About the Garmin Varia™ RTL510 Bundle
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Great cycling help
Many times I've been surprised on my bike by a car coming up behind me while I've been concentrating on the road ahead and battling wind noise. Sure, I've trained myself to look back frequently and listen for traffic, but that isn't always enough. Garmin's
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When vehicles approach from behind, an overlay display appears on the screen of the handlebar unit, changing the color from green to red and giving you an audible alert as the vehicle approaches. The RTL510 can even track multiple cars from up to 153 yards away (about 1.5 football fields), displaying the relative position of each with a dot on the display. And with
- bundle includes ANT+ enabled radar tail light and handlebar-mount display unit
- alerts approaching vehicles up to 153 yards
- light visibility up to one mile in daylight
- provides 220° range of visibility for better driver awareness
- 15-hour battery life in day flash mode
- 6-hour battery life in night flash or solid modes
- seat-post quarter-turn mount and charging cable included
- radar display unit offers an audible alert when a vehicle is detected
- IPX7 water-resistance rating
- dimensions: display unit 2.4" x 1.3" x 0.7"; tail light 3.9" x 1.6" x 0.8"
- weight: display 1.0 oz; tail light 2.5 oz
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 010-01981-00
What's in the box:
- Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light
- Radar Display Unit (RDU)
- 2 Plastic standard display mounts
- 2 Rubber mounting disks
- 4 Large rubber mounting bands
- 4 Small rubber mounting bands
- Tail Light universal mount
- Straight rubber pad
- Angled rubber pad
- Large mounting band
- Small mounting band
- Two 20" USB cables (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
- Quick Start Guide
- Important Safety and Product Information
- Notice on replacement bands
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Overview: The Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light Bundle warns you of vehicles approaching from behind, while making you more visible to oncoming motorists. Getting hit from behind is the leading cause (40%) of cycling fatalities in the U.S. (according to a study by the League of American Bicyclists). Varia Rearview Bike Radar helps protect you by giving you an extra set of eyes watching behind you. This radar bundle consists of the Varia RTL510 radar tail light and the Varia RDU radar display unit.
Varia Smart Bike Lights: The Varia line of cycling awareness products includes smart tail lights, smart head lights, and dedicated display units. The RTL510 radar tail light can detect vehicles approaching behind your bike, and wirelessly display the relative speed of approach and threat level on the dedicated display or on a compatible Garmin Edge cycling computer. The bright RTL510 tail light also notifies the approaching vehicle of your presence.
RTL510: The RTL510 radar tail light mounts high on the seat post on your bicycle. The RTL510 uses low power radar to detect up to eight vehicles approaching from the rear. It then alerts you through the included Varia Radar Display Unit (RDU) or a compatible Garmin Edge bike computer (such as the Edge 1030). The radar detects approaching vehicles up to 153 yards (140 meters) away, at speeds between 6 and 99 mph. The radar beam width is 40°, to provide coverage for typical bends in the road. The tail light features a large, bright LED with three modes: solid (20 lumens), night flash (29 lumens), and day flash (65 lumens). The tail light is visible up to a mile away in daylight, and is visible within a 220-degree range. The RTL510 uses 2.4GHz ANT+ technology and wirelessly links to the RDU or Edge unit. Dimensions of the RTL510 are: 1.561"W x 3.892"H x 0.908"D. It weighs 2.5 ounces.
Radar Display Unit: The Varia RDU will indicate the detection of a vehicle approaching from behind through a series of LEDs. The single Threat Level LED changes color based on the potential level of the threat: green (no vehicle detected), amber (vehicle approaching), or red (vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed). A column of LEDs indicate the position of the approaching vehicle. The lit LEDs move up the column as the vehicle gets closer to your bike. Dimensions of the RDU are: 1.313"W x 2.37"H x 0.755"D. It weighs 1 ounce.
Garmin Edge Compatibility: The RTL510 is compatible with the Garmin Edge 1030. The unit will display radar information and alerts from the RTL along the edge of the display. It also provides audible tone alerts when vehicles are detected (if tones are enabled in the settings menu). As with the RDU, the threat level LED and vehicle position LEDs have similar functionality.
Note: Other compatible Garmin units include Edge 1000, 820, 520, 130, Forerunner 935, fēnix 5 series, and vívoactive 3 watches.
Rechargeable Batteries: The Varia RTL510 and RDU are both powered by built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. The RTL510's battery life is approximately 6 hours in solid or night flash mode, and up to 15 hours in day flash mode. The RDU's battery provides approximately 10 hours of battery life under typical usage. Using the supplied USB cables, the batteries charge in approximately 3 hours via USB plugged into an AC power source, or 5 hours plugged into a computer.
Mounting: The RTL510 and RDU are equipped with "quarter-turn" mounts. These are the same mounts used by many of the Garmin Edge bicycle computers, and allow you to easily attach or remove the device. A seat post mount is included for the RTL510, while the RDU comes with a handlebar mount. The handlebar mount is the same as the one that is included with the Edge 1030, so the display units are interchangeable.
Water Rating: Both units have an IPX7 water rating, making it suitable for use in rain or snow. It can withstand incidental exposure to water, but is not suitable for immersion.