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Torch T2: the bike helmet with a built-in headlight


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Lit up like a Christmas tree

Bike lights can be a pain. You have to attach them every time you ride, and more often than not, you can forget to take them off, making easy pickings for thieves. This solves the problem: it's a bicycle helmet that doubles as a headlight.

The Torch T2 has 10 LED lights built into the front and back, so you can see and be seen. It's fully certified by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and features the CE mark, confirming it's safe for use.

Protecting the lights is a shatter-proof polycarbonate lens. This not only keeps the LEDs safe from harm, it also diffuses the light, making it easier to be seen from the side.

You don't need to replace the batteries either. It's powered by a rechargeable battery that you juice up over USB. The red light shows when the battery is charging. Plug it in for about 90 minutes to get a full charge. The battery will last for six hours on steady, or 36 hours on flashing mode – that's enough for all but the most hardcore of riders. If your journey to work takes half an hour on the bike, it should go a full working week on steady without needing to be plugged in.

It will also tell you when the battery dips below 50 per cent, so you don't nip out unlit.

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Like a standard bike light it has four different light functions, including two flashing ones.

It's very reasonably priced too, at $100 (£68). It's passed its funding goal and will ship in July.

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