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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    What about AA rechargable batteries?

    I have an Energizer charger at home, I know some people hate it, but it is paid for.

    I plan on getting some NIMH batteries
    and Sanyo Eneloop batteries for my saddle bag, just incase.

    Questions:
    a) Where can I get affordable batteries and brand?
    b) Isn't the Sanyo Eneloop battery at 2000 going to run out faster than a NIMH
    at 2700? My commute is 1hour 40 minutes, maximum 3 days a week,
    plus my Sunday ride.
    c) Will a better charger be a good investment ?
    d) Lastly, If I charge my NIMH say on Sunday and so not use them until
    the following week, how much charge will they lose.


    Thanks again Rob
    you might check out http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...isplay.php?f=9

    Batteries and chargers are another whole discipline to learn about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post

    Questions:
    a) Where can I get affordable batteries and brand?
    I've had good luck with the Duracell 2650 Mah, available at Target, CVS, etc.


    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    b) Isn't the Sanyo Eneloop battery at 2000 going to run out faster than a NIMH
    at 2700?
    Yes, if you're 2700s have recently come off the charger. But see below.

    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    c) Will a better charger be a good investment ?
    As an investment, probably not. A better charger will probably result in more cycles from your cells, but given that a whole new set of cells are around $11.00, I'm not sure I new charger will pay for itself anytime soon. That said, I'm glad I have both a Maha MH-C9000 and Maha MH-C808M. The first is a cell analyzer/conditioner, in addition to a charger; the second is a very gentle charger that also handles C and D size cells. Thomas Distributing is a recommended vendor of chargers and high quality cells.

    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    d) Lastly, If I charge my NIMH say on Sunday and so not use them until
    the following week, how much charge will they lose.
    It depends on a variety of factors, including the age of the cells. Like many others, I've had bad luck with Energizer 2500s holding a charge. After perhaps 20-30 cycles, some would lose significant capacity after just a couple of days. This is where the Eneloops shine: they are Low Self Discharge, and they lose very little capacity when just sitting around for a few weeks.

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    Talking I got my Fenix L2D Premium

    I made the plunge for the Fenix L2D Premium and I am VERY VERY Impressed.
    Attached it to my helmet with Rubber bands until I figure a better way, put it on Turbo and It got me noticed, which was a goal I was seeking.

    I heard one passerby state "Must be a new Police Bike" LOL. Of course in certain higher crime neighborhoods which I go through, that may not be want I want.

    My commute is about 1:40 so the Sanyo Eneloop batteries lasted for the entire trip. Got a pack at Costco of 8 AA and 2 AAA for $18.00.

    I still need to get a better charger and work on a better mounting. The mounting holder from fenix does not do the job as is on my helmet. It works fine on the handlebars, so I'll see perhaps getting another later on or the Dinnotte when they go on sale.

    If I play with the mouting fixture I am sure I can make it work on the helmet, I just want it to be removable.

    Thanks all for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    I made the plunge for the Fenix L2D Premium and I am VERY VERY Impressed.
    Attached it to my helmet with Rubber bands until I figure a better way,
    Rob
    They are impressive.

    The Q5 is even better when you decide to buy a second one and we know you will.

    I've always attached mine to my helmet with rubber bands and haven't felt I've needed a better way to do it. I did slide the light through a section of old tube for some grip though.

    edit: wait a minite, I bet you have the Q5, eh?
    Last edited by daredevil; 04-16-08 at 10:00 AM.

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    Cool

    OOOPS I do have the Q5.
    I agree on the old tube trick, one night when I have a moment I'll get it done.
    I did raise the angle a bit since I wanted the beam directed a bit further ahead of me. I just wrap a few rubberbands around the barrel it and that did the trick.

    Yes, I will get another, then another.

    "Hey better a nerd that gets seen that a kool hood ornament on a car"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    I did raise the angle a bit since I wanted the beam directed a bit further ahead of me.
    Yep, me too. I have it placed fairly far back on the helmet to accommodate the forward riding position.

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    Update

    After more than 6 months I am still very happy with my Fenix Q5, but have a few issues before I get a second light.

    a) The long tube can get bumped by my hand as I swith positions, A minor issue
    but something worth mentioning.
    b)The tube can block my cue sheet when I use one. During the day I take the light off and slip it in my jersey, at night is still an issue to be worked out.
    c) The strobe 180 lumens is great to be seen , I do find some people scared by it. That perhaps is a plus.
    d) I do wish that the steady high mode was more than 100, perhaps there is another AA light out there as I do not want to go to another charger, battery set-up etc.
    e) My batteries last for my commute which is about 1 :35 - 1:45 in time. When they go low I pull over and swap them out in say 2 minutes. Works for me. If I know I will be riding longer then I make sure a fresh pair go in in the morning before I leave home. My bag has a pair of eneloops just in case. I do find that I get the same 1:45 out of them, but not much longer.

    So now I have to choose.
    Dinnotte 200L when it goes on sale again
    or
    Fenix Q5 AGAIN
    Or
    ???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    After more than 6 months I am still very happy with my Fenix Q5, but have a few issues before I get a second light.

    a) The long tube can get bumped by my hand as I swith positions, A minor issue
    but something worth mentioning.
    b)The tube can block my cue sheet when I use one. During the day I take the light off and slip it in my jersey, at night is still an issue to be worked out.
    c) The strobe 180 lumens is great to be seen , I do find some people scared by it. That perhaps is a plus.
    d) I do wish that the steady high mode was more than 100, perhaps there is another AA light out there as I do not want to go to another charger, battery set-up etc.
    e) My batteries last for my commute which is about 1 :35 - 1:45 in time. When they go low I pull over and swap them out in say 2 minutes. Works for me. If I know I will be riding longer then I make sure a fresh pair go in in the morning before I leave home. My bag has a pair of eneloops just in case. I do find that I get the same 1:45 out of them, but not much longer.

    So now I have to choose.
    Dinnotte 200L when it goes on sale again
    or
    Fenix Q5 AGAIN
    Or
    ???


    Rob
    You are mistaken, The steady high mode (Fenix calls it 'turbo') is 180 lumens.
    Last edited by Ziemas; 09-29-08 at 01:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    The strobe 180 lumens is great to be seen , I do find some people scared by it.
    I have a pair of these things and the strobe is close to what I would call seizure inducing.

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    I am stuck in the same position...

    I want to see a side by side comparison of both the l2d and 200L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    You are mistaken, The steady high mode (Fenix calls it 'turbo') is 180 lumens.
    okay I'm totally confused.
    The steady High mode=turbo is 180 lumens.
    Then what is the strobe called and how many lumens is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    okay I'm totally confused.
    The steady High mode=turbo is 180 lumens.
    Then what is the strobe called and how many lumens is that?

    Robert
    Strobe is called strobe, and it's also 180 lumens.

    http://www.fenixlight.com/viewnproduct.asp?id=18

    General Mode: 12 lumens (55hrs) -> 53 lumens (10.5hrs) -> 107 lumens (4hrs) -> SOS
    Turbo Mode: 180 lumens (2.4hrs) -> Strobe

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    Thanks, that clears that up.
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    I used my L2D Q5 helmet mounted last night. I'm very impressed! On very dark sections of my ride under bridges, etc. I had all the light I needed. But I can see how I might add one to the handlebars.
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