Planet Bike Insight Lights

DESCRIPTION

Comes with Intellicharger Pug and Forget Recharging System. Quick-Cam light bracket for easy installation, removal and adjustment. Cord-mounted on/off switch. Planet Bike donates 25% of company profits to causes that promote the use of bicycles for the good of the planet. Alias comes with Spectra blue halogen bulb for cleaner, brighter light, also has low and full charge indicator on battery. Run Time: 2-4:00 Bulb: 9/12/15w power levels Battery: NiMH bottle Weight: 585g

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 28, 2003]
Tim K
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Price & quality. Bright. User friendly : charger, connections, mounts.

Weakness:

None so far.

A so far great light! Seemingly well designed. They say they give 25% of profits to bike advocacy groups.
How's this for the bottom line: compared to Nite Rider, I got A LOT more for my money!

Similar Products Used:

Nite rider digital head trip, pro-6.

[Jan 27, 2002]
kurtrace
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

New & improved light now with Spectra Blue Bulb shines even brighter than most that pass me by.

Weakness:

Non

This is simply the brightest and whitest light I've ever tried. Much brither than those costing over $250. Battery last a long 3.5hrs on lowsetting and 2hrs on high

[Apr 08, 2007]
Mik
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

clear white light

Weakness:

run time, build quality

Well I've had this light for about 6 years I think, and only posting this review as I'm looking for something new...and found reviews...

I like it a bit, and don't like it a fair bit. I only bought it as I needed lights and all my riding mates had vista lights, but all the store were sold out. I like the nice bright white light and the easy of switching between power settings. Don't really like the bootle cage mount, but not terrible either.

After having it not very long, the handle bar switch stopped working, I manage to fix it, even with my feeble electrical/soldering skills and that hasn't been a problem until last week, where I could turn it on and off, but not between power settings (but it would do it by itself, just at the worst times).

The big problem... the ever reducing run time. Down to 10 minutes at one point. sure I could turn it of and fool it for a few minutes, just plain annoying rinding home from work at 1am, but a bit tradjic when off road... fixed this by replacing all the batterys at local battery place (just ripped it apart, threw old ones away, replaced with new AA style [or whatever they are in rechargable batteries], bit of plastic welding) and I was back to regular run times... most of the time, that was 3 years ago and only now is the runtime going down, so maybe some more battteries...

Oh and I find all the straps and things annoying, you have to put in battery, strap the cord, strap the switch, plug into light, then take it all off again... but the charger is a good idea.

I guess i'll buy similar sytle to all my mates, so if in trouble we can share batteries, but i think the idea of this system is good, just that it doesn't last very long.

[Nov 11, 2002]
Lothar of the Hill People
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Weakness:

Doesn't work?!

What a piece of garbage. I never got a run time over 1hr. Now it runs for ~5min before going into power conserve mode, then shuts down shortly thereafter. I'm through wasting my time trying to contact the company. I'll be buying a Light and Motion or Lupine system very soon.

Similar Products Used:

Vista Light, Niterider

[Nov 14, 2001]
Matt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light weight, long run-time. Battery can be charged at anypoint. Just plug in an leave alone.

Weakness:

Cord doesn't disconnect from battery, so you have to undo the wire velcro-ed to your bike, and the switch - which takes up time if you are just doing errands around the city. Also, battery still uses power even if light is turned off using the thumb switch. This doesn't make sense. You have to turn it off on the battery so it won't use power, even if the light is turned off. I didn't realize this and ended up w/ 20 min of power on a dark highway.

Other lights for less might have more power, or even have dual lights, but this one has a long run time on 9W, and is super light weight. (settings, 9, 12, 15W).

Similar Products Used:

None.

[Nov 09, 2001]
BVBR

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Free for me!, 3 power settings.

Weakness:

Battery doesn't live up to claims--40 minutes tops, even when alternating the power settings.

The price was right, but I'm disappointed by the runtime. After about 30-45 minutes of mixed wattage use it kicks into power conserve mode, then dies a short time later. <1hr is a far cry from the 1.4-3hr run times they advertise. I'm working on a warranty replacement, but I kind of doubt it, since I never really purchased it. My 4 year old beat up Vistalite held together with electrical tape and Radio Shack wires still outperforms it!

Similar Products Used:

Vistalite, Nightrider

[Sep 22, 2001]
John
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

3 Power Levels, Good Life, light weight, Great Value!!

Weakness:

Helmet mount could be better. Rapid Charger would be nice.

The Planet Bike Insight 15W is such a great value ($139CAD) I bought two: One for the handle bar, and one for the helmet. For the price I paid for two, I couldn't even buy one Niterider light. It's not as "bomb-proof" as a Niterider but I won't cry if I break it. The battery life is just as good as Niterider's Digital Head Trip II ($350CAD) and has the same 3 power levels. When using it as a helmet light, the battery isn't as nice as Niterider's flat pack but the 1/2 water bottle battery still fits in my hydro pack. Overall, I give it 4 chilies (Helmet mount could be better and a rapid charger would be nice) and 5 chilis for value!

Similar Products Used:

Niterider

[Feb 27, 2001]
GS
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awsome value !!! Great features for a light this cheap.

Weakness:

None .

I have been using a Head Trip for over a year now with no problems, but at the price you have to pay for a Nite Rider...they better be reliable !

I was looking for a bar system to compliment my Head Trip and purchased the Insight 15. The light comes with a NiMh 6.4 Volt ( half water bottle size )with a "smart regulator" built in the battery and a smart rapid charger !! The light easily mounts to the bar using a quick clamp and the light output ( 9w, 12w, 15w ) and power on/off is selected by the remote switch on the bars. All of these feature for just $100. Crazy value !!

Overall the Insight is not built like a Nite Rider with Military use in mind, but it's water tight and built well enough to do the job at any 24Hr race or night ride with power and money to spare.

Planet Bike are releasing a helmet system with smaller battery in the Fall......I can't wait to see this.

Similar Products Used:

Nite rider head trip, Digital Head trip

[Jul 23, 2003]
Mark
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

battery gage

Weakness:

Something is always going wrong with their product: bad battery circuit(3 times), bad on-button, plastic loop holding velcro broke off, pin on hadlebar mount came out.

I won't buy from Planet Bike again. Although they have replaced defective parts, and I have upgraded to better systems with them(for a price), I've had it with the hassle. I'm buying another light this week from someone else.

Similar Products Used:

Nightrider

[Aug 24, 1999]
Cory Stem
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Light, bright, and easy to install. Three way lighting 6,10,15 watt. Good battery life.

Weakness:

Bulb can be vulnerable to branches.

A good light that is cheaper than others but still offers durabilty and value.

Similar Products Used:

Nite sun

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