Does EXACTLY What It's Supposed to Do
I bought this product for sole purpose of illuminating the path/trail in front of me (NOT just to "be seen"), after being caught on a bike path (in an urban setting) after dark with NO STREET LIGHTS and limited moonlight (perhaps 1/2 moon).Objects that were 3-4 feet away were shapeless, dark objects. It was very dangerous riding conditions. This light solves that problem. It is an EXCELLENT choice for the following reasons:- Two (2), commonly-available, AA batteries are all that's required to run it. Batteries come WITH the unit. However, when these disposable batteries are depleted (perhaps months later), I intend to use rechargeable AA batteries.- 80 hours of operation in "Constant-On/High" operation- 320 hours of "Flashing" operation- Low-Profile design with three (3) Superbright White LEDs.- VERY EASY installation with NO TOOLS REQUIRED.- I have mine mounted approximately 36-40 inches above grade, and it's angled down at approximately 35-40 degrees.- This casts a bright oval beam approximately 8-10 feet ahead of my bike.- The OVAL light distribution is approximately 3-4 feet wide (as seen from the saddle) and 5-6 feet in length, as measured from the rear of the oval to front of the oval.- The headlight is detachable if you need to use it like a flashlight away from your bike. While it wasn't intended for that use, you CAN use it like that if you wish.- VERY EASY controls. There is only ONE button used to turn the light on/off or switch between "constant-on" and "flashing". It doesn't get much simpler than that.I can't understand why some have given this product a lower rating based on the amount of light (brightness) projected. It is very bright, and you CAN use this headlight to see objects clearly, depending on where you mount it and how you angle the light. I politely disagree with others that this light is just for "being seen".I'm certain a five (5), seven (7), or ten (10) LED light will provide a lot more illumination, but this three (3) LED unit works great.This is great product for a great price ([$] as of the date of this review). The three LEDs perform marvelously, and with solid-state electronics, you should have years, if not decades, of trouble-free use from this light.
Good backup, lightweight and pocketable
I ride for every day transportation and short commute. I like that this light is lightweight enough to carry all the time, in case I get caught in the dark unexpectedly. It's quick release has none of the protrusions that make other lights uncomfortable to carry in a pockit - even in jeans. It helps see potholes on a moderate speed commuteand it provides essential warning to motorists, especially in flash mode. Works well hand-held flashlight too. And the price is low. ***LED lights last long, but beam will get progressively weaker over time, as with any battery device. So replace your batteries before they get too weak. Forgetting this especially easy to do with tail blinkers. OVerworn batteries = less safety!*** Again, I recommend this light as a backup, though I often end up using it as a primary for convenience.
great light for the price
This is a fantastic light. Incredibly durable and very bright at night. Easy to be seen.
The major problem I've had with this light is the mount. I've broken two of them, being a daily bike commuter. I don't know why I've had such bad luck, but the plastic-screw system is very limited in its durability.
I currently have it mounted to my bike with half the mount, and an old bike tube, cut up. I'll use it until its dead, and I'll probably buy a new one, but the plastic screw/mount system really needs to be overhauled.
Great little light
This is an ideal little emergency light It can help you home in the dark in a pinch. I keep this small light mounted to the handlebars of my fancy, weekend ride bike in case I don't get home before dark. I turn in on in flash mode when there are any weather conditions limiting visibility so I will be noticed by cars. I have used for unplanned night riding when I don't get back before nightfall, but would not use this for regular evening commuting.
I love this light. My available handlebar space is very limited due to all the other stuff on it (bell. computer, foam padding), but this one fits nicely due to the narrow strap. On early morning rides, it reflects off signs 2 blocks away. People continually tell me how bright it is. Easy to remove for safekeeping and battery replacement. Easy on the batteries. I use it as a safety light during daylight rides, so I'm not sure how good it is in total darkness.
Great bang for the buck, but no Trinewt
A great little light if you're in a pinch for some illumination. It has a surprisingly strong beam for a small disposable battery light. The only draw back is it's relatively short range, which tends to be a big issue for commuters who work night shifts (like myself). I plan to use this as a blinky after I get a NiteRider light kit. Also comes in handy as a flashlight with it's quick release catch.
I use the light to bike 4.5 miles to campus. It works great, and I feel safe when it's on. I use the flash mode, and it reflects street signs blocks away. Installation was simple. I never had to tighten or adjust it in a year's time. The batteries lasted a year too.
The light recently was stolen, but I'm buying another one to replace it.
I often go for rides before dawn and wanted a light that would make be visible to oncoming traffic. This really does the job, it reflects off signs 2 blocks away. I am impressed with the long battery life also. I've never ridden with it in total darkness, so I don't know if it would put out sufficient light to illuminate the road.
Good Value, fair performance
The beam on this unit is relative weak. It is not good for night riding without street lights but will perform will in dark spots along streets when commuting at night. For the money, a good choice. I've used mine for five months, commute about 14 miles a day in the dark and only changed the batteries once!
Great light to be seen
Great light to be seen by traffic at night or day. Very light weight and easy to attach. I use this every morning going to work. I can say that it has caught the attention of many car drivers pulling out from side streets. The flashing strobe feature works very well.