Blackburn Dayblazer 1100
The 1100 is the most powerful of Blackburn’s new Dayblazer range, which has a strikingly angular modern design and the suggestion of cooling fins on its black aluminium case.
The Dayblazer 1100, which has a replaceable Li-ion battery, stacks two LEDS on top of each other rather than side by side as the Lezyne does, presumably with the intention of taking up less space on the handlebar. It uses the now almost ubiquitous rubber strap mount that requires the light to be swivelled in order to get the strap over its hook, which can be a bit tricky. However, despite the strap being narrow, it holds the Dayblazer well enough in all planes and we didn’t get any slippage forwards.
The Dayblazer 1100 has five modes, from Blitz (1100 lumens, one-hour burn time) to Strobe (200 lumens, 12 hours). The Blitz mode is super bright, literally turning night into day, but obviously has to be used sparingly, and then on high (800 lumens) you get two hours, the same as the Cateye. The on/off switch, as with most lights, has the battery indicator inside it: green for 100-75 per cent of charge, orange for 75-25 per cent and red for under 25 per cent. However, there’s no double-click function for instant full beam or five-second hold for a ‘race’ mode — you have to cycle through all the modes to get back to ‘Blitz’ if you want some extra illumination.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can’t use any old micro USB cable to charge the Blackburn. Since the space around the Blackburn’s socket is oval, the type of cable that has a square plastic moulded section directly behind the connector (i.e. most of them) won’t fit, leaving you no choice but to use the proprietary one, and that’s a bit annoying.