This cute wee RSP Silicone 3 LED rear light has plenty going for it: USB charging, a rubber strap that will fit any bike, a built in reflector and a rrp of just £20.
The LED revolution has worked wonders for rear lights. The addition of USB charging adds versatility and silicone straps mean that clunky mounting bracket are a thing of the past. I'm all in favour of that but what I'm not so keen on is the arms race to produce rear lights that are more like weapons than safety aids.
What I really liked about the Silicone is that while it has enough power to make you visible from miles away, it does so without resorting to the kind of willy-waving boastfulness of other (more expensive) lights. Nor does it have the kind of flashing patterns that would induce a marble statue to twitch. No, you just get three LEDs, one main beam and two supplementary and three patterns - steady, flash and alternate. I also rather like that the three LEDs make the light look a bit like a robot, but that's just me.
The strap is pretty basic - you can't adjust the angle - but it does the job and as this is not a BLINDING BEACON OV DETH it's not such a big deal. The light itself has a nice long clip with security noggins on both sides, which means it's ideal for clipping to panniers, saddle-bags etc.
Charging is dead simple- just pull out the silicone plug and attach it to a PC using standard USB lead. Charging time is quoted at 2.5hrs and maximum runtime on full beam is 11hrs. It make the Silicone 3 a great proposition for commuters. I gave it my usual backyard hose test, which it passed with flying colours, so waterproofing isn't a problem.
Overall I really liked this light. It has all of the good features you'd want from a modern LED rear light but without any of the boastfulness and hubris of pricier offerings.
Practical, packed with features and modestly priced. A very good light indeed
road.cc test report
Make and model: RSP Silicone 3 LED rear light
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
None! Nothing! Zip! Which perhaps befits a light that eschews boastfulness.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
1 High performance LED + 2 LED
Li Ion internal battery
2.5 hour USB charge time
Full beam 11 hours
Silicone strap - swap from bike to bike with ease!
Flashing and constant modes
All round visibility is excellent, it's bright enough to be seen from miles away and it won't annoy or blind traffic coming up behind you.
Do you care about the weight of your rear light? If you do, this weighs almost nothing.
At a RRP of £20 and online at £16, this is great value for the features and performance on offer.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Value, practicality and lack of pretension.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A really well thought out light. Lovely.
About the tester
Age: 42 Height: 5' 8 Weight: er....85kg
I usually ride: Kona Dew Drop, Dawes Century SE, Carlton Corsa My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, Audax and long distance solo rides