Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Knuckle Lights Review



Knuckle Lights are the first and only lights that are designed to be worn on your hands.   This puts them in the perfect position to light your path and be seen on your next run or walk in low-light conditions.    In 2010, Dan Hopkins, the founder of Knuckle Lights had a 6 month old son and could only run at 5:00 AM, before the sun came up.  He tried running with a flashlight and headlamp, but both created issues.  Dan didn’t like having to run with something in his hands.  The light from the headlamp was okay, but about a mile into the run, his head would start to hurt.  Also, steam from his breath would come between the light and Dan’s line of sight and he couldn’t see his path clearly. 

Dan decided to take the headlamp and strap it around his hand.  He thought it would be cool to have one on each hand so he bought another headlamp and that was the first set of Knuckle Lights.  To make a long story short, Dan drew up a few prototype designs and the first Knuckle Lights were produced.  The original version is still available for $39.99, but doesn’t offer a rechargeable battery.  Today, I will be reviewing the newest Rechargeable Knuckle Lights. 

What’s in the Box:
When your Knuckle Lights show up, they come in a box with 2 units (lights), a wall adaptor, USB cable, and a charging dock.  There is also a “User Guide” that is full of information.  It goes through step-by-step directions on what comes in the box and that you should fully charge the Knuckle Lights before using them for the first time.  There is also a section on how to wear the Knuckle Lights and the three different power options as well as how to turn the units off.

The Details:
The Knuckle Lights have an LED beam in each unit that has a broad spreading beam of light.  This means that you will have a wider area that is lit up and it will be easier to see debris or hazards in your path.  The LED’s put out  a combined 280 lumens, which is a decent amount of light. That means that each unit in the high power setting puts out 140 lumens.  There is a low light setting and a blinking setting as well.  You simply press the button on the top of the Knuckle Lights to switch between the light settings.  The unit will turn off if you press and hold the button for 2 seconds.

The Knuckle Lights have Li-ion rechargeable batteries that are housed in an IPX-6 waterproof housing.  That means that you can use Knuckle Lights in all types of weather without worrying if the unit will be damaged.  The battery life is stated to last for 4 hours on the high power setting, 8 hours on the low power setting, and 14 hours in the blinking setting.  I did test the time on the high power setting and got about 4.5 hours out if it before the battery ran out of juice.

The Knuckle Lights are designed to be worn across the front of your hands and you can tighten the straps to be as tight or loose as you like.  I personally like them a little more tight so I don’t have to hold on to the lights.  The lights felt comfortable, even on longer runs. 

Knuckle Lights are covered by a 5 year warranty against defects in materials or manufacturing.  That warranty does not cover damages caused by accidents, unreasonable use, or leaking.

Pros:
Decent light – 280 lumen wide angle beam
Three power settings
Completely waterproof
Decent batter life – Li-Ion rechargeable batteries
Comfortable straps.

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Knuckle Lights are a decent option for staying safe and providing light on your early morning or late evening runs.  They are comfortable, the battery lasts for quite a while, and if someone scares you just punch them with your Knuckle Lights (just kidding, kind of…).  You can pick them up for $59.99 at the Knuckle Lights website or on Amazon with free one-day Prime shipping.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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