Planet Bike Superflash Tail Lights

DESCRIPTION

Unique, eye-catching flash pattern with ultra compact vertical design is weatherproof, lightweight and durable. “SuperFlash” mode is highly visible, even in daylight

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 03, 2012]
Andrew

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

super bright, comes with two mounts, i love the flash mode.

Weakness:

not water tight.

I was excited to finally get out for a night ride and use my new tail light. As soon as I left work it started raining pretty hard, 16 miles later the sucker is still flashing bright as can be. I have it mounted on one of my seat stays and I have no doubt every car on the rode me saw tonight, I definitely feel safer with this little guy. It's super bright. But after I made it home I realized there was water inside the light, I left it on the table for a few minutes and it turned on by itself. After drying it out it still works perfectly. I sealed it with a long strip of electrical tape. We'll see the next time I'm caught in the rain if the tape works! Buy this light, and throw some electrical tape on it. So good for the price.

[Mar 29, 2010]
mtbfroggy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Very visible in blinking mode, as was mentioned in a review in Bicycling magazine. I wanted it for commuting at dusk.

Weakness:

...but all that brightness is worth nothing when the light doesn't work. The seal is not watertight, and once it gets wet, even if you dry it out, it will randomly stop working on future rides. I bought another one to give it another chance, this time covering the gaps with duct tape, but same deal. A co-worker bought one at REI and found the same problem.

It's crap. I'm looking for something else, will try Princeton first, as I know they have good quality lights.

Similar Products Used:

Many

[Jul 28, 2009]
Akeldama
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Incredibly bright, simple and functional design, great battery life, and who cannot afford $20 for a device that might save your life.

Weakness:

None.

This taillight is amazing. It is easily visible even at high noon in the summer. Hit the button once and it blinks spastically. Hit it once more, and it turns solid on. Once more and it turns off. Easy. I haven't really gotten it wet yet (other than riding through a puddle or two) so I can't comment on its weather resistance. But it has never fallen off my bike (and I have given it every opportunity) despite the easy quick-release tab, so it can take a hit.

Drop the $20 and buy this thing. It is worth every penny.

[Mar 02, 2009]
sk8dad
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Granted I only paid $5 for it, but would've gladly paid full retail. This thing is BRIGHT! If you've ever had the misfortune to test it by looking directly at it, be warned. You'll be seeing a little red target for about 10 minutes. The flash pattern is very attention getting and resembles emergency vehicles.

Weakness:

the clip is a tad lose, but that's minor. Doesn't have as many flash modes as some others, but who needs all those anyway?

The whole point of tail lights is to get noticed, and this light does that with flying colors. In fact the first time I saw this light as a driver, I thought it was from some emergency vehicle from a distance of about 1/2 mile! The flash pattern (2 bright, 2 week) is very similar to police and ambulance wigwags and is very urgent which is what you want. By contrast, my Cat eye has 5 flash modes which I find mostly useless anyway.

Similar Products Used:

Cateye, Niterider, Specialized

[Jan 14, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Oh so bright
Batts lasts forever
Mounts on seatstay or seatpost

Weakness:

When batts go bad, light goes south quick
Still not as bright as a Dinotte

Really bright. I have had comments from drivers during the day about how bright it is. I've used it for over two years and changed batts once and I use it on every commute. I even left it on one day. Batts in the Vetta died in one month. I think I need three or four more of these. I really like the seatstay mount because I have a big seat bag.

Similar Products Used:

Dinotte
Vetta

[Dec 25, 2008]
ROAD WARRIOR
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Bright, eye catching, small, light weight, and easy to mount

Weakness:

Hven't used it in the rain yet. If waters a issue, a little electrial tape should solve the problem.

This summer I was driving in Colorado at dawn when about a mile away I could just see a blinking light, at 3/4 mile I decided it was a car on the sholder with a turn signal on, At 1/2 mile I decided it was a car driving slowly with only a turn signal working. At 1/4 mile away I was slowing down so I could get a good look at the light on the rear of the bicycle. Ordered one the next day. They may not see you but they see the light.

Similar Products Used:

Anything that made light

[Oct 28, 2008]
Eclectus
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Brightest out there for under 20 bucks

Weakness:

Not bright enough to convince drivers to change lanes consistently in daytime.

The Blinky represents what EVERY manufacturer should be offering in their low-cost lineup.

But to really get cell-talking drivers' attention, the DiNotte 400L run in strobe mode is in a different universe. For example, in morning and afternoon rush hour traffic, I've seen (in my mirror) cars move left when they were 100-200 yards behind me, while drivers trying to stay in the right lane and pass me with 12 inches between us have really dropped off, relative to the frequency this occurred with the Blinky. I still keep the Blinky ready as a backup.

The Blinky run in flashing mode is excellent for night riding, which is its design purpose. But daytime lighting, if powerful enough, is a great safety device, and only DiNotte 400L and 140L, excepting perhaps the new Exposure rear LED, do this job satisfactorily. (BTW, for night group riding, you have to turn the 400L to low-constant, unless you're in the rear.)

Similar Products Used:

Some Trek model at LBS. Was low-output junk

[Oct 11, 2008]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

As stated previously, extremely bright.

Weakness:

This is an update of my prev. review. After the second of two rainy rides, the light was stuck on continuous. When I tried to switch to blink, it wouldn't turn back on. Very serious flaw when you are riding in traffic in a downpour at night.

Planet bike advertises this light as weatherproof on their website. It is not. As a band-aid, users may want to use a rear fender and/or seal the device with electricians' tape. I am now eating my previous words and have let my wife and brother know of this serious flaw. I will keep using the light b/c no other blinker is as bright.

[Sep 17, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Small size, very bright

Weakness:

Poor waterproofing

I use this light on my commuter bike. I like the fact that its extremely bright - the only tail light I've found that is brighter is my Dinotte.

However the light shorted out during a rain storm, leaving me with no functional tail light. I've since talked to 3 other riders who had similar experiences.

After the light dried out it started working again - so what I do now is seal the light with electrical tape after changing out batteries. While a pain in the neck it works.

Similar Products Used:

Dinotte tail light

[Sep 12, 2008]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Planet Bike quality. Good quality/price ratio, but would be great regardless of price. Popular flasher with a good track record. Shockingly bright. Leaves an afterimage after you turn away. At night, looks like a police flasher from a distance. Lightweight. Battery economy. Can use Maha Powerex or Sanyo NiMH rechargeables so you know it is maximally bright every time you go out.

Weakness:

Looks dweeby on my Scott CR1 Pro, but that's my choice to mount it.

I have a 34 mile round trip commute and the light (along with my Light and Motion HID) has probably saved my skin more than once. Highly recommended. I own two and bought another for my wife. Bought another for my brother for commuting, too.

Similar Products Used:

1990's Trek LED taillight. Ruined by neglect and corroded batteries.

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