Planet Bike Rojo 100 LED Bike Taillight – feat. USB Type-C + 100 Lumens + Superflash Turbo

Planet Bike Rojo 100 LED Bike Taillight – feat. USB Type-C + 100 Lumens + Superflash Turbo


Thanks for tuning in this is The Sweet Cyclists, today we’re going to be looking at the Planet Bike Rojo 100 taillight. [Music] So here we have the Planet Bike Rojo 100 in its original packaging, as with all Planet Bike accessories the packaging is really well done. There’s no plastic to be seen, really nice cardboard and great presentation. The tail light is very prominently displayed here and actually lets you interact with it as well. All the accessories are in the bottom portion and you have the simple cardboard back with all the specifications on here. I want to thank Planet Bike for providing this to be reviewed. The Rojo 100 is one of their newest taillights, building off the success of their super flash taillights. This is a very powerful 100 lumen taillight they’ve recently introduced. If we go over the specifications while we remove this from the packaging you’ll see that this is a $35 tail light. It’s rated at 100 lumen, so that’s more than enough for daytime and nighttime visibility. You get the standard Superflash Turbo and Courtesy modes here which is great for a daytime and nighttime. I think the biggest plus here is you get a lot of mounting options right out of the box, unlike a lot of other manufacturers which require you to buy optional accessories. With this one you get everything you need for whether it’s a rack seat stay or seat post with the original purpose purchase. It also has a 650 lithium polymer battery directly built-in with USB Type-C charging which is a really cool thing to see. This is the most powerful USB Type-C taillight we’ve seen to date. Now let’s take a look at what comes in the packaging, you have the standard instructions, no plastic, and cardboard package. We have a seat post mount here, this is a standard rubber strap with a little sliding locking mechanism here and a little screw. You get the additional hardware you’d need to mount this on a rack, and here’s the rack mount. This is really cool I’ve yet to see a taillight that offers this and this means you can attach it to your commuter bike really easily. The other cool thing about the mount is that you can see directly built-in on this is the body clip. So you can put this on your backpack saddle back and they use that to attach this to the various different attachments. The Rojo also features USB type-c charging which again really cool to see, you can finally get rid of your micro USB charging cables and unite on a single standard. You get this thinner plastic stay mount which is great to mount this a little bit lower, and an additional strap here to accommodate different seat post diameters. Now lets take a moment to check the weight of the Rojo 100, if we put the tail light on the scale that comes out to 34 grams and if I put the standard seat post mount with the thinner strap it comes out at 16 grams. [Music] Now let’s take a closer look at the Planet Bike Rojo 100 fit and finish. It is a fairly compact LED tail light with a two LED design with the upper one being more prominent. It also has a white lens and honeycomb texture to it to diffuse the light. On the bottom you have the same LED but smaller. Overall the Rojo has a oblong shape to it as well but again very compact with the transparent lens body you also get excellent side visibility. If I turn it on here it really reflects off the body and gives you additional safety at night. On the top you have the power button, I found this little bit hard to use especially with gloves on. It’s really small, you can see compared to my finger. You also have the logo on top, and on the other side you have Rojo 100 with the opaque plastic body holding the clip and hiding the battery underneath it on. On the bottom you have the USB Type-C port, really great feature is nice to see at this price point and I hope that it becomes more common in the bike light industry. However, by integrating the body clip directly into the housing you can see you get a very bulky design. If I attach this to the seat post mount there’s quite a bit of setback from the actual seat post. More traditional tail lights today have the mounting hooks directly built-in and use basic rubber straps which put it very close to the actual seat post. That’s one thing to note, however you do have vertical adjustability and the fact that it’s not tool free means the mount is less likely to be stolen. Now I’d like to compare the Rojo 100 versus some other tail lights on the market as you can see here I have a wide variety laid out. First off we have a Planet Bike Superflash, that’s a tail light that I have probably owned for five to six years already. It has AAA batteries, they have rechargeable versions now. They’ve modified the signature look a little bit, they’ve tucked in the bottom and