NiteRider Cherry Bomb Rear LED  £20.00

8/10

Impressive build quality and dazzling output but clothing clip needs revising and run time could be better

Weight 35g   Contact  www.2pure.co.uk Tel:0844 811 2001

by Shaun Audane   February 3, 2009  

Niterider Cherry Bomb LED Rear Light

LED lights have developed at a blistering pace to the point where even half a watt’s output is becoming commonplace.

The aptly named Cherry Bomb features two retina burning modes and incorporates a collimator, (basically a lens which projects the light in a specific direction).

In the case of the Cherry Bomb it spreads the light giving much better peripheral visibility which should help make negoating roundabouts and emerging from junctions less dicey.

The other unique feature is the integral reflector, reacting to car headlamps even when the LED is off which could prove a lifesaver in the event of sudden battery failure. On the subject of batteries, burn times seem quite modest from two AAA cells. We got 18 hours on constant and 36 hours in flashing mode: with the Cherry Bombs you are trading run time for brightness. It's not nearly as bright but the Cateye rear light we reviewed recently will give more than three times as much run time. Mind you, If your commute takes you out beyond the street lights you may consider the trade off of run time for extra brightness is one worth making.

There are only two modes, constant and flashing. I'd prefer more flashing modes – although there are others on the road.cc team who would argue that two modes is all you need. Whichever mode you chose though, I can well believe you’d be visible from up to a mile away.

Build quality is impressive, substantial weather seals sandwiched between the robust casings mean you can forgo the time honoured slither of Vaseline on the battery contacts. Distributors 2Pure tell us they kept one in a bucket of water and then froze it into a block of ice and it still kept going. So I popped it in a bucket of water for the night and, yep, it was still going strong in the morning.

The small-rubberised switch is very tactile and sensibly positioned to avoid accidental triggering in the bottom of a bag although feels remote operated in gloved hands. Similarly, the main, post mounted bracket appears suitably sturdy-even over rough surfaces. The clothing clip is adequate attached to the jersey pockets of a training jacket but is a bit too hit and miss on courier bags and/or webbed strapping.

Claimed run time: 20/40 hours

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What's the mounting like for attachment to a bike??

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
4th February 2009 - 9:56

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"the main, post mounted bracket appears suitably sturdy-even over rough surfaces"

or did you mean what's it actually physically like?

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posted by cactuscat [303 posts]
4th February 2009 - 10:02

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Some use rubber bands and others use screws and clamps... How quick/is it to remove?

( NR stuff tends to be pretty good )

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
4th February 2009 - 13:19

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I have an increasing desire to light myself up like a Christmas tree, and an additional, bright rear light looks like a good start (I already use a Cateye LD1100 and a small helmet mounted LED from Tesco).

posted by ourmaninthenorth [93 posts]
4th February 2009 - 17:53

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 and he says:

"It's a plastic and rubber shim seat-post mount affair secured with a philips head screw and takes about a minute to fit/remove."

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4155 posts]
4th February 2009 - 18:24

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tony_farrelly wrote:

 and he says:

"It's a plastic and rubber shim seat-post mount affair secured with a philips head screw and takes about a minute to fit/remove."

QR for the lamp?

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
4th February 2009 - 20:47

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 the lamp slots in and out, it has a clip on the back

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7473 posts]
5th February 2009 - 6:54

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That'll be one on my next shopping list then!
Smile

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
5th February 2009 - 13:18

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Did yall get 18 hours of light from the complete discharge of a set of alkaline batteries? Did the same procedure go with the blinking test? What kind of batteries where used? I only ask because I am trying to determine how long I should have my cheap, uncontrolled NiMH charger plugged in for and I'm too lazy to conduct a test myself without getting rear-ended in traffic. Unlike alkalines, NiMH batteries lose juice fast at a certain point of discharge.

posted by limpyweta [1 posts]
10th August 2010 - 4:42

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