Bottle bike-light offers side-on visibility

The Orb is to be taken to Kickstarter for funding.
Author:
Publish date:
1-orb-invite.jpg

Cyclist Andrew Phillips has created a bidon-shaped bike light – The Orb – that he plans to take to Kickstarter. Phillips has experienced night-time near-misses on his bike, and wanted to buy a product that would offer significant side-on visibility but said was unable to find anything suitable.

“I quickly saw a significant gap in the market for a product which was not only useful for cyclists on a day to day basis, but has the potential to save lives," he said.

The Orb uses super-bright LEDs to illuminate a 600ml water bottle. "It requires no specialist fittings beyond an ordinary bottle cage," said Phillips. It is USB rechargeable, and the lithium-ion battery will last for between 5 hours (constant on, full power) and 12 hours (flash), said the inventor, who has patented his idea. 

Phillips incorporated Blockhaus Cycles in March, and will be raising money for the tooling for his product via Kickstarter.

(The Blockhaus is one of Italy's toughest road climbs, and often features in the Giro d'Italia. It is also the name of an Eddy Merckx bike.)

Phillips plans for The Orb to retail for £26. His Kickstarter campaign starts on 23rd November.

Previous examples of such LED-equipped bottles include the H2Glow.

Featured Jobs

cls logo_jpg 600x348

Bike Mechanic

Club La Santa I Lanzarote, Canary Islands I Competitive Salary & Benefits I Date Published Monday 7th January 2019

LTR coral logo 620x349

Local Project Manager (x3 roles)

Love to Ride I North East Lincolnshire, Slough, Southampton I Salary: £32,500 equivalent (PT, temporary) I Date Published Monday 7th January 2019

Logo stacked

Head of Marketing

Brompton I West London I Salary Competitive I Date Published Wednesday 9th January 2019

BE2016_googlelogo

Senior Sales Executive

BikeExchange I UK Nationwide I Salary TBC Depending on level of experience I Date published Wednesday 16th January 2019