Road-Test: Blaze Laserlight
Danielle Welton finds out if the Blaze Laserlight can step up to the mark on both urban and rural night rides…
Lift the Laserlight out of its packaging and you can’t help but ooooo at that silver aluminium exterior and its delicious clean lines.
On its top, there are two buttons - one for a white light (flashing 100 lumens; solid 100 or solid 300) and one for a genius laser, which projects the image of a green bike ahead of you, beaming out to blind spots where you’re otherwise unseen.
The idea is a stroke of genius and so well regarded that London’s Santander Cycles (formerly known as Boris Bikes) have been pimped with Laserlights too.
The instructions for attaching the Laserlight to your bike are super-clear and I was sorted and attached in no time. Admittedly it’s not a compact light, but it still looks slick on top of your bars.
My first ride out was a late-night busy commute across the craziness that is Blackfriars Bridge, through the carnage of traffic around Elephant and Castle, then down a dark, poorly lit cycle path.
With the main light on full flash mode and that brilliant projection of a bike out front, I felt confident I could be seen by the growling buses, twitchy cabs and gridlocked traffic.
My second foray through London’s busy streets was in torrential rain, which meant I got the chance to test the case’s 100% waterproof claims. It more than stood up to the lashing, with the green laser projection still very much visible, even in the wet.
Charging is really simple and there’s no need to faff about with batteries. Instead, you connect the Laserlight to a USB port through a green cable. Just to get truly geeky, even this feels slick, with the non USB end of the cable sticking to the top of the Laserlight through a magnet. It’s a small thing, but is another cause for that aforementioned oooooo response.
With city riding nailed, the next test for the Laserlight was a night ride between seriously rural villages out in Essex. Living in the city, you don’t appreciate how truly black nighttime can be, so I felt properly caught out leaving a friend’s house in the sticks with a 15-mile ride ahead of me. This was ‘real’ darkness.
Thankfully the Laserlight didn’t disappoint, lighting my way with a six-metre spread of light and helping to alert cars of my presence.
Admittedly, there are brighter lights out there for unlit roads or paths, but if country night riding isn’t your modus operandi, it’s good to know that the Laserlight will step up to the plate when pressed. Battery life also appears good (with a claim of 13 hours). I’ve only charged it a handful of times since getting it and it’s never failed me yet.
The Laserlight is like the iPhone of lights (but with better battery life). It looks the business, it’s intuitive, the design features are carefully considered and you come away wondering why someone hasn’t thought of all those little extras before. Yes, it’s expensive, but if you do a lot of city commuting, I would definitely recommend it for its quality and ability to help you standout in busy traffic.
Blaze Laserlight, £125
Casquette Score = 4/5
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