It's in the US, though. I've gotten the impression it should be a lot easier to find in Europe actually.
Last edited by PaulRivers; 04-09-14 at 05:15 PM.
Amazon.com: eneloop AA 1800 cycle, Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 8 Pack: Electronics
That they have a chart that shows this:
- Eneloop "1000 Cycle" batteries - Low Temperature Capacity - +14 degrees fahrenheit
- Eneloop "1500 Cycle" batteries - Low Temperature Capacity - -4 degrees fahrenheit
- Eneloop "XX" batteries - Low Temperature Capacity - -4 degrees fahrenheit
So someone making Nimh AA batteries is somewhere at least paying attention to keeping them working in cold weather, and the newer ones might be better in cold weather than the older ones (it is of course marketing material, so one has to take it with a grain of salt). Fyi.
@PaulRivers, thanks for re-answering that. I was on the job and didn't read all the thread. Sorry for that.
I'm gonna check the french stores for those accessories, but it's good to know I can find it on Harris.
LiIon packs cost $0 - I already have several, with chargers. Worst case, pay $20 for a cheap assed light with a LiIon pack and charger, throw away light head.
I absolutely, positively, without any question or doubt whatsoever, have no interest in any way of putting a dyno on my bike. I hope that's clear enough. God, my winter bike (the one that would have the dyno wheel) already feels like pedalling a lead brick through molasses in January. I'm not adding even more drag. I don't need someone to explain to me how "it's not that bad". My bike is ALREADY far worse than "that bad" with studded low pressure tires, 40+ pounds of weight, internal geared hub, etc.
If dynos put out AC, then why do the lights say to be sure to hook the polarity up right? If they were AC then it wouldn't matter. Besides, even if they did put out AC, the very first thing they'd do would be to run it through a rectifier and capacitor to turn it right back to DC, and it wouldn't matter if you fed it DC. Old filament bulbs might run off AC, but LEDs need DC. If you feed them AC, they turn it immediately into DC.
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
Dynamo zealots, you like your dynamo lights. Great. For folks like ItsJustMe, battery lights work fine. Battery lights are also 1/10th of the cost of dynamo setup and brighter (comparing $20-30 magicshine clone with $200 dynamo setups).
CREE XML T6 double-18650 flashlight, firmly secured to my handlebar with two interlocked hose clamps. I find I can get really a pretty good beam pattern by playing around with the mount angle and the flashlight's 'zoom', but my options would increase with a glare shield on the top.
The issue about polarity is about shorting DC ground to one side of the dyno's output. Back-in-the-day, when dynos drove light bulbs, one side of the generator was shorted to the frame and one side of the light bulb was shorted to the frame. Everything was good and only one wire was needed.
Then LED lights came out and things got complicated. If you short one side of the generator to the frame, then rectify it to make DC, it's important not to short DC ground to the frame. My older Shimano hub has one side of the dyno shorted to the axle, my newer Alfine is floating.
Another complication factor is that some tail lights have an internal rectifier and others don't.
edit: Sunup add-on hub dyno is DC output.
Last edited by Mr IGH; 04-11-14 at 09:21 AM.
IGH's, Dyno Hubs, LED lights and old frames
from: Bicycle lighting, mostly powered via dynamo, and USB power from dynamo
Bad point is the strong hotspot and those daytime lights are not what I would want to see (see my suggestions elsewhere for what the optimal daytime light should look like, namely more like a good taillamp), but at least those daytime LEDs give white light and not blue/purple as with the awful Cyo RT that I tested and you don't get the direct light from the LEDs, which gives the problem of far too high luminance. But they are still of variety 'visibility by being annoying' which I don't like. Especially at night these are very annoying (and yes, they light at night because they don't just serve as daytime lights). The beamshape is very wide. In the rain the near field's exposure gives a big problem as it is far too bright in that case due to the rest of the beam not showing much from the road due to wetness and the light colour (see also the review of the H-one S). The artefacts near the bike also become very distracting in that case.This was why I went with the Phillips SafeRide60.Additions: 1. My Luxos U died end of October... 2. I forgot to add from a test long ago: The glare from the Luxos seemed OK only when just the main LED was lit. It was really bad with the DRL lamps lit, which do light up at night ('panorama' light)...
