|Planet Bike Beamer 3 LED Bicycle Light with Quick Cam Bracket Mount
|List Price: $24.99
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3 White LED Headlight
Whether you're a 24-hour racer or a super commuter, the Planet Bike Beamer 3 bicycle light will keep your path well lit. The Beamer 3 is equipped with three white Nichia eXtreme v2.0 LEDs, which not only illuminate your way after the sun has gone down, but also make you visible to passing cars or pedestrians. In addition, the light attaches securely to your bike thanks to the Quick Cam bracket mounts, which adjust or remove in seconds without tools. The Beamer 3--which offers up to 100 hours of runtime on two AA batteries (included)--boasts both flashing and steady modes and carries a limited lifetime warranty.
About Planet Bike
In November of 1996, Planet Bike was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. In many ways, Planet Bike began as a social experiment that dedicated itself to doing business in a different way. Instead of being just another company that develops and sells products with profit as its end goal, Planet Bike wanted to help bring about positive change for people, their communities, and the environment.
Despite being a simple machine, the people at Planet Bike have always believed that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. From the start, they have embraced an alternative corporate purpose which seeks to help get more people on bicycles by making communities friendlier places for the self-propelled. By donating 25% of company profits to causes that promote and facilitate bicycle usage, Planet Bike hopes to make an impact.
Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist with a goal of making innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Simply put, they strive to design and develop the best bicycle products in the world. In the company's short ten year history, they have made important product innovations within the bicycle industry. Advancements include the 4-line computer which is now a standard in the industry and the world's first self-contained HID light. Not bad for a company that ten years ago started as a one man operation. Today, while still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve their product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since 1996, Planet Bike's financial support of the grassroots bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, they have made a goal to donate $1 million to organizations that are dedicated to making America a friendlier place for cyclists.
- LED bicycle light for illuminating path on the road
- Includes 3 white Nichia eXtreme v2.0 LED lights
- Quick Cam bracket mounts attach securely to handlebars
- 100 hours of runtime on 2 AA batteries (included)
- Offers flashing and steady modes; lifetime warranty
- Good cheap light
This is a good light. It installs easy, comes with a battery, and provides enough brightness. It is very easy to quickly remove it and put it back on, in case you don't want to leave it on your bike while it is locked up. So far this has been exactly what I needed and worked perfectly....more info
- Great light!
My wife had the beamer 1, and that was a bright light. The beamer 3 is that much better. You can't go wrong with this light, and well worth the price....more info
- Great Light for the $ Spent
This light did exactly what I thought it would do:(1) Give a decent amount of light which can be seen by traffic, and (2) Provide enough light for low speed. This light does not provide enough illumination to be used at higher speeds, 18-22+ mph, which I regularly travel at on my commute to work on my e-bike, but I knew this before buying. I now use this as a 2nd light (blinking), and use a rechargable lithium pack powered light as a primary. Mounting was easy, but I need to put a few layers of electical tape to build up thickness to insure a tight mount. ...more info
- Great light!
This is a fantastic little light. I just installed it and it makes a huge difference on the morning commute when it's still dark. The strobe setting makes you much more visible to drivers that otherwise may not notice you. I would definitely recommend this to a friend or family member....more info
- Good value, easy to setup
Works as advertised.
Easy to setup.
Easy to operate.
- Christian...more info
- Excellent for commuting
I bike 4 miles (one-way) to a suburban train station daily. My last head light was lifted off my bike. So I was looking for a replacement that is easy to remove and install. With Beamer 3, I can do it in a couple of seconds. On the street, I use the flashing mode and car-drivers can see me well (they yield). On the bike trail, where there is no other light source, I have to switch to constant mode and dip the angle of the light to see better. If you are in unfamiliar territories, the light may not be enough (or you have to go slower). But it is definitely good for commuting purpose. I use rechargeable batteries for my Beamer 3. After 4 weeks' use (it was dark both ways most of the days), I still do not need to recharge them. The Beamer 3 serves my needs well. Now that the price has dropped further since I got them (I bought two), I highly recommend the Bearmer 3 for commuters....more info
- A fine LED bike headlight.
I bike in reasonably dark suburban areas and I need my bike headlight to see. The Planet Bike Beamer 3 LED unit gives a good bright very precise circle of light that lets me see the road surface I'm about to hit. It has cut outs on the left and right to allow light to spill to the sides a bit - illuminating my handlebars (but not enough to read the gear indicators). I like this - it helps orient me. The "Quick Cam" bracket mount is a bit fiddly to get adjusted, but once I did, it allows me to quickly take it on and off and, when on, lets me aim it up or down without undoing it (and it stays put).
