by James Englert, PCI #1081, Arapahoe County (CO) Sheriff’s Office, IPMBA Industry Liaison
I recently bought two products from C3Sports: the C3Sports Compact Police Bike Siren and Mini Pursuit Police Bike Light.
C3Sports Compact Police Bike Siren
The siren was easy to attach to my bike with the heavy-duty rubber band. The mounting only takes a couple of seconds. The siren part is made of aluminum and fits in the palm of your hand, measuring just 2.5” x 1.25”.
The siren has a decibel level of 115+. It is hard to describe how high the decibel level of 115+ is, but a motor vehicle driver or another cyclist would definitely hear it. You need to follow the suggestions on the website about not using it in a confined space. When I first tried it out, I was in my living room. I won’t do that again.
It has a USB rechargeable battery with a magnetic battery connector to the side of the siren, pretty cool. The siren comes with 1 x USB charger cable that can be connected to a USB port. A wall charger/adapter is available as an optional accessory.
The siren comes with a remote switch that is easily mounted with a heavy duty rubber band. The switch can be mounted near your thumb to make activation easy. The siren has two modes. When you just touch the switch, a two-second sound comes from the siren. Holding down the switch turns the siren on and off.
If you are looking for an easy to mount and easy to use siren, I would strongly suggest this siren. The retail price is $59.99.
C3Sports Mini Pursuit Police Bike Light
If you are looking for a small police light, the Mini Pursuit Police Bike Light, measuring just 2” x 1.25”, is a good option. It can be mounted easily with the o-ring mount system and is easy to use. Just a touch of the button on the top of the light turns it on to a rapid wig-wag mode.
The light comes with a handlebar mount and a seat post mount with an adjustable base. The light I bought has a red and blue LED, but it is also available with two red LED’s or two blue LED’s.
Just by looking at the light, you can’t tell it’s a police light. It is not until you turn the light on that you see the colors. The C3Sports website describes the light as featuring Cree LEDs with special lenses to make the light flash more intense and make the light more visible in daylight.
The light has an internal USB rechargeable battery with a built in battery indicator. The charging port is on the back of the light. The box says it has a runtime of nine hours! I’m assuming that is true; I’ve only used it for shorter times and there has been no indication the light is losing power.
The biggest drawback I found is that even though I put the light as close as I could to the bottom of the saddle, the trunk bag blocked the light. If you have a strap on the back on the trunk bag, you might be able to mount the light there but that would only be a temporarily option; I wouldn’t ride with it there for too long.
For a small light that is easy to mount with tons of functions this is a very good options. The retail cost is $39.99.
Check out the website site at www.c3sports.com for more information on the siren and light. C3Sports products are available from PoliceBikeStore.com, which offers 5-10% off web pricing to IPMBA members through the IPMBA Product Purchase Program.
James has been a Deputy with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Centennial, Colorado, for 16 years and is a School Resource Officer. He serves on the IPMBA board as the Industry Liaison and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(c) 2015 IPMBA. This review appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of IPMBA News.