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Old 09-01-17, 03:43 PM
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Axiom Lazerbeam 180 tail light

Anyone have one of these tail lights? I saw one at Performance Bicycle today. $49.95. Holy schinkes was it bright. 180 lumens. Blindingly bright. I think it will be very popular.

My only concern is battery life. It is so bright, that I can't imagine it lasting more than a few hours. There was no indication of runtime on the box.

I tried to google search for reviews, but I get zero hits for this light. Not on Performance's website either.
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Battery life on a tail light is likely not a concern as most people use it on blinking anyway, and even at 180 lms you'll probably get 8-10 hours use, at least.

Not so long ago a tail light that was 50 lm was considered super bright. Can't imagine one that's 3x+ that.
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Battery life on a tail light is likely not a concern as most people use it on blinking anyway, and even at 180 lms you'll probably get 8-10 hours use, at least.

Not so long ago a tail light that was 50 lm was considered super bright. Can't imagine one that's 3x+ that.
I believe it will even make visibility better in the daytime. It is really that bright. I couldn't stand to look at it very long. I can even imagine some drivers complaining about the brightness. In the dark, at a distance, I'm sure some drivers will wonder WTF it is.
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Is the Laser 180 a headlight or a taillight?
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Is the Laser 180 a headlight or a taillight?
It is a red tail light.
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So it might be a good light - but I've had good luck with Cygolites, personally...and they're available pretty much everywhere.
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I bought one of these recently and attached it next to my Niterider Solas 150. It is definitely brighter than the Niterider and I like the side viewability of it.
It can only blink at 180 lumens, so it lasts awhile in that mode. In the constant-on mode, the highest is 150 lumens, which is still blinding.
I was riding behind my gf's bike, where I attached the Lazerbeam 180 and it constant on, at 150 lumens, it was as bright as the rear lights of a car that braked next to us.
I had to turn it down to the lowest setting to ride behind her though, as it was too bright and hurt my eyes.
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Wow thanks for the link. While looking at that one I found this @ Performance.. 250 lumens?! 2 lasers

Lezyne Laser Drive 250 Tail Light
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Originally Posted by Samuraidog View Post
Anyone have one of these tail lights? I saw one at Performance Bicycle today. $49.95. Holy schinkes was it bright. 180 lumens. Blindingly bright. I think it will be very popular.

My only concern is battery life. It is so bright, that I can't imagine it lasting more than a few hours. There was no indication of runtime on the box.

I tried to google search for reviews, but I get zero hits for this light. Not on Performance's website either.




Won't be popular with me- I hate those things.

Why is blinding people a good idea?
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Popularity is favorable opinion among a people, a population, a populace -- a number of persons. Popular is not a me opinion.
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Won't be popular with me- I hate those things.

Why is blinding people a good idea?

The higher setting I believe are meant for daytime use...
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The higher setting I believe are meant for daytime use...

I don't wave at cyclists with blinding or seizure-inducing lights (day or night),

same as I don't wave at Hummers or loud Harleys.
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The general rule in my group is anything over 50 or 80 lumens and you're relegated to the back of the group.
My DiNotte 140L did not go over well.
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The DiNotte 140L has three steady settings but the lowest is still higher than I'd run in a group ride in anything other than daylight. It's perhaps 50 lumens.

In a nighttime group ride I'd turn off the DiNotte altogether and go with a low steady setting on the secondary, weaker tail light. The need for traffic to see me by my tail light alone is much different on a group ride than on a solo ride. To and from the group ride meet up, the DiNotte would be on steady in the evening and the night, probably on low because that was enough for cars to see me at a distance -- along with the secondary blinkies. DiNotte high is for solo daytime, sunrise and sunset.
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Back on topic -- it looks like it might be a nice step forward in value. I'd be interested in use comparisons to the latest Cygolite Hotshot Pro 150 USB. The market is bringing out models that may provide good daylight running lights at a $50 price point. I have an Axiom Pulse 60 LED Tail Light that mounts nicely on the back of my helmet. I've been pleased with the value of a number of Performance's house products.

The product page on Performance Bike's website is here.
Axiom Lazerbeam 180 Tail Light

The Axiom Lazerbeam tail light is designed with a high precision optical lens and produces up to 180 lumens with its high-intensity, red LED. The Lazerbeam features 8 operation modes and conveniently includes a built-in, USB rechargeable lithium polymer battery. Memory Made keeps your original setting when the units turned off for convenience and ease of use. Includes a tool-free seatpost and seat rail mount, belt clip and USB cable.

Features:
  • 180 lumens Ultra bright 30 Chip COB LED
  • 8 Modes: low/medium/high/overdrive/10% flashing/ 30% flashing/60% flashing/daytime Memory mode
  • USB rechargeable lithium polymer battery
  • Low Battery/Charging/Fully charged indicator
  • Automatic fully charged cut-off system
  • High precision optical lens
  • Tool-free seatpost, seat rail, and belt clip USB cable included
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I've been using one of these(Lazerbeam 180) for a couple weeks now in the 30% flashing mode for daytime use. 10% flashing for nighttime as it's dark when I leave for work. Bought it mainly for the run time of 9 hrs, as stated in the instruction insert, although I haven't tested that out yet. I had previously used the Axiom Ultra Spark which usually lasted about 4 hrs. So far very happy.

I agree with others that find very bright headlights and taillights obnoxious, whether I'm on my bike or in my truck. I'm all about visibility and safety, but some people definitely go for the overkill. You really don't need a setup for the Paris-Dakar Ralley to commute with sufficient visibility. They're usually the ones you see running stop signs and red lights

My suggestion is to set up your bike, with lights at the settings you feel appropriate, and then start walking towards it from about a block away and then adjust settings accordingly. Happy riding. Peace
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Don't be surprised to find out that the Axiom 180 lumen light is one that is made in China and branded with the Performance brand name. The company is not in the business of making lights, just selling them. It's not unique. Compare it to the Blitzu 180T which sells for $25 from US sellers on Amazon and comes with a free multitool. Just google on "Blitzu Cyborg 180T" to see the light. You can also find what looks like the identical light unbranded on eBay for $9 postpaid from an overseas seller. Bicycle Bike Cycling USB Rechargeable LED Tail Light Warning Safety Rear Lamp | eBay It has the same array of LEDs and the case and switch location look remarkably similar. The eBay seller is the only one to actually list the battery capacity (800 mAh) which is about what is needed for a light with this number of lumens for a reasonable run time. 100 lumen lights usually have a 500 mAh battery. Sorry but you don't get the multitool with the sub-$10 light. I've tried a couple of the low-priced Chinese tail lights and all of the ones I have bought are far from being junk. When you buy a USB light, consider that the battery has roughly a 300 cycle recharge lifetime. Makes no difference if it is expensive or not. Few companies offer to replace the battery and those that do often charge $$$ to do it.

These COB style lights shouldn't be enormously expensive. I recently purchased a couple of naked 3V DC red and white COBs for DIY lights and they were under a dollar for each COB. The 100 lumen ones had 26 small LEDs embedded in the COB and the 3W 200 lumen COBs had 50 LEDs.
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I've been really happy with my Bontrager Flare R. A great light that is very noticeable in the daylight.
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