The only negatives I can see are that 1) I'd prefer it to default to steady beam, not blinking. This is a quibble. 2) I'd prefer more light spread. I think they sacrificed some spread in exchange for having such a sharply defined circle. Maybe I'm wrong and it's a function of those beefy lenses on the front.
All in all this is a great item for the price and gets the job done fine of illuminating my path when I bike at night. ...more info
- Bike Somewhere ELSE!
These guys are not honest. Ordered another this item. Did not arrive. (For over a MONTH!) Several phone calls to full VM box. Did not reply to emails. Submitted claim to Amazon then, BikeSomeShere canceled my order so that I could not leave well deserved negative feedback. These guys cannot be trusted. Go to their storefront and see how many similar complaints. Buy this from someone else....more info
- bike light
This light shows up great. My neighbors say we have great visibility when we ride at night....more info
- For What It is, It is Great
This 3-LED bicycle headlight is designed to be bright enough to fill in what street-lights don't. For this it is great but don't expect to be able to go biking through dark woods with it. The price is reasonable, and the mounting is secure. You won't be dissapointed....more info
- Rugged and easy to use
This is a durable, water-resistant, utility bike light that is a very good value for the price. It is not intended to light your way if there are no street lights; it's not quite bright enough to move at normal speed if it's the only light. It's for visibility. Most states require a front light on a bicycle, and this fits the bill. It has a flashing mode (which I use almost exclusively) that aids in drawing attention. It has a quick-release tab so you can take it off when parking, and the mount is very easy to adjust. I have used this for two years (and its successor, which has 1 LED, for two years also), rain and shine, almost every day for my commuting and neither has taken any water damage or ever shut off for any reason, weather or otherwise. This is a solid product....more info
- nice built
dropped twice by accident and still works fine.
the 3 led lights are pretty strong compared the one i had before (Plant's Spot one) but the clip instruction was a little confusing when I first attempted to install it.
Other than that it's pretty good, I haven't used it massively so not sure how long the battery life will be, but it wouldn't be a issue.
just bring extra AA batteries....more info
- Bright and flashy
The main importance of biking around the city is getting seen, not seeing the road so much. This is good and bright, and I usually have it on blinking mode. It's certainly bright enough, and I can see the flashes highlighted in road signs a long way ahead. So don't expect it to light your path THAT much, but it will get you seen....more info
- Great Safety Light
This is a great little safety light, but understand that it is a safety light. That is to say it is a "see this and don't hit me" light vs. "let me see what I'm about to hit". Its not designed to illuminate the road in front if you, your need something with a lot more wattage and $ for that task. This little guy is designed to alert others to your existence so they don't turn you into a hood ornament.
I considered this unit vs. some of the smaller safety lights. I settle on this one for a couple of reasons
1 - It takes 2x AA batteries vs. 2x "N" cells which can be a pain to find.
2 - It seems way more durable. Good solid plastic (yea, its still plastic).
3 - Changing the batteries is very easy and doesn't require any tools or frustration. The front of the unit rotates, unlocks comes off.
4 - I'm going to guess its better weather sealed than the other units.
5 - Its brighter but not too bright, I ride with a group at night and I didn't want the flashing thing to give off too much like as this can be distracting in some scenarios.
On the down side it is bigger, bulkier and heavier than some of the smaller units, but that's the price you pay for AA.
The light it puts out seems adequate for the job. Its equal to a medium grade LED headlamp. The button is a bit hard to push but won't be accidentally activated. The first push makes it flash, the second push is steady and the next push turns it off.
The mount is nice in that it doesn't require a screw driver to mount, though it is a bit more complicated. I was a bit concerned that it wouldn't fit on my oversized handlebars but it had enough play.
The mount is adjustable in two ways. First there is a click slide (kind of like a zip tie) that lets you make adjustments by sliding a plastic belt into a click buckle (you can always lift it up and let it out). Then there is the mounting screw. It's a bit complicated but it threads into a rotating block at the top. By adjusting the amount of screw that goes through the block you increase or decrease the diameter of the mount. The final torque is applied with a flip lever that holds the other half of the screw. So you get it close with the sliding band, then do the find adjustments with the screw and lock it down with the flip lever. Complicated but saves the need for a screwdriver. There is also small rubber sleeve on part of the band to help prevent slippage.
