Blackburn Voyager 4.0 Lights

2.18/5 (17 Reviews)


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Blackburn Voyager 3.0/Mars 3.0 Combo Light: By pairing the smaller but still mighty bright Voyager 3.0 with the proven Mars 3.0 tail light, you'll get lots of visibility and run time in a sleek, compact package. All batteries included.
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mediarocker a Cross Country Rider from Madison, AL, United States

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2010

Strengths:    Bright for the Price
Great Range
Cycleable Modes (Does not require the lamp to be turned off to change brightness)
Quick change mount
Amber Side LED's are pretty neat
Easy battery changing via removable battery cage


Weaknesses:    Not rechargeable. (uses 4 AA's)
Mount is easy to overtighten
Plastic retention clips for light
Flash modes have to be cycled through
Gets a little warm during use


Bottom Line:   
I bought this light to replace my old wal-mart Bell lamp. Before I read the reviews on here I bought it and put it on my bike. People are complaining about the mount, and I can see why. The retention clips are made of composite (plastic) that can wear and break which poses a serious problem. The mount is also very easy to overtighten, which may have exacerbated the issue with many of the other customers. I have gotten many night rides in with this new light and I am impressed with its output. It lights up street signs far away, and its light is pretty bright for a 50 dollar light. I haven't had any issues with the mount as of yet (rough trail riding, commuting), however, I don't hope that I'll ever have to use Blackburn's Limited Lifetime Warranty. I was a bit upset with how the flash functions had to be cycled through to change the brightness of the lamp. It was also irritating having to switch through all the modes: High-Side markers, High- Flashing Side markers, Medium- Side markers, Medium- Flashing Side Markers, Full flash; in order to change brightness. However, It should be noted that Blackburn decided that going blind in the dark is NOT an option, and allows you to cycle through all your settings without turning the lamp off. (You have to hold the button on and off like on many higher end lights) One other thing to note is this guy gets a bit warm to the touch when on full blast. Its not much of a concern, but with a plastic housing and no heatsink, one can never be too careful.

Full run time on 4AA's is unknown, but I'm using 2300MaH NIMH rechargables, and I always keep a spare charged set on hand so it's really no problem for me. I've gone on several hour rides with it on flash or on full blast and have yet to replace the batteries once.

I'm pleased with this product from Blackburn.

Bottom line: If you need a good commuter light at a good price, don't count this light out.

4-5 for Value because its a little high on price.
4-5 for Overall because the mount should be redesigned for better durability.

But if you need race quality lighting, please look elswhere.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Madison Cycles

Bike Setup:   Generic Hardtail Solid Fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hakazvaka a Cross Country Rider from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegowina

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2010

Strengths:    Strong light beam, adjustability

Weaknesses:    Weight

Bottom Line:   
Indeed a very good light. Have been using it for 5 times now, have ridden in complete darkness, and the light served great! Bracket is bad, but with few modifications, you can make it great. I, for example, turned the light upside-down, so not all the weight is on the mount, and it proved to be a great trick!
Besides that, I've put two "those plastic things I use to tie up wires :P" on the mount, connecting mount with lamp! It's holding very good :)

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Favorite Trail:   Barice ST

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche 1.0 with Kenda Karma

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rex Button a Weekend Warrior from St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2010

Strengths:    Good illumination, uses readily available batteries.

Weaknesses:    Mounting bracket is useless. Obviously it was never road tested by the manufacturer.

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely no good, because of the mounting bracket. I had two of them snap in as many days. These incidents were both at moderate speeds (around 25 kmh) on worn city pavement. Both happened when I ran over very minor bumps (nothing to warrant a wheel inspection). Someone needs to rethink the design of the mount.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Bike Setup:   Road bike, 700 x 23 CC at 100 psi.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by tkltangent a Cross Country Rider from Auburn Hills, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2009

Strengths:    Pretty decent light strength. I like the multiple settings.

Weaknesses:    Like everyone else, the mount broke on me. I have had to resort to duct-taping it to my bike to use it. This could be avoided by having the snaps made of metal instead of flimsy plastic. At least then if it bent we could bend it back a few times before it weakened.

