Review: Blackburn Central 20 Rear Tail Light

It is bright, light and affordable

Lights Lights Shootout

2015 Lights Shootout

Blackburn Central 20 Rear Front

We kind of like this Blackburn Central 20 Rear tail light for $35. First of all, it’s incredibly bright as it measured 31 Lumens in an integrating sphere. It’s brighter than its 20 Lumens claims and one of the brightest ones in this test.

The form factor is nice and compact as it’s shaped like a matchbox, but without any sharp corners. It can clip on to clothing or a backpack and it can strap on to a bike with an included elastic band. Angle for seatpost mounting isn’t vertical, but this light does not have to be aimed precisely facing rearward. Since there’s no lens on the LEDs, the light output has a very wide throw.

Finally, the price is fair at $35. It is rechargeable with a micro USB port once the 25 hours on high mode is reached.

This light has a matching front light too called the Central 100 Front.

Video: Test with the Blackburn Central 20 Rear Tail Light. Tail Light was shot from 20 yards away with a camera at fixed exposure. The light was pointed at the camera then turned to the side. Different flash modes were activated.

This light measured 31 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 20 Lumens. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

Strengths
  • Excellent brightness at 31 Lumens
  • Great form factor
  • Variety of mounting options
  • Good value at $35
  • Switch is convenient and easy to find since it is just the face of the light
Weaknesses
  • Angle of the light when mounted on the post is not vertical
Specifications
  • Price: $35
  • Claimed Lumens: 20 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 31 Lumens
  • Time on High: 25:00 Hours
  • Charge Time: n/a Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 51 grams
  • Category: Tail Light
Overall Rating

5 Stars 5 out of 5 Stars

For more information visit www.blackburndesign.com.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2015 Lights Shootout. To see all the bike lights tested CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a lugged commuter, ultralight carbon road steed, singlespeed or trail bike. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. This obsessive personality has also turned him into a bit of an addict when it comes to high quality coffee and IPAs.


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  • patski says:

    I have this light, works great as a light.

    The weak point is the metal clip, it’s always popping out when you try to clip it on your saddlebag.

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