Planet Bike 3034-1 Blinky Superflash .5 Watt LED with 2 Red LED Tail Lights (Black/Clear Case)
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- Made using sustainable methods
- Made using high quality materials
- Tested to ensure quality and durability
- Rear bicycle light with eye-catching red flash pattern
- Offers 1/2-watt Blaze red LED and 2 eXtreme LEDs
- Lightweight, ultra-compact, weatherproof housing
- Attaches to almost any bike via bike mounts and clip mount
- 1-mile visibility; runs for 100 hours on 2 AAA batteries
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|Package Height||2 x 3.4 x 5.7 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
About Planet Bike
In November of 1996, Planet Bike was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. In many ways, Planet Bike began as a social experiment that dedicated itself to doing business in a different way. Instead of being just another company that develops and sells products with profit as its end goal, Planet Bike wanted to help bring about positive change for people, their communities, and the environment.
Despite being a simple machine, the people at Planet Bike have always believed that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. From the start, they have embraced an alternative corporate purpose which seeks to help get more people on bicycles by making communities friendlier places for the self-propelled. By donating 25% of company profits to causes that promote and facilitate bicycle usage, Planet Bike hopes to make an impact.
Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist with a goal of making innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Simply put, they strive to design and develop the best bicycle products in the world. In the company's short ten year history, they have made important product innovations within the bicycle industry. Advancements include the 4-line computer which is now a standard in the industry and the world's first self-contained HID light. Not bad for a company that ten years ago started as a one man operation. Today, while still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve their product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since 1996, Planet Bike's financial support of the grassroots bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, they have made a goal to donate $1 million to organizations that are dedicated to making America a friendlier place for cyclists.
Top Customer Reviews
Happily, though, I don't seem to need to shell out big money for a tail light. I've tried various models, but this little guy is just the best. I could pay a LOT more and get the ridiculously bright Dinotte tail light, but why? This little Planet Bike is already insanely visible, and dirt cheap.
I've had mine (the Stealth) out in all weather, all year, and the thing just. never. fails. I see others have reported switch problems, but none here. Besides, they're so cheap, just buy 2; toss one in your blowout bag and you've got a backup tail light every bit as good as your main, that clips instantly onto the same mounting hardware. Buy the non-Stealth model for your backup. It's even cheaper.
A couple of other nice features:
1. It seems to be extremely easy on batteries. After several months, I finally changed mine out just because I thought surely they must be getting low.
2. The Stealth model really is virtually invisible when it's not blinkifying. Mine's mounted on one of my seat stays, and if you're not looking for it, you just don't see it.
In short, I love this thing. It's one of those extremely rare consumer products that does exactly what it should do, does it extremely well, and costs what it ought to: it's the Craftsman wrench of bicycle lights.
This light is awesomely bright compared to my old Cateye blinky from '03! Plus it only takes 2 AAA batteries so no more trying to figure out what to do with that odd battery.
The mount is horrible. I have racks/panniers and use an under-seat bag when just around town for the usual essentials (spare tube etc).
My old blinky just has a threaded hole to screw it to the rack. 30 sec and you're done. This unit has a click quick release, so it needs to be taken off the bike every time you stop or it will walk away.
To add insult to injury, the stock light doesn't even come with a mount suitable for a rack. That's a $5 extra option. Between my rack and my saddle bag, there is no suitable place to mount the light with the hardware provided.
This is bad design for an easy problem and the reason for my 3 stars. Planet Bike, please drill a hole in the unit for those of us that just want to mount the darn thing and not have some quick release system.
The flash this light puts out is hard to miss. Unlike the blinky which just blinks a red light, this little light strobes a very bright white light and then blinks. It is very attention getting. It can readily be seen even in daylight. I recommend this for anyone who finds themselves riding at night, dusk, dawn or in cloudy weather.
It won't save you from drunks or psychopaths though, so keep an eye out for them.
Great tail light for your bike for a good price... Look up some videos at YouTube if you don't believe how great it is. I recommment it to everyone who rides a bike. Sometimes I clip it to my backpack to make sure cars see me in the evening/night when walking at places without pavement.
To make sure... this is a red LED light, not a white one, it just has clear case. I also bought the one in red case (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KBEH1W) and it works and looks the same (except the different color of the case). One is for my bro...
I'm very satisfied... 5 stars!
So why one star? Because they're not waterproof. In heavy rain, a Superflash will go out without warning, which can get you hit from behind and killed.
On a recent 400 km brevet, one rider had 2 Superflashes, which were both intermittently failing as water got in, then coming back on as the water drained out, then failing again. Luckily he had a third taillight that was more waterproof.
If you live where it rains at all and insist on using a Superflash, you should also use another taillight of a different type. But honestly I recommend not using these and using something else.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are amazingly bright to oncoming traffic if you aim them correctly.Published 7 days ago by Bill
I had one of these on my mountain bike for many years. I often ride to and from trails on public roads, and since I often don't leave the trail until it gets dark out, it got used... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas
Amazingly bright! A bit weighty to wear on the back of a ballcap, but it can be done, and easily can be done on a waistband. Comes with various mounts.Published 4 months ago by Ian H
Have had this light for 3 years. It works well and is pretty bright, although the newer USB rechargeable ones are brighter these days, but this costs far less and a set of good... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Tenney
Great light. Easily bright enough. I know there's a ONE watt unit available, but having seen them both, and even having ridden behind another rider w the one watt unit blinking in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wigglesworth