from:Bicycle lighting, mostly powered via dynamo, and USB power from dynamo
This headlamp is one of the best currently available dynamo lamps with cutoff. Strong light beam up to ca. 45m, so it has a throw similar to the Edelux, too much light near the front wheel (but you only really notice this when switching to another headlamp while riding), no automatic on/off, the original mounting bracket is not stiff enough, the later one is much better, the lamp lets light go upward to your eyes (can be fixed with some black tape or paint). Conclusion at the end of 2010: Due to the low price compared to the 2 main competitors (Edelux and E3-pro-StVZO) and as it's about as good as those 2, this lamp for me is the best value for money. End of 2012 this conclusion was still true after testing the Luxos B.
IGH's, Dyno Hubs, LED lights and old frames
IGH's, Dyno Hubs, LED lights and old frames
The XX version have a higher capacity but only 500 charge cycles.
An interesting thing I came across is that a non low self discharge nimh battery can lose up to 4% capacity a day and up to 20% in the first day after charging. Which would explain why the backup set of batteries for my digital camera always seemed to drain fast despite rarely being used.
Last edited by gecho; 04-11-14 at 11:11 AM.
Looks like a nice light. How does the rated power (50 lux) compare to other LED lights that are rated in lumens? I don't know why B&M doesn't just rate their lights in lumens like most light manufacturers.
I am intrigued by the shaped beam after being disappointed by my latest LED light purchase. My Light & Motion TAZ 1000 is rated at 1000 lumens, which I don't doubt, but much of the available light is wasted due to its overly broad, "floody" beam. My L&M Urban 500 has half the lumens but appears just as bright because it has a more focused beam.
For those who don't like AA batteries, Peter White sells an Ixon Core model with a rechargeable Li battery that can be charged with a standard USB cable.
I won't get into the battery vs dynamo debate, but let's just say that their are pros and cons to either method and individual needs will determine which system i s better for you.
The Phillips Saferide was a terrible light for exactly 1 reason - it's awful battery life. With stock batteries it got < 1 hour, with the best batteries it got 1-2 hours (but not 2 or more). You also couldn't even plug in an external power source, because the light would turn itself off (built in timer) after a fixed period of time, despite having the ability to charge and run with usb power connected.
Since the Ixon IQ Premium has a fantastic beam pattern, and it's batteries lasts 4-5 hours, I think it's just plain a superior light. :-)
It's from the Cyo manual, not the Cyo premium manual, once might want to hunt down the Cyo Premium manual to verify, but it seems very unlikely that would have changed.
Of course since you get 1/3rd the battery lifetime with XX's, you could also just get the regular eneloop's - you "only" get 2000mah's rather than 2500mah's, but you'd get 3 times the battery lifespan. Just depends if you need the light to last 4 hours or 5 hours at a time I would guess...
I personally own a multitude of other battery powered lights - Dinotte 200l, 2 Dinotte 400l's (with lens kit), Dinotte 600l, Light and Motion Seca 900, Light and Motion Sec 1400, and a dynamo powered Lumtoc Cyo.
I can tell you from experience that you cannot meaningfully compare a good shaped beam light to a non-shaped beam light (including the semi-shaped beams of the Light and Motion lights). Even within non-shaped beam lights, the beam pattern is extremely important. The Dinotte 600l was crap. Just absolutely terrible for road riding. I could have lived with it if it was free, but frankly, my much cheaper 200l was a better light on the road. The 600l would throw out a bunch of light and brightly light up right in front of the bike - but that would leave you not being able to see well outside of where it lit up. And it's throw in what it lit up was terrible. The Light and Motion 900 had much much better throw, but wasn't wide enough. My Light and Motion 1400 was actually to wide - it was ok, but could have used more throw down the middle. My 2 Dinotte 400l's were what I actually used on my road bike because they got the closest to being decent.
