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Last updated January 1, 2014

Xlerad, Auto-illuminating Smart Bike Light.

Smart technology, meet bicycle light. Maximizing battery life and giving you the visibility you need when it counts!

Xlerad, Auto-illuminating Smart Bike Light.

Smart technology, meet bicycle light. Maximizing battery life and giving you the visibility you need when it counts!

$14,547
pledged of $18,300pledged of $18,300 goal
105
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, January 1 2014 7:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 1, 2014

About

Xlerad (pronounced ik-sel-RAD!) is a different kind of bike light.

Xlerad is equipped with sensors and a smart algorithm to automatically adjust the brightness of your light. 

Give a Xlerad lighting system to a special someone for Xmas!
Give a Xlerad lighting system to a special someone for Xmas!

Be bright, ride smart!

Xlerad is our approach to making the world's smartest bike light.

  • No buttons- it automatically turns on with movement.
  • Insanely bright when needed- up to 1000 lumens!
  • Unmatched performance by almost every measure. 
  • No wasted power means a longer battery life and lower heat.

Xlerad has advanced sensors and a built in computer that analyzes riding conditions, and always adjusts the light to the right level. This allows you to cycle more safely and confidently.

In other words, Xlerad brightens when you need it so that you can focus on the ride!

As avid cyclists, we don't let sunset determine our riding habits. Whether on the trail or the road, more powerful and brighter lights mean safer travel. Unfortunately, high power lights drain precious battery life, limiting ride time.

We found that we were constantly taking our hands off the bars, switching between low, medium, and high settings to both see what we needed to see, and conserve energy. 

Xlerad can be switched between Auto, Fixed, and Flash modes with a series of taps.
Xlerad can be switched between Auto, Fixed, and Flash modes with a series of taps.

We knew that we could make a safer, more autonomous way of traveling at night on a bicycle. 

Our concept was born.

         

Brightness

Smart Mode- Variable 200-1000 lumens.

Fixed Mode – Fixed at 400 lumens.

Battery

5000mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable external battery pack 

Smart Mode – 3.7 to 45 Hours, depends how fast you ride! 

Fixed Mode – 10 hours

In riding terms, we trust it on multiple night rides without a recharge.

In commuter terms, it will easily last you all week.

Handlebar Mount

We are using a multi-holed rubber strap, so it will accommodate all bar sizes and shapes. 

It is also extremely easy to take on and off your bike, so if you're running into the store or coffee shop, just throw it in your pocket!

Check out the Xlerad website for more info!

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When it was clear we could not buy a bike light that suited our needs, we turned to modifying existing lights. Surprised by the overwhelming interest by others in the cycling community around us, we realized we could build a better light than anything on the market. The dream was born: create the world's smartest bike light for cyclists by cyclists.  

We have dedicated ourselves to developing and refining Xlerad over the past year. Kyle has been working on the circuit board, firmware and algorithm design, John on the industrial/mechanical design and manufacturing. Most importantly, both of us (and anyone we could rope in) have spent countless hours on field testing.

Prototype revisions
Prototype revisions

We have experimented with many sensors, LEDs, batteries, chargers and various components. We have designed and tested many iterations of the light. Throughout the entire process, we have adhered to best DFM (design for manufacturability) practices. Currently, we have a manufacturable prototype and we are ready to make our first production run. Now, we just need to connect with other cyclists to share our dream of a very low cost, high-brightness, smart bike light.  

Upon a successful campaign, we will be able to make minimum order quantities for a production run. We are using as many off the shelf components as possible, but Xlerad will require some custom molds and tooling to be made.

Integrating Sphere Testing
Integrating Sphere Testing

Give Xlerad! The Holidays are upon us!

If you would like to give an Xlerad reward as a gift, email us at info@xlerad. We can send your recipient a card on your behalf!

We acknowledge the extra shipping charge of $44 ($26 For Canada) seems high. The problem is there is not much we can do, that’s the cost international shipping from the US in low quantities. We love our international support, so we’ll throw in a free koozie for you guys!

Kyle assembling the circuit board.
Kyle assembling the circuit board.

 Timeline

Risks and challenges

Managing the sequence of organizations to bring a product such as Xlerad to market is definitely challenging. Strategically coordinating business functions, facilities, and activities involved in producing and delivering a product all need oversight. We are striving to operate with forethought to all the elements that make a sustainable, ethical, well-run project.

Maintaining our customers' trust is a high priority for us. We promise visibility to our process, access to our development timeline, and effective communication about the status of the project is at all times.

We really care about this project, and want to make certain that no hiccups occur that would delay it getting to your hands.

We have created strong relationships with our vendors, and have audited them appropriately. We are leveraging all our resources to make things flow smoothly throughout the entire process.

Some of the key steps we have taken to ensure a timely, successful launch:

-Audits of all our key vendors
-Multiple sources for critical components
-Core competencies are within our company so that, the product value comes from our value added.
-Quality oversight – all units go through rigorous quality testing before being shipped.

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    Thanks for all the love and support! Keep cycling innovation alive!

    We will give you a shout-out!

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    XLERAD koozie. Keep those after-ride drinks cold in style!

    We'll throw in a sticker too!

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    Xlerad TEE, support the team with a Rad T-Shirt!
    We have a local artist working on tricking out the design.

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    Receive 1 XLERAD auto-illuminating light system. This is the full package, including light, lithium Ion battery pack, and charger. MSRP $259.
    Add $26 to ship to Canada.
    Add $44 to ship to all other international locations.

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    Full Package Deal! Show us your support and receive 1 XLERAD Lighting system,1 XLERAD Tee, and a koozie.
    Add $26 to ship to Canada.
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    Mountain bike excursion. Come hang out with the Xlerad crew for a weekend of camping and riding one of Humboldt County's most exclusive trail, Paradise Royale! We will supply all the food and bonfires for the weekend. Pick our brains, hang out, and have a blast. Also includes 1 Xlerad lighting system. Note: Travel not included, please contact us for more details.

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    Road bike excursion. Come out for a weekend of riding road bikes around some of the most pristine coast in the world. We will show you some of our favorite rides around Humboldt County. Includes 1 Xlerad lighting system. Note: Travel not included, please contact us for more details.

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    THE EARLY BIRD
    Receive 1 XLERAD auto-illuminating light system. This is the full package, including light, lithium Ion battery pack, and charger. MSRP $259.
    Add $26 to ship to Canada.
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