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Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light


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  • Lumens: 35 Runtime: High-4:00 Pulse-8:00 Flash-20:00 Weight 110 gr.
  • Post, stays, bag or belt mount. tool-less design allows quick mounting
  • USB charging
  • includes USB cable
  • Battery charge level indicator
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Product Description

Nearly 3/4 of all crashes between bikes and cars occur at intersections, and not surprisingly most of those occur in the evening hours when the light is fading and everyone is tired and trying to get home after a long day. Often enough, motorists simply drive right into cyclists. Light and Motion recognizes the need to be more visible from all directions, not just from the front and the back. That's why they have created their Vis series of lights. The Vis 180 Tail Light is not only a tail light, as it has sidelights as well to make you more visible and safer out on the mean streets.The Vis 180 Tail Light has amber side lights just like the ones on your car. This allows drivers to see you through 180 of arc as opposed to simply being visible from the rear. So as you ride through that sketchy intersection next time, you'll know that drivers will be able to see you clearly even if their lights are not directly shining on the reflective stripe on your jacket. The glaring 35 lumens output is enough to be seen from great distances. The Vis 180 Tail Light is easily mounted on most seatpost sizes and shapes via an adjustable thick rubbery strap. A built-in ratchet system will allow you to position it so that no matter what angle it's mounted at, it has the greatest effect to be seen. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that powers the tail light for 4 hours continuously and 8 hours on the flash setting. When the time comes for a recharge, the micro USB port accepts a charge from your computer or most phone chargers. It takes 4.5 hours to get the battery pack juiced back up to full power.Easily mounts to bag, bike, or helmet, which allows you to pick your placement or use multiple lights 4.5 hour recharge time is easily accomplished during the work day 4-to-8 hour run time lasts all night

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0041OH3GK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,326 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

The light output is shockingly bright.
John E. Hollowy
The pictograms on the box are good enough to figure out almost every function except how to remove the light from its mount.
J. Eugene Yount
The pulsing red light creates enough of a changing pattern, and it's so incredibly bright that it's still highly visible.
J. Castaldi

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John E. Hollowy on January 7, 2011
What some reviewers consider problems, I see as assets. First, what could be more convenient than USB charging? I wish everybody went to USB. I have so many damn chargers sitting around already. My light is sitting on my laptop charging right now so it will be ready to go for another week or more when I head home tonight. Second, removing the light is not particularly easy, but I don't think that's an issue either. Just follow the directions and it becomes clear how to do it. Once you know how, it pops right out. Third, one reviewer said the light seems cheap and plastic. Really? It's case is cast metal, and it certainly seems up to Light & Motion's general high standards. That's one reason I was willing to spend the money on this light. I have had other LIght & Motion products for many years and their customer service has been exemplary.

My one criticism is the rubber band mounting method. I realize that it uses rubber similar to my iPhone cover and is therefore very tough, but it can be removed in an instant. I would prefer a more secure mount, such as one that requires tools to install and remove. I could then probably leave the light on my commuter bike all the time, except for charging, because the causal thief wouldn't know how to get it off without tools. I have replaced bolts with tamper-resistant bolts on my commuter bike, and I could probably do the same for this light.

As for light output, I was using two Planet Bike Super Flashes, and the Vis 180 simply, without question, blew them away. I tested them side by side, and the Super Flash literally disappeared in the Vis 180's glow. The light output is shockingly bright. No one can claim they didn't see you, unless they were blinded by your light!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jon Posner on November 3, 2010
My "qualifications": been working in bike retail for 15 years, mainly to support my habit, ride bikes a LOT, 7-10K+ miles/year, lots of it commuting.

I think this is a great taillight. I usually take some trails and bumpy fire roads as part of my commute. This light has held up for me now on several very bumpy rides and in heavy rain. I give it high marks for durability so far, I've had mine about 2 months.

I think the rear light is one of the brightest on the market. I feel like it has tremendous side visibility, and the rear LED is blinding to riders behind you, which is a good thing. I use it always on the pulse mode, the red led pulses rather than blinks.

The clip takes a moment to figure out, but then you realize it is ingenious. The light has a clothing clip that also clips into the bracket that mounts to your seatpost. The light can be fixed at several varying angles while clipped into the mount, and it can ONLY BE REMOVED FROM THE SEATPOST MOUNT BY PUSHING THE CLIP ALL THE WAY CLOSED (all the way against the back of the light) which means the light cannot bounce off the mount like so many other lights I've owned. The seatpost mount attaches by way of a thin rubber strap - I have stretched it hard and it is durable. I have had this light mounted on 27.2 posts, 31.8 posts, and around a trek madone aero shaped seatmast, all with no problem.

I also like the idea of a long life rechargeable, not shelling alkaline batteries out over and over. USB charging is easy and ubiquitous.

Bottom line, I think this is a great light. Light n motion stuff isn't cheap, but it is USA made, backed with a good warranty, and it is among the best stuff in it's class! Last 2 cents worth - buy this at your local bike shop! They are worth supporting!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Eugene Yount on January 6, 2011
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Right out of the box, the Vis 180 is so bright it literally hurts the eyes. I'm not sure it isn't brighter than a car's taillights. The VIS 180 has several different modes of operation from "Man, that's bright" to "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!" I love the side lights and feel they might have prevented me from getting hit by a car recently. Still, based on some reviews I had seen, I was so worried that I wouldn't like the light or that it wasn't worth its high cost. I couldn't be happier and it's worth every penny and then some. The pictograms on the box are good enough to figure out almost every function except how to remove the light from its mount. But it is actually easy to remove: Press the red button on the "Pivot lock" and rotate the light to its fully closed position. Not just closed. FULLY CLOSED. Push the light firmly into the mount (towards the seatpost) and gently pull the light up. I can do it with my recently broken wrist. In fairness, the pictogram shows how to remove the light, but it isn't obvious that pushing the light into its mount actually unlocks the light. Unless the light is unlocked, it stays put. I like that, too! In "light" of my recent accident, I think this is one of the two best bike purchases I have ever made. (Light & Motion Stella 300 being the other.)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Castaldi on October 31, 2010
For me this light was a big step up from the Planet Bike Blinky Superflash Tail Light Stealth model. I was always happy with the Superflash, but among the things that attracted me to the Vis 180 are the side-directed flashing amber lights, and the fact that it's USB chargeable.

Comparing the brightness of the two lights, it's really no contest; the Vis 180 is much, much brighter, even on its lower settings. (Of course at the difference in price between the two, you would expect it to be.) The main, rear-facing red light is more of a pulse than a rapid blink like other rear lights I've owned, but this doesn't bother me. The pulsing red light creates enough of a changing pattern, and it's so incredibly bright that it's still highly visible. The side-facing amber lights are a much more rapid flash and are visible from the rear as well, so the light is pretty obvious and hard to miss.

The Vis 180 charges via micro-USB, and a cable is included. The light charges off of the computer in about five hours, so it easily charges overnight, or during a full workday. Personally I like that it doesn't come with a full, proprietary charger, as I've already got plenty of charging options at my disposal with work and home computers, and the AC and car chargers that came with my cell phone.

So far I've ridden with the light for about two weeks, using it nightly on my 30 minute commute home from work. The light arrived partially charged, and was ready for a re-charge after the first week. After a full charge and another week of daily use, it's still going strong and the battery indicator light is at about the halfway mark.
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