Portland Design Works Red Planet Tail Light $14.00
As bright as the cosmos
Accidents happen, but some can be avoided with a little preparation. The Portland Design Works Red Planet Tail Light puts you one step ahead of danger. Named for our bright red galactic neighbor, the Red Planet is also your ticket to not getting a light ticket.
Portland Design Works' Red Planet Tail Light features a simple, no-nonsense design. It uses five LEDs to illuminate the darkness in your wake. Three of the LEDs point straight back into the eyes of drivers, while the two outer LEDs project outwards for side-to-side coverage. The lights are affordably powered by two AAA batteries, and the whole sub-50g system is housed in a durable, water-resistant plastic case.
The Red Planet has three strobe settings -- steady, blinking, and 'kitt.' We're sure that you can imagine the actions of the first two, but 'kitt' was something new to us. This mode sweeps across the LEDs, side to side, much like the voice of a certain 1980s talking car of the same name. So, when you're a 'rider of the night', and you don't want to be just another blinky-blinky on the rode, you can activate this function to stand out to the inattentive driver.
For easy attachment, the light comes with mounts for your seatpost and seat stays. PDW also included a backpack clip if you think that your bike is too pretty for mounting hardware.
The Portland Design Works Red Planet Tail Light is available in one color and in 32x70x43mm size.
Reviews & Community
After having the Flea USB lights for years and always having them break or get lost, I decided to get something that I could just change the batteries if needed, and have it as a little bit more of a permanent fixture on my bike. This thing does all of that, with lighting features better than the Flea. The side lights are quite obvious, I've used it for a few months now and haven't had to change the batteries yet!
This is a neat light from a neat company.
Check out this little vid the PDW folks put together.
They had a light party with their whole product line!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am excited that I bought this light so that I am seen while night riding. I typically ride my bike to and from work so it is important that I am seen on the commute back home after dark.
I love that this light was easily installed to my bikes seatpost and the multiple settings are rad!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Pretty stoked on this taillight. It fits onto the seatpost well- it slides on and off the mount, but not as simply as the spaceship headlight. (Still pretty simple, though) I like the added benefit of the side face LEDs as well. And Kitt mode is a plus for those nights you just wanna feel cool.