Blackburn Voyager 4.0 Lights

DESCRIPTION

Blackburn Voyager 3.0/Mars 3.0 Combo Light: By pairing the smaller but still mighty bright Voyager 3.0 with the proven Mars 3.0 tail light, you'll get lots of visibility and run time in a sleek, compact package. All batteries included.

USER REVIEWS

Showing 1-10 of 17  
[Sep 14, 2010]
Mediarocker
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Bright for the Price
Great Range
Cycleable Modes (Does not require the lamp to be turned off to change brightness)
Quick change mount
Amber Side LED's are pretty neat
Easy battery changing via removable battery cage

Weakness:

Not rechargeable. (uses 4 AA's)
Mount is easy to overtighten
Plastic retention clips for light
Flash modes have to be cycled through
Gets a little warm during use

I bought this light to replace my old wal-mart Bell lamp. Before I read the reviews on here I bought it and put it on my bike. People are complaining about the mount, and I can see why. The retention clips are made of composite (plastic) that can wear and break which poses a serious problem. The mount is also very easy to overtighten, which may have exacerbated the issue with many of the other customers. I have gotten many night rides in with this new light and I am impressed with its output. It lights up street signs far away, and its light is pretty bright for a 50 dollar light. I haven't had any issues with the mount as of yet (rough trail riding, commuting), however, I don't hope that I'll ever have to use Blackburn's Limited Lifetime Warranty. I was a bit upset with how the flash functions had to be cycled through to change the brightness of the lamp. It was also irritating having to switch through all the modes: High-Side markers, High- Flashing Side markers, Medium- Side markers, Medium- Flashing Side Markers, Full flash; in order to change brightness. However, It should be noted that Blackburn decided that going blind in the dark is NOT an option, and allows you to cycle through all your settings without turning the lamp off. (You have to hold the button on and off like on many higher end lights) One other thing to note is this guy gets a bit warm to the touch when on full blast. Its not much of a concern, but with a plastic housing and no heatsink, one can never be too careful.

Full run time on 4AA's is unknown, but I'm using 2300MaH NIMH rechargables, and I always keep a spare charged set on hand so it's really no problem for me. I've gone on several hour rides with it on flash or on full blast and have yet to replace the batteries once.

I'm pleased with this product from Blackburn.

Bottom line: If you need a good commuter light at a good price, don't count this light out.

4-5 for Value because its a little high on price.
4-5 for Overall because the mount should be redesigned for better durability.

But if you need race quality lighting, please look elswhere.

[Aug 06, 2010]
hakazvaka
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Strong light beam, adjustability

Weakness:

Weight

Indeed a very good light. Have been using it for 5 times now, have ridden in complete darkness, and the light served great! Bracket is bad, but with few modifications, you can make it great. I, for example, turned the light upside-down, so not all the weight is on the mount, and it proved to be a great trick!
Besides that, I've put two "those plastic things I use to tie up wires :P" on the mount, connecting mount with lamp! It's holding very good :)

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jun 12, 2010]
Rex Button
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Good illumination, uses readily available batteries.

Weakness:

Mounting bracket is useless. Obviously it was never road tested by the manufacturer.

Absolutely no good, because of the mounting bracket. I had two of them snap in as many days. These incidents were both at moderate speeds (around 25 kmh) on worn city pavement. Both happened when I ran over very minor bumps (nothing to warrant a wheel inspection). Someone needs to rethink the design of the mount.

[Oct 29, 2009]
tkltangent
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Pretty decent light strength. I like the multiple settings.

Weakness:

Like everyone else, the mount broke on me. I have had to resort to duct-taping it to my bike to use it. This could be avoided by having the snaps made of metal instead of flimsy plastic. At least then if it bent we could bend it back a few times before it weakened.

Do not get this light if you use your bike regularly. If you are a casual user who will occasionally use it at night then this is probably fine. If you use your bike for regular commuting avoid this light at all costs. The slightest bump or vibration can send this light skittering across the pavement.

[Mar 05, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Great light output, thanks to Luxeon LED's. Using standard rechargeable batteries make using it flexible and economical. Riding during the winter nights in the Twin Cities, I almost always left it in flashing mode - which gave me plenty of runtime, and enough light.

Weakness:

This model is unusable for anything above very casual use. I'm on my third unit (exchanges) and have had the mount break each time. The first one that broke, I admit I probably tightened it too much. The next two however broke after 250 miles of normal urban riding, and I was *very careful* to keep it snug, but no more than that.

Don't buy this light unless you are able to re-engineer the mount, or you ride a bike that is completely vibration-free. I'm debating on whether to try for a refund, or just "make my own" bracket -- since the *light* unit itself is fine. Or, I could just use it as a flashlight.

Somebody at Blackburn is in denial over the mounting design, and if they don't admit that they made a *mistake* on this one, I wouldn't buy again from this manufacturer.

Similar Products Used:

Cateye LED/halogen combos (less light, but brackets have never broken).

[Mar 04, 2009]
Mark B.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

headlight works(ed) great as "highbeam"
used in tandem with 2nd 5 LED broadbeam light

Weakness:

bracket weak / poor design.

agree with many post here , bracket is a accident looking for a place to happen. Snapped on a downhill ,light bounced around in front of the will before sliding to the curb and shattering.

[Feb 26, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Good light output. Amazingly tough.

Weakness:

Very poor clamp. Hungry on batteries.

Good light output but clamp is hopeless. Light must be pushed home very firmly or it will fall out at speed and bounce down the road. The fact that the light survived this three times before the tabs on the light base broke (rendering it useless) is, however, tribute to its shock resistance. When you do get it clipped in you then will struggle to get it out! Compared to its replacement (Beamer 5)it has heavy battery consumption to light output

Similar Products Used:

Planet bike Beamer 5. Smart.

[Feb 06, 2009]
pacman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

good light for the price. Has a decent burn time on a set of 4 AA's.

Weakness:

That bracket is horrible! Toss some aluminum and not just cheap plastic in there!

I would save your money and pay for something more durable. if you fall one, of just accidently knock your bike over, dont expect the bracket to still be in one piece.

Similar Products Used:

cheap cat-eye's and stuff

[Jan 20, 2009]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Bright, good beam pattern

Weakness:

The bracket - it's utterly useless. Broke within 10 minutes of me buying it. Only a tiny brass screw holds it together & with the substantial weight of the light it's never going to hold

Don't buy it! It'll never stay on your bike

Similar Products Used:

Cateye Halogens & Cateye LED

[Nov 23, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Nice design from the outside, crisp clean quality of light, nice battery pack

Weakness:

mounting braket not up to the job, o-ring prone to get squashed, brightness suddenly reduced for no good reason

I don't recommend buying this light. My first one sheared off the mount bracket whilst turning a corner (in heavy traffic) after one month of commuting use. This was replaced (FOC) but the same thing happened to the second one after another month of use the nest season. Bracket clearly isn't up to the job. Apart from that the second unit never performed as brightly as the first one despite high current batteries etc. The o-ring had a tendency to get caught when sealing the unit and it's also easy to not properly mount the unit on the bracket when you thing you've done so - resulting in the light dropping off when you go over the first bump. I contacted Blackburn about all this after reading how they rate good design as a priority but never received a response. This really bugs me as it isn't the cheapest light available but clearly isn't up to the job. Luckily Wiggle provided a full refund soI purchased a Niterider micronewt which though double the cost appears ten times better. No more Blackburn products for me.....

Similar Products Used:

Cateye products

MTBR Newsletter

Get the latest mountain bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the MTBR Newsletter

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2021 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.