NiteRider Road Rat Refurb. Opinions wanted.
I have been going nuts trying to come up with a lighting solution for winter.
Last winter, I bought a NiteRider Road Rat for my after dark training rides. I felt that it was plenty of light for my needs.
The problem is that the battery only lasts 2 hours, and my commute may require up to 4 hours of light.
I read the Geekiness thread for a few hours. It occurred to me that a nice compromise between hacking up yard lights and spending a fortune on a fancy Li-ion light set would to retrofit the RoadRat with a big enough battery to get me through the day.
So, I figure that I can buy a 6V 10ah NiMH battery pack and smart charger from BatterySpace.com The upgrade costs $80. If I have figured this out correctly, I should be able to get almost 6 hours of run time out of my 10 watt halogen light.
If this project works out well, I may buy another Road Rat for $65 and battery pack for $50 and throw in a 20W halogen for a secondary light.
This seems like a cost efffective approach to get a decent amount of light on the road and a run time of 4+ hours.
Anyone have any alternative suggestions?