Review : Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 Front cycle light

Review on the Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 Cycle Light 


I have previously done a review on the Knog Arc Blinder 5.5 and must say a thank you again to Knog for letting me have their Knog Blinder Arc to do a review and test.

550 Lumen's of light power from the Blinder Arc 5.5

What parts are in the box! 

 Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 Light
Instruction sheet
USB Lead
2 x Velcro strips 
1 x Rubber Strip
Allen Key
Cycle Helmet mount
Silicone mounting straps 25-30mm and 30-35mm (1 already fitted to the light)

Anyone who is familiar with the Knog brand, will know about the rubber strap and link system that Knog use, and it is again used on the Arc but this time with an added touch of a magnet on the clasp.

 Magnetic strip for added safety
550 Lumen's
4 Light Modes 
1. High Beam
2. Medium Beam
3. Low Beam
4. Flashing Beam
  1.8 hours in High Beam
3.5 hours in Medium Beam
 7.9 hours in Low Beam
 17 hours in Flashing mode. 

Metal front for heat dissipation is integrated with a rubberized back for good grip and ergonomics.
It has the USB charge point at the rear.
Easy on/off  just hold the button down to power on and to change the settings just press it again. To turn it off keep the button held down a few seconds longer before releasing.

 Turn on for High Beam

Press again for the lower setting
Press again for Low

 Press again for the Pulse mode

 USB Charge plug is waterproof so no need to worry about getting caught out in the rain, along with the rest of the Knog Blinder Arc which is a 100% Water Proof Light!

Simply plug in the lead as supplied, connect to a PC and charge for approximately 7 hours

To change the strap from [25-30mm to 30-35mm] you will need to use the Allen Key provided, unscrew the locking bolt, which is in the center of the strap and remove, replace with the other strap and lock in place, it can only be fitted one way so no problem.

Replacing the strap 

Replace the bolt and tighten up

 You will notice there is not a clasp on the spare strap, do not worry it is just a case of just swapping the clasp over.

 There is a art to doing this I am used to it as I have reviewed other Knog lights with the same clasp, you will get used to it after a few tries, simply stretch the rubber mount through the slot in the clasp and pull it through.

 Take note of the way the clasp has come off the strap and simply reverse the procedure on to the strap of the Blinder Arc

 Start it off in the slot and simply pull it through

 Once its completed make sure the strap is straight in the clasp
Job Done! 

To fit the Knog Blinder Arc 5.4 simply offer it up to your handle bars and secure with the clasp, you will feel the magnet catch as the clasp attaches to the clamp, that is thanks to Knog adding a small magnet to keep the clasp in place.

Fit clasp into place and close up

Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 secured onto the bike 

It fits nicely on the bars with the right size strap fitted, if you find your Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 moves when you are riding, try using the smaller strap.

 Knog says on its website that the Blinder Arc is "Equipped with one of the latest high-intensity XM-L2 Cree® LEDs" and this is why it makes it so bright! 

Knog Arc sits nicely on the Morsa mount.

The Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 comes with a choice of  two interchangeable Silicone mounting straps – 25-30mm and 30-35mm

                                                               OUR VERDICT

A Superb light only to be expected from a company that produces some of the best cycle lights in the world today, and you won't be disappointed in this addition to their range, sometimes it is not only the new technology that improves a product, but also some little touches, such as the added magnet onto the strap. Well done once again to Knog, outstanding product.
Bright long beam.
Easy to swap from bike to bike.
Easy to switch from low to high beam.
Battery last as stated.

 Arch pointed slightly downward

Long wide beam, plenty of brightness to show you the way.

Low Beam

OUTPUT : 550 lumen's
DIMENSIONS : 32 x 32 x 100.5mm.
WEIGHT: 150g
MATERIALS : UV-Resistant Industrial grade silicone. Polycarbonate housing and PMMA Lens. Hard-anodized aluminum fascia.
BATTERY : USB Rechargeable Lithium Polymer

Check out Lee Valley cycles as they stock Knog Lights.

Arc 5.5
Lihjys the way ahead on a narrow bridge section making visibility a lot safer to ride.


Foot Note This is not a Paid Advertisement for Knog

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