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Old 03-20-14, 12:56 PM   #51
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still have the Vista-light I got 20 years ago too , so ?

there is the camp of lots of battery lights vs the simpler just one hub-dynamo powered light camp

you seem to think its Hatfields Vs ~McCoy s or the war of the roses or some civil war

back on your hamster-wheel of shopping loyalists dueling Opinions ..
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Old 03-20-14, 01:26 PM   #52
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I saw a great bumper sticker last weekend:

The best things in life are not things.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
There are probably hundreds. Just DealExtreme has 30 or 40 of them.
That said, there's only a few (at DX) that I'd suggest actually buying -- others aren't any good, or are OK but they have others that are better for the same price, etc.

The reason that the OP has his sights set on Amazon and $20 is that he was given a $20 Amazon gift card.
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Old 03-20-14, 02:27 PM   #54
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True, but they're crap. They put out a tiny bit of light, and cr2032 batteries are expensive, hold little energy (leading to short runtimes and/or low light) and non-rechargeable.

I've carried a few extra PBSF clones with me -- they come fully ready to go even with batteries for $4-$5 -- and given them away, though that is expensive enough that I've usually just given them away to people I know.

And really, if I'm only giving somebody one light ... a headlight is probably more important than a tail light anyways, especially if their bike has some reflectors on it already. I haven't gone so far as to carry spare headlights with me with the intent of giving them away yet, though I have loaned friends my spare lights (I've always got at least two headlights on my bike when I'm riding at night.)
Actually the ones I had were upgraded from the last batch I bought. The output while weak is better than nothing which is the point. The quarter size coin batteries they use aren't going to last more than a couple months true but no matter what you give someone they likely won't replace batteries anyway. If I can find something the uses a couple AAA's, has three or more leds and can mount without the need of a tool that would be the better option.

For the time being D/X sells a set of front/back frog type lights ( using coin cells ) for about $5. While they are far from the best they are cheap and can be considered "throwaways". I buy the coin cells from the chinese so I could give a spare set of those away as well.

Hopefully if you pull someone over you won't have a language barrier to overcome. The less complicated something is the easier it is to explain ( in a minute or two ) how something like a flasher works.

If someone has a link to some cheap flashers ( < $5 ) using triple A's please point them out.
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Got my magic shine tall light when they first cam out. Been using it every day for years and as of tonight still working great so. I really think I got my moneys worth and by the way still using to magic shine head light on the bars for years all so and Still working hell they are bright than a lot of cars
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Old 06-29-16, 09:15 PM   #56
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The Planet Bike Rack Blinky 5 is good for under $20. Runs off AAA, lasts many hours. Bright enough for nighttime use, but not for daytime. Mine shows up well in dusk and nighttime photos and videos, even compared with nearby vehicles.

Serfas has a newish "Stop Sign" taillight that runs off AA batteries and reportedly is a bit brighter, for around $25.

Both of these incorporate red reflectors along with the red diffusers, which seems to enhance visibility despite the modest lumens claimed for each.
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