Black­burn Day­blazer 1100


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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.


Weight 140g

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