The next time you’re out for a night ride you might not have to worry about your battery life. That is, if you have the new Blackburn Countdown 1600. We’ve all been there – maybe you forgot to charge your light before the ride, or you’re simply out for a long ride. Before you know it, your light shifts down into limp home mode because you kept it on high for too long. Now, Blackburn is giving you a precise method of making sure that won’t happen again.
Designed to be the perfect all-in-one off-road light source, the Blackburn Coundown 1600 offers an impressive 1600 lumens on full power ‘Blitz’ mode. Otherwise, you’re looking at 1200 on high, 600 on medium, and 300 on low, plus pulse and strobe modes with run times ranging from 1.3hrs on Blitz to 12hrs on pulse or strobe.
Key to the Countdown though it the Countdown Logic which displays the actual battery life remaining in the current light mode. That way, if you won’t have enough light to get home in the current setting, you can drop it down in order to ensure you have the most light possible for your trip home. The display is backlit for easy viewing at night, and includes three buttons for easy navigation of settings.
Thanks to lights like the Countdown, external battery packs are becoming things of the past (or just for endurance racers). Instead, the internal lithium-ion battery is housed in the relatively small 240g light, and the whole thing can be recharged in 4 hours with a 2amp USB port (1amp charging will charge the battery in 8 hours). An added bonus of the display screen is that it also tells you what percentage the battery is charged to – perfect for those days where you’re just trying to squeeze in enough juice for your ride.
As this is a light geared towards mountain biking, the hinged mount features an aluminum thumb screw to cinch it down tight, and it will fit bars from 22.2mm to 35mm.
Built to ANSI FL-1 standards and IP-67 waterproof, the light should still survive when your bike takes a tumble. Priced at $159.95, the light is available now for night time adventures.