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Planet Bike Superflash Turbo

Planet Bike makes some of more popular blinkie lights out there, with the time tested Superflash being unmistakable on the road. The new Superflash Turbo ups the ante with a higher powered 1 Watt LED (the old Superflash was a 1/2 Watt), while keeping the retail price right around the $30 mark. The flash pattern has been turned to eleven as well on the Turbo model, with an even more “random-looking” pattern that is truly eye catching, and according to the literature visible from a mile away. It’s so bright that I’d recommend getting a less powerful blinkie for group rides, as I’d hate to get caught behind this for long. For commuting and general night riding however, light it up, and this does the job. Flash, steady 1 Watt LED and off are the only choices here, making it easy to turn on/off even with gloves on and keys in hand. The pair of AAA batteries are longer lasting than the button-cells in other lights, and rechargeable versions are readily available for every day riders. If you’re looking for one of the brightest tail lights out there, this is a solid choice.


  1. Neil WarnerFebruary 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Hmmm nice copy of the Smart 1/2 Watt or are Planet Bike the US front of Smart?

  2. Neil WarnerFebruary 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    1 watt even!

  3. LumpynoseFebruary 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Very tempting. It’s amazing how bright leds are getting.

    Why do they use AAA? I’d think that AA batteries would last longer.

  4. planet clothingFebruary 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    This is so good i love LED light is a little bit expensive but works a lot of years and you can help to save the planet.

  5. Richard MasonerFebruary 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    @Neil: Smart and PlanetBike Superflash are indeed the same light — they’re both bought from the same Chinese supplier.

    Does Smart have a website? I can’t find any information on that company.

  6. Bike Riding PinkoFebruary 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    The 1/2W model is visible on anything but a bright sunny day – love it. I’ve seen them at 500m+. The only reason to buy this 1W version is for:

    a) more daytime visibility
    b) you like to change batteries more often
    c) you want to dazzle that driver so bad they see spots and can’t tell which red spot is you.

  7. RaiynFebruary 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

    This….after I just replaced my taillights with the 1/2 Stealth and Original recipe versions FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  8. webslingrFebruary 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Can we get a video?

  9. B-I-CyclistFebruary 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    In watt-hours per dollar, AAAs are quite expensive while AAs are quite cheap. There’s actually a big difference. Not usually a big deal for a taillight, but a 1W one that’s as powerful as a headlight will burn through batteries quickly.

    This is a significant expense for a lot of bike commuters.

    Headlights that use AAAs are idiotic, and I won’t buy or recommend them.

    I wouldn’t recommend this one either, as the standard Superflash is “super” enough, and a lot cheaper to operate. Most cyclists should put the extra money into a better headlight.

  10. vegancommuterFebruary 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Looks nice. They may be trying to keep pace with the PDW Radbot 1000. Comparison?

  11. BrianFebruary 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Too much if you ask me. I have the old Superflash Stealth, and I think it’s an amazing, powerful light, but my friends have told me to get in the back of the pack because it’s too crazy and bright. There is a balance you have to keep in mind between being seen and being blinding to other drivers and cyclists.

  12. RaiynFebruary 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    @ B-I-Cyclist

    Two words for you: Rechargeable Batteries

  13. Rechargeable Button CellsFebruary 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

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  15. Don McKeeApril 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Saving the planet is great and all, but I am particularly interested in saving my butt too (and figure mine at least is worth $30). Oh yeah, with rechargables we can still have both! The two AAAs still last about a hundred hours on blink, so for most folks this will last the whole season and longer on just one set of little cells.

    I now know 3 different people that have been hit by cars while riding in daylight and all three drivers claimed they did not see the cyclist.

    I am thinking of keeping my half watt as rear facing and putting this one behind me facing forward so it lights mp my whole back with a large red human torso so drivers can focus on something large and easier to estimate distance on. Now if we can just get drivers off of their cell phones long enough to take a look at the road once in a while.

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