Beam Comparison - Bike Light

Beam Distance Comparison - Click on the images to compare at full size. Keep in mind that beam photos like these may overstate the negatives of dimmer bike lights, since unlike the camera (which is kept at the same settings for all photos), your eyes will adjust to dimmer light and thus see better than is implied by the photos.

Side-by-Side Comparison


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Cygolite Expilion 800
Cygolite Expilion 800
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Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro
Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro
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Awards  Editors' Choice Award   
Price $93.11 at Amazon$37.95 at Amazon
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Pros Wide, even beam pattern, many blinking modes.Inexpensive.
Cons Difficult to remove from handlebars.Narrow beam pattern, not bright enough, AAA batteries expensive over long-term, no battery life indicator.
Weighted Metrics Cygolite Expilion 800 Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro
Brightness - 40%
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Beam Quality - 25%
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Battery Life - 20%
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Portability - 15%
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Product Specs Cygolite Expilion 800 Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro
Max Beam Distance (m) 160 m 150 m
Battery Life (hours) 1.4 hr 7.4 hr
Battery Type USB rechargable 4 AAA
Mount Options Handlebar / Helmet Handlebar
Installation Tool-free Tool-free
Swivel Mount Swivel No
Weight 6.0 oz., 169g 5.1 oz., 144g