Time for a look at some new bike accessories that can make your eBike ride safer, more comfortable, convenient, and fun!
As we get into the Fall riding season it is a good idea to have lighting options for seeing and being seen on the road.
In this roundup we have the:
- Knog PWR Trail Bright Headlight + USB Powerpack
- Knog Cobber 330 Degree Visibility Lights
- Knog Plus Visibility Lights
- Knog Oi Luxe Bell
Knog PWR Trail Headlight + Powerpack
The Knog PWR Trail headlight might look like just another bike light with its clean and sleek design but there is much more going on than just a light.
It’s a super bright 1,000 lumen LED headlight with an 18Wh 5,000 mAh battery pack (PWR Bank) for charging a smartphone or other USB chargeable device.
And not only that but a different lighthead can be used and the PWR Bank battery can also be used to power other devices that Knog will offer (headlamp, lantern, speaker, etc.).
And there’s more! The light settings can be customized with the Knog MODEMAKER App. There are many modes to choose from and you can adjust the brightness of the solid modes as well.
Here is a video from Knog showing off the versatility of this light system:
The Knog PWR Trail retail price is $119.95 with Amazon having it priced at $83.95.
The LED lighthead is removable to offer the USB connection for charging a smartphone or other USB chargeable device.
It is a nice feature to have a spare battery for charging your smartphone for long days when away from an outlet. I have used the light and battery on trips and both functions are very helpful.
Here is a look at the Side Mount handlebar attachment above the handlebar. The Side Mount is made of plastic and when riding over rough roads there is noticeable vibration of the light. It would be good to have handlebar mount that is a bit more sturdy.
Rotating and holding the lighthead for a second turns the light on/off and a quick rotation cycles through the different light modes.
At 1,000 lumens the PWR Trail is very bright in the Max light mode which makes it a good light for seeing a lot of details for on and off road riding.
The lower output levels also work well and provide much longer run times if needed. Here is a breakdown of the run times:
Max 1,000 Lumens: 2 hours
Mid 550 Lumens: 3 hours
Stamina 80 Lumens: 21 hours
Pulse 300 Lumens: 8 hours
Strobe Flash 225 Lumens: 14 hours
Eco-Flash 15 Lumens: 300 hours
The strobing modes work very well for being seen day or night.
The Side Mount and light can also be located under the handlebar.
The red button releases the lighthead from the battery. To the right of that is the track for attachment to the Side Mount handlebar attachment.
There are 2 indentations along the track where the Side Mount metal pin locks the light into place. That correlates into 2 locations where the light can be attached to the Side Mount.
This is the Side Mount that the light slides onto. In this view you can see the metal pin extended out that locks the light into position.
The Side Mount has a quick release lever for quick removal from the handlebar.
There is a USB to micro USB cord that comes with the light for charging and I used an Apple charge plug to connect to the wall outlet.
Full charge time is 5 hours but it can be faster if you use an iPad charger, according to Knog.
The PWR lights can also be customized with the Knog Modemaker computer app.
The brightness of some of the light modes can be adjusted as well as the frequency of some of the strobing modes. The number and types of modes can also be customized to your preferences.
Overall the Knog PWR is an impressive light & extra battery with a bunch of features and expandability.
The variety of light brightness options make it a great light for on/off road riding and the flashing light mode will get the attention of others on the road.
The battery function is great for charging a smartphone on longer trips away from an outlet. And it is impressive that Knog is working on additional accessory options like the headlamp, lantern, and speaker.
The handlebar mount could be more robust to minimize vibration on rough terrain.
Knog Cobber 330 Degree Visibility Lights
The new Knog Cobber lights are very effective for being seen because they project light to the front and side of the bike.
In this view you can see that there are a bunch of small LEDs that are built in an arc pattern to create the 330 degree sweep of lights.
There are solid and flashing modes as well as the ability to customize the modes using the Modemaker computer app.
The front Cobber light in this test is the mid size with 320 lumens of maximum light output and its priced at $69.95.
There are the Lil ($49.95) and Big ($89.95) sizes available as well.
This is the Lil version of the Cobber rear light and it has basically the same design as the front light with a red color. The max light output is 50 lumens.
Pricing is $49.95 of the Lil, $69.95 for the Mid, and $89.95 for the Big. There is a discount for buying the front and rear lights together.
The light slides onto the mount that is attached to the bike with a band. Small, medium, and large size rubber bands are supplied to accommodate different attachment points on the bike.
In this view you can also see the USB tab for charging and computer connection.
This is the rear light mount on the seat post.
And there is also a narrow mount that I used for attachment to the back of my helmet.
The Knog Cobber lights make it hard for others to not see you on the road, day or night.
The front and side beams cast a lot of noticeable light all around so that it is hard to miss you!
These are very lightweight and easy to add or remove from your bike or helmet so it makes sense to always have them ready to go.
It is also nice to have USB charging for charging at home or at work.
The Knog Cobber lights are a bit pricey ($49.95 to $89.95) but they seem to have a good quality build and feature set.
Knog Plus Visibility Lights
If you want economical visibility lights for your bike that can also be attached to your clothing then the Knog Plus lights are worth a look.
The front Plus light has a max output of 40 Lumens with solid and flashing mode options. The runtimes are between 2 hours and 40 hours depending on the mode.
The light is magnetically connected to the clip that is attached to the handlebar with a rubber band (multiple band sizes supplied).
A look at the clip with the light removed.
40 lumens may not sound like much but these lights do a good job of getting attention from others.
The rear light has a max output of 20 lumens with solid and flashing modes that are cycled through with the button on top of the light.
From the side view you can see the clip that can be used to attached to clothing.
And a look at the magnetic connection between the light and mount.
A USB port is on the inside end of the light clip. Full charging time is 4 hours.
I used an iPhone USB charging plug to charge up the lights.
These are very handy lights for almost any kind of situation from riding, to running, to walking.
I found that they are so small and light that you can easily carry them in your pocket or bag when you are out and about.
Here is more information at the Knog site.
The price for each light is $19.95 or $34.95 for the pair. Amazon has the pair for $24.95.
Knog Oi Luxe Bell
Everything so far has been about visibility but now let’s talk about being heard!
The Knog Oi Luxe Bell is a sleekly designed bell with a good ring tone that gets the attention of those around you!
This bell has a very clean, quality look and feel that blends well into the handlebar.
There is a leather (“vegan”) style shim that adds to the high quality look.
Install is pretty easy with a single bolt clamping to the handlebar assembly.
It comes in Silver, Brass, and Mat Black and there are 2 different sizes to fit handlebars in either 22.2mm (small) or 23.8 to 31.8mm (large) diameters.
Th Oi Luxe Bell adds some style to the handebars and it has a nice ring for being heard.
Stay tuned for more e-bike news and reviews and thanks for reading!
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