It has been a while now since we posted our preliminary Planet Bike Blaze 1 Watt Headlight Review. Since that time, I’ve used the Blaze 1 Watt headlight a good bit — both during the day and at night. So, I’ll now provide an updated Planet Bike Blaze 1 Watt review.
You can read about the technical details of the Blaze 1 Watt in our prior review. I wanted to update you on how the light has been performing on the road.
Let me start by saying that battery life has been excellent. While I haven’t specifically counted the hours of use, I have to believe that this light has well exceeded the the 7-20 hours (depending on light mode) of service that is estimated from the manufacturer. I do almost always use the light on strobe, so that certainly helps with battery life.
And speaking of strobe, this light really commands attention from drivers when used in strobe mode. During the day time, the Blaze has kept drivers from ignoring me on shady roads — and at least a couple of drivers have decided against turning into my path because of the Blaze. At night, I have noticed cars slow down even around a quarter of a mile away when they see the stobe.
While Planet Bike has come out with a more expensive 2 Watt Blaze headlight recently, I would imagine that 2 watts would be (1) possibly too powerful a strobe (we want drivers to notice us, not be blinded and run into us), and (2) still not bright enough as your sole light to see by at night. I regard the Blaze 1 Watt as an excellent “be seen” light for getting noticed by motorists, but as “see by” bicycle lighting it is really not bright enough for the dark streets I ride on. [To see my full night riding set-up, see Night Cycling for Beginners]
I really like the quick mounting cam on the Blaze 1 Watt, which makes it really easy to switch the light from one bike to another. In fact, there’s nothing that I don’t like about the Blaze 1 Watt headlight — it’s a really great light to help you be seen both during the day and at night. As mentioned in my first review, at a price less than $40, these bicycle headlights are definitely worth the price. Click Here for More Planet Bike Blaze 1 Watt reviews or To Buy.
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