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Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro Review

Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro
Price:   $50 List | $28.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive.
Cons:  Narrow beam pattern, not bright enough, AAA batteries expensive over long-term, no battery life indicator.
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Max Beam Distance (m):  150 m
Battery Life (hours):  7.4 hr
Battery Type:  4 AAA
Manufacturer:   Planet Bike

Our Verdict

The Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro is one of the lowest scoring bike lights we've tested. Although it is highly affordable, our beam and field tests show that it performs poorly as a bike light because its concentrated, low-powered beam illuminates a small, narrow area in front of you, which makes it relatively difficult to see the road. Also, you're less visible to traffic compared to other lights with brighter and wider beams.

New Updates - September 2016
Planet Bike has released a new version of this light, featuring a name change and amber side lights. The new model is called the Planet Bike Blaze 140 SL. Read on to find out more!


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara and Max Neale

Last Updated:
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June 29, 2014

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The New Planet Bike Blaze 140 SL vs. The Older Version


Besides changing its name to the Planet Bike Blaze 140 SL, this model now features amber side lenses for side illumination. According to the manufacturer, this addition increases the visibility of the light to 275 degrees. The new version is still the same size as its predecessor, as well as maintaining the same lumen output. Lastly, the price has dropped to $39.99, ten dollar cheaper than the original.

Check out the side-by-side comparison below, with the latest version, the Blaze 140 SL, pictured on the left and the older version shown on the right.

Planet Bike Blaze 140 SL
Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro
 


Performance Comparison



Brightness


This light scores relatively low for brightness. We measured its maximum beam distance to be 490 ft, which is above average. However, other bike lights reach as far as 573 ft. The photo below compares the brightness and beam pattern of the Blaze 2 Watt to the Light and Motion Urban 550.

Beam Distance Photos

Planet Bike Blaze 2 wattLight and Motion Urban 550

Value


Low performance + high battery cost = poor value.

Conclusion


This is one of the lowest scoring bike lights we've tested.
Chris McNamara and Max Neale


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