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See and be seen:
Lights are essential for riding ant dusk and in through the night. I believe most fatalities, whilst riding, are at night. You must be safe on the road and having lights on your bike is another way of improving your safety.
The basic facts:
The Blackburn Voyager is great for sight and safety on the road. The light has two LED bulbs making it nice and bright. The batteries are included. It has one strap to attach to the bike. The rubber on the back helps makes it a secure fit onto the handlebars. Underneath the rubber is where the batteries are housed. You have to unscrew it, which is a little fiddly, but worth the effort.
You can set the light to flash or to be a continuous light. This is very easily operated by touching a switch to change the setting and a click will indicate that this has been done successfully (though don't expect to hear that in traffic).
The weather test:
It has not suffered in bad weather conditions but I should warn you that the only negative, for me, is that it is not weatherproof, just resistant, which seems a bit of a school-child error, in design, because cyclists will be out in the rain! And one other problem for other people is that the slightest touch can put the light on so I wouldn't carry it around in a bag where you risk the batteries draining. I leave mine on the bike most of the time. I think if someone wants to steal they'll go for the whole bicycle not just the light.
I have used this all winter and the battery is still going strong. The last battery change was after the previous winter as I use it infrequently in lighter seasons. It was a little fiddly but not too hard to change.
The best bits:
The quality of the light is really impressive. I cannot fault it. I have needed to give my tyres an emergency inflation after going through a ridiculously huge pothole. This was on a dark, wet; evening and this light gave me the visibility required. I also find that both flashing and static mode provides the equivalent light quality.
I use the flashing mode in busy areas and drivers do seem to be aware of me because of the light. The light has a wide beam across the road lane or cycle path. On darker roads I keep the light to static and it provides a surprisingly excellent light for something so small. There is no glare coming back to haunt the cyclist which has happened to me with other lights. However, I once tried on a pitch black rural lane, as my friends live in the middle of no-where. The light was not enough for me to see far ahead in this situation. Also the light dulls if there is a large amount of artificial light from other vehicles but they compensate so this is not an issue.
The light fixture is compact and clamps solidly onto the handlebars without shifting around. You can unclick the light from the holding and use it in your hand before replacing it on the handlebar fixture.
It is easy to switch in and off, even with thick gloves. This is an important fact when choosing a light. It's no good fumbling around whilst on the move. I find this easy to use whether stationary or on the move.
Value for money:
I feel this is well worth the twelve pounds that I paid for it. The light is bright, not super bright, but strong and reliable. There is no reason to spend a fortune on the top range brands. Do not pay more as this light is ideal and is even better than experiences I've had with top price brands. The negatives, for me, are minor and not a bother.
"Blackburn Voyager 2.0 Front Light. Lights - Front. Voyager 2.0 Front Light: •Three LED mini commuter light with side light feature •Powered by 3 AAA batteries •Quick Release bracket works with standard and OS bars •65hrs Steady and 130hr Flash Runtimes"