In my long, arduous quest to find myself the perfect light to illuminate the path ahead I’ve come across many a bike light. At first it was CatEye lights, then came the Knog Frogs, Knog Gekkos and Ixon IQ. But, finally I believe I’ve found the one bike light to rule them all!
The stats: 1.5hr recharge time, LED battery level indicator (i.e. no more bike light dying on you without warning), 3 hrs runtime steady / 5 hrs on Flash. Comes in 6 colours.
So what is making me rejoice at no longer having to search for the perfect front bike light? That moment was realised as soon as I first turned on the Blackburn Flea.
I thought the night had been transformed to day by this powerful little light. Okay, that’s definitely an overreaction. But the Flea produces an impressive 40 Lumens. Roughly double the tiny Knog Strobe. On the road, that translates into impressive visibility and enough light for a dark ride around Regents Park – think minimum street lighting.
On the left in the pictures above you can see the Blackburn Flea in the lower power setting and bumped up to full on the right. As you can see the light provides plenty of side visibility.
This isn’t just about brightness..
The Flea also comes with a set of very favourable features. For one, it prevents the annoying moment when you look into your bag and find your bike lights turned on. I’ve always been fascinated by how manufacturers never look into this.
Also, the design of the attachment mechanism (a Velcro strap) works well for quickly attaching and removing the Flea (something you always have to do when leaving your bike in a public place). This is also great for those with more than one bike who want to quickly switch the light between the two. The strap provides a range of mounting options and keeps the light firmly in place.
The end of having to buy new batteries..
The Blackburn Flea recharges via USB. This means you can plug it in when you get to this office and the battery will be full within an hour and a half. That’s perfect for saving money and for not having to remember to pickup replacement batteries.
In the packaging there’s a tiny attachment that plugs into a USB port. The Blackburn Flea then simply rests on top on the magnetic points. When the light turns from flashing red to green the light is fully charged.
The end of not knowing when your bike light is about to quit on you..
A green light means there is more than 75% charge in the battery, orange is from 25% to 75% and a red indicator means it’s time to get the charger out.
It’s a simple way of making sure you are never pedalling around in the dark.
Truly bike light perfection?
The light certainly won’t be perfect for everyone. Some will still seek more light for example or prefer non-rechargeable lights which last longer. However, for me, the Blackburn Flea combines powerful brightness, USB charging and a tiny size. There’s not a lot more I could ask for.
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