Planet Bike 3044 Blaze 1-Watt LED Headlight
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- Made using sustainable methods
- Made using high quality materials
- Tested to ensure quality and durability
- Bright light offers three modes: high, low, and flashing
- Reinforced alloy midsection
- High and low power beam along with SuperFlash flashing mode
- QuickCam bracket mounts, adjusts, or removes in seconds without tools
- Includes two AA batteries
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|Battery Average Life||14 Hours|
|Item Display Weight||0.35 pounds|
|Package Height||1.7 x 5.1 x 6.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.25 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
First of all, there is NOTHING WRONG WITH THE MOUNT (which is the same for both lights). Please ignore other reviews to the contrary, which were posted by people who are apparently unable to read an instruction sheet.
The mounting strap is ADJUSTABLE. It will accommodate very small handlebars, as well as massively oversized handlebars. If you turn the mounting bracket over and examine the underside, you will see that the mounting strap has ratchet-teeth. There is a keep directly beneath the mount which holds the strap to the desired length. If the mount is too loose, push the strap towards the mount to ratchet it to a smaller size. If the mount is too tight, use a small screwdriver to hold the keep up as you let the strap out. The mount may be further adjusted by turning the set-screw (by turning the cam-lever). Don't make it too tight, or it will be hard to adjust vertically.
The mount is very secure, yet the lights are easily removed (and can easily double as a flashlight when needed - and you could easily hold it in your teeth for roadside repairs).
Photos of both the Blaze and the Beamer look rather similar - I wondered if they used the same plastic housing. But the Blaze is substantially larger than the Beamer (in both length and diameter, even thought they both use the same size (AA) batteries). As I said before, the mount is the same.
In blinking mode, the Beamer is actually brighter (overall) than the Blaze.Read more ›
The light has several shortcomings, but they only add up to one lost star because the brightness is really the only critical issue:
* There's little difference between "high" and "low" modes. I haven't investigated whether this makes a difference in battery life, but the "low" mode seems kind of pointless.
* The "flash" mode is at full brightness. The problem here is that the light is so bright, it creates a disorienting "strobe" effect that actually makes it hard to concentrate on the road. Since you'd only use this mode to be seen, the flash could (and should) be at a much lower intensity.
* The mounting hardware is pretty bad -- it's hard to get the light mounted really securely. (The attachment of the light to the mounting hardware, on the other hand, is pretty good -- easy to attach and detach the light even while wearing gloves.)
I have had this light for one week. It scares kangaroos. Truck drivers dip their lights. Motorists slow down and move over.
At a distance of about 20 metres (say 60 feet) the beam is wide enough to light up the whole road. It will pick out reflectors on road side posts at about 400 metres (say quarter of a mile).
The mounting is stable, secure and easy to adjust. The on-off switch is easy to use, even with gloves, and has good tactile feedback. The side illumination is good, to ensure visibility in urban streets, without light shining back into the rider's eyes.
If you want to look into the beam, get some welding goggles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great light. I have the 1/2 W version myself and gave this one as gift. The doubling of power is noticeable. Pretty solid, and mounting hardware works well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reed Moore
I bought this light back in 2010 and I first installed it on a Trek Mountain bike , I must admit that it is true that the mounting kit is designed for a road bike handle bar not... Read morePublished 10 months ago by The master
This headlight has a much brighter light than the Bell headlight I used on my bicycle before. I am very pleased with it and I like that I can switch it to a rapid flash (almost a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by T. Cocker
I definitely get noticed by cars and people. It's a great light!Published 21 months ago by Paul Muma
The amount of light is what I expected and the mount is secure. However, I hit a rather nasty pot hole and the light just quit. Nothing I tried could get it to come on again. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James Briggs
Great light. I have bought two. I knew that the first one would turn up after I bought the second one and it did, but not until a year later or so. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Black