In my opinion a rear light is the best way to be seen on your bike. Having a good rear light can give you peace of mind when out riding at night and in poor visibility knowing that other road users can see where you are.
The Knog Blinder 4v Rear Light certainly is bright at its highest setting putting out 44 lumens which in comparison to a front light with 500 lumens it may not seem like much but of course rear lights are made to be seen not to see with - although this light does do a fairly good job of lighting up the road behind you...
Available in six different colours you should be able to find something that suits your bike. The symmetrical design means it can be mounted on your seatpost vertically or even on the back of your panniers horizontally. A solid steel finish means you can rely on this to last longer in comparison to plastic lights.
Different modes include: Steady, Fast Flash, Organic Flash 1, Organic Flash 2, Eco-flash. Running on Eco-Flash the battery life should last a good 30 hours! To make sure you don’t get caught out with no battery life remember to re-charge your light regularly. Turning on and off the light requires a two second press of the button which is on the top rear side of the light. Changing through the modes requires one press. The placement of this button means you may have some difficulty turning on the light whilst on the move but it is do-able. This means that it is unlikely that the light will be turned on accidentally.
The mounting system is quick and easy to use, helpful when you have more than one bike and need to transfer it between bikes. A silicone strap with a stainless steel buckle makes sure it can fit onto any standard seat post. (This cannot be used on aero seat posts unfortunately.)
Although I think the USB recharging system is ingenious that it tucks neatly away into the light it does make it slightly harder to actually plug it into a USB port as the mounting system gets in the way. I have found the best way to recharge the light is to plug it directly into a USB phone charger.
100% Waterproof - it’s safe to take out in all weather. Something my last rear light did not agree with.
Due to the size of my saddlebag I cannot mount this light directly onto my seat post and instead have resorted to mounting onto my right hand seat stay, using a piece of rubber to take up any slack. This works fine for me but it may be something you want to bear in mind if you are considering purchasing this light. The buckle mounting system also means it cannot be clipped onto the end of a saddle bag without the aid of duct tape.
Available from £24.99 it’s not particularly cheap if you are on a budget but it will make sure you are seen. Buying a product of better quality, most of the time, will save you money in the long run.
- Very bright - 44 lumens - Can see the road using it
- Can be seen day time
- Various modes
- Long battery life
- Comes in different colours
- 100% waterproof
- Easy to fit - Transferable between bikes
- Does not mount easily with a saddle bag also
- No clip to put on a saddle bag
- Not easy to plug in to charge