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Planet Bike Superflash Turbo : Preview

Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Review
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Blinky lights, especially rear lights, are very crucial to a road cyclist, I’ve ranted about it before.. Even during the day you should be rocking a blinky to be seen.

Planet Bike Superflash Turbo

The Planet Bike Superflash has been a favorite of mine for awhile.  With the Superflash Turbo, Planet Bike have outdone themselves.

  • MSRP : $34.99
  • One Watt Power LED plus 2 red LEDs for visibility up to 1 mile
  • New attention-grabbing Turbo flash pattern
  • Turbo flash mode is highly visible, even in daylight
  • Ultra compact vertical design is weatherproof, lightweight and durable
  • Includes bike mounts and clip mount for multiple mounting options
  • Soft-touch power switch accesses flashing or steady mode for up to 100 hours of run time on two AAA batteries

A Quick Video of the Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Light

Nothing special here, something I grabbed with my pocket camera to show settings.

A full review will be coming in the next few weeks!  For now, visit PlanetBike.com for more info.

2 Responses to Planet Bike Superflash Turbo : Preview

  1. Michael - Cyclomuting in Tampa Bay says:

    Ditto Bike Shop Girl, I never ride w/o my lights making me more visible and punctuating my right to be on the road!
    I’ve been stopped by motorcyclists to ask about my lights. Other cyclists have commented that my tail lights are visible in daylight from over a mile away. But the best part is motorists show more ‘respect’ with lights on. Many more vehicles will change lanes, frequently from a greater distance, which in-turn provides better visibility to vehicles further behind!
    My front lights have eliminated “left cross” incidents from oncoming cars. If anything, cars will display the tendency of stopping then inching up and stopping and inching because they’re being too cautious!

    What do I use?
    Front:
    Dual Fenix LD20 lights from 4sevens.com, mounted with TwoFish Lockblocks. The LD series run on AA batteries so that you’ll never be stuck w/o batteries. I use the PowerEx 2700 mAh NiMH batteries which last around 3 hours @ 180 lumens (Turbo mode). During the day I use both in strobe mode while at night I have one on steady and the other strobing. Coworkers tell me that my lights can be annoying in their rear view mirror. My answer is “Annoying is better than not being seen!” they agree.

    Rear:
    1 Planet Bike Super Flash and 1 Cateye LD1100. The LD1100 has two banks of LEDs with separate power switches. I use one steady on and the other bank flashing. Between the Super Flash and the LD1100 I’m extremely visible.
    Of course it doesn’t matter what lights you use if they are not adjusted properly… not high nor low but perfectly level. I do this tracking the light’s ‘footprint’ on a wall while moving the bike away from the wall. The footprint will probably get larger but should stay in the same vertical position. If you see the footprint drift up slightly, imagine where it would be at 50, 100, or even 300 feet… so make sure it’s facing motorists, not over them!

    Batteries:
    Rechargeable batteries have dropped in price and allow us to inexpensively power our lights for hours on end. I’ve had the best results with PowerEx cells as I mentioned earlier. In the Turbo mode Eveready and Duracell last about 2.5 hours compared to PowerEx’s 3 hours. Today’s chargers won’t overcharge your batteries and some have special features like reconditioning your cells to gain extra life.
    My experience, like Bike Shop Girl, is that lights cause safer (read more predicable behavior) for all. Extend that safety to daylight hours, how can you go wrong?

    For those that track such things: My commute is 46 miles round trip. During the winter both ways are in the dark so good lights are a must. Thanks for your preview of the Super Flash Turbo, sounds like I need to make room!

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