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Blackburn Mars 3.0 Flasher Rear Bicycle Light


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  • Seven super-bright red LEDs inside a water-resistant case
  • Lens optics increase visible distance
  • Side LED's provide 180-degree safety-boosting visibility
  • 50-150 hours of runtime in steady or flash mode
  • Runs on two AAA batteries, included in package

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Product Description

Named after a bright red planet visible from afar, the Mars 3.0 has seven super-bright red LED's inside a sleek water resistant case. Lens optics increase visible distance and side LED's provide 180 degree safety-boosting visibility.

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An essential measure for any safety-conscious biker, the Blackburn Mars 3.0 Rear Bicycle Light will help make sure you are seen by traffic in plenty of time. The Mars 3.0 is constructed in a tough, water-resistant case and utilizes seven super-bright red LEDs. This rear bicycle light features lens optics that increase its visible distance, and side LEDs that provide 180-degree safety-boosting visibility. Blackburn's Mars 3.0 runs on two AAA batteries (included) for up to 50 hours in steady mode, or 150 hours in flash mode.

About Blackburn
In 1975, Jim Blackburn set out to design stronger, lighter, more innovative and more reliable cycling products. The first were bags and racks designed for touring. From there, Blackburn grew. Over the next 30 years, Blackburn's spark of innovation would lead to many revolutionary products, like the first high quality aircraft aluminum rack, the first dual stroke minipump, the first oversized mountain minipump and the first dual stage/dual stroke floorpump just to name a few. For 2005, Blackburn's creative spark is burning brighter than ever. And as we head into our 30th year, Blackburn is re-dedicated to designing smart, reliable, no nonsense accessories that are essential to your riding experience.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000BNZ0M4
  • Item model number: 112280
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,312 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Great design, very bright LED lights.
JDC
Nice bright light but the plastic bracket broke so I had to permanently attach the light to the bike.
Citris1
My 3.0 fell off somewhere along my first ride as soon as it got a tad bumpy (in New York City).
ALQ

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By L. T. Beasimer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2006
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I recently bought a bike with intentions of riding home from work in the evenings. Since winter is approaching, I wanted a rear light to ensure I will be seen when the light gets dim. HOLY MOLEY! The only way I won't get noticed is if I forget to turn it on.

Don't turn this light on while looking directly at it. The Mars 3.0 comprises of seven super bright LED lights. The front is lit by five red lights with three at the top, one in the center and one at the bottom. Each side has an orange light each for side visibility.

If the brightly lit Mars 3.0 in steady mode doesn't get enough attention, you can choose between flash and chase modes. The batteries will last about 50 hours in steady mode or 150 hours in the other modes.

The Mars 3.0 requires 2 AAA batteries. Installing the batteries requires a small screw driver and some patience. Once the three tiny screws are removed, pulling the back off can be challenging. It may be a bit difficult to complete the task, but the light is water resistant as a result.

The light includes a seat post mount, but it is not required. The back of the light has a clip that could be used for attaching it to a belt, or backpack. Even though I have other options, I prefer to keep it mounted on my bike.

PROS:

Water resistant design

Super bright

Attention getting

Long battery life

CONS:

Changing batteries is difficult
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By adjective VINE VOICE on August 31, 2007
First impressions often lead to purchases which the passage of time reveals as mistaken. Such was the case with this light. True, it is very bright and well constructed to resist the elements. Then, the defects emerge.

Firstly, the batteries must rather laboriously be changed by removing three tiny screws, which although ensuring a tight seal in wet weather, are also prone to becoming lost or simply cross-threaded with repeated use. Use this light on a daily basis and it will deplete the batteries fairly quickly, whereupon one must fetch the small screwdriver and take out the little screws, taking care that they don't roll off the counter and disappear forever.

The second design defect of note is the brittle plastic attachment clip. Mine finally snapped under the stress of routine use, owing to the manufacturer's befuddling choice of an inferior yogurt container-type of plastic.

If you ride a lot and want dependable gear, I suggest Planet Bike's stuff, which exhibits a comparable level of operating performance but much better design.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Aloysious on February 7, 2006
I started biking to work this past fall, and boy is it dark! I needed a rear-flasher. I had seen another review on the little Mars 3.0, saying that the battery life was very-very long. Good enough for me. Then I saw it in person - WOW! this little guy is bright! That sold me on it.

It comes in 3 modes: Steady, Flashing & Disco (those are my words for it). You can lay a light pattern on the wall across the room with this thing. It's that bright.

It also has a clip with it. So, I clip it to my backpack.

So, why did I give it a 4 out of 5 stars? Putting the batteries in, is a pain. And boy am I glad they'll last a good long while, because I don't want to be replacing these things, but maybe once a year.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Leverich on August 21, 2006
This thing is BRIGHT. I've had mine for several months now, use it nightly (morningly, really). Works great, I'd recommend it to anyone, and provided you have a small enough philips-head screwdriver to switch the batteries in/out, you're golden.

If anything happens to the one I have, I'm buying another one just like it. In fact it's so great I'm tempted to buy another just for MORE being seen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Comeau on June 28, 2006
I second the other two reviews, bright, good design, nice package.

Down side is battery replacement. Doesn't bother me, but if you don't have a small screw driver/dexterity it could be a problem.

Up side... hit a major pot hole on a down hill route causing the stap the light was on to break. The light survived the impact with out issue. (Benefit of the screws, I've had other lights, with out screws, come flying apart in similar circumstances.)

So worth the money in my opinion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tacksharp on August 11, 2007
Wow, buying the Blackburn Mars 3.0 was a negative experience all the way around. First of all (and I'm definitely NOT a tree-hugging granola head), I was offended by the excessive packaging. It was very wasteful. And then only after I opened the package did I discover that installing the batteries required a tiny phillips screwdriver that many people won't have. Plus it was tedious to remove and replace the three tiny screws. It would have been more helpful if they put the battery installation instructions on the back of the excessive packaging. Then I found that the battery tray was too tight, requiring a lot of force to pop the batteries in. Then I discovered that the unit was broken. One LED lit up but the button didn't do anything. I'm glad it was broken because when I returned it I then discovered the Planet Bike Superflash, a fantastic little tail light that comes in very simple earth-friendly packaging.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Franz on May 14, 2007
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Like other reviewers have noted, the most striking feature of this tail light is that it is BRIGHT!. There are plenty of LED's to either flash (two different modes) or to have permanently illuminated. This is by far the brightest bicycle tail light I have ever seen - it is literally blinding and your eyes will hurt if you look directly into the light.

The design is pretty straight-forward and functional. Changing the batteries is actually not too hard although a clip-on cover would have made the process much easier. As it stands, though, you will need a small screwdriver to loosen three screws and you will be able to change the two AAA batteries that power this light. I suppose this method is employed to increase weather resistance. My only gripe with this light is actually with the attachment used to instal the light on a bike: The screws are made of plastic and unless you are very careful, it is easy to damage them.

As I mentioned, the light comes with an attachment that allows you to install it on just about any part of a bike's frame or on the seat post. In addition, the light itself has a clip that permits attachment to backpacks, belts, shirts, etc. although I am not quite sure this clip would hold up if you intend to go running with the Mars 3.

Basically, this light is the best (in my opinion) you can get and I have yet to find anything that I would prefer over this one.
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