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Old 07-07-14, 10:45 PM   #1
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Any good AA blinking safety lights and headlamps out there?

I know some good value AAA models, but a member pointed out that AA batteries have 3x the energy density of AAA batteries yet cost the same, so would like to know if there are any good AA models out there. Plan to use rechargeable batteries as well, like Eneloops.
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Old 07-08-14, 12:41 AM   #2
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Cateye rapid3 on the rear.
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I know some good value AAA models, but a member pointed out that AA batteries have 3x the energy density of AAA batteries yet cost the same, so would like to know if there are any good AA models out there. Plan to use rechargeable batteries as well, like Eneloops.
I don't believe that their are. AA's seem to be to big for rear lights for whatever reason.

The Cateye rapid 3 mentioned above appears (according to it's amazon listing) to only take 1 AA, so you aren't increasing your energy density there.
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The Cateye rapid 3 mentioned above appears (according to it's amazon listing) to only take 1 AA, so you aren't increasing your energy density there.
Its 1AA so the same as 3AAAs. Its low profile and happily mounts to seatstays. Regulated so its constant brightness. 20+ hours on bright blink, 80+ hours on low blink.
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Huh. Never thought about it. As far as I remember anyway. This db only shows a couple using AA:

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...any good AA models out there?...
I have a few Planetbike Blaze 2 Watt Micro and find they are a great product:
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I stopped using AA and AAA-powered lights several years ago. I now only use USB-Rechargeable lights. I got tired of having to continuously go out and buy more batteries.

The NiteRider Minute 600(NiteRider has stopped making this model, and have been making the 750. They also make a 3600 model that is more than extremely bright) is an excellent headlight. Compared to a lot of the lights sold at LBS's. The Axiom Pulse 60 is far better than most taillights I have tried and/or seen.

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I stopped using AA and AAA-powered lights several years ago...I got tired of having to continuously go out and buy more batteries.
...you know they sell rechargeable AA's, right?

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I now only use USB-Rechargeable lights.
What I don't like about them is that the battery will age simply from sitting around, not even being used. And it's difficult to test how much capacity is left in it (whereas my charger can do that with my rechargeable AA's).

What I do like about them is that if you leave your bike somewhere that has an outlet, you never have to wonder when the last time you charged the AA's in the light was. Just leave it plugged in any time you're not using it.

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The NiteRider Minute 600(NiteRider has stopped making this model, and have been making the 750. They also make a 3600 model that is more than extremely bright) is an excellent headlight. Compared to a lot of the lights sold at LBS's. The Axiom Pulse 60 is far better than most taillights I have tried and/or seen.
The OP asked for blinking safety lights - those NiteRiders would be way to bright for night safety blinking lights.
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I have a few Planetbike Blaze 2 Watt Micro and find they are a great product...
Yeah. I have a couple and they make great front blinkies, very bright. They even put out enough light to ride by at slower speeds and for shorter distances.

I prefer primary batteries over rechargeables for occasional intermittent use.
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