Blaze 2w Bike Light

If James Bond rode a bike, he’d have the Blaze 2w and Pussy Galore on his handle bars. That’s according to Planet Bike, at least. Although the Blaze 2w is not as powerful as the high beams on an Aston Martin, it’s close. And almost as sleek.

With twice the power of its predecessor, the Blaze 2w has plenty of on-street illumination: The high beam puts out 100 lumens and the low beam is about 60 lumens of light. There’s also a blink mode that’s visible in daylight situations. Run times? 5 hours, 12 hours and 18 hours, respectively, on the unit’s two AA batteries.

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Planet Bike Blaze 2w

I’ve been riding with the Blaze for a couple of months and am impressed. It works as advertised and supplies plenty of light, even for nighttime roads as dark as an Edgar Allen Poe poem.

Lights are typically divided between two camps: those that help you see, and those that help you be seen. The Blaze 2w has a foot in each camp. It will help you see plenty on the road and easy paths, but it probably stops a little short for mountain bike night riding or screaming descents.

In my test, it has been as efficient as touted. The included mount is a cinch to remove and install. If I was in the market today — just a few days before daylight savings time disappears — I’d definitely consider it.

It’s also available in any color you want — as long as you want it in black.

The Blaze 2w retails for about $60. Just like all Planet Bike products, 25% of profits go towards bike-advocacy programs. And in these tough economic times, when even folks like James Bond are a little tight, it’s nice to know that some of the money you fork over is going to fight the good, two-wheeled fight. www.planetbike.com

—Stephen Krcmar lives, works and doesn’t discriminate between shaken and stirred bevvies in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Posted by Scott - 11/02/2009 03:18 PM

A step in the right direction but overpriced. I built one of these for $40 and it’s bright enough to peel paint.

http://www.nordicgroup.us/s78/flashlights.html

Posted by H.J. Simpson - 11/02/2009 03:50 PM

Strap a Fenix light to your handlebars and be done with it.

Posted by Barrett - 11/03/2009 09:03 PM

Of course, if you’re more inclined to cycling then doing the home-brew electronics bit (I do have other tech-fish to fry in my copious spare time), the Blaze 2W is just the thing, bridging the gap between the three-figure, power-station-strapped-to-the-top-tube jobs and the good-but-not-great one-piece lights. I just got one.

- Barrett

Posted by John - 11/05/2009 01:40 PM

I have a Fenix L2d strapped to my handlebars. I guess I’m not “done with it”, because I just got the Blaze 2w, also. The Blaze is actually slightly brighter, and it doesn’t eat batteries at anywhere near the rate my Fenix flashlight does.

Posted by Benji - 06/09/2010 01:00 PM

Seriously, get a fenix. :)

Posted by Moose - 09/27/2010 12:17 AM

Needed good light for riding in totally lightless areas. Got a supposed 5W set from China
then my blaze 2W arrived.
They put off what appears to be the exact same amount of light and the same pattern with the blaze on low, but the blaze outshines the 5W on high. Overall, with both on the bars, I’m good to go. Good for the price, and the bracket works just fine if installed correctly.

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