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Planet Bike Super Spot 1-Watt LED Bicycle Light

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  • Ultra-bright bicycle light with 1-watt LED bulb
  • Several times brighter than standard LED bulb
  • Includes easy-to-use Quick Cam bracket mount
  • Runs for up to 30 hours on 4 AA batteries (included)
  • Weather-resistant construction; limited lifetime warranty

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Whether you're a 24-hour racer or a super commuter, the Super Spot bike light from Planet Bike gives you the power to light up the night. Planet Bike's brightest LED headlight, the Super Spot is equipped with a 1-watt LED bulb that helps you see clearly at night while alerting drivers, other cyclists, and pedestrians to your presence. The weather-resistant construction, meanwhile, lets you ride in wet conditions without fearing any problems. And unlike many bike lights, the Super Spot's battery carriage works as efficiently with rechargeables as with traditional AA batteries. The Super Spot, which comes with QuickCam bracket mounts that let you adjust or remove the light without tools, runs for up to 30 hours on four AA batteries (included). It's also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

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.


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  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000793NXA
  • Item model number: 3031
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,902 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By desolder on December 6, 2007
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PROS:
This is a terrific value for a 1W LED bike light, especially one which uses a Luxeon 1W emitter. I'm surprised they didn't advertise the fact that it's a Luxeon emitter all over the packaging.

The beam itself is quite bright, but not well focused (see Cons). It's good enough for biking slowly at night, but don't go too fast! It's not THAT bright. You may want to mount two of them at this price.

It uses standard AA batteries. I find this a HUGE plus since I can use standard rechargable AA NIMH batteries. The way the batteries eject from the back is pretty neat as well.

It has a VERY long run time - certainly much longer than I ever intend to ride. At 1W power consumption, the batteries will last about 8 hours at full brightness. The stated 30 hour run time is misleading, however. It's an unavoidable physical fact because four AA batteries only have about 10 watt-hours of energy, and you lose a few W*h due to the regulator. The remainder of the 30 hours you will get a very dim light, enough to be seen but nowhere near enough to see with.

The mount is secure, but it's still a snap to remove the light. I love using this as a hand held flashlight as well.

CONS:
The focus is not very tight, BUT it's adjustable! Disassemble the light and you will see that you can rotate the heatsink/LED module. I backed mine out about two turns and now the focus is MUCH better.

It uses a simple but inefficient resistor to regulate the current. I was hoping for a more sophisticated switching current regulator, but then the price probably would have been two or three times as much. Still, the resistor does an acceptable job since it doesn't have to drop too much voltage.

The plastic is somewhat flimsy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mondoman on December 20, 2007
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Summary: Decent quality *very* bright LED headlight at a good price, no flash.
Pros: Decent quality construction. Very bright white LED with okay lens gives some "stripes" of light out to about 30 degrees left/right of smallish center bright spot. *Very* easy to get working: simple top on/off switch, easy snap-on/off tube mount, and the battery cartridge snaps in and out as a single unit. Battery cartridge is pre-loaded with 4 AA alkaline batteries - just pull out insulating tab and light is active.
Cons: No flashing mode! Lens pattern only adequate, as off-centerline lighting appears as vertical bright stripes rather than more even area coverage. Holes on the bottom and a lack of gaskets on seams (except for the battery cartridge's end cap) mean use in wet conditions will likely result in some moisture inside; this should not immediately prevent the light from operating, but may lead to corrosion and operating problems over time.
Overall: Even with its low price, I gave it only 3 stars because of the lack of a flashing mode.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By trhouse on December 18, 2007
I did as Daniel Ulanday did. I bought four of these lights from Amazon with free shipping and replaced the one watt Luxeon III emitter (40 lm output) with a Seoul Semiconductor part with 100 lm. output. I have not altered the resistor to increase the power consumed but the light output at one watt seems brighter and wider than that from a 3.5 watt xenon bulb in a Planet Bike 5000X which I also own.

I posted a full description with photos of how this was done at a web site called [...] Just go there and search on "Improving the Planet Bike Super Spot". Also posted are photos with direct comparisons between a modified and unmodified Super Spot and the modified Super Spot versus the 3.5 W xenon of the 5000X and the standard Super Spot versus the 5000X.

Two of these lights on a bike should compare favorably with a 10 watt halogen for a total investment of about $50 ( includes the price of two new Seoul Semiconductor emitters and two Super Spots ) with run time the same as standard Super Spot or boost the power to the LED like Dan did for shorter run time but more light for the cost of two resistors (less than a $1 for two).

Update: January 4, 2008

The Super Spot has been tested with the original Luxeon LED but the current limit resistor changed from 5.6 ohm to 2 ohm for increased current.

Like Dan, it was also tested with the Seoul W42180U and a 2 ohm resistor. The results including a photo of the beam from all three lights ( unmodified, modified with 2 ohm resistor, modified with 2 ohm resistor and Seoul W42180U ) is posted to the thread mentioned above at [...]

Update: January 7, 2008

Temperature tests at power to the LED of 1, 2, and 2.5 watts have been completed and posted to [...] Search on "Improving the Planet Bike Super Spot".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. Snyder on June 1, 2007
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I just purchased this product and am extremely happy with it. I bike early in the morning when it is very dark and this product literally lights up not one spot on the road but the whole road, even the sides. I would highly recommend this light as a relatively inexpensive way to see where you are going in the dark.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Miller on January 9, 2007
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This is a great lightweight self-contained headlight. If you're a roadie or triathlete who just needs an hour's light to get home in the dusk this is your light. It's not a power beam for bad weather commuting or an endurance light for 24h MTB competitions. But it is surprisingly bright for an LED and it doesn't eat batteries like a halogen.

Highly recommended.
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