Countdown to blast off.
Whether you work a 9-to-5 with very little free time, or you're an unemployed night riding enthusiast, we have to say there's something extra-special about embarking on dark, empty trails that host no living creatures other than yourself, some families of rabbits, and a scattered herd of deer. There is a risk that comes with it, though, and that's losing light, and ending up miles from nowhere, hiking out with nothing more than your slowly dying phone screen to illuminate your path. That fate is preventable with the Blackburn Countdown 1600 Headlight. This loaded light not only offers up to 1600-lumens to light your way, but it also provides an actual countdown screen to tell you the amount of time you have left on the battery for any given mode. There are 6 different modes you can run, ranging from flashy strobes for road visibility to night-piercing Blitz, and as you toggle through the modes the countdown indicator automatically adjusts, allowing you to select the best mode for the ride time you have left.
The Countdown 1600 charges faster than most lights we've had on hand, with Blackburn claiming it can be loaded all the way to 80% in only 10 minutes, so impromptu night rides are totally tangible, even if you left it off the charger over the day. Mounting the Countdown 1600 to your handlebars is simple with its adjustable clamp, and unlike other bar-mount lights, it can fit any size bar from 22.2mm to 35mm. Should your night ride be graced with a few spots of rain you can be at ease knowing that the light is certified IP-67 waterproof, staying functional in up to one meter of water for thirty minutes, and while we don't recommend taking a through-a-lake detour, we can say that the peace of mind helps us stay happy spinning away when there's a chance of shower in the forecast.
- Countdown your ride time with this loaded light
- Visible countdown screen informs you of battery life
- Up to 1600-lumens ignite the trail ahead of you
- Quick charging up to 80% power in 10 minutes
- Waterproof to 1-meter for a whopping thrity minutes
- Aluminum construction is durable and lightweight
- Off-road handlebar mount works for 22.2 - 35mm bars
- Side cutouts boost visibility in wide spaces
- Item #BLB004L
- Power Source
- lithium-ion battery
- Batteries Included
- 300 - 1600
- 60 - 131m
- Burn Time
- 1.3 - 12hrs
- handlebar (22.2 - 35mm clamp)
- yes, IP-67
- light, mount, charging cable
- Claimed Weight
- 8.5oz (240g)
- Manufacturer Warranty
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March 31, 2022
GREAT functionality but hasn't lasted
- I've put it through the wringer
I *SO* wanted to love this light. In fact, I did love it while it worked. The functionality is great: super bright light, lots of modes for various lighting purposes and the countdown on battery time remaining is a really handy feature. The problem is, I've had 3 (yes 3) of these break over the course of about 2.5 years. Not sure what the problem is. I live in a dry climate and don't ride when it does rain or snow. I do change modes and turn the light off and on a lot while riding, but I can't see why that should be a problem. But 3 times now, I've had this light just go dead in the middle of rides. I would go to turn it on and nothing would happen; would just see a dim blue light from beneath/behind the controls, but the light itself would no longer work. Seemed like something was frozen, but even letting the battery discharge completely and then doing a full recharge never fixed the issue; light was just DEAD. Blackburn customer service was awesome: they sent two different replacements. But since the last one they sent only lasted a few months, I'm afraid it's time to call it quits. Can't adequately explain how much I HATE to say this next part but I guess it's time to give one of those lights from China a try. Again, I REALLY wanted to love this Blackburn light - and I did as long as it/they worked.
Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com
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