Blazing Amazing – First Look Blaze Bike Laser Light

Regcharging Magnetic Blaze

It is no surprise that some of the most exciting cycling innovations are reaching us courtesy of crowd funding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo; if you have a cool idea and can convince the netizens (internet citizens) that you can deliver, you have good chances of getting funded. The Blaze “bike-lazer” fits in this category and since its successful funding via Kickstarter, founder Emily Brooke has attracted additional investment and is even planning her next wave of innovative bike products.

So what makes the Blaze laser light so special? You guessed it, the laser is the highlight feature, a green laser symbol of a bicycle is projected onto the ground in front of the bike rider. Emily suggests that 79% of collisions involving cyclists (in the UK) occur when vehicles maneuver (i.e. turn or merge) into them. Projecting the laser symbol ahead is said to increase the awareness of other drivers. Whether I can be convinced that this helps bicycle safety is yet to be determined… so this will first be revealed after reviewing.

Blaze Laser Light

But you would be mistaken for thinking that the laser alone is the whole story, the Blaze is beautifully designed and manufactured. The packaging and the unpacking experience reminds me of Apple products with the ’brand experience’ reaching beyond pure functionality. In your hand, the Blaze is reassuringly heavy (176 grams and 225 grams with the mount). The quality of the finish of the sandblasted aluminium casing and the attention to detail really set it apart most bike lights, this is a product with style… and you probably don’t want to scratch it.

Blaze Lazer

Blaze Packaging

Blazer Bike Lazer Light

The light has a unique mount which allows the light to be detached and also doubles as a safety mechanism. The laser can only be turned on when it is properly fastened to the mount so this ensures that the using the laser is only really practical while bicycling (and less appealing to idiots).

Package Contents

Lazers are dangerous

To charge, a USB cable magnetically attaches to the top, while there are nice colourful lights on the charging cable to indicate charging and charging complete, I found it fiddly and unrefined. The magnetic charging attachment had the tendency to move easily away from the designated charging area.

Magnetic Recharging Cable

Operating the light is fairly intuitive, yes I saw the warning sticker for the laser, but there was no need to open the manual to discover that the light and the laser can be controlled independently and each have a steady and flashing mode. The laser projection of the bike is ‘corrected’ so that a properly proportioned bicycle symbol appears to lie ‘flat’ on the road. This would give the effect of creating your own personal bike lane, a splendid idea if you are in one of the states in Australia where the Government has started removing bike lanes.

Prior to a complete review, my key unanswered question surrounds the actual safety benefits of the laser. Does it actually increase my safety on the bike? As an example, when I cycle with brighter lights (dipped of course) other road users seem to be more aware of me and show more care. Will the laser also have the effect? Will motorists notice it and will they drive safely? Stay tuned for the full review, (follow BNA on twitter or ‘like’ us on facebook)

The Blaze retails online for £125 from blaze.cc



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About The Author

Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a professional design business, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.

5 responses to “Blazing Amazing – First Look Blaze Bike Laser Light”

  1. Calvin27 says:

    Obvious question, but is this even legal in Aus? I thought we had pretty tight controls on laser pointer devices, let alone using one on the road.

  2. Very good question, I will find out.

  3. I have clarified. Firstly there is a general import ban as follows:

    Hand held laser pointers that are powered with AAA, AA or larger batteries and have a strength greater than 1mW (milliwatt) are not allowed into Australia.

    Source: [broken link removed]

    The Blaze laser is listed as <5mW which is over this limit however they have also researched this and report:

    If you live in Australia, you'll probably be aware of the strict rules surrounding the import of lasers. The Blaze Laserlight does in fact contain a laser diode, however it falls outside of import restrictions captured in the Schedule 13 of Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956. It has been confirmed by officials at Australian Customs and Border Protection that the Blaze Laserlight is not considered to be a hand-held laser pointer and so is not controlled on entry into Australia.

    Source: http://support.blaze.cc/support/solutions/articles/1000096680-laser-testing-and-certification

    So Blaze confirms that it can be legally imported and used it. During my research I came across forum questions of people who had imported lasers confiscated and were asking about the laws. The sale and use of lasers also varies from between the Australian states and territories and so there may be inconsistencies between local laws (for using and selling) and import laws.

    The device has been design to encourage correct and safe use of the laser and when used responsibly, it has a lot of potential.

  4. annabella whittaker says:

    can I buy this for my son living in California ? cheers Bella

  5. As an Australian cycling website, I can’t comment on the availability and legality of using this in California. Best to visit blaze.cc where the lights can be purchased.

    As I am aware, Australia was the only country where there were questions (since clarified) regarding the import of this ‘laser’ device.