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Knog Blinder Arc 1.7 Review

This light is very small and light but has a weak beam, no swivel and does not seem to secure well when mounted.
Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
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Price:  $65 List
Pros:  Attached USB port for charging, small, light, portable.
Cons:  Weak beam, mount not the most secure, no swivel.
Manufacturer:   Knog
By Gentrye Houghton ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 14, 2018
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#13 of 16
  • Brightness - 40% 3
  • Beam Quality - 25% 6
  • Battery Life - 20% 2
  • Portablity - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Knog Blinder Arc 1.7 was our favorite of the "budget" lights, and is a great match for beach cruisers or commuters riding on mostly well lit paths. Though the light does not remove from its mount, it's easy to install or remove, and still small enough to slip in a pocket. The rubber band mounting is secure on your handlebars, and you can easily make small adjustments while you are riding.

All-in-all this is a great little light if all you need is just a little illumination. If you're looking for a higher powered, beefier performer but you are still on a budget, check out our Best Buy winner, the Light and Motion Urban 350.


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Pros Attached USB port for charging, small, light, portable.Great beam distance and quality, lasts four hours in high modeWide even beam pattern, bright, illuminated on/off button, swivel mountWide, even beam pattern, multiple blinking modesBright, wide and even beam pattern, illuminated on/off switch, easy on and off handle bars, good value
Cons Weak beam, mount not the most secure, no swivel.Very heavy, expensive and time-consuming to install and removeBeam could be more even/less narrow, battery life on the short sideMinimal swivel, short battery lifeShort (1.5 hour) battery life
Bottom Line This light is very small and light but has a weak beam, no swivel and does not seem to secure well when mounted.This is your go to light for quality and distance of beam.This light is bright, swivels nicely and even has an illuminated on/off switch.Although it has a shorter battery life, it has a wide even beam with multiple blinking modes.This light not only is a great value but it has a super bright and even beam pattern.
Rating Categories Knog Blinder Arc 1.7 NiteRider Pro 1800 NiteRider Lumina 750 Cygolite Expilion 850 NiteRider Lumina 550
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Specs Knog Blinder Arc 1.7 NiteRider Pro 1800 NiteRider Lumina 750 Cygolite Expilion... NiteRider Lumina 550
Max Beam Distance (m) 62 m 175 m 180 m 147 m 146 m
Battery Life (hours) 1.5 hrs 3.8 hrs 1.7 hrs 1.4 hrs 1.5 hrs
Battery Type USB Recharge USB Recharge USB Recharge USB Recharge USB Recharge
Mount Options Handlebar Handlebar Handlebar/Helmet Handlebar/Helmet Handlebar/Helmet
Installation Attached Tool-free Tool-free Tool-free Tool-free
Swivel Mount No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weight 104 g, 3.7 oz 500 g, 17.6 oz 182 g, 6.4 oz 174 g, 6.1 oz 180 g, 6.3 oz

Our Analysis and Test Results

As bike lights go, this one is handsomely designed and feels like the 'iPhone' of bike lights - it features a rubberized chassi, intergrated USB stick and a fancy mounting style that feels more like an expensive watchband than a way to secure an LED to a handlebar. Of course, looking good and performing good are two different things, and this isn't the brightest bulb on the bike light spectrum.

Performance Comparison


The Knog Blinder Arc is best used for urban commutes on streets that will most likely be fairly well lit.
The Knog Blinder Arc is best used for urban commutes on streets that will most likely be fairly well lit.

Brightness


The Knog Blinder Arc scores rather low when it comes to brightness, and only measured a maximum beam distance of 62-meters, which still outshines the SafeCycler and CatEye HL-EL 135 models.

Below, you can see how the Knog Blinder Arc, left, compares to the Safe Cycler, top right, and CateEye HL-EL 135, lower right. As you can see, the Knog Blinder Arc does a much more adequate job of illuminating the bike path than the SafeCycler. The Knog Blinder Arc measures a max beam distance of about 20-meters farther than the SafeCycler.

Beam Distance Photos
Beam photo of Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
Beam photo of SafeCycler

Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
SafeCycler
Beam Distance Photos
Beam photo of Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
Beam photo of Cateye HL-EL135

Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
Cateye HL-EL135

Beam Quality


In terms of beam pattern, the best optics present a beam that is wide, evenly lit, and broadcasts a beam far into the distance. The Knog Blinder Arc scores slightly above average overall, and is on par with the Cygolite Metro 400. As you can see below, the Metro 400, pictured on the right, has a more narrow spot pattern than the Knog Blinder. During our beam distance testing, the Metro 400 measured a maximum beam distance at almost double this light.

Beam Diameter and Pattern
Beam photo of Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
Beam photo of Cygolite Metro 400

Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
Cygolite Metro 400

Battery Life


In order to measure battery life, we tested the amount of time each light held up while remaining on the highest beam setting. We also wanted to know if beam distance wavered over time. The Knog Blinder Arc yields a battery life of 1.5 hours, which is similar to our Best Buy Award winner. However, the Urban 350 maintains a beam distance just short of double the Knog Blinder Arc's. As you can see in this chart that compares battery life with beam distance, the Knog Blinder earns the lowest score out of all the lights we tested in this category.

There is one unique feature to the Knog Blinder Arc that our testers were particularly fond of, which is that the USB portal used while recharging is attached to the light itself. The port flips out from the back of the light, and stays out of the way when not in use. This eliminates yet another loose cord to keep track of with a possible different connector than your phone, tablet, or any other devices.

The built in USB charger is a convenient and unique feature. If you're like our reviewers  they love not having to keep track of one more extra cord while on the go.
The built in USB charger is a convenient and unique feature. If you're like our reviewers, they love not having to keep track of one more extra cord while on the go.

Portability


The Knog Blinder Arc excels in this category, weighing in as the second lightest weight light we've tested (only 3.7-ounces), and is small enough to fit into almost any pocket. This light is easy to install and remove from the handlebar, with a rubber strap system with clasp closure.

Best Applications


This is a great little light for short, around town commutes to the grocery store, or for anyone wanting to add a light for a little extra visibly.

Value


The Knog Blinder Arc falls relatively short in our Price vs. Value Comparison Chart. While we definitely consider it a "budget" light due to its low scores, it retails around $70, which is not exactly budget. You can spend $10 less and pick up our Best Buy winner, the Urban 350, or the Cygolite Metro 400, and get a much higher performer for the money spent.

Conclusion


Although this light scores low overall, it does excel in the realms of brightness or battery life. If you're looking for a light that won't break the bank, but adds a little extra illumination to your daily commuting tasks, then this is a great option for you to consider.


Gentrye Houghton