Knuckle Lights Review
If you enjoy being outdoors at night then you need a reliable light source. Whether you like to run, walk, hike, or camp in the evening hours Knuckle Lights make the perfect companion to light your way. These bright LED handhelds offer 280 total lumens for a powerful and effective beam. They are comfortable to hold and have an adjustable strap. Soft silicone material makes them easy on the hands and won’t cause any irritation even after long periods of wear.
Knuckle Lights sell in pairs so you get two for the price of one. The units connect magnetically which means you won’t end up losing one or the other. A handy charging dock makes powering your Knuckle Lights a snap. The battery life is quite impressive and gives a full 4-hours on high power from one charge. Though, this can be extended from 4up to 12-hours depending on the chosen power setting.
- 280 Lumen LED
- Silicone Strap
- Comfort Grips
- Charging Dock
- Dual Units
- Closure Undoes
Knuckle Lights are the shoes perfect for walking, hiking, or trail-running at night. Use this set while camping or even when you take your dog for a walk to feel safe and secure. High-visibility LED bulbs power this set making them a long-lasting and super-bright option.
I love the trendy look and comfortable feel that this light offers. It comes in several colorways to suit your sense of style and easily wipes clean after each use.
There is a range of outputs available starting at a low-intensity 20 lumens and reaching a blazing 3500 lumens. The lower numbers are ideal for casual reading and other activities that don’t need much distance. The higher the number is the further the light will reach which is you want when you’re running or hiking.
Knuckle Lights have a great output range for most activities and will light your way while on or off-trail with ease. Most compact designs just don’t have the same level of power this one does and won’t perform the way you want in dark conditions.
Knuckle Lights offer an innovative charging dock that makes it so easy to keep them fully-charged. Just return them to the dock after each use and your gear will always be ready to use. There’s no need to try and balance them while they charge or worry about them toppling over.
Some designs are tough to charge because of the shape and easily tip or roll while connected. The dock gives you a stable and secure surface which means your device won’t roll away while it charges. This is a handy feature that sets Knuckle Lights a step above the rest.
You get 4+ hours of high power use or 8+ hours of low power. This is great for this kind of equipment because most don’t offer as long of battery life. The handy charging dock makes it super easy to charge up your device and is an invaluable feature.
When you purchase something waterproof it will likely have an IPX rating which will range between IPX-0 and IPX-8. The lower the number is the less water-resistant the item is and the higher the rating the more waterproof it is. An IPX-6 rating refers to the following; “Protects from powerful water jets. So if you modified your super soaker with an air compressor and an aftermarket tip, your stuff is still safe. In reality, IPX6 is waterproof.”
Knowing this makes me feel a lot more confident in the waterproofing capabilities that these lights offer. This is one of the reasons that they’re so popular with athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.
Silicone is a type of rubber that consists of converted sand. It holds up well in all weather conditions and is unaffected by extreme temperatures. Other rubbers don’t function nearly as well in these conditions which is why silicone is a more costly choice.
This material is easy on the hands and won’t irritate as others might. If the handle is too hard it will be uncomfortable to grip and may cause friction issues after a while. Whereas, if it’s too soft you won’t get a good enough grip and could drop your equipment. Knuckle Lights offer the perfect kind of grip that is enjoyable to hold.
The lights come from high-power, energy-efficient LED bulbs. An LED (light-emitting diode) is a light source that works when current flows through it. In a process called electroluminescence energy in the form of photons release producing light.
I love the fact that Knuckle Lights come in pairs meaning you get two lights for the price of one. This makes them an excellent value! The units connect magnetically so you don’t end up losing one or other. If you don’t feel like using two at the same time, try leaving one to charge while using the other. This way you can alternate and always have at least one fully charged and ready to use.
Adjustable straps allow for a customized fit that feels better than your one-size-fits-all designs. Those options just aren’t realistic and end up being uncomfortable. Plus, if they don’t fit your hands they end up falling off or causing you discomfort.
That's when Dan went looking for the perfect lighting solution. To his disappointment, there was nothing besides your usual headlamps available. That's where his innovative idea took form and so came Knuckle Lights. Since then Knuckle Lights grew into a successful and much-loved piece of equipment used by runners, walkers, and more.
While Knuckle Brands isn't a 'big-name' brand, it's rooted in a place of real concern for the safety and wellbeing of athletes everywhere.
The strap closures are another area of concern. Many people have issues with the closure system failing or not working at all. This is an issue because you don’t want to drop your unit mid-run and have it break. This leaves you with no source of light and can be dangerous depending on the terrain.
Lastly, a few people report issues with one unit not reaching full power. It continues to work fine on the lower settings but won’t light up when turned to full power. This isn’t too big of an issue but would be annoying after a while especially if you’re maneuvering on tough terrain.
With 280 total lumens, the result is a pure bright beam that will light the way. This is ideal for both on and off-trail maneuvering, especially after dark. There’s no need to worry about battery life because you get up to 12-hours of light from a single charge. Knuckle Lights offer three power settings for dim to high light emission and each one allows for different battery life.
Knuckle Lights have an IPX-6 waterproof rating meaning they’re almost completely waterproof. This is important for athletes who want to train rain or shine because their equipment can withstand any weather conditions.
The quality need improvement and several users report having had issues with charging. Most likely, the device needs to sit properly in the dock which is why you need to fiddle around with it to make sure it connects. Another complaint is that the strap fastener comes loose sometimes which runs the risk of you dropping your light. If it were to break you would be without a source of light for the rest of your travels.