Product Courtesy of LifeCycle
The Podio Luminadio is a very interesting accessory. On the base of it, it looks like a very high powered light, with its tube-shape, but soon you’ll realize that this is a dual function accessory that has a very bright light, as well as a very loud speaker.
The Luminadio comes with the standard bicycle handlebar mounts, meant for both standard and oversized handlebars, with rubber shims for everything in between. Mounting was quite a simple affair that doesn’t require instructions.
Lighting is provided by a high-brightness Cree 1W white 100 Flux LED that promises at least 4 hours of bright light on the high beam mode, and 9 hours on the low beam. It also has a flashing mode that you might want to use in urban situations.
The integrated speaker is a Foster Hi-Fi micro-speaker that is driven by the μAmp to create a clear, loud and harmonious sound. Used independently of the light, it promises 9-20 hours of playback depending on the volume.
All these are driven by the built-in 1400mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that can be charged through the included USB cable. The USB cable is a standard male USB head that converts to a 3.5mm audio cable. This audio cable is plugged into the Luminado unit for both charging of the internal battery as well as for file transfer. Depending on how big your library is, the 2GB integrated memory can take a few hundred songs in MP3 or WMA format.
Playback of music is mostly random, just like an iPod Shuffle, but there is a fixed order which songs are played. Behind, there are five buttons, two to increase or decrease volume, one that controls playing, pausing, on and off, and one forwards and previous button.
In the short time which we had this accessory, people around the office commented that it was very bright and the music was very loud. Often, it would be compared to the X-Mini speaker, and it really does put up a good fight in terms of volume. As a light, it was adequately bright as a safety light, and might be able to light up less bright roads.
The proof is in the pudding, so watch the following video and judge for yourselves…