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Old 11-13-05, 08:05 AM
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Reliability of a particular tail light

I have a Niterider Universal Taillight on order and wonder upon arrival if I should send it back unopened. Since after ordering it and before getting it, I dumped my NiteRider HID for Light & Motions ARC, I was considering making the Univeral Taillight work with a homemade setup as another forum member here has done. I searched for the way to do it and found it, but in the meantime have seen posts of people happy with Niteriderís Universal Taillight and posts of those who say units stopped working inexplicably with no idea as to why it happened. Last thing i want to do is butcher the taillight and then not be able to return it if it fails. Can some experienced Niterider taillight owners weigh in?
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Mine (12v 16 LED with the old "pop" connectors) has worked flawlessly for several years. Never a problem with it, other than having to answer questions like "WOW! What kind of taillight is that? I could see it all the way from Uranus!", which always made me nervous. What were those people doing on my anus anyway?

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I've also been using a NR taillight for years. It is one of the very few lights that's clearly visible even in sunlight, and I sometimes get comments from motorists to the effect "think that thing's bright enough?" It has been subjected to plenty of extreme weather as well as shock, so I think it's fantastic.
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How does this tail lite get its power? Does it share a battery with the headlight or do you need a seperate power source? Does it use the botlle cage variety or the newer, smaller ones?

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It needs a separate power source.
The best thing to do is splice a 9V connector onto it then power it off a rechargeable 9V battery (2-3 hrs of battery life), an 8-AAA battery holder from radioshack (7-9hrs of battery life), or an 8-AA battery pack (20-25 hrs of battery life).
Mine's been working flawlessly for a year of nonstop daily commuting.

One thing to keep in mind is, if you have a rough commute, have some kinda strap around the 8-battery holders so the batteries don't pop out of the contacts while in your saddle bag.
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