Planet Bike Super Flash Turbo Rear Bike Light Review

Posted in Bike Commuting, Bike Gear, Gear Reviews, Lighting, Road Bike by Eric Miller - 11.29.2011

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the most important factors to consider when bike commuting is making sure you are seen by those nearby. The Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Bike Light helps ensure that you are. The updated specs and flash pattern plus 100 hour battery life help ensure that motorists will see you from behind.

Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Bike Light Features

  • One Watt Power LED plus 2 red LEDs for visibility up to 1 mile
  • New attention-grabbing Turbo flash pattern
  • Turbo flash mode is highly visible, even in daylight
  • Ultra compact vertical design is weatherproof, lightweight and durable
  • Includes bike mounts and clip mount for multiple mounting options
  • Soft-touch power switch accesses flashing or steady mode for up to 100 hours of run time on
  • 2 AAA batteries (included)
  • Price: $34

Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Bike Light Review

The Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Bike Light is very similar to the “regular” Planet Bike Superflash Tail Light. Same body design, same attachment. The main differences come in the LEDs, flash pattern, and reflector.

The Superflash Turbo features a one-watt Power LED, twice the wattage of the regular Superflash. The one-watt is bright! It is still paired with two smaller red LEDs for increased visibility. Even with the larger wattage battery life clocks in up to 100 hours, same as the Superflash. I haven’t run the batteries out yet! With that in mind, I haven’t been able to test to see if the lights begin to dim as you near the end of the battery life.

The flash pattern has been changed up from past models. It is still very attention grabbing and will get you noticed. It can best be described as an off-tempo strobe that alternates between super bright and bright flashes with the one-watt bulb. The smaller lights give a more consistent strobe. Video below demonstrates the strobe.

The reflector is clear with a red cover over the one-watt bulb. It is clear on the sides, giving you 180 degrees of visibility from the rear.

The Superflash Turbo does come with the bike mount along with a clothing clip on the back of the light so you can slide it onto a pack strap or onto your belt. The clip is replaceable, which is a huge plus for me. I’ve broken clips on similar lights in the past and have to buy whole new lights to because of this small failure. This really showcases to me the thought that Planet Bike puts into their lights.

One downfall is the Superflash Turbo doesn’t have a battery life indicator.

The Good

  • Super bright
  • Attention getting
  • Well thought out design

The Bad

  • No battery life indicator

Bottom Line:

Be visible with the Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Bike Light. Planet Bike makes some of the best lights out there and the Superflash Turbo is no exception.

Buy Now: Pick up the Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Rear Bike Light

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  1. Rando Richard

    Hopefully Planet Bike has learned a thing or two from the Superflash. It has a known problem of shorting out in rainy weather. The switch is on the bottom and in the rain, moisture collects there causing this problem. Many randonneurs mount it upside down to alleviate this issue.

  2. Eric

    Rando Richard – thanks for the perspective. I haven’t come across that problem at all but then again I haven’t had my light in heavy rain for longer than an hour.

    The tip for mounting upside is good but will only work if using the mounting hardware. If using just the clothing clip won’t work so well.

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