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Old 09-19-06, 02:18 PM   #1
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Any Cygolite Night Rover owners?

I'm looking into the Cygolight Night Rover. Does anyone have any recommendations or words of warning about it?

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Old 09-19-06, 02:23 PM   #2
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I have it. I would term it as adequate except for the fact that I outrun it.
16W does not have much throwing power.
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I have this light (Night Rover xtra w/NiMH battery)

It is definitely bright enough for commuting in urban/suburban areas with some level of street lighting or other ambient light. I also ride 25mph+ on dark rural roads with enough with 10W high beam to see obsticals ahead. There are definitely brighter lights, but not many at this price. ($65-70)

But... The switches are notorious for having reliability problems. Do a search on switch and Cygolite. There are BKMs for fixing them, but they are temporary (involving re-bending contacts) The switches are driving me nuts now - Cygolite knows the problem and even will tell you the BKM. But the fix is temporary and Cygolite offers (at charge after warantee is over) a refurbishment, but you end up with the same switches that will fail again at somepoint, plus you loose the use of the light for several days when its getting repaired, so...

Mine (just the 10W) are now soldered in the permanently closed position and I turn it on/off by using the battery plug (and not longer use the 6W side which is too wide for seeing the road, but good for other drivers to see you a bit better from angles)

I am looking at getting a new ~$200 light (batteryspace) so I no longer have to deal with the switch hassle.

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Thanks for the reviews!

Looks like I'll just save up a good bit and get a more expensive light.
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Thanks for the reviews!

Looks like I'll just save up a good bit and get a more expensive light.
Another thing more $$ can get you is a battery that doesn't take up a water bottle cage. (which is an issue for me as my bike only has one)
In spite of my issues with the switch, before they started failing I loved this light especially for the price.
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I had one with a balky switch myself. It was frustrating, but I eventually got it working on one of the beams. I can't recommend it.
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I love mine. I have the Rover xtra (16 watts). I've had it for just about 1 year with no issues so far. Turn both lights on, and it's plenty to cover my commuting needs.
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Thanks, modo, cal, and noise for your input.
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I have a Rover NiMH that I used all last winter for commuting, and I have been very happy with it. I think it gives plenty of light for fast descents at 10W+6W, and 5 to 6 hours of run time with the 6W bulb. For around $80 it is hard to beat.

Having said that, I am saving money for a hub generator and lights to go with it. But that is because I ride long brevets, and a the rechargeable battery for the Rover is not going to last all night, let alone for multiple lights.
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