Princeton Tec PUSH Review

Now that the sun is going down earlier in the day, having a good light system can help you see and be seen on the roads. ThePrinceton Tec PUSH was sent to us to see if it was up to par with bike commuters’ needs.

Princetontec Push

SPECIFICATIONS
POWER 100 Lumens
LAMP Maxbright LED
BURN TIME 63 Hours- 4/14/63 hour run times
LIGHT MODE High, Low, and Flash mode- Side-view windows create 260 deg of visibility
BATTERIES 3 AAA Alkaline or Rechargeable
WEIGHT 115 Grams
MSRP: $50, but can be found online for as low as $34 (Google it)

One of the things I liked about the PUSH is the fact it is self-contained. I don’t have to mess with battery packs and wires.

Princetontec Push

Here’s a neat little feature: a side-view window with a flashing red LED light for added visibility. Does it work? It does; when I asked people if they could see the red light from the side as I was riding by, they all agreed that it does pop out. I like the idea of the side view because we pay close attention to front and rear lights, but not enough on side markers. The red LED gives drivers an additional way of seeing you.

Princetontec Push

100 lumens is pretty bright in my opinion. But it’s hard to capture that on the camera. However, 100 lumens is bright enough to see with and when you switch to flash mode, cars will certainly see you from a distance. I would like to point out that since the light was mounted on my cyclocross bike, I rode the local mountain bike trail system using the PUSH as my primary light. The PUSH lit up the trail with enough light where I could safely see and travel at the speed that I normally ride the trail with.

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Overall, the Princeton Tec PUSH, is a pretty good light. It serves as both a BE SEEN and TO SEE light system for your bicycle. As I mentioned, it is bright enough to use for mountain biking. Battery life on it is pretty spot on with what the specs show. The MSRP is around $50, but after Googling it, I found it for about $34! I would definitely recommend this light to anyone who is in the market for a decent light system at a great price.

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11 Comments

  1. Jay November 1, 2010 9:57 am 

    I have a Princeton Tec EOS Bike light that I use mounted on my helmet. It’s a great light, and I’ve received excellent customer service from Princeton Tec. Whenever my handlebar mounted Viewpoint light finally bites the dust (which could be any day, since the rubber on/off button is currently held on by gaffer tape), I’ll definitely check out the Push.

  2. Matt November 1, 2010 10:25 am 

    How does it compare to the PlanetBike Blaze (any of the wattages)?

  3. RL Policar November 1, 2010 10:32 am 

    Matt,

    Sorry man, I wouldn’t know, I don’t have a Blaze on hand to compare it with.

  4. harry krishna November 1, 2010 11:53 am 

    well written review – covered all the aspects for me

  5. Ghost Rider November 1, 2010 12:07 pm 

    The Blaze 1W is rated at 70 lumens on high, and the 2W at 100 lumens on high…so the PUSH, on paper at least, pumps out more light. I’d sure like to compare them side-by-side, though.

  6. dial tone November 1, 2010 3:47 pm 

    Does it come with a helmet mount? This would be a great secondary light

  7. RL November 1, 2010 3:54 pm 

    Dial Tone, Not it doesn’t. Not sure if they’ll offer a helmet mount, but that would be great idea!

  8. PhilGE November 6, 2010 7:35 am 

    Just got this for my wife’s bike. We haven’t had a chance to use it on the bike at night. When playing around with it in the dark, I can say: 1) the bright setting does a nice job of flooding with a more concentrated spot as in the picture above; 2) low setting doesn’t seem that useful, except to be seen; 3) flash mode is very obnoxiously fast with a bright pulse and could put someone into an epileptic seizure – seriously – we will not use it. I’m impressed with (1).

  9. Jack November 30, 2010 6:10 pm 

    I am on my second Push light. The light works in theory. However, the is extremly fragile. Do not plan on dropping the light. I have dropped both lights once and both broke. Do not buy it if you plan use it outside or on a bike. The light works great; however, very fragile. I am going to request to get my money back

  10. Andrew January 13, 2011 7:17 am 

    I agree with Jack. I dropped mine on my commute this morning and the connection between the light and the battery case shattered. I had to fly blind on my commute. Not cool.

  11. Neil C May 18, 2011 6:20 pm 

    Agree with previous comments – great (light) idea but poor execution – the metal bulb casing is too heavy for the plastic battery sleeve. I’ve been through 2 of these in a few months as the plastic casing fasteners eventually break after one too many road bumps (I don’t go off-road). They should have sacrificed a few grams for longevity.

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