I used to say - and this is still true - that my 2nd best light for commuting was my Lumotec Cyo. Despite it's much lower total light output, it's lack of a hotspot and it's even shaped beam, in real world effect, let me see better down the road than any of my other lighting systems. Less light - but with no hotspot and an even beam - was definitely better than much brighter lights that didn't have as good of a beam pattern. It's main drawback was that it was a dynamo light (so needed a dynamo front wheel, something I had no problem putting on my computer but was hesitant to put on my fast-handling road bike), and that it didn't light up the side very well.
My first best combination was the only one that beat the Cyo, and that was using both my Light and Motion 900 (on high) and my Light and Motion 1400 (on medium) at the same time. 1,650 lumens - in the specific beam pattern those lights made - was the only thing that provided better light. It just finally put out enough light to straight up light everything up. But it had it's own drawbacks - using 2 lights, it's prohibitive cost, carrying 2 batteries, and most importantly - it was absolutely blinding to anyone coming towards me. Pedestrians and other bikes it was awful for (and I ride on a MUP a lot), even cars seemed to have a problem (whereas usually it's not an issue as cars are on the other side of the street).
I could go on and on, but you'd have to try it out yourself to really understand - a lights beam pattern has a much larger effect on your ability to see than the lumen output does once you get to a respectable # of lumens (like...200 lumens or something).
The Ixon IQ even solves the Cyo's main drawback (lack of light to the sides for turning, stuff off to the side of the trail, etc).
Thanks for posting about the Taz - that's dissapointing (but not unexpected, marketing departments tend to lie unfortunately) as this is what Light and Motion claimed about the Taz -
The Taz features high-output amber side-lights and a powerful beam pattern comparable to the required specs of motorized vehicles.
I was dubious, and it sounds like they (Light and Motion) are full of it. I could post a pic of the Ixon IQ beam pattern - it has an actual cutoff, that's actually just like a modern car headlight. It's a fully and totally shaped beam, unlike how the Taz sounds (and looked like in beam shots) with a kinda-shaped beam. The Ixon IQ only puts out tiny amount of light above the horizon, enough to light up reflective road signs. I'll try to remember to take a beam shot pattern against my wall tonight.
I personally wouldn't recommend the Ixon Core models when the Ixon IQ is available - Peter White's beam shots show a narrower beam, and as I said in another post I personally found that 50 lux wasn't enough light for this kind of beam pattern. It's to bad they don't have usb charging and a lith-ion battery option for this model (though I would also hate to see the AA option go away). Since they do offer another model (30 lux, so really not enough light imo) that uses AA's and has usb charging, I wonder if we'll see a usb charging option in some future model.
Thank you for not getting into a dynamo vs battery light debate in this thread - the Ixon IQ is a battery light, the dynamo version is the Cyo Premium with the same bulb and reflector pattern, but dynamo powered instead.
There are pluses and minuses to battery vs dynamo - I personally don't think there's a "winner" any more than there's a "winner" between road vs mountain bike. It just depends on your setup and uses. I find the convenience of not having battery stuff to spend time on or have fail on my commuter bike very very useful. But there are arguments for battery lights to - cheaper upfront cost, cheaper if you're switching the light between different bikes, etc etc.
I mean if someone wants to create another different thread listing out practical advantages of dynamo vs battery lights (that lists the practical differences, not just one-sided hyperbole from one side or the other), and link to it here that's cool. But as I said - this thread is actually about a battery light (that also happens to have a dynamo equivalent), so the debate is just not really relevant here. :-)
P.S. Sorry for the wall of text, lol.
There are advantages and disadvantages to battery vs dynamo, but as I said - since this thread is actually about a battery light, perhaps we can not do that debate here. Feel free to create another thread on the topic if you want, though as I said elsewhere I think right now it's like arguing road bike vs mountain bike - there's no "winner", it depends on your situation which one is better.
The Ixon IQ is a battery light, not a dynamo light, here's a pic -
The Lumotec Cyo Premium is the dyamo version of what is apparently otherwise the exact same light - same reflector (so exact same beam pattern), same led, just powered by a dynamo instead of batteries -
(here's the link to the blog post that lists that second image if anyone is curious - http://thelonewheeler.blogspot.com/2014/03/ive-seen-light.html )
Last edited by PaulRivers; 04-11-14 at 12:40 PM.