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    VWVagabonds.com Losligato's Avatar
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    A fun light project

    I've always wanted one of those super-duper lighting systems but was hesitant to pay the big bucks. I knew if I could only restrain myself from splurging on a new system and check the bins at the swap-meet every so often I would eventually find the basic elements.

    Well, this morning I found this Niterider 15W light and the charger that goes with it. I paid three dollars for the pair.

    I know from reading previous posts here that I will need a battery, of course, and the plug-in cord that connects to the charger/light.

    Can anyone suggest thrifty tips for getting this light in working condition?
    What type of battery should I purchase?
    Low price vendors?
    Will I need any electronics to manage the current into the battery during charging or out of the battery into the light?
    Thanks for any and all assistance.



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    That seems to be a 5 cell nickle chemisty charger... Nimh and nicd. And with those charging rates a 2 to 2.5Ah pack should work. I don't have the links now but there are some online stores that seem to be favored. Like battery space or place or something like that. But yeah. A 5 cell pack it what you want. Should be like 20usd max.

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    VWVagabonds.com Losligato's Avatar
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    Yes! $20 Good news. Thanks.
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    Thats the link to 6v packs, but with the 2Ah batts i talked about you will be getting less than one hour run time, depending on your run time needs you can get a larger capacity pack.

    BUT if you get like a 5Ah batt or even a 4Ah batt its going to take an overnight charge to charge the pack. This is because you charger's rate is .45A, so its going to take 10+hrs (more because of not so good efficiency) for it put out 4.5Ah

    https://www.batteryspace.com/index.a...S&Category=470

    And just in case you thought of getting 2 cheaper packs... you can only charge one at a time, you can not hook them up in parallel. Well you can but it is not advised at all.

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    VWVagabonds.com Losligato's Avatar
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    Hey diff lock2,

    Thanks for the great answer. This afternoon I visited my local electronics shop and got the battery, cable and plug for $9.
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