Planet Bike is an American company founded 20 years back and specializes in manufacturing various bicycle accessories. These accessories are both innovative and affordable. One of their more successful range of accessories has been their lights. We got to review the Planet Bike Beamer 5 White LED Headlight and here is what we thought.
The Beamer 5 from Planet Bike is a front LED light which uses the patented Nichia LED technology. This Japanese tech makes the LED brighter than normal LED’s in the market. They also don’t dim with age which automatically increases the life of this headlight.
This light has an easy rubber switch at the top. A Single click switches on the steady light mode and another click switches it to the flashing mode. I loved the 45 lumens provided by the 5 LEDs and during the testing I felt the brightness is effective in all conditions. The run time on flash mode is claimed to be 100 hours and the run time on the steady mode is 50 hours. The Beamer 5 runs on 2 AA batteries which are included in the package.
The Planet Bike Beamer 5 has an easy plastic mount which fits all handlebar sizes, the mount easily works if you don't have to work around cables. The light mount remained level on my handlebar even when going through bumps and speed breakers. The quick release type holder on the mount is very easy to install and remove.
The body of this headlight was made of hard plastic and was of a blue-ish grey colour. The simple twist and turn to open the battery compartment made it easy to change the batteries. It weighs only 120 grams with the batteries and that is lightweight for a headlight this powerful.
A Great light for safety and night riding. It has a pattern of light with a main beam in the middle and six smaller beams surrounding the main one. I found the six smaller beams to be helpful in the lighting of a broader path on the sides and closer to the front wheel. With such a bright LED, you can be sure that the motorists will have this light on their face. If you want to be seen on your bicycle and also get good leading visibility ,I highly recommend the Planet Bike Beamer 5 which is priced at Rs.1799.