Blaze Burner : Rear Bike Light
Blaze Burner : A High Performance rear light from the innovative company Blaze
Web Site: Available through https://blaze.cc/rear-burner/
Cost: £49.00 for the light. There are a variety of connectors and additions available.
I first found Blaze a few years ago, when I stumbled across the Kickstarter project for their Laserlight, their innovative front light. I was fascinated by the idea (it shines a laser image in front of you as you ride) and pledged funding. I still use it (and tell people about it) on my commuting bike for every ride, so when the company announced their next product, I bought in without hesitating.
The process for manufacture and receiving the light took some time, but throughout the process we were kept informed and up to date on progress, and I finally got my hands on the light a couple of months ago!
The light is beautifully put together, with a smooth polish finish and it has small stalk at the back that is the magnetic attachment. The LED is slightly raised above the housing, which means the light comes out to 180 degrees and both the charging point and the on/off switch are on the front of the light.
Charging is via a USB connection, so can be done anywhere you take the cable and although a little fiddly, once charged it has an amazing battery life of 60 hours. One neat touch is that each time you turn the light off you get to see how much charge is left - the outer set of leds light up to correspond with the percentage of battery left.
You can set the light to switch on/off depending on the ambient light or set it to constantly on and there are a number of different pattens you can choose from.
The light has fixing brackets for the saddle stem, the saddle itself, clothing, bags - and all will snap on with the magnetic stalk.
I have mine fixed using the clothing tag through the band in my saddle tool kit.
So all set up - how does the light itself fare?
With a rating of 100 lumens, it is bright... from the early starts I have done, you can see range of light thrown behind, which is re-assuring. The guys I've cycled with, both in the early morning dark and also more recently in light spring mornings have both been impressed with the brightness and visibility - and comparing it favourably to their current ones.
The fixing has been completely secure - I've tried vertical and horizontal and both have been solid and stayed in place, and this despite the fact that the bracket touches my mudguard.
Overall, I'm impressed - another great product!
How to buy : https://blaze.cc/rear-burner/
Quality Score: High
Value for Money High - pretty expensive for a single light, but bright, secure, and the long battery life make it good value overall.