Portland Design Works Danger Zone Tail Light
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- Three-mode red LED taillight with two 0.5-watt Nichia LEDs
- 50-hour runtime with two AAA batteries
- Weather resistant build
- Comes with batteries, backpack clip, and New StayputnikTM seatpost mount attaches without tools
- zZz, a-HA!, and rock steady modes; lifetime warranty against defects
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|Item Weight||0.1 pounds|
|Package Height||2.1 x 4.4 x 7.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.25 pounds|
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From the Manufacturer
Includes the Stayputnik Tail Light Bracket
The Stayputnik tail light bracket keeps your Portland Design Works tail light in orbit around your seatpost. The UV-proof rubber strap makes it easy to switch your light between different bikes.
- Fits seat posts 26 - 31.8
Battery powered tail light
When you're navigating streets crawling with unfriendlies, you need a loyal wingman. The Danger Zone tail light provides critical mission support with a pair of 0.5 watt LEDs that light up the night like two great balls of fire. Hit the Danger Zone, and the dark will fly right by.
- Two 0.5 watt red LEDs made by Nichia brand
- Pulse, flash and steady modes
- New Stayputnik seatpost mount attaches without tools
- Backpack clip
- 50 hours run time
- 2xAAA batteries (included)
- 57 grams/2.0 ounces (with batteries)
- 34 x 34 x 71mm
Optional accessories from PDW through Amazon
Portland Design Works Rack Bracket
Optional Rack bracket sold separately.
If you're not happy, we're not happy. Portland Design Works guarantees our products for life against any defect in workmanship or materials.
Portland Design Works Seatpost/Seatstay Bracket
Optional non-quick release style bracket sold separately.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Planet Bike Blinky Super Flash Tail Light has been the gold standard for many years. It had a single half watt LED and two additional less bright LEDs that flash using a flash-pop arrangement that keeps at least one lamp lit almost all the time so that drivers of cars can always see it. Off axis visibility was good, so that it didn't have to be aimed directly at the driver. It was waterproof and you could drop it repeatedly without breakage. I own several of them and have been very happy with them.
But they suffer from a few shortcomings. First, they have a short repeat sequence. Drunk and high-on-drugs drivers can get mesmerized by such a sequence and will run right into a light like this like a moth to a flame. So I've been using the superflash on the sides, not the back. Second, they are very bright up close, but from a distance, with lots of other distracting lights, they get lost in the crowd. A half watt isn't very bright when there are many other 12 volt sources of light. So in a big city, they are less effective.
Enter the Portland Design Works Danger Zone. It has two half watt LED that punch through the clutter of other lights in a city, and a longer repeat pattern making a drunk driver less likely to hit you with one of them. You can see from the video that it seems much brighter, though if you stop the video right at the end, both lights have a single half watt LED on at the same time and you can see that, at least at that moment, they are both identical. Otherwise, it seems well built, waterproof and off axis visibility is just as good, just like the superflash. Clip and mounting capabilities are almost identical. It's a little bigger than the superflash.
However, the brightness comes with some drawbacks. First, the battery life will go down. Second it's more expensive.
However, I think for a rear light, it's worth it. For a side light (I use one on each side for drivers exiting driveways and parking lots, and cross traffic), I'd stick with the superflash, due to cost and battery life issues.
It is also one of the more expensive lights and worked perfectly for me for almost a year.
It finally broke...how? one of the 2 plastic clips that is released to change the batteries snapped off while I was opening it.
The light still works and now needs a tyrap or rubberband to hold it in place.
I guess if they were screws one would have stripped them out if you are not careful. So be very careful when you open yours up.
*update - PDW is shipping me a replacement clip. They have a warranty RMA form on their website.
On night rides and night bike commutes, the Danger Zone tail light is a nice choice for being seen. This is a bright light in a small package, and is helpful for making sure you get distinguished as a Bike from behind at night. It is the same size as the NiteRider CherryBomb, Planet Bike Superflash, and the Blackburn Mars 3.0 Taillights. Includes 2 cheap Chinese AAA batteries, and a seatpost and seatstay mount.