Bottom Line:   
Do not get this light if you use your bike regularly. If you are a casual user who will occasionally use it at night then this is probably fine. If you use your bike for regular commuting avoid this light at all costs. The slightest bump or vibration can send this light skittering across the pavement.

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Favorite Trail:   Stoney Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by hj@tringa.com a Cross Country Rider from Saint Paul, MN

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2009

Strengths:    Great light output, thanks to Luxeon LED's. Using standard rechargeable batteries make using it flexible and economical. Riding during the winter nights in the Twin Cities, I almost always left it in flashing mode - which gave me plenty of runtime, and enough light.

Weaknesses:    This model is unusable for anything above very casual use. I'm on my third unit (exchanges) and have had the mount break each time. The first one that broke, I admit I probably tightened it too much. The next two however broke after 250 miles of normal urban riding, and I was *very careful* to keep it snug, but no more than that.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this light unless you are able to re-engineer the mount, or you ride a bike that is completely vibration-free. I'm debating on whether to try for a refund, or just "make my own" bracket -- since the *light* unit itself is fine. Or, I could just use it as a flashlight.

Somebody at Blackburn is in denial over the mounting design, and if they don't admit that they made a *mistake* on this one, I wouldn't buy again from this manufacturer.

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Favorite Trail:   Mpls Greenway

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Cateye LED/halogen combos (less light, but brackets have never broken).

Bike Setup:   Trek 930 "winter" bike, studded Nokian tires; Planet Bike rear blinky and full fenders; "Ergo" handle bars.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark B. a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2009

Strengths:    headlight works(ed) great as "highbeam"
used in tandem with 2nd 5 LED broadbeam light


Weaknesses:    bracket weak / poor design.

Bottom Line:   
agree with many post here , bracket is a accident looking for a place to happen. Snapped on a downhill ,light bounced around in front of the will before sliding to the curb and shattering.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   beyond Bikes


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Warren Goodhue a Weekend Warrior from New Zealnd

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009

Strengths:    Good light output. Amazingly tough.

Weaknesses:    Very poor clamp. Hungry on batteries.

Bottom Line:   
Good light output but clamp is hopeless. Light must be pushed home very firmly or it will fall out at speed and bounce down the road. The fact that the light survived this three times before the tabs on the light base broke (rendering it useless) is, however, tribute to its shock resistance. When you do get it clipped in you then will struggle to get it out! Compared to its replacement (Beamer 5)it has heavy battery consumption to light output

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Planet bike Beamer 5. Smart.

Bike Setup:   CRX Commuter

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by pacman a Weekend Warrior from san jose, ca

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2009

Strengths:    good light for the price. Has a decent burn time on a set of 4 AA's.

Weaknesses:    That bracket is horrible! Toss some aluminum and not just cheap plastic in there!

Bottom Line:   
I would save your money and pay for something more durable. if you fall one, of just accidently knock your bike over, dont expect the bracket to still be in one piece.

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Favorite Trail:   basically anything at northstar

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   revolver bicycles

Similar Products Used:   cheap cat-eye's and stuff

Bike Setup:   Norco Torrent, Pike U-turn

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by pmcurran a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2009

Strengths:    Bright, good beam pattern

Weaknesses:    The bracket - it's utterly useless. Broke within 10 minutes of me buying it. Only a tiny brass screw holds it together & with the substantial weight of the light it's never going to hold

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it! It'll never stay on your bike

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cheltenham Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Cateye Halogens & Cateye LED

Bike Setup:   Commuting bike - MTB hardtail with slick tyres

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by instantdiver a Weekend Warrior from Hampshire, UK

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2008

Strengths:    Nice design from the outside, crisp clean quality of light, nice battery pack

Weaknesses:    mounting braket not up to the job, o-ring prone to get squashed, brightness suddenly reduced for no good reason

Bottom Line:   
I don't recommend buying this light. My first one sheared off the mount bracket whilst turning a corner (in heavy traffic) after one month of commuting use. This was replaced (FOC) but the same thing happened to the second one after another month of use the nest season. Bracket clearly isn't up to the job. Apart from that the second unit never performed as brightly as the first one despite high current batteries etc. The o-ring had a tendency to get caught when sealing the unit and it's also easy to not properly mount the unit on the bracket when you thing you've done so - resulting in the light dropping off when you go over the first bump. I contacted Blackburn about all this after reading how they rate good design as a priority but never received a response. This really bugs me as it isn't the cheapest light available but clearly isn't up to the job. Luckily Wiggle provided a full refund soI purchased a Niterider micronewt which though double the cost appears ten times better. No more Blackburn products for me.....

