Exposure Spark front light + recharge pack review£95.00

Deceptively powerful bike torch

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The aptly named Spark is a tiny but deceptively powerful bike torch that makes a great helmet option or backup light – it’s expensive though. The output is a tightly focused beam, with not much in the way of peripheral infill to put the trail in context.

This means that while a bar mount is available, it’s definitely best used on your bonce where you can direct the light accurately. A clever vent clamping helmet mount is included to give a super-secure but easily adjustable fit, and there’s an optional leash too.

While there are three power options, we found ourselves using the brightest, but you can fumble along on the medium setting if your bar light fails. Even at full chat you get nearly 3.5 hours with conventional CR123 batteries or slightly less with the rechargeable cells that are bundled with a charger in the Spark Pack.

If you’ve already got rechargeables, you can buy the Spark light alone for £80. Exposure’s Joystick – with the same power but Smart Port versatility and internal Li-Ion battery – costs £165.

Exposure spark front light beam: exposure spark front light beam
Exposure spark front light beam: exposure spark front light beam

Road use

The above review and rating relate to the Exposure Spark's performance off road. So how is it for road use? Cycling Plus put it to the test, and this is what they had to say:

For a little unit, the Exposure Spark packs quite a punch. On full power it gives out a good pool of light for riding quite quickly, and although the side visibility could be improved, it’s still a capable little commuter light. The mounting is simple, and it’s easy and quick to install and remove even with gloved hands. The illuminated switch also doubles as a mode and ‘fuel’ gauge, telling you how much power’s left.

★★★★

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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