It is noticeably brighter than my Planet Bike Superflash and a bit more brighter than the NiteRider CherryBomb, which only has one 1/2 watt LED light. The CherryBomb is quite a bit brighter than the Planet Bike Superflash. The CherryBomb's beam pattern is wide, thanks to the collimator, so off-axis visibility is pretty helpful for a stand-alone taillight but to get it aimed level is so hard, the beam is often off-target, therefore I needed another bright tail light.
The Danger Zone has Two 1/2 watt LED's with three light settings.
Flashing mode #1 - Very slow Flash but very bright - (top LED light, bottom LED light, then both LED lights, etc). Good for dark residential streets or bike paths or locations comparatively free from heavy car traffic. TWICE the brightness of Flashing mode #2 but not as fast or "Super Flash" bright attention getting. I'd use with another bright tail light as it's Very slow.
Flashing mode #2 - Super crazy, Flash bright, attention getting for 1-2 seconds then Slow for .5 seconds then Super Flash, Slow, etc. (top LED, bottom LED, then both LEDs in a crazy Super flash pattern). Great for commutes at night in heavy traffic or for a stand-alone taillight.
Steady mode #3 - On bright steady-on.
The flashing modes are different, but Flashing mode #2 is the most attention getting. I also like Flashing mode #1 since it's TWICE the brightness. This light has a bit of side-spill and is still visible when looked at off-center. Like more or less all LED taillights, this one is highly directional and should be aimed level.
I mounted it on my seat post with the Planet Bike Superflash brand of holder. The mount is completely identical to the clip mount used by the Planet Bike Superflash. I couldn't see the bottom LED light due to my rear tire, so I mounted it to my left seat stay (the seat stays connect the top of the seat tube to the rear fork ends). I had to mount it upside down to fit and have more of an angle adjustment. Be sure to secure the Light in its mount with an audible "click". It works well there. I'm also to get a Portland Design Works Radbot 1000 1W LED Tail Light as the main center seatpost Taillight. It also has a rear reflector.
The Danger Zone light itself is a basic design (cheap Chinese plastic etc). My only criticism, and it's not that big of a deal, is that I don't like how to change the batteries. You have to "pry" it open (light lens from plastic). I can see it cracking after 30 times, it's also hard to pry open/put back.
NiteRider CherryBomb on my seat post top (turned horizontal to fit - Flashing mode).
Radbot 1000 on my seat post main center (On bright steady-on).
Danger Zone tail light on my left seat stay (Flashing mode #1 - Very slow Flash but very bright).
Planet Bike Superflash on my right seat stay (On bright steady-on).
I feel safer having 4 good Tail Lights.
Finally, I recommend using SANYO eneloop rechargeables for these lights and using an ANSI compliant reflective vest. A reflective vest is a necessary safety device for all bicyclists who hit the roads with rude cars.
The Danger Zone light really draws attention for night time city commuting. I'd recommend this light for anyone that rides on the road, bike paths, commutes, or in heavy traffic.
**UPDATE October 22, 2010:
I also got the Radbot 1000 Tail Light. I like the Danger Zone tail light better than the Radbot 1000 since it has 2 light lens (more visibility - top LED light, bottom LED light), has a "Flashing mode" and not a Pulse mode (Radbot 1000), and is a bit smaller. The Radbot 1000 is a bit brighter than the Danger Zone Tail Light by only 8 - 15%.
I once landed a jump pretty hard and the red plastic light portion fell out and was run over by another cyclist that was behind me. I put it back in and it worked fine.
EDIT- I had another one go out on me because of the rain. This time it sometimes can be turned out without removing batteries, other times I need to take it apart. I'll probably try something that's sealed from the elements better next time. It'll work for you if you don't ride in adverse conditions though.