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Old 10-25-08, 04:28 PM
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Planet Bike Blaze

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I'm thinking about getting the Planet Bike LED / Blaze 1W headlight. From what I can tell (which probably isn't much ), seems to be a decent light. I ride in the city, so it's very well light, though I run into the occasional street light that's out..so I just need something to give me a little light. Anyone have an experience with this particular light or can recommend something similar to the size and price range ($30 or less)?

Many thanks!
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Old 10-25-08, 04:38 PM
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https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14909 This will be brighter.
https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10727 So will this (which comes with more modes).
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It's not that bright. In the city, you don't even know it's on, and on country roads, it's no good if you are traveling any faster than 20mph.

It would make a good flasher though.
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I just got one of these as a backup to my Lumotec generator-driven headlight. It's very bright and has an eye-catching random flash. You can also use it steady on a low or high setting -- the high is fine to illuminate the road ahead of you between streetlights. I think it's a great city light for the price.

I also have a 1/2-watt Blaze on another bike, that one is strictly for use as a be-seen flasher.
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Old 10-25-08, 06:58 PM
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I have the 1/2 watt and as far as AA battery lights go it is bright.
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Too big for a flasher, and not bright enough for a main light. I don't see why companies bother with these type of lights, when for a bit more money they could make a Fenix grade light in the same body that is a whole lot more useful.

I'd go with a Fenix L1D or L2D if I were you. You can use them for other things as well.
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I have their earlier 1W super spot, it use 4 AAs. Testing in the store says the new model is a tiny bit brighter, with a more focused beam. The older model is not enough for dark paths at any speed, but i picked up 2 extra when they were knocking them out at $11 ( MEC ) 2 of them is adequate on dark paths, I'll eventually get around to rigging the third and should have decent amount of light, albeit in a bulky setup. I would say the new model would do for what you want, and is about as good as you're going to get for the money.
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14909 This will be brighter.
https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10727 So will this (which comes with more modes).
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I don't like the PB lights, their beam is too focused, whch makes it difficult for motorists to see it when they cross an intersection from my left. I've even used two of these lights, but they're still not bright enough for my needs, and I've had several close calls in intersections with motorists pulling out from my left. I've since purchased a Nite Rider HID system, which will give me more light, and a wider beam to be better seen by side approaching traffic.

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Old 10-25-08, 10:19 PM
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What uke said.
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I assume you've looked at the Light finder https://planetbike.com/page/learn/lightfinder. For city riding, the 1 watt Blaze seems to be the best light in its class. I had to order one at the LBS, as they can't keep them in stock. Could have bought the SuperFlash taillight and 1/2 watt Blaze that they package together, but decided to buy the 1 watt Blaze and SuperFlash separately.

Despite the earlier comment, I am glad they they "bothered" with this light.

Take a look at this also: https://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2008/0...-and-some.html

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Old 10-25-08, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14909 This will be brighter.
https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10727 So will this (which comes with more modes).
What the lumen output on the 10727?
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The WF-606A that uke linked to would eat the 1W Blaze for a light snack (haha) If you have the time to wait for it to arrive, then go for it, and get yourself some rechargeable NiMH AA batteries to go with it (do NOT use alkaline).

If you need it sooner than DealExtreme can get it to you (about 2-3 weeks), then here's a 2AA model at ShiningBeam for a little more: https://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...Cree-Q5/Detail
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Old 10-26-08, 07:22 AM
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^^^^^^^ nice find MechBgon.

Is there anything you don't know about lighting?
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Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
The WF-606A that uke linked to would eat the 1W Blaze for a light snack (haha) If you have the time to wait for it to arrive, then go for it, and get yourself some rechargeable NiMH AA batteries to go with it (do NOT use alkaline).
mechBgon and uke, that does look like a nice light. How does it attach to the bike?
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It's not a bike light, it's a flashlight. Apples and oranges. Right?
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Originally Posted by Boston Commuter View Post
mechBgon and uke, that does look like a nice light. How does it attach to the bike?
https://www.fenix-store.com/product_...roducts_id=273

There's mounts available at DealExtreme too but I've never used them. I have ordered a couple however.

Oh, and sorry to barge in.
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Old 10-26-08, 03:51 PM
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Thanks for your responses. I think I'm just going to go with the Blaze. I don't need much light, just enough to get past any out streetlights. ...we'll see how it goes. Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by LarryMelman View Post
It's not a bike light, it's a flashlight. Apples and oranges. Right?
When you finally see a decent 2AA flashlight in direct comparison to a 1W Blaze, I think you'll wish you had an orange instead of an apple Take a look at the Planet Bike light-finder and bring up the Alias HID. That's about 400 lumens. Would you like to have about 40% of that output for $20-30?

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Old 10-26-08, 06:47 PM
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Hmm.. has anyone cloned the Blaze 1W yet? I own 2 x 1/2W and I wished they kept a black/gray look for the 1W units I definately don't feel like paying something like $40 for two of them again like I did with my 1/2W Blaze's which I got at www.mec.ca (no affliation).
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Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
What the lumen output on the 10727?
I don't know for sure, but would guess it's in the 180-200 lumen range.

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mechBgon and uke, that does look like a nice light. How does it attach to the bike?
I'd use: https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8274

That's what I use for my P7. Got one mount installed on each bike.
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Originally Posted by mr jones View Post
Thanks for your responses. I think I'm just going to go with the Blaze. I don't need much light, just enough to get past any out streetlights. ...we'll see how it goes. Thanks again!
This is a setup I had on my first bike. I was able to see and be seen.
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Old 10-26-08, 07:15 PM
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This is a setup I had on my first bike. I was able to see and be seen.
Wow, what a setup! Looks like enough to start filming movies! How much did it all weigh, including the batteries?
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Hmm... Cree Q5 + https://theledguy.chainreactionweb.co...cPath=48_50_65 should give you some 180 coverage withthose aspherical lenses. The 3/4" = 19.05mm Muhahahaha.... might have to try that. Shove into a copper piping and drive that LED at 1A should give me ~250lms of strobing on both sides (if I made a dual).

ANyways, just a thought that came to mind.
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Wow, what a setup! Looks like enough to start filming movies! How much did it all weigh, including the batteries?
Thanks. Uh, thinking back, it weighed around 2 lbs. Maybe less.
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