Blackburn Mars 3.0 Lights

Blackburn Mars 3.0 Lights 

DESCRIPTION

Seven super bright LEDs Unique side LEDs for lateral visibility Steady, flash and chase modes approximate runTime 50 hours steady, 150 hours flashTwo mountings: belt clip and seatpost clamp Water resistant UsesTwo AAA batteries, included

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 04, 2010]
Michaelk
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Very bright and big lights make you feel safe. Rubberized seals make these watertight.

Compared to some other lights these are big. The front light takes 4AA batteries and has 4 leds. The back light has 5 leds and takes 2AA batteries. The front handlebar mount can be put on without tools. Then you slide the light on to the mount until it is secure. Sometimes it takes a bit of coaxing to get it off. The back lite has a clip and bracket for your frame. I was able to modify it a bit to get it to work on the back of a rack. The back lite simply clips in to the holder. It looks like it could easily clip into your back pocket or onto a backpack as well. Both lights have on or blinking choices by pressing the on button a few times. Blinking is attention grabbing and also may save a bit of battery life over constant on. The plastic is hard and durable and has held up but i don't expect it to last forever. Very bright lights.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 01, 2010]
DH
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

size, mounting, brightness

Weakness:

needs tiny screwdriver to change batteries, not elements proof

first one died within weeks of AZ sun.... replacement died as well... neither lasted 6 months

Similar Products Used:

blackburn mars 2.0, 3.0, 4.0

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 06, 2010]
pm1066
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Small, rugged package, bright lights, "coin" access to batteries.

Weakness:

None noted.

OF NOTE: the battery compartment is NOT screwed on any more. It has been redesigned to be a standard pry-open with a coin. Excellent light, agree with previous comments. Did a quick dark room test with this and the ViewPoint Flashpoint High Intensity (no longer available, but exactly the same as the C-Dale Hindsite Ultra Tail Light). While the Flashpoint/Hindsite might be slightly brighter when viewed from straight back, the off angle coverage by the Mars 3.0 was better. Wearing one on my bike and one on my backpack I have decent coverage.

Similar Products Used:

ViewPoint Flashpoint High Intensity

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 17, 2010]
Stevewall
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Quite bright, uses AAA batteries instead of expensive button batteries, substantial build, can be dropped, has belt clip.

Weakness:

I actually found mine along a bike path, so I guess it came loose and fell off. It looks new, so can withstand bouncing on concrete. Time consuming to change batteries and need to carry a small Phyllips screwdriver in seat bag or have on your pocket Leatherman.

Yes the screws are a pain, but I would rather have a water tight unit. I would purchase it.

Similar Products Used:

ancient old two LED unit that was not very bright, this unit is very bright.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 30, 2009]
a daily commuter
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Perfectly reliable in all kinds of weather. I lost one of the screws for the battery compartment, but it's still sealed from the elements. The light attaches to the bracket with a clip kind of like a pen clip, which could be used to attach to clothing, though I would not recommend that because bright lights needed to be aimed properly.The amber side lights are a nice touch, and it's great that they are amber instead of red.

Weakness:

The three long screws make switching the batteries rather slow. The amber LED's seem rather dim, but they are probably bright enough in the dark.

It's a solid, reliable light with some nice features, but the one I bought a year ago is not nearly as bright as the newest bright tail lights--I don't know if the Mars has been updated since I bought it.

Similar Products Used:

Niterider Cherrybomb: The Mars was my first tail light, and a few months ago I bought the Cherrybomb because it is much brighter. I left the Mars on my seatpost and mounted the Cherrybomb on my rack--having two lights is better than just one.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 16, 2009]
Lola Ashwood
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Side lights

Weakness:

Dated LEDs

Sitting, in my car, at a red light at night and saw the side light flashing long before I could make out the bike. Picked one up the next day. Better LEDs would bring this dated light back into play. Drivers look through you not at you!

Similar Products Used:

Planet Bike Super Flash

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 02, 2009]
vimish
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Bright

Weakness:

Not water resistant. Condensation enters unit. Screws rust, making screw removal difficult. I have had three of these, condensation killed all of them.

Good for about 3 - 6 months, depending if you get rained on.
Any unit with metal screws or corners will ultimately leak or the screw heads will rust so battery replacement is not possible.

Similar Products Used:

Several models from Cateye, Sigma... all have the same long term condensation problem

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 20, 2008]
magnum man
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

1) Bright.
2) Mounting is very solid.
3) Construction of Light is very solid.
4) Can be viewed from behind, sides, top and bottom.

Weakness:

1) Getting case apart to install battery was trying. But this is minor.
2) A little higher than others, but well worth it.

I placed this light side by side to my old Planet Bike 3 LED light. The Blackburn Mars 3.0 was a little brighter, but the 2nd flash pattern was definately an eye catcher.
Its not that the Blackburn Mars 3.0 is that much greater of a light, it is just better in a few minor ways. Such as the extra blinking pattern, the more solid mounting and casing of the light and the way it can be viewed.

Similar Products Used:

Planet bike 3 LED.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 16, 2008]
Bituman
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Cheap, bright, highly visible

Weakness:

Need a small phillips screwdriver to change batteries, no big deal for most.

Very good deal. One of the cheaper versions of this type of light while at the same time one of the most visible. I am not using the provided mount, I clip the light to the back of the seat bag on my MTB. Thus used, it's quick and easy to mount.

Similar Products Used:

Same type of light from Planet Bike.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 13, 2007]
Aaron

Strength:

Small, well designed, easy to remove if needed, runs forever, lots of blinky lights on all sides

Weakness:

kind of a pain to change batteries, one of the side LED's and one on the front didn't work (still plenty left on there to keep blinking away)

not sure if it really lasted the advertised hours or not, but i ran them all winter and only had to change the batteries once, so that was good enough for me. cheap, bright, weatherproof... rain, snow, slush, salt, it got it all, and still runs like a champ. what else do you need in a taillight?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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