made the top a little bit wider for this oblong egg shape. I also like the darker color on the lens that makes it look a little more intimidating. Thickness wise very similar and mounts are almost identical as well. Next up we have is the Topeak Red Lite Mega this is a five LED taillight from Topeak with quite a bit of power. But again putting these side by side this is a lot more compact and pushes out more lumens. The only other USB Type-C tail light we’ve tested here is the Fenix BC05R, this has a couple of cool features but as you can see really poor side visibility, 10 lumens and 20 dollars versus Rojo and a 100 lumens at only $35. The one thing that the Fenix has that the Rojo doesn’t have is a cool battery indicator. If I just click on here when it’s off I get a battery color which maps to a different percentage with the Rojo 100 and almost all the tail lights I’ve shown here you just get a small LED on inside the housing that would illuminate once the battery’s low which is really subtle. This means you do need to recharge it more often as you’re uncertain about the battery status. Other tail lights on the market have some more unique form factors. The Vya Switch is $50 and has a single LED. You can see it has a more unique style with a USB connector directly built-in, this also has SafePulse mode which is similar to the Planet Bike Superflash as it’s an irregular pulsing to improve your visibility and also ensure the drivers can gauge your distance when you’re riding. The more common tail lights you see today are something like the Topeak Redlite Aero USB 1 Watt. I believe this is a 60 lumen at 50 dollars, while the Rojo is $35, so again price advantage and power advantage. This one has a COB led design which makes it look really slick and it also has a much more compact mounting design so you can see once this is mounted on the seat post the Rojo will stick out quite a bit due to the multi mounting piece, while the built in mount hooks here and a simple rubber strap put this really close to your seat post. So it looks a lot more flushed and a little more modern with this COB LED design. There’s also a lot of smart taillights on the market, here we have a Magicshine Seemee 60 this is up to 60 lumens and is a $35 tail light. Comparing the two you get more power with Rojo you get the USB Type-C and I think the smart features on the Magicshine Seemee 60 results in more inconsistent battery life so I actually prefer the Rojo 100 just in terms of battery consistency and the more operating modes such as the courtesy mode and the Superflash. Now let’s take a look at the Rojo mounted on my seat post as you can see you get vertical adjustability with the mount which is a nice feature you don’t typically see. However there’s quite a bit of bulkiness, there’s a lot of space between the light and the seat post you can also mount the light on your seat stay and again you get a vertical adjustment. It’s a nice way to add a little more light for additional safety. There are four different modes with the Rojo you have steady with up to 5 hours of use. You have pulse mode for up to 10 hours and then you have courtesy which ramps it up and down. It looks a little flickery here just due to the camera and then finally get super flash turbo which is a very erratic and high power mode with up to 15 hours. Now let’s go over the pros and cons of the Rojo 100, some of the things I like about the light and the daytime visibility with the 100 lumen output can really use this during the day time to improve your safety. The USB Type-C charging and the multiple mount options right out of the box are really nice features you don’t typically see, and finally the Courtesy and Superflash Turbo output modes are really unique to Planet Bike and really help your visibility again whether you’re in a group setting or riding in the daytime. Some of the things I don’t like about the light are the small power button, it’s a little bit hard to operate especially with gloves. The mount is rather bulky as well and does require a screwdriver unlike some of the other lights that are more flush with your seat post. This will stick out quite a bit and finally like a lot of USB tail lights these days there’s no really intuitive battery indicator. You only get a 10 percent or less low battery indicator status. Now if we give this a final rating out of 10 I would give it a 9. It’s a really bright USB Type-C taillight and as I mentioned it has some of the features really set it apart. The USB Type-C charging, the multiple mounts and the different light output modes make this a really great choice especially at $35. It’s a light I would definitely recommend. Thanks for watching the review, if you want to see more content you can follow us at @thesweetcyclists on Instagram and you can also visit our website at thesweetcyclist.com for additional content. This is The Sweet Cyclists reminding you to enjoy the ride! [Music]