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Old 09-21-06, 05:32 PM   #1
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Cygolite Night Rover Headlight Choice

I was going to get either the Cygolite Night Rover NiMH or Cygolite Night Rover NiMH Xtra. I just want to light for commuting, and will do little if any night off-road riding. I can get the upgraded light for about 18 extra bucks. The base model has a 6w(wide) and 6w(narrow) bulb, which can be turned on seperately or together. Burn time is 1.5 hr (both on) or 3 hrs (one on). The upgraded light has a 6 and 10 w bulb which can also be on together or seperatly with a 2-6hr burn time. I don't know how often I will need my light in my commute since I will not always be leaving before the sun comes up. The larger light is a few ounces heavier than the smaller one as well.

What does everyone think? Would the smaller light be adequate? or should i spend the extra money for the upgrade?

Or maybe you think I should consider a different light alltogether.

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Old 09-21-06, 05:46 PM   #2
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I bought 10w bulbs for my Night Rover for about $3 each. Of course I was powering them with either 7.2v or 8.4v and burned out the 6w bulbs. I run some heavy wattage on my aerobar mounted DIY halogen lights but also use the Night Rover as a helmet light. Honestly it would be enough for up to 20mph in dual light mode.
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Old 09-21-06, 06:25 PM   #3
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I bought 10w bulbs for my Night Rover for about $3 each. Of course I was powering them with either 7.2v or 8.4v and burned out the 6w bulbs. I run some heavy wattage on my aerobar mounted DIY halogen lights but also use the Night Rover as a helmet light. Honestly it would be enough for up to 20mph in dual light mode.
So 20 mph with the unmodified base model?
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I have (or had) the Cygolite Night Rover NiMH. Yesterday the ac adapter became very warm and no longer works. The day before one switch started sticking. Plus, when I started charging the battery last night it had enough of a charge to power the light. Now it does nothing.
I refuse to put $25 into this light to replace the ac adapter with the other things that are or could be wrong.

I am getting so sick of these crappy lights. I've already spent over $100 on junk. The heck with this. I'm taking this month's on call pay and purchasing a HID.
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I've seen a few Cygo Night rover switches fail too. I have also seen a couple of chargers fail, and now one bulb failure. The 12 watt is not very bright, the 16 watt is bright enough.

For $185 a helmet mount HID and for $199 a bar mount HID from batteryspace.com They are so much brighter it's worth it. They run longer too.
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I've seen a few Cygo Night rover switches fail too. I have also seen a couple of chargers fail, and now one bulb failure. The 12 watt is not very bright, the 16 watt is bright enough.

For $185 a helmet mount HID and for $199 a bar mount HID from batteryspace.com They are so much brighter it's worth it. They run longer too.
I just ordered that light, I'll let u know how it works out.
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I'm looking into a niterider HID from pricepoint for $250-$300 depending on the model.
With the amount of money I spend on junk lights, I should just fork over a higher one time fee and pick up something better.
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I wanted to stay around 100 bucks plus or minus maybe 50 bucks. My commute is on residential streets with streetlights. I actually drove it with a Cateye 500ii 2.4 watt halogen bulb, and it wasn't quite bright enough for me to be able to ride very fast with confidence. Just needed something maybe two or three times as bright.
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Is the 12 watt light good enough for road commuting?
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I got the 16w on my commuter, because I wanted the extra for dark country roads. I personally like it better than the 12w. All I can say is, if the differance is only $18, then imo, better to be safe than sorry.
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10-watt NiteRider Road Rat is about $62 plus shipping & handling... http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=LT9000 The main drawback is that the sealed-lead-acid battery may wilt in really cold temperatures. If your area gets below freezing, it might be worth going up to the Trail Rat version with the NiMH battery, or a Planet Bike Alias (which has a smartcharger for faster, no-worries charging).
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I bought 10w bulbs for my Night Rover for about $3 each.
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I was going to get either the Cygolite Night Rover NiMH or Cygolite Night Rover NiMH Xtra.
I have the former and I was using it for all last winter. It's not bad, but I think I should have got Xtra. Though, I never seen it to compare.
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I have the former and I was using it for all last winter. It's not bad, but I think I should have got Xtra. Though, I never seen it to compare.
you use it for commuting or trail riding.
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you use it for commuting or trail riding.
I can say both. Part of my commute is 5km paved trail.
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I'm looking into a niterider HID from pricepoint for $250-$300 depending on the model.
With the amount of money I spend on junk lights, I should just fork over a higher one time fee and pick up something better.



I spent so much money trying to not buy a $$ HID light, I could have bought two.
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The Xtra will run longer on low, about 6 hours instead of 4 to 5 with the other. And then if you need the extra brightness you have it.

I have the cheapest Cygolite they ever made called the Metro, after 4 years of use the switches still work just fine.
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The Xtra will run longer on low, about 6 hours instead of 4 to 5 with the other. And then if you need the extra brightness you have it.

I have the cheapest Cygolite they ever made called the Metro, after 4 years of use the switches still work just fine.
I can pick up the Xtra for about $79.01 shipped.
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I have the xtra and with both lights on it is more than enough for my commute. Coming down some of the hills on my main route, I'll hit 30-35 mph and can see just fine with all 16W's running. Then after I slow down, I'll turn off the 6W side and use the 10W side. I have yet to run the battery down on a commute. My average time in is about 35 minutes and going home takes about 45 minutes since I go a different route.

I personally would spend the additional $18 to get the brighter light.
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I have the xtra and with both lights on it is more than enough for my commute. Coming down some of the hills on my main route, I'll hit 30-35 mph and can see just fine with all 16W's running. Then after I slow down, I'll turn off the 6W side and use the 10W side. I have yet to run the battery down on a commute. My average time in is about 35 minutes and going home takes about 45 minutes since I go a different route.

I personally would spend the additional $18 to get the brighter light.
Yeah...I am thinking it is the way to go.
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My total commute time is 3 hours. So, that's another reason I chose the 16w Xtra. It'll run my whole commute on 10w without running down. And, if the low batt light does come on when I'm on my way home, I can switch down to the 6w, and it'll last more than long enough to get me home before it goes dead.
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My total commute time is 3 hours. So, that's another reason I chose the 16w Xtra. It'll run my whole commute on 10w without running down. And, if the low batt light does come on when I'm on my way home, I can switch down to the 6w, and it'll last more than long enough to get me home before it goes dead.
Would u recommend the light?
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Go with the cygolite if you want a good cheap light. I have dual handlebar mounted rover xtra(16 watts) For the MtB trail I add another 16 watt cygolite xtra on my helmet. I had problems with the switches on my very first cygolite xtra year 2001. The newer ones (2005) I have on problems with.

I can't wait tell I get that income tax return next year. I will have a HID! I will also keep a helmet mounted cygolite for back up.
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The Xtra will run longer on low, about 6 hours instead of 4 to 5 with the other. And then if you need the extra brightness you have it.

I have the cheapest Cygolite they ever made called the Metro, after 4 years of use the switches still work just fine.
Thats why I just bought one, my co-worker has had his for 5 years of commuting. My Nite Rider fried out after 2 seasons and it cost twice as much as the Cygolite.
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The Cygolite Rover will break (switches) after about a yr. of reqular use. I do not recommend it.
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