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    Cheap AAA blinky lights with good battery life

    I've tried out a few different brands of blinky lights. The packages they come in all claim to have a battery life of 200 hours +/- when on the blinking setting. I find that this claim is totally bogus. I haven't bothered to keep track of exactly how many hours I get from a set of batteries, but I don't think I've ever gotten 100 hours. Maybe 50-80 hours. I suppose that's not terrible, but I'm curious to know if there are any AA or AAA (or other no hassle, non-rechargeables) battery powered blinkies that live up to the 200 hours of battery life.

    Yes, I'm frugal, but this is also a safety issue. I've gotten caught riding in the dark when a blinky light suddenly becomes very dim. I'd like to minimize how frequently this happens. Thanks for your input.

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    Don't mess around with damn little bitty blinky lights! Put a LIGHT! on your bike and save your life!!

    http://www.ledsafetylights.com/safet...ProductID=8500

    I run this light and can be seen from over 1,000 ft away!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Don't mess around with damn little bitty blinky lights! Put a LIGHT! on your bike and save your life!!

    http://www.ledsafetylights.com/safet...ProductID=8500

    I run this light and can be seen from over 1,000 ft away!!
    Your link gives an error message. Which model do you recommend? Thanks.

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    http://www.ledsafetylights.com/safet...p?ProductID=85
    Sorry, this link worked for me and is the light I highly recommend since it's BIG enough to see.
    Last edited by Nightshade; 02-09-13 at 04:14 PM.
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    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    http://www.ledsafetylights.com/safet...p?ProductID=85
    Sorry, this link worked for me and is the light I highly recommend since it's BIG enough to see.
    Wow! 6"x4"x2" That's HUGE lol.

    A couple questions:

    1) What's the battery life like?
    2) How easily can the light be removed?

    Thanks!

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    Harbor Freight has a good blinking light, costs about $5 on sale.

    Also rechargeable batteries cost more up front but are much cheaper long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraldF View Post
    Wow! 6"x4"x2" That's HUGE lol.

    A couple questions:

    1) What's the battery life like? I'm not sure since after being on the bike for over a year I've yet to change the batteries!
    2) How easily can the light be removed? Not any harder then damn blinky lights.

    Thanks!

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    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    http://www.reelight.com/ the blink is a magnet passing a coil of wire , electric induction, no actual contact .

    Blink frequency depends on how many magnets are attached to your spokes..
    no batterys and no rebuildibng a wheel with a Dynamo Hub.

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    Try this site and pick for yourself. http://bicycles.blogoverflow.com/201...-light-review/
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    If you're "frugal", why are NON-rechargeable batteries a must?
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    Rechargable batteries are much more cost effective. Plus you don't have the constant issue of dead batteries to dispose of properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    http://www.reelight.com/ the blink is a magnet passing a coil of wire , electric induction, no actual contact .

    Blink frequency depends on how many magnets are attached to your spokes..
    no batterys and no rebuildibng a wheel with a Dynamo Hub.
    I've seen a couple bikes around here with those. Way too dim IMHO. It also doesn't help that they're that low to the ground.

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    I might just have to get myself one of those Foxfire Commuter lights!



    I'm planning a thousand-mile three week tour, and much of it will be following the meandering Ohio River on a State highway from the OH/PA/WV state line all the way to Cincinnati. I want to BE SEEN!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
    I might just have to get myself one of those Foxfire Commuter lights!



    I'm planning a thousand-mile three week tour, and much of it will be following the meandering Ohio River on a State highway from the OH/PA/WV state line all the way to Cincinnati. I want to BE SEEN!!!
    With the Foxfire light you will be seen even in bright sunlight at high noon!!
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    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    One of the major issues I had using headlights that were rechargeable is that I would forget to plug the thing in when I came in from a ride, then wouldn't be able to ride the following day. If you used rechargeables for multiple rides, you'd potentially have similar issues, either you recharge every ride, or you find yourself waiting until they dim and then it's too late.

    I've used several different blinkies, the Planet Bike Superflash being about as good as any. I'd say, forget the 200 hours, replace the batteries whether it needs it or not. You don't want to be laying in a casket while some guy says, "Well, he's dead, but at least he saved $1.25!"
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    I made this over the Christmas holiday, which had a blinky light for the nose. A cheap bell blinky that uses a button cell battery. The actual usable life was about a day or so, but it actually did blink well into the new year before I could not detect any flash coming from it at all. I suspect the outrageous claims are based on how long they could get it to run before it actually wouldn't light any longer.
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    In actual practice, I presume about 50 hours of use from my tail lights that use AAA batteries. When I replace them, they still appear to be flashing nicely, but once fresh batteries are in them, I can see they are much brighter than before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    One of the major issues I had using headlights that were rechargeable is that I would forget to plug the thing in when I came in from a ride, then wouldn't be able to ride the following day. If you used rechargeables for multiple rides, you'd potentially have similar issues, either you recharge every ride, or you find yourself waiting until they dim and then it's too late.
    I usually just carry a spare battery. I charge the batter as soon as I take it off and it becomes the spare. If the battery is non-removable, I have a secondary alternative that runs just waiting. I'll charge that at the beginning of the season if it doesn't have replaceable batteries. For my bikes with dyno lighting, I have batter backups for tail light and headlight if I have a mechanical failure.
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    I got a blinkie for free from the AAA (Amercian Automobile Association), which uses AAA batteries and seems to be very serviceable. It's good to have in case my regular Planet Bike blinkie should be indisposed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
    Try this site and pick for yourself. http://bicycles.blogoverflow.com/201...-light-review/
    Mobile 155, this is great! Can you recommend a similar critique for headlights? I'm most interested in "be-seen" blinkies in the $15-$35 range with good battery life on AA or AAA batteries. Much appreciated!

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