by Jameson Lehn, PCI #1243/EMSCI #320, Metropolitan (DC) Police Department
The Code 3 Sports MaxPatrol-600 light consists of two parts. The first is a high-quality and very powerful CREE LED center beam light, with low and high beam modes. The low beam has a light measurement of 240 lumens and the high beam has a measured 600 lumens. The MaxPatrol-600 also has a side-beam system with very powerful and visible rapid pursuit lights which are CREE LED and measure 400 lumens. The system includes all the mounting hardware needed and a wiring harness long enough to fit all different sizes of bicycle frames. It retails for $249.99.
The separate taillight, which connects to the MaxPatrol-600 headlight and runs off the same battery, is constructed of the same high-quality 6061 aluminum and mounts easily to the rear rack of the bike. The MaxPatrol-600 Light and the optional taillight package retails for $339.99.
The system includes a touch pad with two buttons. The touch pad can be easily mounted to the handlebar or stem of the bike. One button operates the center light. One push activates the low beam, a second push the high beam, and a third push turns it off. The second button controls the side pursuit lights; one push activates the pursuit lights and another push turns them off.
The MaxPatrol-600 was used for night operations on a regular basis within a highly congested nightlife area, comprising more than seventy bars and clubs visited by thousands of patrons.
During my nearly ten years patrolling by bike at night, I have developed an appreciation for a reliable and powerful lighting system. I have tried countless lighting systems issued by my department and systems that I have purchased on my own. The MaxPatrol-600 has been by far the best investment that I have personally made. One of my many concerns while riding at night in such a congested area is being visible to drivers and pedestrians; the MaxPatrol-600 helps enhance my conspicuity. The powerful pursuit lights and high beam can be seen from a distance, and both operators of motor vehicles and pedestrians have commented on just how bright the system is. The lights are so effective that they are easily seen during the day as well.
The MaxPatrol-600 was easy to mount. The battery is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery wrapped in a neoprene case, which was easily attached to the top tube near the seat-tube of the frame.
The only drawback of the system is that it is not possible to use the front or rear independently from one another; however, Michael at PoliceBikeStore.com is taking this feedback into consideration. Some officers have commented on the price of the system, but can you really put a price on your safety or the safety of others?
If you’d like to purchase this product or have any further questions in regards to the lighting system, please visit http://www.policebikestore.com. Police Bike Store is an IPMBA Corporate Member and participates in the IPMBA Product Purchase Program, offering 5-10% off web prices.
Code 3 Sports MaxPatrol-600 Specs
- Output Center Low Beam: 240 Lumens
- Output Center High Beam: 600 Lumens
- Output Side Lights: 400 Lumens
- Weight: 196g
- Modes: Center Low/Center High, Side Lights Flashing
- LED Brand: CREE LEDs
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion Rechargeable
- Runtime Low Beam Center: 14:00 Hours
- Runtime High Beam Center: 4:30 Hours
- Runtime Side Flashing Lights: 8:30 Hours
- Runtime Low Beam with Flashing Side Lights: 5:00 Hours
- Runtime High Beam with Flashing Side Lights: 3:00 Hours
- Battery Charge Time: 2:30 Hours
- Color: Black
- Warranty: One year for the light and six months for the battery
Jameson is currently an IPMBA Police and EMS Cyclist Instructor and a full time IPMBA patrol cyclist assigned to the Metropolitan Police Night Life Unit. In his spare time, Jameson can be found riding his full suspension 29er.
(c) 2014 IPMBA. This review appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of IPMBA News.