Head & Tail Lights Needed
Is there a particular brand and model of lights that are generally considered to be superior or even clearly superior?
I'm looking for the equivalent of a SureFire flashlight, except for bicycle lighting. I don't really want to spend $500 for lights but a couple of hundred is reasonable for good quality lights with good, rechargeable batteries.
I need a rechargeable battery powered unit.
Brighter is better.
I prefer to have a tail light that does not flash.
Great list! I'll be looking some of these up myself!
What was surprising to me, however, is that the lights I've been looking at myself didn't make the list!
Originally Posted by BetweenRides
Personally I've been most seriously looking at a Solstice Solo by XVision ($129USD and 900 lumans) and building my own battery pack. Rechargeable AAs should give a 4 hour run time and I already have a smart charger and lots of batteries.
That particular unit is currently being marketed for off-road use for motorcyclists and 4x machines and yacht lighting and is both solid and waterproof. A helmet and bar mount are available as options.
I'm really looking for something not just for a bike, but that I can use hiking, or back-country skiing or as a helmet mounted work light. The current unit I'm using is a 15 year old halogen helmet mounted light originally marketed for exploring caves. Technology is making everything cheaper - that unit was originally $100CDN but its been trouble free for this long and if whatever I replace it with gives me that kind of service I'll be a happy camper!
That Trail LED Darkstar looks really interesting but according to that link - is at least 4 weeks backordered! Patience may be a big factor here!
Thanks for the post!
Some details are available on the XVision site
Originally Posted by Plutonix
If you access the XVision site directly, and look up battery packs (they market their own), http://www.visionxusa.com/Battery/c38/index.html
The key info there is the amp-hours vs runtime on their packs vs the solstice solo.
The 2.2 AMP-HOUR XPC-B22 listed there is quoted as *capable of powering a single Solstice Solo pod for over 3.5 hours*
The Amp-hours for the other battery packs are listed, even if the run times aren't. Just do the math and it'll give you the info you want.
Thats based on their own lithium battery pack rated at 12V. So if Amp-hours is the key and you were to build your own with a higher amp-hour rating - the burn time would be proportional. Keeping it simple- battery holders are available for 8 cell (12V app) AA or C and D cells for less than $10 and rechargeable AA cells are currently available with a 2,500 to 2,800 mAh capacity. Thats 2.5 to 2.8 Amp-hrs and the capacity (and burn time and weight) go up as you move to C cells or D cells. Wiring and dropping that package into a waterproof container (Lock&lock plastic food container of suitable size with a hole drilled for a cable and rubber grommet) would give me what I personally want with a minimum of work and investment. I already have lots of AA cells and smart chargers.
Someone else might prefer to just buy the item ready to from directly from XVision.
Hope that was the kind of info that you were looking for. :)