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle

Similar Products Used:   Cateye products

Bike Setup:   customised '08 Spesh Hopper

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Al Harris a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2008

Strengths:    A fine well focused beam with a hard crisp white light. Brightness versus run time is excellent .
The removable battery pack is excellent.


Weaknesses:    The mounting bracket proved totally inadequate and dangerous. The bracket snapped after 5 days use ( smooth tarmac road only ) and sent the unit under the front wheel resulting in bad a crash. DO NOT USE THIS LIGHT with the current bracket.

Bottom Line:   
The light is excellent with a bright well focused beam.
The mounting bracket proved a safety hazard.
DO NOT USE THIS UNIT with the current bracket.
This is a nice reading light from Blackburn.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cycles


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by cronometro a Cross Country Rider from Wiscosin

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2008

Strengths:    Good Light, nice pattern, batteries last.

Weaknesses:    The Mount, mine broke from road vibrations.

Bottom Line:   
Good light poor mount. I returned mine for credit and got a Planet bike light. I liked the Blackburn light pattern more but the planet bike mount is better.

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Favorite Trail:   Nine Mile

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Rib Mountain Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Planet bike, night rider 12e

Bike Setup:   Redline 9-2-5

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Watertown, MA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    powerful for size and battery life

Weaknesses:    mounting bracker, weight

Bottom Line:   
I've been using this light for commuting for about 6 months now and have broken two brackets. I haven't even crashed, they just can't handle the vibration of the road. Blackburn has been good about replacing the brackets, but this is unacceptable even for a commuting bike. I've had Cateye lights for several years before that have survived crashes without breaking. I wouldn't buy this or any other Blackburn light again, but I'll keep using it for the light quality and compact size as long as Blackburn keeps sending me replacement brackets.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Cateye LED light

Bike Setup:   commuter

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve from Watertown, MA

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2008

Strengths:    Bright, even light

Weaknesses:    Mounting bracket

Bottom Line:   
I've been using this light for commuting on city streets for a few months now. The first day I used it, it fell out of it's bracket because I had installed it wrong. It's stayed on once I installed it correctly, but it shows how delicate the connection to the bracket is. Even after I installed it correctly, it still slipped a lot due to the weight of the light and the size of the bracket. Recently when I tried straightening it out, the bracket broke. I'm going to try getting a new bracket from Blackburn. The light itself works quite well. It's much brighter than my old triple led, 4 AA powered light from Cateye (but that one even survived a crash with a truck that might not have happened if it were a brighter light) and has good battery life. It's on the heavy side, but that's to be expected for a light this bright with batteries.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Cateye LED

Bike Setup:   Old Giant MTB commuter

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Knight Chen a Cross Country Rider from Windsor,ON,Canada

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2007

Strengths:    Very bright and circular beam shape. Good for seeing things 20 feet ahead of you because the light shape becomes bigger when the beam shoots farther. The light shines the ground even under raining conditions. Also easy installation.

Weaknesses:    LED doesn't give you wide enough beam but compared to other single LED light, this one is good. I use another wide beam helogen light to compensate this weakness; Side flashing bulbs are unnecessary; Internal computer part interfers with the signals of my wireless speedometer and disfunctions it -- wireless speedometer bikers need to think about it.

Bottom Line:   
Overall good-quality product. It is the best battery LED head light I have ever seen. I will discard my Cateye HL-EL530 and stick with this one. The price definitely worths it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Cateye HL-EL530, Cateye HL-EL300

Bike Setup:   full suspension mountain bike with some upgrades

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