So in summary
Uses AA batteries
Easy to change batteries
Bigger than others
If your looking for a safety light that runs on AA's look no further. They make the 5 LED version for a few bucks more, not a significant difference in output though.
- Great headlight for a bike. Bright!
I have a Schwinn Volare flat bar bike and installed this at the front on my handlebars. The light is BRIGHT! 3 LEDs means you'll be noticed. The 2 light modes are also great and work as described. The only draw back I would say is that the size of my handle bars makes the gripping mechanism in-between what it should be. It's just tight enough to hold in place, but bike riding on bumping ground can jostle it up and down and requires some adjustment while riding to keep it facing forward. Not terribly worrisome, but nonetheless the only drawback I've experienced thus far. I'm sure if I wrapped the handlebars with some electrical taps and then put this on it wouldn't be an issue -- just haven't done it yet.
Good light....more info
- Great Light For the Money
I commute to work in the dark and this light provides enough visibility so I don't get surprised at 20mph. It's nowhere near an HID, but it only cost $20. ...more info
- Great Light
No complaints. The 3 led lights are bright and the quick release works wonderfully. Planet Bike FTW!...more info
- STRONG LIGHT!
This is a really great light to have. I'm in a metropolitan area so it's not like I use this in wooded areas often but this light is still really strong. ...more info
- Good quality and value product
It seems like a good product after 6 weeks of weekday commuting. It's bright from the point of view of being seen by other road users. It does produce a reasonable beam of light, but not enough to see by in the dark (but I didn't expect that). I also have a Blaze 1/2 watt from the same company and the Blaze is more expensive and isn't really much brighter so I'd say the Beamer is much better value for money. The handlebar clip works well and is easy to adjust. For narrower bars the band can be shortened with a tie-wrap style ratchet under the mount point. It fitted my bars of 25mm diameter. The light slides on and off the bracket easily. To get it off there's a little plastic tab which you push down much like many other products of this type.
It's too early to say if it's waterproof or how long the included batteries will last, but it's holding up well after around 10 hours running time....more info
- Planet Bike Beamer
Great product. Easy to mount, nice compact size. Very bright. Until recently, I had only used this light on roads with streetlamps, but after Hurricane Ike left us without power all the streets were in darkness; this lamp lit up the way fantastically well when riding at speeds around 15 mph.
- My first headlamp
This review is more about the construction of the lamp than about how it actually works. That's because I never got the chance to test it. I decided to get a lamp after mis-judging the time and having to bike through pitch-black woods for more than an hour. I don't anticipate needing to use this lamp in the near future but I got it just in case.
The lamp itself has a solid plastic construction and is waterproof. It's compact and looks pretty slick. It has 3 LED's that seem to be very bright (tested in a dark room) but the circle of light doesn't seem to be very large. Doesn't matter, in pitch-black darkness it is sure to light up the whole surroundings.
I should also mention that the lamp can be easily slid off the holding mechanism, turning it into a regular flashlight.
One thing bugs me about this lamp but it's nothing serious: the fact that its 2 settings (intermittent and continuous) are exactly in this order. Meaning that if you press the power button once you get the intermittent setting; pressing it again gets the continuous setting. I realize this is probably convenient for road-bikers but for me it doesn't seem like the correct order....more info
- Good, inexpensive and bright
This little light does exactly what it needs to do.
It's bright, and the clip-on bracket means I can take it off the bike when I park at night and use it like a flashlight (very helpful for finding keys!)....more info
- Very good! Almost perfect.
The mounting bracket gives me a little bit of trouble - gets loose and requires periodic adjustments. I think I will end up putting a couple of drops of GORILLA GLUE to secure it once and for all.
But the light itself is TERRIFIC!!! In New York, I do not need to illuminate the road (street lamps are everywhere). My goal is to be seen. I put it in blinking mode, and motorists can DEFINITELY see me now - from afar!
In a few months, I must have had about 20 random people on the street asking me where I got this.
It's one of my best purchases lately. ...more info
- Nice little light
Works ok for what I need. I don't know how well it would be down a dark road at night.......more info
- Easy to install and very bright
This is a great light for urban riding. You would not need anything brighter unless you were riding in pitch dark. The flashing mode is visible for a great distance. It is also very easy to install. I leave the bracket on my handlebar right beside my heart rate monitor. It takes up very little room and is very unobtrusive. I almost purchased a more expensive light because it had 5 instead of 3 Led's - don't bother - this is a great light....more info