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Old 01-03-06, 10:29 AM   #1
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Planet bike rear LED light

Yesterday I bought a rear LED light. It is made by planet bike. It is called the blinky 7 It is a LED - View tail light. Man is thing ever bright, I love the flashing mode. I can't wait until I can start riding to try it out. It ony cost me $9.00 Has anyone else had any experience with this light?
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Yesterday I bought a rear LED light. It is made by planet bike. It is called the blinky 7 It is a LED - View tail light. Man is thing ever bright, I love the flashing mode. I can't wait until I can start riding to try it out. It ony cost me $9.00 Has anyone else had any experience with this light?
I don't have that one, but I do have one from BlackBurn which sounds similar. Mine clips onto a mount allowing for ease of removal. I can clip it onto a jersey or jacket if out for a run at night. I also have a BlackBurn headlight. It too is easy to put on and take off the bike. They both have three modes (full on and two "blink" patterns) and are very bright. The set cost me $60.00 CAN.
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I've had the Planet Bike blinky. I liked it (and other stuff from Planet Bike), but I did have problems with it later on. I would not always work right, even with new batteries so I returned it. I ended up with a Blackburn because the LBS didn't have anymore of the Planet Bike lights.
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I have one I bought from Performance Bike that cost about the same and it has 3 mode........steady; blinking; and a pattern that looks like a Christmas tree going on and off all over the place! I ride even in noon sunlight with it on.
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I've had three of those planet bike red led blinkies...the brackets are pretty fragile, esp in the cold. I keep buying them because other kinds are worse.
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Do you mean this one?

They are good lights but some of the new LED's with new technology are much, much brighter. I still carry one as a back up in case my other tailight quits.
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I've got the standard blinky rear light, they are great. I even like the blinky front (white) light, it's really tiny but durable, cheap and people actually see it. Nice stuff.

A Blackburn front light I had fell off and shattered into a million pieces, they are janky expensive junk.
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I have the 7-LED blinky. I like it a lot and have been impressed by how visible it is from both the sides and the back...


I'm not aware of any limitations of the design. I would be happy to hear more

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Yep, we have a couple of those, they came with a couple new bikes. They work fine, but I don't like the odd battery size. I started buying "blinkies" that take AAA batteries, lots easier to find 'em at the c-store when you need 'em.
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Yep, we have a couple of those, they came with a couple new bikes. They work fine, but I don't like the odd battery size. I started buying "blinkies" that take AAA batteries, lots easier to find 'em at the c-store when you need 'em.
The 3 LED (BRT1) one takes 2 N cells; I passed it by for the same reason, N cells aren't cheap (because they aren't common).
However, the rest of their blinkies take AAAs.
Personally I'd rather have blinkies be a little bigger and take AAs. AA cells aren't that much bigger, but they have 3x the power. My Cateye LD1000 should be in today...
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I have the 7-LED blinky. I like it a lot and have been impressed by how visible it is from both the sides and the back...


I'm not aware of any limitations of the design. I would be happy to hear more

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Some of the new lights have brighter LED's and use a lens to increase the visibilty. They claim 1.5 times.

When you have them side by side it is amazing. The new Cateye TL-LD 1000 is a good one. Much better from the sides too.
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The 3 LED (BRT1) one takes 2 N cells; I passed it by for the same reason, N cells aren't cheap (because they aren't common).
However, the rest of their blinkies take AAAs.
Personally I'd rather have blinkies be a little bigger and take AAs. AA cells aren't that much bigger, but they have 3x the power. My Cateye LD1000 should be in today...
Speaking of 'N' sized batteries, i have some recharables i bought off of ebay awhile back. they're old radio-shack stock though, nobody seems to make them anymore. what has actually proved much more tricky is finding a batter charger for them. radio-shack *used* to make a handy-dandy adapter for 'N' size to 'AA' size so you could pop in into a standard charger, cost about $1, but not anymore, haven't for a few years apparently. i've had to rig up a probably less than safe mount on my own, but thankfully i don't have to recharge them often since i only have the BRT1 on my road bike and rarely ride after dark on that.
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I have the brt1, on the city bike and I love it. I found replacement n-batteries in a catalog for like .65cents each and picked up 6 of them, although my first set lasted me 16 months.

I have a AAA 3 LED that I clip on my jersey for extra visabilty. Works great, although with the NIMH batteries I use, you have to recharge it about once a month no matter what.
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