I'm looking for a tailight that, preferably, runs on 18650 battery (or batteries), since I already have a charger and four batteries for my P-7 headlight.
Are there any good ones available?
Thanks for any tips. I'd like to get a tailight before the days start getting short, and that will be here before we know it.
I've also been waiting for a bike specific 18650 taillight. As far as I know the only thing remotely suitable is the DX light linked to below, although it doesn't have a flashing mode and might be tricky to mount.
I got the drop in for both of mine. Right now the mounting is done with a lock/bike block. I found the light beam to be far too narrow for a taillight unless you had a really really good place to mount it and then it was still a little too narrow for my taste.
So I shoegoed a small opaque spice bottle to the tip of the thing and run it on medium at night and blink during the day. So far so good and it lasts my entire 3 - 3 1/2 hour round trip commute without a problem.
Well I guess I'm sorta lucky in that I have an easy mounting area but if you have a rack on your bike so would everyone! I think I saw someone something similar on CPF (candle power forums) a while back to make their flashlight into a lantern or somesuch. At first I tried half of the travel tooth brush holders but that didn't work well for a tail light, it did work well to turn an old flashlight into a good reading and walking around light though.
Here it is my rushed job but it has held together for about 200 miles so far. I have to soak the bottle to get the remaining residue from the label off but here it is!
I have it mounted with lock/bike blocks connected to a pvc bar under my rack. I put cap ends on the PVC and glued them there so the lock/bike block can't slide off since I can't see it.
But what does it look like.. I mean hm
Ok all pics taken with a cell phone camera. I need to take some comparison pics and use a real camera. I have a dinotte and superflash at home. Actually I got these because I'm returning 2 more dinottes because the LED failed on them again. 12+ hour rides most of it in the texas heat and direct sunlight aren't a dinottes friend apparantly.
From 90 degrees right next to it
45 degrees right next to it
45 degrees and up a few steps back (note the nice no parking paint I lock my bike on top of
About 20ft behind with both lights on medium.
all pics taken with a cell phone camera. The basement parking lot does have lights but it obviously ain't direct sunlight. I'll have to take comparison pics which I could have done with the superflash I have mounted but I was in a rush for a meeting i have in a few minutes.
At first I tried one of those diamond crystal things from the craft store but it didn't work as well as I thought it might. It spread the light and was bright from 90 degrees but the light out the back was all but eliminated.
The jar I got is about 2-3mm bigger where the cap screws on so it takes a little shoegoo filler then it's good. Before I put strap the flashlight in I put the lanyard on the pvc pipe so maybe just maybe if it falls off it'll give warning and I can stop, either that or it may jam in my spokes and kill me I guess hmmm. But the lights are on the outside of the rack so what is the chance of that happening?