CandlePower Tech XFlare light review

A bike light with a dozen other uses

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The CandlePower Tech XFlare is a 750 Lumen white light with 1200 Lumens of flashing colored outputs.

The CandlePower Tech XFlare is a 750 Lumen white light with 1200 Lumens of flashing colored outputs.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

Lowdown: CandlePower Tech XFlare Light

The arms race towards the brightest LED bike lights may be subsiding. What we’re seeing now is better design at more affordable price points to really dial in these lights for riding and for other applications.

The XFlare had this in mind. It can be used for biking and a dozen different applications with all the mounts and ruggedness required. Headlight, tail light, camping light, walk the dog, handyman and even party light are right in its wheelhouse.

Stat Box
White light: 750 Lumens Weight: 106 grams
Strobe: 1200 Lumens Price: $89
Colors: 5 with 10 program combinations Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Excellent quality and build
  • A little bit big for a utility light
  • Waterproof and shockproof
  • Flash mode is strobing
  • Ingenious cap design for waterproofing and light dispersion
  • Switch has to be released to turn off
  • Endless mounting options
  • GoPro mount compatible
  • The brightest tail light we’ve ever witnessed
  • Fully programmable with on/off button

Review: CandlePower Tech XFlare Light

When this arrived at our offices, we didn’t know what to make of it. It’s a bike/utility light, but this was the first one we’ve seen with a dozen uses designed in the light. It was a bit bulky and more rugged that we’re used to, but we’ve used it on the bike and around the house and we’ve been very pleased so far.

Kit includes many mounts for different applications.

Kit includes many mounts for different applications.

Dispersed white light

This LED light does not use a reflector, so it has no beam pattern to photograph and measure. Rather, it just throws the light all around and uses these semi-clear plastic caps to disperse some of the light. It’s definitely a good ‘to be seen’ light and it is bright enough to see with for a short distance.

The CandlePower Tech XFlare was bright enough to light our test track and do some laps.

The CandlePower Tech XFlare was bright enough to light our test track and do some laps.

Impressive tail light

In its flashing modes, the light has two output levels and they’re able to pump up to 1200 Lumens since heat is not as big a concern. It is crazy bright indeed, as it is visible through the thickest fog or the brightest ambient lights. As a daytime running light, this will get the job done.

There’s 4 light colors too aside from white, and the user can select two colors they prefer to use in the light modes available. Programming was actually really easy but with one light button, we fear that many buyers may not discover these other light colors already in the unit since nobody reads the manual these days.

The light is strobing and although great for emergencies or for parties, it is not the best out on the road for drivers and other cyclists. CandlePower Tech said it’s not an issue at all to update the software and offer other light modes if customers seek it. For now, we recommend the light be pointed down while in flash mode, as it’s plenty bright to be seen.

Four other light color LEDs are in each unit.

Four other light color LEDs are in each unit.

Utility

This is where the light really shines, as the light has a ton of mounting options available. It is GoPro mount compatible so that whole mounting ecosystem is available.

Here is a short list of what we’ve used it for over the last month:

  • Walk the dog with the bright white light
  • Check the mail, do the garbage (with headstrap)
  • Work on the engine (with magnetic mount)
  • Bike party light (folks are still asking about it)
  • Photo studio light (mounted on a tripod)
  • Pool party (submerged, if we had a pool that is)
The magnetized mount makes it handy around metal surfaces.

The magnetized mount makes it handy around metal surfaces.

Bottom line

It is cool to have such a handy bike light that we can leverage for our daily routine. It’s not the smallest, but the iPhone does a good job at that already with its tiny light that gets brighter with each revision.

Rather, it’s a light that’s easy to find, easy to mount, and runs a long time in all conditions.

For more information visit candlepowertech.com.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • gg says:

    Lights like these are dangerous for others who are blinded by their over-powered beam.
    Not so safe methinks.
    There need to be standards adhered to … doesn’t the EU have some ?

  • Colin says:

    I think the super bright flashing modes are intended for use in the day, so drivers can see them, not at night.

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