Bell got their start over 50 years ago making racing helmets here in the USA. Now you see the Bell name on products ranging from motorcycle helmets to bicycle accessories. Most of those products are no longer manufactured here at home, but what is now days? Walmart sells a Chinese made Bell Arella 100 bicycle tail light for $9.96 plus tax, and I picked one up a few days before Christmas. I was curious about the light because they now come with a silicon mounting strap, which is a new feature for low end bicycle lights. The Bell Arella 100 tail light produces 4 lumens from a single LED using two AAA batteries, and has two modes: flash and steady. The run time for flash mode is 115 hours and 41 hours for steady mode. I also picked up a Duracell Ion Speed 4000 Battery Charger that included 2 AAA and 2 AA rechargable batteries. The rechargable Duracell batteries should last the life of the Bell Arella 100 tail light, so I only need to purchase batteries once.
The Bell Arella 100 tail light is not a bad tail light for night time use. It isn’t bright enough for sunny day time use and shouldn’t be trusted to make you more visible during the day, but that’s not surprising for a low priced bicycle light. The light has good side visibility and has a 120 degree beam angle and a 6 foot beam length. The Bell Arella 100 tail light was tested using FL-1 standards, so the specifications should be accurate. The silicon strap makes installation easy, and the light is a breeze to remove from one bike and install it on another. If you have more than one bicycle than you definitely want lights that use a silicon strap.
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