Why You Want: You’re looking for a quality taillight that is as clever in operation as it is in looks.
Pros: Use of an accelerometer means you never have to remember to turn on your light, or more importantly turn it off. Secure install means it won’t easily get stolen from your bike. Designed and manufactured completely in-house at a factory in Brooklyn.
Cons: Manufacturing in the USA does not come cheap — neither does this light. At this price point, you should also expect USB rechargeable Lithium-Ion and some side visibility, both are absent.
RoadBikeReview Take: The Blink/Steady bike light started out as a project on kickstarter. The idea was to design and manufacture the world’s smartest light that would be waterproof, theft resistant, and could turn itself on and off.
The Blink/Steady light offers two modes of operation, a blink and a steady based on the orientation of the light. No buttons to fuss with, since an onboard Accelerometer and Photosensor, can sense when the bike is in motion tuning itself on, or when the bike is no longer in motion and turns itself off.
The installation process is pretty straightforward, the light is made up of two solid pieces of aluminum, both CNC’d out of solid blocks at their facility in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. A bracket mounts to your seatpost via a small 2mm allen bolt that holds it in place. The larger aluminum block which houses the two AAA batteries, circuit board, and two half watt LEDs is then connected via two security screws or standard allen bolts (both options are provided). A thief with an allen key could potentially still steal the light, but it would take much longer than the standard snatch and grab.
The Blink/Steady is waterproof, with tight tolerances and a rubber seal between the two connecting pieces creating a pretty durable light. Total weight is 60 grams with the batteries installed. Run time is said to be about 200 hours on blinking mode and 80 hours in steady mode.
We love that this light was designed and is manufactured in Brooklyn. The simplified operation and gorgeous design will appeal to some cyclists, but the price tag and limited brightness will be hard for most cyclists to justify.
More Info: www.blinksteady.com