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    Portland Design Works RADBOT 1000

    Does anybody have any experience with this taillight? More intensity than a Superflash, but around the same price point? I like the integrated reflector - keeps you legal. Not sure what kind of drain the 1W led would have on a couple AAAs though.

    http://www.ridepdw.com/goods/lights/radbot-1000



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    Get one and post a report on it.
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    Just got mine. Should be replacing the pb superflash as the new 'standard' once it catches on. The ZZZpop mode is awesome, and the light itself is much more intense than the superflash.

    I will be running the rb1k on my seatpost and the pbsf on the jersey pocket

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    Here is a quick side by side comparison with the superflash: pbsf on left rb1k on right

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    I want one!

    Nice video — thanks for that.

    Interesting flash pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocondorfx View Post
    Here is a quick side by side comparison with the superflash: pbsf on left rb1k on right

    SWEET

    Hey, can you project the two beams on the wall in steady mode and take a photo, so we can see the beam spread on the two lights for comparison?

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    [QUOTE=

    Hey, can you project the two beams on the wall in steady mode and take a photo, so we can see the beam spread on the two lights for comparison?[/QUOTE]


    I was able to do a video capture. I don't have a convienent way to take a photo. Hope it helps. first one is superflash, second is the radbot

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    Woah! Looks like a good light. Whats the runtime?

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    Looks good! If you're in the market for a rear light, also compare to the new Mars 4.0 tail-light - it's brighter than PBSF, and probably on par with the radbot, and I got mine on Amazon for $19.99 without a sale last month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Woah! Looks like a good light. Whats the runtime?
    box says 50 hours

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    Zoom zoom zoom zoom bonk znomit's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocondorfx View Post
    box says 50 hours
    Boxes tend to tell fibs

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    superflash says 100 hours which may be a fib. So, 2 x bright or 2 x eat your batteries. pick your poison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocondorfx View Post
    I was able to do a video capture. I don't have a convienent way to take a photo. Hope it helps. first one is superflash, second is the radbot
    Awesome!



    SuperFlash on left, RB1k on right. I like the beam spread on the RB1k, it's going to be able to cover a lot wider of an angle. And quite a lot of power, too.

    They tried to deliver mine today, but I wasn't here. I'll have to do the signature-release slip and play with mine tomorrow

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    ^^^^

    Looks like a winner! Could you please post about the daylight visibility when you get the light? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocondorfx View Post
    superflash says 100 hours which may be a fib. So, 2 x bright or 2 x eat your batteries. pick your poison.
    That is WAY WAY more than 2x brighter. I'm picking under 10 hrs if its powered by 2AA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    That is WAY WAY more than 2x brighter. I'm picking under 10 hrs if its powered by 2AA.
    I'll try to set up a rundown test on rechargeable NiMH when I get mine.

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    We have a winner!!! I'm getting one.

    Though, I suppose this will just kick off an arms race of rear tail lights. Which, I think will be awesome!!! BTW, no reason to abandon the superflash. Just put it on a chainstay. I like the constant blinking action. Probably helps oncoming cars judge your distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocondorfx View Post
    superflash says 100 hours which may be a fib. So, 2 x bright or 2 x eat your batteries. pick your poison.
    Don't be so sure. The Superflash has been around and likely is built with the same LED since day one. LEDs get more efficient every year. So I can see how a newer model using a more efficient LED could put out 2.5-3.0x the light but only use twice the power.

    If it's a choice between this and the $160 Dinotte, it's a no brainer.

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    Looks nice. I still think the niterider cherrybomb wins on beam spread though.

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    Lightbulb

    Ok, got mine and took a first look at it.


    ^ It's bigger than a SuperFlash.


    ^ Side view. The button has a tactile, audible "ca-click" when pushed.




    ^ Rear view, showing the screw that holds the two halves together



    ^ The batteries go in the section on the left, and the circuitry's on the right. Those spring contacts at the bottom of the photo make contact with the square metal "pads" on the white circuit board. I hope they're stainless steel so corrosion doesn't cause problems.



    The following photos were all taken at the same full-manual camera settings, and all of them are using NiMH rechargable AAA cells running in steady mode, so you can compare the photos directly. As you can see, the RB1k is approaching the performance of the LOW mode on a DiNotte 140L, although the beam's not quite as wide.













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    Well, it doesn't even sniff the Dinotte in terms of brightness. I will get one or two anyway and use them in circumstances when I don't think the retina searing ability of my 140L is quite necessary, but where my superflashes might lack.

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    [QUOTE=mechBgon;10135854]Ok, got mine and took a first look at it.


    ^ It's bigger than a SuperFlash.


    ^ Side view. The button has a tactile, audible "ca-click" when pushed.




    ^ Rear view, showing the screw that holds the two halves together



    ^ The batteries go in the section on the left, and the circuitry's on the right. Those spring contacts at the bottom of the photo make contact with the square metal "pads" on the white circuit board. I hope they're stainless steel so corrosion doesn't cause problems.



    The following photos were all taken at the same full-manual camera settings, and all of them are using NiMH rechargable AAA cells running in steady mode, so you can compare the photos directly. As you can see, the RB1k is approaching the performance of the LOW mode on a DiNotte 140L, although the beam's not quite as wide.


    Nice work, Thanks
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    I'm getting one, but it's out of stock on their website. I couldn't find it in stock anywhere else. Anyone have any luck tracking one down?
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    Great reviews, folks. Keep it coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yan View Post
    I'm getting one, but it's out of stock on their website. I couldn't find it in stock anywhere else. Anyone have any luck tracking one down?
    Amazon has the 5 of the 500 and 3 left of the 1000. (Was 4 before I bought one! )

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