NiteRider Solas 2 Watt USB Tail Light Review
I don’t know why I always seem to do this when I get a new tail light… I clip it on something and press the power button while looking straight at it. Without fail my reaction involves an expletive followed by, “That thing is bright!” And with the NiteRider Solas, I really, really meant it when I said it.
At 2 watts, this tail light is way brighter than the lights I used as a commuter headlight for years. So I definitely feel safe in the knowledge that any car behind me is going to see me. In fact, they’ll probably see me from blocks away when I’ve got this thing on high.
What’s nice, though, is that NiteRider also equipped it with what they call “group ride mode” which is to say that it can be run on low power in steady mode as to neither blind nor annoy the person riding directly behind you. The other modes include medium power flashing and high power steady for a total of four distinct and useful modes.
The Solas has claimed run times of 36 hours on low steady, 4:30 on high steady, 18:00 on medium power flashing and 7:00 on high power flashing. It retails for $45 and includes a seatpost mount, seat stay mount and the built in clip for mounting on your belt or bag. Check out www.niterider.com