For me, Cateye Rapid X.
I decided to go USB rechargeable for everything, becomign fed up with buying loads of AAAs, so I got this and it’s great, with one caveat. It’s stunningly bright on full, but it only lasts an hour. On a very bright fast flicker it does 4 hours I think but there are lots of modes up to 8 hours IIRC.
However the key thing is that it’s as bright side-on as it is from behind. This is huge for visibility imo. It actually has more than 180 degree visibility.Posted 3 years agomrblobbySubscriber
Been using one of these Cateye rear lights recently. It’s bright enough, fits nicely to a seatpost, takes two coin batteries, seems to last a while, and hasn’t failed on me yet. Feels like decent quality. Looks good. I like it. It’s probably more a getting caught out in fading light thing rather than a proper night riding light though.Posted 3 years agoloddrikMember
Got a Knog Blinder. Great bit of kit.Posted 3 years agolungeSubscriber
Whatever you buy, have more than one. I have a Planet-X Phaart, flashing on my saddle bag, a long Cateye thing on constant on my seatpost and cheap flashing LED clipped onto my collar. My theory is firstly, if 1 goes I have 2 others and second there are simple more to see for drivers. Combined with a Solarstorm and 2 Lezyne fronts of various brightness and some reflective spoke things from Aldi my bike is really rather visible.Posted 3 years agojekkylMember
tesco 4 quid.
buy 2 , 1 on the bike and 1 strapped to your camelbak and then pop to homebargains and pick up a 10 pack of AAA for a quid. They last for a month before going a bit dim. Then spend the money you will have saved on those pointless expensive rear lights on ale.Posted 3 years agostumpy01Member
The Moon Comet as already mentioned is very good.
But, I reckon the Smart Lunar R2 is hard to beat and fits all your criteria. I use one of them along with one of the 5 LED thin Cateye ones. Both have Duracell rechargeables and so I just take the batteries out once every few rides to keep them topped up. use one on solid and one on flashing.Posted 3 years agoGavinBSubscriber
My key requirements for a rear light are:
USB rechargeable – saves loads in the long run. Cheap lights running CR-type batteries are a waste of space once you take into account replacing batteries every month or so when commuting.
Waterproof – Knog ones have died after a good soaking, as have Blackburn
Side-visibility – can’t believe how many rear lights on the market do not have this feature
Easy, secure fixing – I like to be able to switch it between different bikes without having to get a screwdriver out
So, last year grabbed a Lezyne Zecto, which so far seems to work great.Posted 3 years agodroflufMember
I’ve got an Exposure Redeye, if I use it in a group I’m made to ride at the back which is probably as good a recommendation as you’ll get!
It does need another Exposure light to take its power from which may be a problem with your setup but if you already have an Exposure up front it’s a great light. Min’e on my helmet but they also have a long cable version that can go on a seatpostPosted 3 years agophil40Subscriber
Four4th scorpion. I use it when road riding and doing time trials. It is rechargeable and very well built. I have had drivers stop and ask me for the make of the light, because they have never seen one so bright (this was in daylight). Quite expensive, but I am a little nervous of road riding so the brighter the better for me 🙂Posted 3 years agoMrSalmonMember
I really like my PDW Radbot 1000, decent side visibility, a good sort of pulsing/flashing pattern, and doesn’t get accidentally switched on in my bag too often. It also has a big reflector built in. Not sure about sealing though, I’ve had no problems but then it only gets used on my mudguarded commuter.Posted 3 years ago
More generally, you usually can’t go wrong with a Cateye.MrSalmonMember
I have had drivers stop and ask me for the make of the light, because they have never seen one so bright (this was in daylight).
This reminds me that last winter I struggled to overtake someone in the park because their rear light was literally blindingly bright. I’m not yet convinced that that sort of brightness is a good thing.Posted 3 years agoahwilesSubscriber
it seems that my life’s mission is to find a decent rear light.
minimum of 10 hours battery life (1week commuting)
last more than one year
cateye = shite
smart = shite
niterider = shite
phaart = shite
pdw radbot = not dead yet, but blimey the batteries don’t last long for a not very bright light.
the search continues…Posted 3 years agoTiRedMember
Rapid X, or TLD-850 five LED Cateyes. The thing I like above Cateye, above all other lights, is the mounting system. You can mount the same light to a saddle, a seatpost, a rear stay or a rack.
The Rapid X is the exception – needs a round tube. BUT customer services said an adaptor is coming to use the Rapid X with their standard mounts 😀
EDIT; and if you ride with permanent guards, fit a PDW Fenderbot for backup. I use mine as a third light. Comes in surprisingly handy and is unobtrusive.Posted 3 years ago
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