a mains adaptor.

Build Quality

A number of the latest lights on the market today have pretty rubbish build quality suffering in particular from either poor mounting brackets or poor weather sealing or both. I’m happy to say this isn’t the case with the Moon Shield 60 and it has a pretty solid feel and is better sealed than most rear lights I’ve seen in a while. The weakest point is the rubber USB charge socket cover which is attached by a very thin strand of rubber. I don’t think it would break in normal use but you do need to be a little careful when removing the USB cable. The mounting bracket is made of a stretchy rubber which can fit round pretty much any shape or size of seat post.  This can be fitted with no tools.  Embedded into the mounting bracket is a simple plastic slot into which the light itself is mounted. Once attached, the light’s vertical tilt can be adjusted.

On top of the light is a well sealed rubber push button that definitely wont get accidentally pressed when the light is carried in a pocket or bag. Consequently it can be a little tricky to operate with gloves but it can be done.

Battery Life and Light output

When I turned the light on by a press of the button, I was pleasantly surprised to find the light was just as bright as the Blackburn Mars 4.0 and the Cateye TL-LD1100 that feature on my best bike lights list. Then I realised that was merely the minimum light setting. Pressing the button again raised the light output to a level exceeding that of pretty much all rear lights I’ve ever seen. There was worse to come. A further press of the button caused yet another step up in intensity to a frankly bonkers level. Unless you ride regularly in thick fog, the brightest setting is way more intense than necessary and I imagine most people will use the light on one of the lower settings with longer run times between charges. In addition to the constant light output modes there are two flashing modes, the first has a rather unpleasant strobe effect, the second a more bearable slower flashing. These can be seen in the video below.

While there are not separate side LEDs the central LED generates a wide enough beam to give very good visibility from the sides as well as the rear.

Specified battery life is 5 hours 40 mins on the lowest setting, 3 hours 50 mins on the medium setting, 2 hours 30 mins on the highest setting and 7 hours on the flashing modes. My tests showed these to be accurate to within a few minutes. Considering the size, weight and brightness it’s actually pretty decent and will be plenty for most commuters. In all modes the light output maintains its same bright level throughout the run time but then cuts out suddenly. There is a low battery warning light but it is not much use. One, it can hardly be seen right next to the bright main LED and two there is just not enough warning from when the warning  shows to when the light cuts out. (15 minutes if you’re lucky). Really with this light you’ll just need to be organised and remember to recharge it on a regular basis.

Charge time for the light is approx 2 hours. There is a charging indicator LED that shows when charging is complete, and unlike the low battery warning light, it is useful.

Compared to Cateye TL-LD1100

In an attempt to make the rear light beam shots more useful, I’ll now be showing the beam alongside our benchmark rear light, the Cateye TL-LD1100. Here we have two photos showing the output from the two lights side by side. In the first, the Moon light is set to its lowest brightness setting, in the second it’s at the highest setting. In both, the cateye light is set at its maximum constant light output. As can be seen the Moon light (on the left)  is both brighter and has a considerably wider beam pattern than the Cateye on the right.

Conclusion

All in all I really like the Moon Shield 60 light. Apart from the daft low battery warning light I can’t find anything bad to say about it. Highly recommended and an easy choice for our best bike lights page.

The light is fairly widely available. For example it can be purchased  here or here.

11 Replies to “Moon Shield 60 Review”

  1. I bought this light on your recommendation, thanks, one question though, this light is so bright! do you think I could get motorists flashing me from behind, because of the extreme bright light?
    regards
    John

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment. Personally I think the lowest brightness setting is bright enough for most purposes and I doubt you’d get anyone complaining. The higher settings might be useful in thick fog or for getting you noticed in daylight.
      Hope that helps!
      Paul

      1. Thanks Paul,in case anyone else worries about this DONT! I have just noticed you can angle the light up or down, I angled it down one click and it took the beam away from eye car driver level and put a nice round red glow on the road behind me.Having it pointing down slightly gives a good light from behind without blinding anything behind me and also gives the red glow spot on the road! Perfect! Just off to buy a Lezyne power Drive front light now to complete my new light set-up on my Brompton. Thanks for your reviews,help,advice you are doing a great job saving us cyclists a lot of time and money searching around.
        regards
        John

  2. I love the Shield. However the clip on back of the light broke when I tried to attach it to my helmet.
    If the shield has a major weakness this is it. The clip is made of very thin brittle plastic. If you use it on the included rubber mount you will be fine. Try clipping it to clothing or the rear part of a helmet and don’t be surprised if the clip breaks, it is that fragile. Luckily, the clip comes off. Hopefully I can find a replacement.

    1. Hi the same happened to me just wondered where you found the replacement clip if you found one?

  3. Hi, great review thanks. I’m looking for a light for daytime use as well as night. I notice you say the high setting would do for daytime, but what about the flash setting? Would you say the flash is at the high level or one of the lower ones? Cheers!

    1. Hi Rich,
      Thanks for your comment. I think the Moon Shield light is so bright it would be fine for daylight even on the lowest setting. I just checked the flasing modes. It looks like the slow flash mode is at maximum brightness. The fast flash strobe mode (which is very unpleasant to look at!) seems to be at a lower brightness.
      Hope that helps! Paul

      1. That’s a great help, thanks Paul. I was thinking of going for the far more expensive Dinotte 300R which sounds like it has even more power and probably even better, but I think I’ll give the Moon Shield a try as it may well do the job and it’s a fairly cheap low risk option in comparison to the Dinotte. Thanks again!

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